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Sionne Vailahi (b. 1958) is a Tongan Professional Wrestler best known for his work in the 1980s and 1990s as The Barbarian. He debuted in 1980 after having previously competed in Japan in sumo wrestling. He wrestled under the names Tonga John, King Konga and Konga the Barbarian before settling on "The Barbarian." He competed in various National Wrestling Alliance territories before settling into the Mid-Atlantic initially as a Face. He was turned Heel and teamed with the Warlord as The Powers of Pain. He made his PPV debut in the steel cage battle royal that was the main event of NWA Bunkhouse Stampede, January 24, 1988, with Dusty Rhodes eliminating him to win. The POP surprised many people by jumping from the NWA to WWE in the summer. The team split in 1990, with the Warlord joining Slick's stable and Barbarian joining the Heenan Family. He stayed around for another two years, leaving in February. He then briefly allied himself with Cactus Jack in Jack's feud with WCW World Heavyweight Champion Ron Simmons. He had a brief run in WWE in late 1994-1995 as "Sionne" of the Headshrinkers after Samu left. He and Warlord were briefly reunited under masks in WCW in late 1995 as "The Super Assassins" before Warlord left. Barbarian joined the Dungeon of Doom and teamed with Meng as The Faces of Fear until that team split. Barbarian and Meng would alternate between teaming and feuding in 1998 and 1999. He has also competed for CHIKARA, Juggalo Championship Wrestling, New Japan Pro-Wrestling and many independents around the world. Among his in-ring achievements, he is a former NWA World 6-Man Tag Team Champion and he and Dick Slater were the last-ever WCW United States Tag Team Champions.


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"Barbaric Tropes":

  • The Brute: Often played this rule.
  • David vs. Goliath: Played straight at WrestleMania VII when the Rockers (Shawn Michaels and Marty Jannetty) defeated Haku and Barbarian. Inverted when the Faces of Fear defeated Chris Jericho and Eddie Guerrero on the February 4, 1997 WCW Monday Nitro.
  • Death from Above: 6'2, 300 lbs. of muscle and could come off of the top rope.
  • Demoted to Extra: In WWE and WCW.
  • Combination Attack: After Meng's backdrop, he would catch the opponent and then power bomb them.
  • Expy: Drew on both Bruiser Brody and the Road Warriors.
  • Facial Markings: During his early 90s WCW run
  • Finishing Move: Diving Headbutt, Top Rope Clothesline, Kick Of Fear, Piledriver
  • Garbage Wrestler: WCW did put him in the Hardcore division for a time in 1999.
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  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: Started as a face, turned heel, the POP were brought into WWE as face, did the Face/Heel Double-Turn with Demolition at Survivor Series 1988, stayed heel the rest of his time in WWE, a heel in WCW, a face again in WWE as a member of the Headshrinkers, heel again in WCW...
  • I'm a Humanitarian: Referred to this way at times in WCW.
  • The Jannetty: To Meng. He's a little ahead of Warlord, but not really enough to be a Breakup Breakout. It ended up being his motivation for turning on Meng.
  • Maniac Tongue: The page image isn't enough for you?
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast
  • No-Sell: Often.
  • Parts Unknown: Billed from there at times.
  • Power Stable:
  • Ring Oldies: Although his full time wrestling career ended when WCW released him in mid-2000, he's been wrestling part time in the indies ever since - and as of 2018, he's still going. He was born in 1958.
  • Starter Villain: In WCW it wasn't unusual for someone to beat The Barbarian to set up a match between them and Meng.
  • Tag Team: The Powers of Pain with The Warlord (also known for a time as the Untouchables or under masks as the Super Assassins)
    • The New Headshrinkers (with Fatu, first appearing as a replacement for Samu and then permanently replacing him)
    • The Faces of Fear (with Meng)note 
  • Wild Tongan: Afa does not count him as part of the family though, even though he has teamed with wrestlers (Fatu, Haku/Meng) who are.
  • The Worf Effect: He was Goldberg's second televised victim, on the September 29, 1997 WCW Monday Nitro. A few dozen matches into Goldberg's streak, he and Hugh Morrus lost a handicap match against Goldberg, giving him far less trouble than either of them did in their singles matches against him.
  • Wrestling Family: His niece is Lei'D Tapa, who competed for TNA in 2013 and 2014.