Solofa Fatu Jr. is an American professional wrestler. He is best known for his work in WWE as Rikishi and Fatu. He is a former WWE, World, and Intercontinental Champion. He is a WWE Hall of Famer and the father of The Usos.
- Professional Wrestling Career
- Championships and Accomplishments
Professional Wrestling Career
Early Years (1985-1992)
In 1985, Faru began his wrestling career on the independent circuit. He and his cousin formed a tag team called The Samoan Swat Team. The team spent a few years on the independent circuit securing victories and winning championships before signing to Jim Crockett's promotion. The team added The Samoan Savage and became a formidable trio in the company. In 1990, the team left WCW and spent two years touring around before joining WWF.
Various Gimmicks (1992-1999)
After The Samoan Swat Team joined World Wrestling Federation, they were renamed The Headshrinkers. The team stayed together for three years, where they won the WWF Tag Team Championship by defeating The Quebecers. After Samu left due to injuries, the team was disbanded, and they took Fatu off the television.
In 1995, they repackaged Fatu to a positive character who used his teachings from the ghetto to help others. Unfortunately, the character did not work. After a while, they repackaged him as The Sultan. At WrestleMania XIII, The Rock defeated The Sultan to keep his Intercontinental Championship.
In 1999, Fatu was repackaged for the third time as Rikishi. Rikishi formed a popular alliance called Too Cool with Grand Master Saxay and Scotty 2 Hotty. Rikishi became popular and the move of Stink Face became synonymous with him. He became an entertaining superstar and started his climb to the top. In 2000, Rikishi defeated Chris Benoit to win the Intercontinental Championship.
After losing the title, Rikishi was inserted into the main event picture when he was revealed as the person who injured Stone Cold before Survivor Series. Rikishi turned heel when he attacked The Rock with a sledgehammer. At Survivor Series, THe Rock defeated Rikishi. At Armageddon, Rikishi was chokeslammed from the top of the cell by The Undertaker.
In 2001, Haku returned to WWF, which led them to form a tag team. The team disbanded by May. After the draft, he and Rico defeated Billy and Chuck to win the WWF Tag Team Championships. After 2002, Rikishi began appearing sporadically and feuded with several stars for a few weeks. In 2004, he formed a team with Scotty 2 Hotty and won the WWE Tag Team Championships. In July, they released him from the company.
Independent Circuit (2004-2019)
After being released, Rikishi changed his name to Kishi due to the naming rights owned by WWE. He spent the remaining years wrestling and managing various groups on different promotions.
Rikishi made several sporadic appearances over the years as a legend in the industry. He has stink-faced several superstars during segments. He was last seen at Survivor Series during the retirement speech of The Undertaker.
Championships and Accomplishments
|Championship||Number of Times|
|NSWA Tag Team Championship||1|
|Portland Pacific Northwest Heavyweight Championship||1|
|Power Pro Wrestling Heavyweight Championship||1|
|UWA World Trios Championship||1|
|WCWA Texas Tag Team Championship||1|
|WCWA World Tag Team Championship||3|
|WWC Caribbean Tag Team Championship||1|
|WWF Intercontinental Championship||1|
|World Tag Team Championship||2|
|WWE Tag Team Championship||1|
|WWE Hall of Fame||1|