In the world of professional wrestling, or "Sports Entertainment" as Vince McMahon is so insistent on calling it, many carry the label of being a "tough guy".
The world of wrestling contains plenty of athletes with a legitimate pedigree in a "real" sport, be that the many amateur wrestlers that have made their way into the squared circle, Olympians like Kurt Angle and Bad News Allen, or UFC champions such as Brock Lesnar and Ken Shamrock.
However, there is one man whose reputation outshines even that of a machine like Brock Lesnar - Haku.
Haku is a little bit different to the other men mentioned. Rather than having a distinguished amateur career, his early discipline was Sumo, where he performed adequately but didn't truly excel. He eventually moved into professional wrestling, where he never really got above mid-card status in any major wrestling organisation that made use of his services, despite feuding with some of the top stars of the era.
Regardless, the man many also know as Meng has garnered a reputation as being perhaps the toughest man to emerge from the famed pseudo-sport.
Many of these stories are apocryphal in nature, often recounted in shoot interviews or developing as part of the mystique that surrounded the Tongan native. All of them point towards a man who was legitimately feared and respected in equal measure, more so for his adventures outside of the ring than his deeds in front of the millions of pro wrestling fans.
10. The Tank And Gun Story (Jake Roberts)
We start with a story that is less a recounting of something Haku actually did, and more of a quip that shows just how respected Haku is amongst the wrestlers that he competed with during his peak years.
The quote comes from Jake 'The Snake' Roberts, who portrayed one of the most terrifying characters of the 1980s era WWE. However, when speaking about Haku, Jake created a perfect hypothetical situation that shows just how dangerous the Tongan native is in real life during a shoot interview in 2013. In his own words:
If I had a gun and was sitting inside a tank with one shell left and Meng (Haku) is 300 yards away, he’s mine, right? Well the first thing I’m going to do is jump out of the tank and shoot myself because I don’t want to wound that son of a bitch and have him pissed off at me.
The story, though funny in nature, ably demonstrates the mythology that has come to surround Haku. After all, there has to be a reason that Jake wouldn't feel confident enough to take Haku on, even with a tank and gun to back him up.