To think of Rikishi as just another fun-loving dancer in WWE would be to grossly underestimate this fearless and charismatic big man from the islands. Rikishi was one of the most popular Superstars in WWE’s chaotic Attitude Era, and as announced on Raw, he now he becomes the third member of the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2015.
Born Solofa Fatu, Jr., a member of the legendary Anoa’i family dynasty, Rikishi is the nephew of WWE Hall of Famers Afa and Siki, The Wild Samoans. With wrestling in his blood, he was competing by the time he was 20 alongside his cousin Samu as The Samoan Swat Team, and achieved immediate success by winning tag team titles in Puerto Rico’s World Wrestling Council, and the legendary World Class organization in Texas. In 1989, they joined the NWA under the leadership of Paul E. Dangerously, aka Paul Heyman, and spent a year battling The Midnight Express and The Road Warriors.
Tickets for the 2015 WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony are on sale now at Ticketmaster.com, the SAP Center box office, and by calling (800) 745-3000.
By Ramsey S.
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