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Alipate "Pate" Fifita (September 26, 1982) is a Tongan professional wrestler currently working for the Japanese professional wrestling promotion New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW). He is the adopted son of professional wrestler Tonga Fifita, better known under the ring names Haku and Meng, the adopted brother of World Wrestling Entertainment worker Camacho and the brother of professional wrestler Taula Fifita. He wrestles barefoot like his father and other famous islanders from Tonga and Samoa and uses the same type of "Island Savage" ring character that his father used as well. Fifita is under contract with NJPW, but has also worked with NJPW's partner Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL). He currently works under the name Tama Tonga, a name used by his father early in his career.

Personal life

Alipate and his brother Taula were adopted by professional wrestler Tonga Fifita, better known as Haku, and raised along Fifita's biological son Tevita and a daughter. Fifita spent six years in the United States Air Force, which taught him self-discipline that has helped him in his wrestling career. Once his Air Force career ended he was inspired by his father to become a professional wrestler.

Professional wrestling career

Early career (2008-2010)

Fifita began his professional wrestling career in 2008, working on the independent circuit after graduating from Bully Ray and Devon Team 3D Academy of Professional Wrestling and Sports Entertainment. He worked for World Xtreme Wrestling and even held the WXW Television Championship for seven days. He also worked in Puerto Rico for the World Wrestling Council, where he and Idol Stevens held the WWC World Tag Team Championship for 20 days. Early in his career he worked under various ring names such as Kava; King Tonga, Jr.; and Pate Fifita

New Japan Pro Wrestling

Debut (2010–2012)

Fifita began working for the Japanese wrestling promotion New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) in May, 2010 under the name "Tama Tonga" (A name also used by his father). His debut match came as part of the 2010 Super Junior Tag Tournament where he teamed up with Davey Richards, but lost in the first round to El Samurai and Koji Kanemoto. Tama Tonga was one of 16 wrestlers that competed in the 2010 Best of the Super Juniors tournament. He defeated Davey Richards and Nobuo Yoshihashi but lost to Fujita Hayato, Kenny Omega, Koji Kanemoto, Ryusuke Taguchi and Taiji Ishimori and ended up with just four points, second to last his group. He teamed up with Hirooki Goto to compete in the 2010 G1 Tag League tournament. The team earned four points for victories over King Fale and Super Strong Machine and the team of Togi Makabe and Tomoaki Honma. The two lost to the teams of Yuji Nagata and Wataru Inoue, Manabu Nakanishi and Strong Man and finally Masato Tanaka and Tomohiro Ishii, ending fourth in their group. He also entered the 2011 G1 Tag League tournament, this time teaming up with Strong Man. Tonga's success in the 2011 league was even less than his first league showing, winning only one match over the team of King Fale and Yuji Nagata but being defeated by the rest of the teams in his group. On January 4, 2012 Tonga worked on NJPW's biggest show of the year as he appeared in a dark matches before NJPW's Wrestle Kingdom VI show. The match saw Tama Tonga and Captain New Japan defeat Kyōsuke Mikami and Tomoaki Honma.

Excursion to CMLL (2012)

In September 2012 it was announced that Tama Tonga would visit Mexico and work for NJPW's Mexican partner, Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL) for an extended trip to expose him to other styles of wrestling. His debut match for CMLL saw him participate in the 2012 version of CMLL's Leyenda de Azul ("Legend of the Blue") tournament. The match was a 16-man torneo cibernetico elimination match that saw Tonga eliminated when Atlantis and Shocker double teamed him. Following the tournament Tama Tonga has worked with a number of CMLL's top starts, including the Leyenda de Azul tournament winner Diamante Azul. On November 13, 2012 Tama Tonga and El Terrible won the CMLL World Tag Team Championship from Atlantis and Diamante Azul. Tonga next made it to the finals of the 2012 La Copa Junior Tournament, where, on December 14, he was defeated by La Sombra in the main event of CMLL's 2012 Sin Piedad ("No Mercy") show.

Return to New Japan Pro Wrestling (2013–present)

Bullet Club (2013–present)

Main article: Bullet Club

Tonga returned to NJPW in early 2013, just in time to compete on NJPW's January 4 Wrestle Kingdom 7 in Tokyo Dome where he teamed up with Captain New Japan and Wataru Inoue to defeat Jado, Tomohiro Ishii and Yoshi-Hashi when Tonga pinned Jado. On April 7, Tonga and El Terrible successfully defended the CMLL World Tag Team Championship against La Máscara and Valiente at New Japan's Invasion Attack event. On May 3 at Wrestling Dontaku 2013, Tonga formed a new villainous alliance named Bullet Club with Prince Devitt, Bad Luck Fale and Karl Anderson as the four attacked Hiroshi Tanahashi. On July 5, Tonga and El Terrible lost the CMLL World Tag Team Championship to Tanahashi and Jushin Liger. Tonga regained the title from Tanahashi and Liger on September 14 with new partner Rey Bucanero. Tonga returned to CMLL with Bucanero in early October. On October 18, Tonga and Bucanero were stripped of the CMLL World Tag Team Championship, when they were unable to defend the title against La Máscara and Rush due to Bucanero being sidelined with an injury. Tonga remained in CMLL until the end of the year.

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