The Barbarian


Height: 6'5"

Weight: 295 lbs

Real Name: Sione Vailahi

DOB: 9/08/1958

Hometown: Nuku'alofa, Tonga

Other Names: Yokinoshima (Sumo), Tonga John, King Konga (FL, WWC), Konga the Barbarian, Headshrinker Sione (WWF)

Wrestler Since: 1984

Finishing Maneuver: Kick of Fear

Previous PWI 500 Rankings: #219(2000), #192(1999), #176(1998), #130(1997), #128(1996), #233(1995), #159(1994), #142(1993), #94(1992), #85(1991)

Other Related Websites:
The Headshrinkers - Rollercoaster Bio
The Barbarian - Online World of Wrestling Bio
The Barbarian - Wikipedia Bio

History: Sione Vailahi has definitely had an interesting wrestling career, in many different organizations. A former Sumo wrestler, Vailahi then wrestled some in Memphis and other places as King Konga. This later became Konga the Barbarian, then was shortened to just the Barbarian. The Barbarian has mainly made his fame as a tag-team partner in various promotions. He was the partner of Steve DiSalvo in Florida, as the Untouchables, but this team did not last long.

The Barbarian's fame grew when he becan to team with the Warlord as the Powers of Pain in the NWA. The two, along with Ivan Koloff, won the NWA 6-Man Tag-Team titles from Dusty Rhodes, Hawk, and Paul Ellering (who was subbing for Animal at the time). The belts were vacated later that year, however, when the Powers of Pain jumped over to the WWF. For a while, the Powers of Pain were one of the hottest tag-teams in the organization, wrestling first as fan favorites, then turning on the fans by joining up with Mr. Fuji at the '88 Survivor Series, leading to a long-running feud with Demolition. Later on, when the team broke up, the Barbarian wrestled on his own, with little success despite his great size. When the Barbarian left the WWF, he soon traveled overseas. I know he teamed at one point with Scott Norton as the Jurassic Powers. He wrestled in New Japan for a while, then returned to the WWF, as a member of the New Headshrinkers. Again, though, this team was mainly a mid-card team, and the Barbarian soon reappeared in WCW.

The Barbarian quickly joined up as a member of Jimmy Hart's stable, teaming sometimes with Hugh Morris and Meng. The stable was an on-again, off-again grouping, with the Barbarian and Meng resorting to attacking each other at one point. In the beginning of '99, Hart pulled the group back together, calling them the First Family. Meng and the Barbarian (the Faces of Fear) seemed to be a strong possibility to win the Tag-Team Title Tournament, but the Barbarian surprisingly betrayed Meng, kicking him, literally, out of the First Family. That started a mid-card feud between Meng and the Barbarian, which Meng eventually seemed to win. This is as far as the Barbarian's push got, as he would later depart from WCW. The Barbarian later went down to Australia and wrestled some in i-Generation Wrestling, but information becomes sketchy on what the big Tongan did next.

Since then, the Barbarian has wrestled in many different independent organizations, spending a lot of time with NWA Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling, among others. After 20 years in the business, Sione still competes when he can, usually reuniting with wrestlers like Meng or the Warlord in tag-team affairs.

Pay-Per-View/Show Summary: (21 - 53, 3 NCs)
- AWA Southern Tag Title Tournament (January '84) = Konga the Barbarian & Jos de Luc lost to the Rock 'n' Roll Express. The Sambuie Express won the tournament.
- WCW Great American Bash '85 = Konga the Barbarian, along with Billy Graham and Abdullah the Butcher, lost to Manny Fernandez, Sam Houston, and Buzz Tyler.
- NWA Mid-South Superdome Extravaganza (June '85) = The Barbarian defeated Pat Rose.
- WCW Starrcade '85 = The Barbarian lost, via DQ, to Billy Graham in an "Arm Wrestling" Match.
- AWA/NWA Rage In A Cage (April '86) = Konga the Barbarian and Boris Zuhkov lost to the AWA Tag Champs Scott Hall and Curt Hennig.
- WCW Great American Bash '86 (July 26th) = Konga the Barbarian and Black Bart defeated Denny Brown and the Italian Stallion.
- WCW Starrcade '86 = The Barbarian and Shaska Whatley lost to Hector Guerrero and Baron von Raschke.
- NJPW IWGP League '87 (May-June '87) = Konga the Barbarian competed in the league, which was won by Masa Saito.
- WCW Great American Bash '87 = The Barbarian and Vladimir Petrov were beaten by Ronnie and Jimmy Garvin.
- NJPW Sumo Hall (October '87) = Konga the Barbarian & Manny Fernandez lost to Kengo Kimura & Keiji Mutoh.
- WCW Bunkhouse Stampede (January '88) = The Barbarian competed in the "Steel Cage Bunkhouse Stampede" Match, which was won by Dusty Rhodes.
- WCW Clash of the Champions I (March '88) = The Powers of Pain (Barbarian and the Warlord) and Ivan Koloff lost a "Barbed Wire" Match to Dusty Rhodes and the Road Warriors.
- WWF Wrestlefest '88 = The Powers of Pain defeated the Russians.
- WWF Summerslam '88 = The Powers of Pain again won over the Russians.
- WWF King of the Ring Tournament (October 16, '88) = The Barbarian fell in the first round to Ron Bass. Ted DiBiase won the tournament.
- WWF Survivor Series '88 = The Powers of Pain, the Hart Foundation, the Rockers, the British Bulldogs and the Young Stallions fought in a "Tag-Team Elimination" Match against Demolition, the Fabulous Rougeau Brothers, the Brain Busters, the Conquistadors and the Bolsheviks. The Powers of Pain were the "survivors".
- WWF Royal Rumble '89 = The Barbarian competed in the "Royal Rumble", which was won by Big John Studd.
- WWF Wrestlemania V ('89) = The Powers of Pain and Mr. Fuji lost to then-WWF Tag Champs Demolition.
- WWF King of the Ring Tournament (October 14, '89) = The Barbarian fell in the first round to Jimmy Snuka. Tito Santana won the tournament.
- WWF Survivor Series '89 = The Powers of Pain, Ted DiBiase and Zeus fought in an "Elimination" Match against Hulk Hogan, Jake "The Snake" Roberts and Demolition. The Barbarian was DQ'ed. Hogan was the "survivor".
- WWF Royal Rumble '90 = The Barbarian competed in the "Royal Rumble", which was won by Hulk Hogan.
- WWF Wrestlemania VI ('90) = The Barbarian defeated Tito Santana.
- WWF Survivor Series '90 = The Barbarian, Haku, Dino Bravo and the Earthquake fought in an "Elimination" Match against Hulk Hogan, "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan, Tugboat and the Big Boss Man. The Barbarian was eliminated by Hogan, who was the sole "survivor".
- WWF Royal Rumble '91 = The Barbarian was pinned by the Big Boss Man.
- WWF Wrestlemania VII ('91) = The Barbarian and Haku lost to the Rockers.
- SWS Wrestlefest (March '91) = The Barbarian and "Superfly" Jimmy Snuka were beaten by Ishinriki and Yoshiaki Yatsu.
- WWF Saturday Night's Main Event #29 (April '91) = The Barbarian competed in a "Battle Royale", which was won by Mr. Perfect.
- WWF Royal Rumble '92 = The Barbarian competed in the "Royal Rumble", which was won by Ric Flair.
- NJPW G1 Climax '92 (August 6-12, '92) = The Barbarian lost in the first round to Shinya Hashimoto.
- NJPW Sumo Hall (August 10, '92) = The Barbarian & Jim Neidhart were beaten by Tony Halme & Bam-Bam Bigelow.
- NJPW Sumo Hall (August 12, '92) = The Barbarian, Jim Neidhart & Barry Windham lost to Tony Halme, Bam-Bam Bigelow & Scott Norton.
- WCW Clash of the Champions XX (September '92) = The Barbarian and Butch Reed defeated Barry Windham and Dustin Rhodes.
- WCW Halloween Havoc '92 = The Barbarian lost to then-WCW World Champion Ron Simmons.
- WCW Clash of the Champions XXI (November '92) = The Barbarian, Tony Atlas and Cactus Jack lost a "Handicap" Match to Too Cold Scorpio and Ron Simmons.
- WCW Starrcade '92 = The Barbarian and Kensuke Sasaki lost to Big Van Vader and Dustin Rhodes.
- NJPW Budokan Hall (June '93) = The Barbarian & Tony Halme were beaten by John Tenta & Haku.
- NJPW Sumo Hall (August 2, '93) = The Barbarian & Haku fell to the IWGP Tag-Team Champs, the Hellraisers.
- NJPW Sumo Hall (August 6, '93) = The Barbarian & Haku defeated the Nasty Boys.
- NJPW Sumo Hall (August 7, '93) = The Barbarian & Haku lost to Scott Norton & Hercules Hernandez, who retained the IWGP Tag-Team Titles.
- NJPW Super Grade Tag League III (October 8 - November 4, '93) = The Barbarian & Masa Saito competed in the League, which was won by Keiji Mutoh & Hiroshi Hase.
- NJPW Sumo Hall (November 4, '93) = The Barbarian & Sean Royal lost to Scott Norton & Hercules Hernandez.
- WCW Uncensored '96 = The Barbarian was part of the "Tower of Doom" Match with Ric Flair, Arn Anderson, Meng, Lex Luger, Kevin Sullivan, Ze Gansta, and the Ultimate Solution, against Hulk Hogan and "Macho Man" Randy Savage. The Barbarian was defeated.
- WCW Slamboree '96 = Barbarian & Diamond Dallas Page defeated Meng & Hugh Morris. Later in the night, the two beat Rick Steiner & the Booty Man, which got both wrestlers into the Battle Bowl. Barbarian lost in the battle royal, which was later won by DDP.
- WCW Hogg Wild '96 = The Barbarian, Meng, & Kevin Sullivan defeated Joe Gomez, Mark Starr, & Jim Powers in a dark match.
- WCW Halloween Havoc '96 = The Barbarian & Meng lost to Chris Benoit & Steve "Mongo" McMichael.
- WCW World War III '96 = The Barbarian & Meng lost a "Triangle" Match to the WCW Tag Champs, the Outsiders. The Nasty Boys were the other competitors. Later in the night, the Barbarian competed in the "3 Ring Battle Royal", which was won by the Giant.
- WCW Starrcade '96 = The Barbarian & Meng lost to the Outsiders, who kept their WCW Tag-Team Titles.
- WCW Superbrawl VII ('97) = The Barbarian, with Meng, lost a Triangle Tag Match to Public Enemy; Harlem Heat was the other team involved.
- WCW Fall Brawl '97 = The Barbarian & Meng lost to Mortis & Wrath.
- WCW World War III '97 = The Barbarian & Meng defeated Ernest Miller & Glacier. Later in the night, the Barbarian competed in the "3 Ring Battle Royal", which was won by Scott Hall.
- WCW Road Wild '98 = The Barbarian was pinned by Meng, his former partner.
- i-Generation Superstars of Wrestling (July '00) = The Barbarian defeated Brute Force (Ed Leslie).
- UCW Gaffney Show (September 1, '01) = The Barbarian fought to a No-Contest with Johnny B. Goode.
- Puerto Rico 28th Anniversary Show (September 18, '01) = The Barbarian was beaten by Konnan, who retained the "AAA" Title.
- APW Ramseur Show (November 3, '01) = The Barbarian fought to a No-Contest with Mike Gunner.
- VCW Smithfield Show (December 1, '01) = The Barbarian beat Preston Quinn.
- UPWC Pfafftown Show (December 22, '01) = The Barbarian fought to a No-Contest with Thunder.
- NACW Newton Show (February 8, '02) = The Barbarian lost a "Steel Cage" Match to Ricky Morton.
- NACW Shelby Show (February 9, '02) = The Barbarian won over Norman Smiley.
- UWA Night of Legends (February 16, '02) = The Barbarian, George South & the Masked Superstar #2 took down Tommy Ace, Billy Diamond & Troy Graham.
- NACW Heavyweight Title Tournament (April 26, '02) = The Barbarian defeated Lord Everett Devore, the Honky Tonk Man (via DQ) and Manny Fernandez to win the tournament and the title.
- MACW (Mid Atlantic) Conway Show (May 11, '02) = The Barbarian was beaten by Colt Steel.
- NACW Shallotte Show (May 25, '02) = The Barbarian lost, via DQ, to Bobby Eaton.
- CCW Sylva Show (July 6, '02) = The Barbarian lost, via DQ, to Greg Valentine.
- NACW Shelby Show (August 17, '02) = The Barbarian fell to Kamala.
- NACW Lenoir Show (September 14, '02) = The Barbarian fought to a No-Contest with Manny Fernandez.
- VCW Newport News Show (October 20, '02) = The Barbarian was beaten by Dirty Money.
- MACW (Mid Atlantic) Albemarle Show (April 5, '03) = The Barbarian defeated the Russian Assassin.
- IWF (International) Sebring Show (April 19, '03) = The Powers of Pain fell to Gangrel & Headbanger Mosh.
- IWC Night of Legends '08 (April 12) = The Powers of Pain lost, via DQ, to Demolition.
- PWG Kurt Russellreunion 2: The Reunioning (January 29, '11) = The Barbarian competed in the "Legends Wrestle-Royale" Match, which was won by Roddy Piper.

Title Summary:
- WWC Puerto Rican Champion (??/??/??)
- NWA World 6-Man Tag-Team Champion w/ the Warlord and Ivan Koloff (2/12/1988 - 1988)
- WCW United States Tag-Team Champion w/ Dick Slater (6/25/1992 - 7/31/1992)
- WWA Tag-Team Champion w/ ???? (??/??/??)
- IWGP Tag-Team Champion w/ Scott Norton (8/5/1993 - 1/4/1994)
- IAW Heavyweight Champion (5/04/1994 - 7/23/1994)
- WLW Heavyweight Champion (??/??/??)
- NACW Heavyweight Champion (4/26/2002 - 2002)
- NWA Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Champion (10/02/2004 - ??)

PWI Achievement Awards: (0 wins, 0 1st RUs, 1 2nd RU, 1 3rd RU)
- 1990 Match of the Year, 3rd Runner-Up (Royal Rumble)
- 1992 Match of the Year, 2nd Runner-Up (Royal Rumble)