Zilla Fatu, son of late WWE star Umaga, is set to make his in-ring debut in July.
Booker T’s Reality of Wrestling announced on social media that Zilla Fatu will be making his in-ring debut on July 15th at the promotion’s Summer of Champions event in Humble, TX.
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— Reality of Wrestling (@TheOfficialROW) June 19, 2023
The generational talent began training with Booker T’s school in December of 2022, shortly after serving a six-year jail sentence for aggravated assault. Speaking in a January interview with MuscleManMalcolm, Fatu opened up about why he initially didn’t want to become a professional wrestler and what made him change his mind.
“To be honest, when I was in prison, I really didn’t have it (wrestling) on my mind, you know? But when I came home and I seen that my family was on top of the business, I’m thinking why not? And I don’t know if you know or anybody else knows, my dad didn’t want none of us to do wrestling, like at all. So that was kind of hard on going against what my dad’s wishes was. But right now, I’m like man, why not bro? So I gotta do it.”
Continuing, he revealed that the first person he contacted about stepping inside the squared circle was WWE star Shelton Benjamin, who told him to get his mother’s approval.
“Okay, so, I wanna say my second month when I was home, I was actually talking to Shelton Benjamin and I was asking him, I was like, ‘Hey uce, man, I’m really thinking about doing wrestling’ and he was like, ‘Well, did you talk to your mom about it?’… And I’m like, ‘Man, nah.’
“He was like, ‘Man, you need to get with your mom to see what’s her outlook’ and at the time bro, I’m like, why I need my mom’s approval? But, eventually when I end up talking to her, I’m like, ‘okay, yeah, this is what Shelton meant’
“Long story short, I did talk to my mom and she was up for it and she’s happy for me. She’s gonna support me through anything and everything that I go through.
“So just having her approval, it just made my job easier to go in there and handle business and when I went there [Reality of Wrestling], my first day, I actually did get on my channel. I was excited, but at the end of the day, I knew I had business to handle.
“Even if I’m related to The Usos or whoever, that does not matter if I don’t put the work in.”
h/t POST Wrestling