- Solofa Fatu
name= Solofa Fatu, Jr.
Rikishi Rikishi Phatu
Samurai Sultan Kishi SUMO RIKISHI
height=6 ft 1 in. (185 cm)|weight=425 lb. (193.2 kg)cite web |url= http://www.kishifatu.com/Rikishi_profile.php|title=Rikishi Official Website|accessdate=2008-02-02]
birth_date=birth date and age|1965|10|11
San Francisco, California
Afa Anoa'i Sika Anoa'i
Solofa Fatu Jr. cite web |url=http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/profiles/r/rikishi.html |title=Online World of Wrestling|accessdate=2008-03-13 ] (born
October 11 1965) is a Samoan-American professional wrestler, best known under the ring name Rikishi.
Fatu is a member of the extensive
Samoan Anoa'i wrestling family, and the nephew of the Wild Samoans, Afa and Sika, who trained him in the 1980s. He is the brother of Ed Fatu, known as Umaga, and is the younger brother of The Tonga Kid, who was part of The Islanders, a tag team with Haku in the WWF. Fatu teamed with his cousin Samu, the son of Afa, as The Samoan Swat Team. The Swat Team wrestled mainly in the south, winning titles in the Dallas-based World Class Wrestling Association. The team later worked for the World Wrestling Federation as the Headshrinkers, before Solofa Fatu, Jr. embarked on a singles career.
The Samoan Swat Team
Solofa Fatu, Jr. first got the fans attention in 1985 as he worked for
Gino Britoand Dino Bravo’s “International Wrestling" territory based in Montreal. While in Montreal, Fatu worked as Prince Alofa, a high flying babyface often working as a team with the territory’s top faces. While working in Montreal Samu hung out with his cousin Samula Anoa'iwho was working in the area as the heel "The Great Samu". When the Montreal territory closed up, the two cousins signed with the World Wrestling Council in Puerto Rico and became The Samoan Swat Team (Samu & Fatu). The team adopted the “Samoan savage" gimmick that had made their fathers so well known and feared throughout the wrestling world, working barefoot and never speaking English on camera. The team became the first ever WWC Caribbean Tag Team Champions on November 7 1987when they beat Invader I and Invader III.cite book | author=Royal Duncan & Gary Will | title=Wrestling Title Histories | publisher=Archeus Communications | year=4th Edition 2006 | id=ISBN 0-9698161-5-4 ] The duo held the titles for just over a month before dropping them to Mark Youngbloodand Chris Youngblood before leaving the promotion.
Samu and Fatu next appeared in Texas, working for
Fritz Von Erich’s World Class Championship Wrestlingpromotion. The storyline was that Buddy Roberts brought the team in to fight his fights against the Von Erich familyand former Fabulous Freebirdspartner Michael Hayes. The SST was given a big push right away; presented as an unstoppable force, the team was even allowed to beat hometown heroes Kerry and Kevin Von Erichfor the WCCW Tag Team Titles on August 12 1988. The Samoans remained undefeated in WCCW until they came up against Roberts’ former partner Michael Hayes and Hayes new partner, “Do It To It" Steve Cox on September 12. The duo was not without the gold for long as they recaptured the titles only four days later.. Hayes and Cox beat the Samoan Swat Team for the titles once again on October 15, [cite web|url=http://www.prowrestlinghistory.com/supercards/usa/misc/wccw/cotton.html#88 | title = WCCW Show results – Cotton Bowl Extravaganza| accessdate=2007-04-03] but this time they only held the gold for two days before they lost it back to the SST. On September 12 1988, The Samoan Swat Team become double champions as they beat "Hollywood" John Tatum and Jimmy Jack Funk for the WCWA Texas Tag Team Championship. The Samoan Swat Team made their pay-per-viewdebut at AWA Superclash III, the first (and only) PPV that the American Wrestling Associationever presented. The Samoans successfully defended their WCCW Tag-Team titles against Michael Hayes and Steve Cox. [cite web| url = http://www.prowrestlinghistory.com/supercards/usa/misc/awa/superclash.html#sc3 | title = AWA Show results – SuperClash results| accessdate=2007-04-03] In the beginning of 1989, the Samoans left WCCW, forcing both tag-team titles to be vacated due to the sudden departure.
The Samoan Swat Team signed with
Jim Crockett Promotionsand was brought in as manager Paul E. Dangerously’s replacements for the "Original" Midnight Express who had left the promotion. The Samoans also took over the "Original" Midnight Express’ feud with the Midnight Express, winning at on April 2 1989. [cite web| url = http://www.prowrestlinghistory.com/supercards/usa/wcw/clash.html#VI | title = NWA Clash of the Champions Results (VI)|accessdate=2007-04-03] . The Samoans teamed with former rival Michael Hayes, Terry Gordy, and Jimmy Garvinat the 1989 Great American Bash, losing a WarGames matchto the Road Warriors, the Midnight Express, and Steve Williams. [cite web| url = http://www.prowrestlinghistory.com/supercards/usa/wcw/gabash.html#89 | title = NWA Great American Bash Results (1989) | accessdate=2007-04-03] In the fall of 1989 Paul E. Dangerously was phased out and the Samoans were given a new manager: "The Big Kahuna" Oliver Humperdink. Their ranks were also bolstered by the addition of The Samoan Savage, who is Fatu’s brother. The Samoans started to lose more and more matches as 1989 drew to a close, but their fortunes appeared to be changing due to the injury to Sid Vicious. Because Vicious was injured, the Skyscrapers had to pull out of the "Iron Team Tournament" at Starrcade 1989 and the Samoan Swat Team were chosen to be their replacements. [cite web| url = http://www.prowrestlinghistory.com/supercards/usa/wcw/starrcad.html#89 | title = NWA Starrcade Results (1989) | accessdate=2007-04-03] Fatu and the Samoan Savage participated while no explanation was given as to why the more experienced Samu was not chosen. For the remainder of the Samoan Swat Team’s time in WCW, Fatu and the Samoan Savage competed under the name while Samu made a few singles appearances.
After leaving WCW in the summer of 1990, the Samoan Swat Team worked for a number of independent promotions in the US, Europe, and Japan, often teaming up with family member
Rodney Anoa'iwho competed as "Kokina Maximus". [cite web| url = http://puroresufan.com/njpw/results91.php | title = StrongStyle Spirit: NJPW Results from 1991 | accessdate=2007-04-03] The family worked for the Universal Wrestling Associationin 1991 with Fatu, Kokina, and The Samoan Savage winning the UWA Trios Tag-Team titles and holding it for just under two months. [cite web| url = http://www.wrestling-titles.com/mexico/uwa/uwa-6.html | title = U.W.A. World Trios title | accessdate=2007-04-03] They also made a headline appearance on the UWA’s 16th anniversary show losing to Dos Caras, El Canek, and Mil Máscaras. [cite web| url = http://www.prowrestlinghistory.com/supercards/mexico/uwa/anniversary.html#16 | title = UWA show results – Anniversary shows | accessdate=2007-04-03]
World Wrestling Federation/Entertainment (1992-2004)
The Headshrinkers (1992–1994)
In 1992, Samu and Fatu signed up with the World Wrestling Federation, managed by Samu’s father Afa. [cite book | author=Brian Shields | title=Main event – WWE in the raging 80s| publisher=Pocket Books| year=4th Edition 2006 | id=ISBN 978-1-4165-3257-6 ] The team changed their name to the Headshrinkers, but their gimmick of Samoan wildmen remained the same. Rodney Anoa'i also signed with the WWF but he was repackaged as "Yokozuna" and the family ties between him and the Samoans was not mentioned on air. The team first made their presence known when they helped
Money Inc.beat the Natural Disastersto win the WWF Tag Team Championship. [cite web| url = http://www.thehistoryofwwe.com/92.htm | title = WWF Show Results 1992 | accessdate=2007-04-03| author = Graham Cawthon | quote = Ted Dibiase & IRS (w/ Jimmy Hart) defeated WWF Tag Team Champions the Natural Disasters to win the titles when Dibiase locked Earthquake in the Million $ Dream after the Headshrinkers interfered ] Early in their run with the WWF, the Headshrinkers feuded with the Natural Disasters and the recently formed High Energy. [cite web| url = http://www.prowrestlinghistory.com/supercards/usa/wwf/survivor.html#92 | title = WWF Survivor Series Results (1992) | accessdate=2007-04-03]
Between 1992 and the early parts of 1994, the Headshrinkers maintained a position in the middle of the tag-team division. They occasionally challenged for the titles and made sporadic PPV appearances feuding with teams like
The Smokin' Gunns[cite web| url = http://www.prowrestlinghistory.com/supercards/usa/wwf/summer.html#93 | title = WWF SummerSlam Results (1993) | accessdate=2007-04-03] and Men on a Mission. [cite web| url = http://www.prowrestlinghistory.com/supercards/usa/wwf/survivor.html#93 | title = WWF Survivor Series Results (1993) | accessdate=2007-04-03] The Headshrinkers assisted their relative Yokozuna in a casket match against The Undertakerat the Royal Rumble. [cite web| url = http://www.prowrestlinghistory.com/supercards/usa/wwf/rumble.html#94 | title = WWF Royal Rumble Results (1994) | accessdate=2007-04-03] In April 1994, the Headshrinkers turned face and challenged then tag-team champions The Quebecers; with the addition of manager Lou Albanothe team won the gold on April 26 1994. [cite web| url = http://www.wwe.com/inside/titlehistory/worldtagteam/304454132134 | title = Title History > World Tag Team > The Headshrinkers | accessdate=2007-04-03] At King of the Ring on June 19, the Headshrinkers successfully defended their tag team titles against Yokozuna and Crush. [cite web| url = http://www.prowrestlinghistory.com/supercards/usa/wwf/kingring.html#94 | title = WWF King of the Ring Results (1994) | accessdate=2007-04-03] Their run with the titles came to a surprising end on an untelevised card on August 28 where they lost the titles to Shawn Michaelsand Diesel. [cite web| url = http://www.wwe.com/inside/titlehistory/worldtagteam/304454132125 | title = Title History > World Tag Team > Shawn Michaels & Diesel | accessdate=2007-04-03] The title change happened just one day before they were scheduled to defend against Irwin R. Schyster and Bam Bam Bigelow. [cite web| url = http://www.prowrestlinghistory.com/supercards/usa/wwf/summer.html#94 | title = WWF SummerSlam Results (1994) | accessdate=2007-04-03] Soon after the title change, Samu left the WWF to recover from injuries and was replaced by Sionne, who formed the "New Headshrinkers" with Fatu.
The New Headshrinkers (1994–1995)
The storyline reason given for Samu’s departure was that he was not coping well with manager Lou Albano’s attempts to civilize the Headshrinkers, especially wearing boots. For the first time ever, one half of the Samoan Swat Team/Headshrinkers was not a member of the Anoa'i family nor a Samoan, as Sionne was from the island of
Tonga. The New Headshrinkers made only one PPV appearance as a team which was at the Survivor Series where they were quickly eliminated. [cite web| url = http://www.prowrestlinghistory.com/supercards/usa/wwf/survivor.html#94 | title = WWF Survivor Series Results (1994) | accessdate=2007-04-03] They were also both participants in the Royal Rumble. The only other notable appearance of the New Headshrinkers was as part of the tournament to crown new WWF tag team champions in late 1994/early 1995. The New Headshrinkers lost to Bam Bam Bigelow and Tatanka in the Semi-Finals. [cite web| url = http://www.prowrestlinghistory.com/supercards/usa/wwf/tagtitle.html#tag95 | title = WWF Tag-Team Title Tournament 1995| accessdate=2007-04-03] By July, the New Headshrinkers ended as Sionne signed with WCW. By the time Sionne left the WWF, the team was used to put over new teams such as Jacob & Eli Blu. [cite web| url = http://www.thehistoryofwwe.com/95.htm | title = WWF Show Results 1995| accessdate=2007-04-03| author = Graham Cawthon | quote = June 4, 1995: Jacob & Eli Blu defeated the New Headshrinkers]
tarting out single (1994–1997)
After spending a long time as one half of a tag team, Fatu became a singles wrestler in 1994. The World Wrestling Federation repackaged Fatu, dropping the “savage" gimmick and revealing that Fatu can speak English and that he was actually raised in the US.cite book | author=
RD Reynoldsand Randy Baer | title=Wrestlecrap – the very worst of pro wrestling | publisher=ECW Press| year=2003 | id=ISBN 1-55022-584-7 ] Fatu became a “man of the streets" talking about growing up in the hood, being shot during a real-life drive-by. He was going to be a positive influence on the kids under the catch phrase “Make a difference". During this time he was referred to as “Make a Difference" Fatu or at times Phatu. Also, around this time he participated in a few dark tag team matches with Rocky Maivia, for a short while. After a short while, two men started to show up whenever Fatu was in the ring. Samu along with his brother Lloyd Anoa'i, called "The Samoan Gangster Party" was watching him. Samu had also dropped the savage gimmick with Samu and Lloyd looking like gang members. The two men did not wrestle for the WWF but watched Fatu from afar as the former Headshrinker tried to turn himself into a positive role model for kids on the street. The angle never went anywhere as the Samoan Gangster party never got in the ring or confronted Fatu before he was repackaged and the whole angle was dropped.
The World Wrestling Federation decided to give Fatu a total change, as he became a stereotypical “Middle Eastern" known as The Sultan, complete with a face mask to hide who was playing the gimmick and managed by
The Iron Sheikand Bob Backlund. Fatu worked as the Sultan for about a year getting a shot at Rocky Maivia’s Intercontinental Title at WrestleMania 13but failed to win the gold. [cite web| url = http://www.prowrestlinghistory.com/supercards/usa/wwf/mania.html#XIII | title = WWF WrestleMania Results (13)| accessdate=2007-04-03] The Sultan gimmick was dropped before 1997 was over.
Fatu left the spotlight when the Sultan gimmick was canned, working on the independent circuit. He reappeared in late 1999 as Rikishi Fatu, later changed to Rikishi Phatu when he started teaming with Too Cool and eventually shortened to just Rikishi. He had gained a great deal of weight, bleached his hair blonde, and exchanged his long trousers for a revealing thong. [cite web |url=http://www.accelerator3359.com/Wrestling/bios/rikishi.html |title=Junior Fatu biography (with images) |accessdate=2007-10-13 |publisher=Accelerator] The Rikishi character had a brief feud with Viscera before aligning with Too Cool, which consisted of Grand Master Sexay and Scotty 2 Hotty. It was at this point that Rikishi's popularity began to soar as their post-match dance routine became popular with fans. During the 2000 Royal Rumble, Rikishi eliminated seven opponents in the Royal Rumble match; he was eliminated by six wrestlers working together. [cite web| url = http://www.prowrestlinghistory.com/supercards/usa/wwf/rumble2.html#00 | title = WWF Royal Rumble Elimination details (2000)| accessdate=2007-04-03] Two of those seven were Too Cool themselves, whom Rikishi eliminated after they performed their dance routine in the middle of the match.
Rikishi became famous for giving wrestlers the Stink Face, as his butt was stuffed in the face of an opposing wrestler. In May 2000, Rikishi and Too Cool feuded with Edge, Christian, and
Kurt Angle, culminating in a victory at Judgment Day. [cite web| url = http://www.prowrestlinghistory.com/supercards/usa/wwf/judgement.html#2000 | title = WWF Judgement Day Results (2000)| accessdate=2007-04-03] After winning the Intercontinental Championship on the June 22, 2000episode of "SmackDown!" from Chris Benoit,cite web| url = http://www.solie.org/titlehistories/ichtwwf.html | title = WWF/WWE Intercontinental heavyweight title history| accessdate=2007-04-03] Rikishi qualified for the 2000 King of the Ring tournament. On June 25, 2000, he defeated Benoit and Val Venis in the quarter and semi-finals respectively, but both his opponents hit him with a steel chair after losing, weakening his shoulder and helping Kurt Angle defeat him in the finals. [cite web| url = http://www.prowrestlinghistory.com/supercards/usa/wwf/kingring.html#2000| title = WWF King of the Ring Results (2000)| accessdate=2007-04-03] Stemming from Venis' attack at King of the Ring, Rikishi faced Venis on July 6and lost his title after Tazzhit him with a television camera. Rikishi faced Venis in a Steel Cage rematch at Fully Loaded. In the course of the match, Rikishi ascended the cage and, in a move reminiscent of Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka, leapt from the top, splashing Venis. Rikishi was defeated by Venis shortly after when Tazz once again hit him with a television camera. [cite web| url = http://www.prowrestlinghistory.com/supercards/usa/wwf/loaded.html#2000 | title = WWF Fully Loaded Results (2000)| accessdate=2007-04-03]
October 9 2000, Commissioner Mick Foleyused a slip of the tongue from Scotty 2 Hotty to implicate Rikishi as the person who had run over Stone Cold Steve Austinat Survivor Series, as Scotty stated that he had been hanging out that night with Grand Master Sexay and Rikishi. However, Foley stated later that night in the ring that Rikishi at that point had not debuted yet. In actuality, this is not true, as Rikishi had debuted on the Saturday night before the '99 Survivor Series on "WWF Jakked". Rikishi admitted injuring Austin, claiming that he had done so in order to allow his cousin The Rock to achieve stardom, insisting that Buddy Rogers, Bruno Sammartino, Bob Backlund, Hulk Hogan, and Austin - "The Great White Hope" - had always been pushed over Samoan performers such as High Chief Peter Maivia and Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka, who he believed had been held back. Austin immediately set out to obtain revenge, facing Rikishi in a No Holds Barred match at No Mercy. [cite web| url = http://www.prowrestlinghistory.com/supercards/usa/wwf/nomercy.html#2000 | title = WWF No Mercy Results (2000)| accessdate=2007-04-03] The match went to a no contest when Austin dragged Rikishi to the parking lot and attempted to run him over, but a police car drove in front of Austin's car, saving Rikishi. Though Austin was arrested, he had badly injured Rikishi, inflicting numerous cuts and bruises to his face. Later that night, Rikishi attempted to help The Rock retain the WWF Championship in a match against Kurt Angle, but "accidentally" kicked and crushed The Rock, allowing Angle to Angle Slam both men and win the title. [cite web| url = http://www.solie.org/titlehistories/tiwwf.html | title = WWF/WWE World Heavyweight Title History | accessdate=2007-04-03] After a number of instances where Austin was attacked backstage by an unseen assailant, it became clear that Rikishi had an accomplice. During a handicap match pitting Rikishi and Kurt Angle against Austin, Triple Hcame to the ring, seemingly to aid Austin, but swerved the audience by attacking Austin with a sledgehammer. This led to Triple H revealing that he had masterminded the assault, relegating Rikishi to his hired muscle. Rikishi never reclaimed the popularity he enjoyed throughout his initial run as Rikishi.
Rikishi lost to The Rock at Survivor Series. [cite web| url = http://www.prowrestlinghistory.com/supercards/usa/wwf/survivor.html#2000 | title = WWF Survivor Series Results (2000)| accessdate=2007-04-03] He then participated in the six-man
Hell in a Cellmatch at Armageddon 2000 for the WWF Championship, in which he was chokeslammed from the top of the cell by the Undertaker. [cite web| url = http://www.prowrestlinghistory.com/supercards/usa/wwf/armageddon.html#2000 | title = WWF Armageddon Results (2000)| accessdate=2007-04-03] He won a match entitling him to enter the 2001 Royal Rumble at number 30, but he did not last long before being eliminated by The Rock in the Royal Rumble. [cite web| url = http://www.prowrestlinghistory.com/supercards/usa/wwf/rumble2.html#01 | title = WWF Royal Rumble Elimination Details (2001)| accessdate=2007-04-03]
After the return of Haku at the Royal Rumble in 2001, Rikishi and Haku formed a tag team, and feuded with Kane and The Undertaker. The team split when Rikishi was sidelined with an eardrum injury, and Haku was later released. Rikishi returned from injury on
May 7 2001and was urged by Foley to become a good guy again. He wrestled for several weeks before suffering a shoulder injury which caused him to miss much of 2001. Rikishi returned on December 6 2001, delivering a Stink Face to Vince McMahon. Upon the , Rikishi was drafted to SmackDown!. At Judgment Day 2002, he faced Billy and Chuck in a "secret partner" match. His partner turned out to be Rico, Billy and Chuck's stylist. Despite Rico's best efforts to unfairly help Billy and Chuck, Rikishi and he won the match and became the Tag Team Champions. [cite web| url = http://www.prowrestlinghistory.com/supercards/usa/wwf/judgement.html#2002 | title = WWF Judgement Day Results (2002)| accessdate=2007-04-03]
Rikishi was not featured much in late 2002 and early-2003. He feuded with
John Cena, Bill DeMott, and the Full Blooded Italianson "SmackDown!". The return of "Rowdy" Roddy Piper led Rikishi to challenge him as Piper had hit Jimmy Snuka with a coconutyears ago on Piper's Pit. At Backlash 2003, Piper's protege Sean O'Hairedefeated Rikishi after Piper got hit with a coconut by Rikishi giving O'Haire time to hit the Widowmaker on Rikishi. [cite web| url = http://www.prowrestlinghistory.com/supercards/usa/wwf/backlash.html#2003 | title = WWF Backlash Results (2003) | accessdate=2007-04-03] Rikishi eventually formed a tag team with Scotty 2 Hotty, and the duo defeated the Basham Brothersfor the WWE Tag Team Championshipon February 5 2004,cite web| url = http://www.solie.org/titlehistories/ttwwf.html | title = WWE Tag-Team Title History (Smackdown) | accessdate=2007-04-03] holding them for two and a half months before losing them to Charlie Haasand Rico. Fatu, however, was released by WWE on July 16 2004, following repeated requests from WWE to lose weight.
Fatu continued to wrestle on the
independent circuit. In October 2005, he shortened his ring name to Kishi after being notified by WWE legal representatives that WWE owned a trademark on the name "Rikishi". Fatu, as Kishi, would go on to operate Nu-Wrestling Evolution, a professional wrestling promotion based in Italy. [cite web| url = http://www.nwewrestling.com/home.php?codlang=2 | title = Official NWE Wrestling Website]
February 17 2007, Fatu competed as SUMO RIKISHI in a tag team contest at an All Japan Pro Wrestlingevent, as he was brought in by Keiji Mutoto feud with Akebono. [cite web| url = http://www.purolove.com/ajpw/results/07exciteseries.php | title = AJPW “EXCITE SERIES 2007" Results | accessdate=2007-04-03| quote = (translated from German) Akebono & Toru Owashi defeated Sumo Rikishi & Johnny Dunn (Nobutaka Araya) (9:37)] On August 12 2007, Fatu competed in an 8-man tag, as Rikishi, at AAA's TripleMania event. On August 23, Fatu competed in a Triple Threat match against Samoa Joeand Sterling James Keenanat Ballpark Brawl VIII in Buffalo, New York. On November 17, wrestling as Rikishi once again, Fatu defeated Mike Rollins at a Heavy On Wrestlingevent in Duluth, Minnesota.
Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (2007)
September 13, 2007edition of "iMPACT!", Fatu debuted in Total Nonstop Action Wrestlingunder the ring name Junior Fatu. Fatu faced Christian Cage on the September 20, 2007 edition of "iMPACT!" in his first match, which he lost due to a distraction by Christian's partner A.J. Styles. On the October 25, 2007 edition of "iMPACT!", Fatu faced Robert Roode in a Fight for the Right Tournamentmatch, which he won due to interference by Samoa Joe. However, after a dispute, Fatu left TNA because of money issues. [cite web| url = http://www.wrestlezone.com/article.php?articleid=195771821 | title = Fatu's Release] Chris Harris took Fatu's spot in the tournament.
Before he came into prominence through wrestling, he earned money by street dancing in his home town of San Francisco. Fatu was involved in a drive-by shooting in the early nineties and ended up being shot in the stomach. He was left with a large scar going up his mid-section. An interesting fact is that after being shot Fatu was pronounced dead for exactly three minutes until doctors revived him. Fatu claims this was moment of "
divine intervention" and a sign from God that he had to survive in order to provide a better life for his family.
Fatu and his wife Sua have five children: daughter Thavana, twins Jonathan & Joshua, Jeremiah & Joseph. [Stated in the May 2000 issue of WOW Magazine] He rubs his nose twice en route to the ring to tell his children that he loves them. Fatu is a member of the famous Anoa'i wrestling family. He is the brother of
Eddie Fatu(Umaga/Jamal) and Sam Fatu(The Tonga Kid), cousin to Dwayne Johnson(The Rock), Rodney Anoa'i(Yokozuna), Samula Anoa'i(Headshrinker Samu), Matt Anoa'i(Rosey), the nephew of "Soulman" Rocky Johnson, the Wild Samoans(Sika & Afa).
Fatu was arrested without resistance by U.S. Marshals on
September 25 2006in Escambia County, Florida while enroute to his home in Pensacola, Florida, for failing to appear at a court hearing in America during a time when he was touring with NWE in Italy. Fatu was remanded to Escambia County Jail until his hearing in federal court. The indictment against Fatu was dismissed on February 1, 2008. [cite web| url = http://www.usmarshals.gov/district/fl-n/news/092506.htm | title = U.S. Marshals Task Force Arrests Professional Wrestler for Civil Contempt | accessdate=2007-04-03| date =2006-09-25]
April 27 2008, Fatu's mother died after a seven year battle with cancer. [ [http://www.wrestling-edge.com/wwenews.php?subaction=showfull&id=1209305972&archive=&start_from=&ucat=1& Umaga & Rikishi's Mother Passes Away] ]
*Finishing and signature moves
**"Banzai Drop" / "Rump Shaker" (Seated senton, sometimes from the second rope)
**Camel clutch – As The Sultan
**Diving splash – As Fatu
**"Rikishi Driver" (WWF/E) / Over the shoulder reverse piledriver (
**Headbutt, sometimes to a grounded opponent
**Side belly to belly suplex
**"Stink Face", usually preceded by a butt bump to an opponent in the corner
**"Must Be The Money" by
Deion Sanders(Used for WWF house shows during his "Make a Difference" gimmick)
**"You Look Fly Today" (Production music) (Used while he was in
Too Cooland as a face singles competitor)
**"Bad Man" by Jim Johnston (Used during his heel run in 2000)
Championships and accomplishments
*Power Pro Wrestling (Memphis)
**PPW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
Universal Wrestling Association
UWA World Trios Championship(1 time) – with Kokina Maximus and The Samoan Savage
*World Class Wrestling Association
WCWA Texas Tag Team Championship(1 time) – with Samu
**WCWA World Tag Team Championship (3 times) – with Samu
World Wrestling Council
WWC Caribbean Tag Team Championship(1 time) – with Samu
*"'World Wrestling Federation | World Wrestling Entertainment
WWE Tag Team Championship(1 time) – with Scotty 2 Hotty
WWF Intercontinental Championship(1 time)
**World Tag Team Championship (2 times) – with Samu (1) and Rico (1)
Pro Wrestling Illustrated
**PWI ranked him # 347 of the 500 best singles wrestlers of the PWI Years in 2003.
PWI Comeback of the Year(2000)
Wrestling Observer Newsletter awards
**Worst Worked Match of the Year (1993) with Samu, Bastion Booger and
Bam Bam Bigelowvs. The Bushwhackersand Men on a Missionat Survivor Series
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