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Edward Umar Fatu (born March 28, 1973) is a Samoan professional wrestler better known by his ring names Jamal, and currently Umaga. He is currently signed to World Wrestling Entertainment wrestling on the RAW brand, where he is the reigning Intercontinental Champion.
He frequently worked the independent circuit as a tag team with his cousin Matt Anoa'i (Kimo) as The Island Boyz, while using the name Ekmo.
On the July 22, 2002 episode of WWE RAW, The Island Boyz made their debut as 3-Minute Warning. Fatu (using the name Jamal) and his cousin (going by Rosey) were (kayfabe) hired as General Manager Eric Bischoff's enforcers, attacking seemingly random wrestlers or non-wrestlers each week on his order. Fatu was released from his WWE contract later that year.
Fatu worked for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) for a short while after his WWE release under his old name, Ekmo, and later moved to All Japan Pro Wrestling (AJPW) as a member of the Roughly Obsess & Destroy (RO&D) faction. Later, with Taiyo Kea, Fatu won the AJPW Unified World Tag Team Championship. He also challenged Satoshi Kojima for the Triple Crown.
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Fatu also wrestled in many independent promotions during this time, including his brother Solofa's Nu-Wrestling Evolution. However, in December 2005, Fatu announced he would be returning to World Wrestling Entertainment and gave his notice to AJPW. His time in Japan was seen by many as a period of great improvement in his career, as he became a regular in main events and took on an aura of strength and credibility as a singles wrestler.
Umaga, still undefeated, was then named #1 contender for John Cena's WWE Championship and began challenging him for it, only to eventually lose to him at New Year's Revolution by roll-up, ending his streak. After Estrada played down Cena's victory a fluke, claiming Umaga was in cruise control for the whole match until the very end, a Last Man Standing rematch was signed for the Royal Rumble. On a RAW between the two pay-per-views, Umaga attacked Cena (kayfabe) injuring his spleen and putting the match in jeopardy. When Cena refused to seek medical treatment for fear of a medical suspension which could lead to him being forced to forfeit the belt, the match proceeded as planned with Cena picking up the win after choking Umaga with the STFU with a ring rope that Estrada loosened earlier in the match.
Umaga won his first championship in WWE on February 19, 2007, defeating Jeff Hardy to claim the WWE Intercontinental Championship.
Umaga then began a feud with ECW World Champion Bobby Lashley after Umaga was chosen by Vince McMahon for the Battle of the Billionaires match at WrestleMania 23 and Bobby Lashley was chosen by Donald Trump. At WrestleMania 23, Lashley defeated Umaga despite interference by Vince's son, Shane. On April 16, Lashley helped a planted fan, Santino Marella, defeat Umaga in a No Holds Barred match for the Intercontinental Championship. His manager, Armando Estrada, was injured after Lashley attacked Estrada on ECW. At Backlash, Umaga, Shane, and Vince McMahon defeated Bobby Lashley in a handicap match, making Vince the new ECW World Champion. At Judgment Day 2007, Mr. McMahon, Shane McMahon and Umaga faced Lashley in a 3 on 1 handicap rematch, which Lashley won, but since he pinned Shane McMahon instead of Mr. McMahon, Mr. McMahon remained the champion. At One Night Stand, Lashley defeated Mr. McMahon for the ECW World Championship, despite interference from Umaga and Shane McMahon. On the June 18 edition of RAW, it was announced that Umaga would face off against Santino Marella, the man who beat him for WWE Intercontinental title, at Vengeance. At Vengeance, Umaga lost when the referee stopped the match after he refused to cease leveling Marella with punches. Umaga finished Marella off with a splash and a Samoan Spike. On July 2, 2007, Umaga beat Santino Marella in a rematch and won the Intercontinental title for the second time.