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Solofa Fatu, Jr. (born October 11, 1965) is a Samoan American professional wrestler, best known under the ring names Rikishi (a shorter version of an older ring name Rikishi Phatu; Rikishi means sumo wrestler in Japanese) and Fatu with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), where he was a one-time Intercontinental Champion, two-time World Tag Team Champion, and one-time WWE Tag Team Champion. He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame by his sons in 2015.

Background

Pre-WrestleMania

Match Record

Winner Loser Location WrestleMania Stipulations Date
Rick Steiner/Scott Steiner Fatu/Samu (with Afa) Paradise, Nevada IX Tag team match April 4, 1993
Rocky Malvia The Sultan (with Bob Backlund and The Iron Sheik) Rosemont, Illinois 13 Singles match for the WWE Intercontinental Championship March 23, 1997
Rikishi/Kane (with Paul Bearer) X-Pac/Road Dogg (with Tori) Anaheim, California 2000 Tag team match April 2, 2000
Rikishi/Scotty 2 Hotty Faarooq/Bradshaw, Charlie Haas/Shelton Benjamin, Doug Basham/Danny Basham New York, New York XX Fatal 4-Way match for the WWE Tag Team Championship March 14, 2004

In wrestling

  • Finishing moves
    • As Rikishi
      • Banzai Drop / Rump Shaker (Corner slingshot seated senton) - adopted from his cousin Yokozuna
      • Rikishi Driver (WWF/E) / Over the shoulder reverse piledriver (independent circuit)
    • As The Sultan
      • Camel clutch
    • As Fatu
      • Samoan Splash (Diving splash)
  • Signature moves
    • ​Headbutt
    • Samoan drop
    • Samoan Spike (High speed thumb thrust) – adopted from his brother Eddie
    • Samoan Splash (Diving splash) with theatrics, adopted from Jimmy Snuka
    • Savate kick
    • Seated senton
    • Side belly to belly suplex
    • Stink face, sometimes preceded by a running hip attack to a cornered opponent
  • Managers
    • Paul E. Dangerously
    • Oliver Humperdink
    • Afa
    • Lou Albano
    • The Iron Sheik
    • Bob Backlund
  • Entrance themes
    • "Make a Change" by O.C Duram (January 18, 1994 - October 8, 1997)
    • "Royal Emperor" by Jim Johnston (August 19, 1996) - while teaming with The Iron Sheik and Bob Backlund
    • "Unknown Theme" by Jim Johnston (November 1999)
    • "U Look Fly 2 Day" by O. D. Hunte (Extreme Music Library; used while teaming with Too Cool)
    • "Bad Man"' by Ike Dirty (October 22, 2000 – May 7, 2001)

Championships and accomplishments

WWE Intercontinental Champions
Pat PattersonGreg ValentineRandy SavageRicky SteamboatThe Honky Tonk ManUltimate WarriorRick RudeMr. PerfectThe Texas TornadoBret HartRoddy PiperBritish BulldogShawn MichaelsRazor Ramon ● Diesel ● Hunter Hearst Helmsley/Triple HRocky Maivia/The RockStone Cold Steve AustinKen ShamrockRoad DoggThe GodfatherEdgeD'Lo BrownChris JerichoKurt AngleRikishiEddie GuerreroBilly GunnJeff HardyKaneAlbertChristianWilliam RegalRob Van DamBooker TRandy OrtonRic Flair ● CM Punk ● JBLBig ShowDaniel Bryan ● The Miz
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