Hikuleo: A Brief Biography
American professional wrestler Tautuiaki Taula Koloamatangi was born on February 7, 1991, and is of Tongan descent. He currently competes for New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW) in Japan and Impact Wrestling in the United States under the ring name Hikuleo (, Hikureo). He was previously the Strong Openweight Champion and is a member of the Guerrillas of Destiny stable.
- New Japan Pro-Wrestling
- Strong Openweight Championship (1 time)
Height of Hikuleo, Weight, and Body Stats
|6 ft 8 in (203 cm)
|264 lb (120 kg)
All-time Career of Hikuleo
New Japan Pro-Wrestling (2016–present)
Bullet Club (2016–2022)
Bully Ray and Devon trained Koloamatangi in wrestling at the Team 3D Academy in Florida. He went to Japan in 2016 and enrolled at the New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW) dojo there. On November 12, 2016, in Auckland, New Zealand, at NJPW’s On the Mat Internet pay-per-view, Koloamatangi made his professional wrestling debut, losing to Henare under the ring name Hikule’o (a reference to the Tongan god).
Throughout 2017, Koloamatangi continued his training while acting as a young lion. In September 2017, he returned to the NJPW roster, participating in the Destruction tour as “Leo Tonga.” He replaced the injured Kenny Omega by joining the gaijin heel stable Bullet Club with his brothers Tanga Loa and Tama Tonga as well as his cousin Bad Luck Fale. Koloamatangi participated in a New Japan Rumble on January 4, 2018, at Wrestle Kingdom 12, the 27th annual January 4 Tokyo Dome Show (NJPW’s annual signature event). Later that month, Koloamatangi changed his ring name to “Hikuleo” at The New Beginning in Sapporo. Hikuleo suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury in March 2018.
Hikuleo returned to Honor Rising: Japan in February 2019 alongside his brothers, having recovered and spent six months training at the NJPW Dojo in Los Angeles. Hikuleo participated in the 2019 New Japan Cup for the first time in his career, where Mikey Nicholls eliminated him in the opening round. Following that, Hikuleo made his debut in the European promotion Revolution Pro Wrestling as part of his journey to gain more experience and training; however, on June 29, he was defeated by Dan Magee in his opening match. Hikuleo left NJPW in September 2019 and did not return until September 2020, when he defeated Brody King on NJPW Strong, the NJPW’s American show. Hikuleo competed in the New Japan Cup USA competition in March of the following year, defeating Jordan Clearwater to qualify for the competition. Hikuleo defeated Fred Rosser in the opening round but fell to eventual tournament champion Tom Lawlor in the semifinals. At NJPW Resurgence in August, Juice Robinson defeated Hikuleo.
Guerillas of Destiny (2022–present)
After The Guerillas of Destiny were expelled from Bullet Club at No Surrender, Hikuleo turned hostile toward stable leader Jay White, who was in charge of expelling Hikuleo’s brothers. Hikuleo responded to White’s “U.S of Jay” open challenge at Mutiny in April 2022 as a result. White, however, won the match, and Hikuleo gave him the “too sweet” gesture afterward to show that he was still loyal to the Bullet Club. Hikuleo competed at Windy City Riot with his Bullet Club teammates and Scott Norton, falling to United Empire. At Capital Collision in May, Hikuleo teamed up with White to defeat Chaos’ Kazuchika Okada and Rocky Romero. Hikuleo was supposed to team up with Bullet Club stablemate El Phantasmo and one-night-only participants in an eight-man tag-team match at AEW x NJPW: Forbidden Door. The Young Bucks faced off against Darby Allin, Sting, Hiromu Takahashi, and Shingo Takagi of Los Ingobernables de Japon. However, it was revealed that Takahashi would be unable to compete at the event due to having a fever, so the match was changed to a six-man tag-team match without Hikuleo. Hikuleo nevertheless showed up at the event and stood in the Bullet Club corner. Sting, Allin, and Takagi defeated Bullet Club at the event despite their interference in the match. Hikuleo returned to Japan in September for NJPW Burning Spirit, where he defeated Togi Makabe, Tomoaki Honma, and Kushida by teaming with Kenta and Taiji Ishimori. On September 25, Hikuleo betrayed Bullet Club by attacking Jay White and siding with Tama Tonga later in the Burning Spirit tour. He later changed his mind and joined the Guerillas of Destiny stable alongside Jado and his brothers Tama Tonga and Tonga Loa. Hikuleo defeated Kenta to win the Strong Openweight Championship, his first title in NJPW, in May 2023 at Wrestling Dontaku. 18 days later, Kenta would win back the title from him.
All Elite Wrestling (2021, 2022)
Hikuleo made his All Elite Wrestling (AEW) debut on Night 2 of Fyter Fest in July 2021 while watching the IWGP United States Championship match between Jon Moxley and Lance Archer. Following Archer’s triumph, Hikuleo entered the ring and made a move toward Archer that alluded to a potential title match between the two in the future. Hikuleo, who was accompanied to the ring by his father King Haku, lost to Archer in the match that was slated to take place at Fight for the Fallen the following week. On the AEW Dark episode from August 11, 2021, Hikuleo made an appearance and defeated Thad Brown.
The Young Bucks, reDRagon, and Hikuleo joined forces to defeat the Jurassic Express, Christian Cage, Matt Hardy, and Darby Allin in a ten-man tag-team match on the June 1, 2022 episode of AEW Dynamite.
Impact Wrestling (2021–present)
Hikuleo would start making appearances in Impact Wrestling, another NJPW partner promotion in the United States, in the summer of 2021. By the following fall, he would be added to the Impact roster and he, Chris Bey, and El Phantasmo would establish themselves as the Bullet Club’s American affiliate in Impact Wrestling. Hikuleo defeated FinJuice at Victory Road in his Impact debut while working with Bey. Hikuleo and Bey competed for the Impact World Tag Team Championship on the October 21st episode of Impact!, but the match resulted in a no-contest. As a result, a three-way tag-team match between the two teams and Tag Team Champions, The Good Brothers, was scheduled for Bound for Glory with the titles on the line. The Good Brothers kept their title at the competition. Bey and Hikuleo failed to win the Impact World Tag Team Championships from The Good Brothers at Turning Point in November.
In a 12-man tag-team match against Honor No More in November at Emergence, Hikuleo made a comeback to Impact programming. He was joined by other Bullet Club members.