Solofa Fatu Jr. (ring name: “Rikishi” born October 11, 1965 in San Francisco, California) is a former Professional Wrestler in World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and is part of the famous Anoa’i Wrestling dynasty as the nephew to Sika Anoa’i and Afa Anoa’i, known as the Wild Samoans.
Rikishi is the brother of Eddie Fatu (Umaga) and Sam Fatu (The Tonga Kid). He is cousins to Dwayne Johnson (The Rock) Rodney Anoa’i (Yokozuna), Samula Anoa’i (Headshrinker Samu), and Matt Anoa’i (Rosey).
He is married to Corinna Ann Fatu . Fatu has seven children that include: twin sons Jonathan Solofa and Joshua Sammy, known as Jimmy and Jey Uso on WWE SmackDown, a daughter Thavana Monalisa, and four other sons Thamiko, Jeremiah Peniata, Joseph and Samson.
Rikishi made his WWE debut in the early 1990’s under the name Fatu. He teamed up with his cousin, Samu, to form the Headshrinkers, a savage duo cut from the same cloth as their uncles, The Wild Samoans. The pair captured the World Tag Team Championship in 1994, defeating The Quebecers on Monday Night Raw. After losing the gold to Shawn Michaels & Diesel, The Headshrinkers split. Rikishi teamed up with new partner, Sionne, but unlike his Headshrinkers World Tag Team win in ’94, this new pair had limited success. Rikishi started to briefly compete in singles action, before leaving WWE in 1997.
Rikishi returned to WWE in 1999 with a new name and look, which consisted of bleached blonde hair, shades and sumo wrestling gear. He formed a wildly popular alliance with the duo Grand Master Sexay and Scotty 2 Hotty known as Too Cool. This trio was loved for their hip hop dance moves and for Rikishi’s infamous signature maneuver — the Stink Face. When his opponent was immobilized in the corner of the ring, Rikishi would rub his buttocks in the face of opposing wrestlers. This humiliating move was applied to many WWE greats, including Mr. McMahon and The Rock. As a fan favorite, Rikishi had a memorable reign as Intercontinental Champion and waged great rivalries with Edge & Christian and Val Venis.
Rakishi will also be remembered as the driver of the car that hit Stone Cold Steve Austin at the 1999 Survivor Series. Claiming he had performed this heinous act to allow his cousin, The Rock, to capture the WWE Championship, Rikishi began to battle Austin, culminating in a brutal No Holds Barred Match at No Mercy in 2000. Later, it was revealed that Triple H was the mastermind behind the hit and run, giving the WWE Universe more reason to detest the once-popular Samoan at the time.
Eventually, he saw the error of his ways and went back to being the Samoan Superstar the fans could cheer for again. Realigning himself with Scotty 2 Hotty, Rikishi would go on to capture the WWE Tag Team Championship in 2004. After holding the gold for a few months, Rikishi exited WWE, leaving behind a memorable legacy of hilarious dance moves, unexpected acts and his infamous stinky face signature maneuver.
In 2012, Rikishi has made an appearance at the WWE Hall of Fame ceremony and also returned as a surprise guest wrestler at WWE’s Raw Supershow on July 16 as part of WWE’s build up of matches leading up to the WWE Raw’s 1000th Episode on July 23rd. Rikishi’s appearance at WWE Raw had the crowd audience roaring in excitement and the internet had blown up once his theme music had hit, causing his name to instantly trend on Twitter throughout the entire match and even hours after it. He defeated Heath Slater with the ‘Samoan Spike’ signature move of his brother – Umaga, paying tribute to the late wrestler. After his win, he performed a dance with wrestling sons, Jimmy & Jey Uso, that continued to fire up the sold out crowd in the stadium.
Highlights and Awards:
- Portland Wrestling: Portland Pacific Northwest Heavyweight Championship (1x)
- Power Pro Wrestling (Memphis): PPW Heavyweight Championship (1x)
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated: PWI ranked him #27 of the top 500 singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 2000 and #347 in 2003. He won PWI Comeback of the Year in 2000
- Revolución Lucha Libre: Campeonato Internacional Absoluto (1x)
- Universal Wrestling Association: UWA World Trios Championship (1x) – with Kokina Maximus and The Samoan Savage
- World Class Wrestling Association: WCWA Texas Tag Team Championship (1x) – with Samu and the WCWA World Tag Team Championship (3x) – with Samu
- World Wrestling Council: WWC Caribbean Tag Team Championship (1x) – with Samu
- World Wrestling Federation / World Wrestling Entertainment: WWE Tag Team Championship (1x) – with Scotty 2 Hotty, World Tag Team Championship (2x) – with Samu (1) and Rico (1) and the WWF Intercontinental Championship (1x)
- Wrestling Observer Newsletter awards: Worst Worked Match of the Year in 1993 with Samu, Bastion Booger, and Bam Bam Bigelow vs. The Bushwhackers and Men on a Mission at Survivor Series
Source – Solofa Fatu Jr, WWE