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Since: 25.4.03
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#1 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.82


http://www.pwinsider.com/ViewArticle.asp?id=3763&p=1

"WWE released former tag team champion Rikishi yesterday. Rikishi had been out of action with an ankle injury and there were those in the company that felt he wasn’t exactly hurrying to return as quickly as he could have due to the fact that he had a high downside guarantee and thus made just as much money not working as he would have working. There was also a recent incident where he appeared on an independent show, which I was told was not cleared with the office beforehand. I also know that the company had wanted him to lose some weight so that they could possibly change his gimmick, but he hadn’t done so. Talk of him being released as soon as he was cleared to wrestle, which he was about a week ago, has been going on for a while now. It has finally happened."






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Since: 17.3.04
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#2 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.18
Hmmmm, can't really say I'm surprised. He hasn't really done anything of worth for around 3 years. Although, he could move for a 400 lb man. I can't say I will especially miss him, because all he was was a fat guy who shoved his ass into other mens faces. The last thing he was involved in (of note) is the 6 man Hell In A Cell, where he flew from the top of the cell......... into the back of a truck with something on it (Can't remember what it was). Although, I can't see why he wouldn't want to lose weihgt for a fresh gimmick. I mean, come on, it's better than being a fat man dancer. However, I'll wish him luck in his future endeavours wherever he'll go, whether that be Indys, TNA or retirement.
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#3 Posted on | Instant Rating: 1.62
The truck had hay in the back of it...

If he goes to TNA, he'll just be another WWF hack to fill up their already low-caliber roster...



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Since: 8.5.03
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#4 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.96
I'll miss the Rikishi Driver, a truly scary move. I'd have to say the last significant memory I have of him was when Brock F5'd him very early in his TV career. I was shocked both by the sight of it, and that the WWE showed us that so early in the Brock push.

TNA would be nuts not to sign him. He can get a crowd to react with his dancing, speed and the Stinkface. He's one of those commodities wrestling relies on: A spectacle performer, a guy who doesn't need an angle or a belt to get the crowd to watch and react.



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#5 Posted on | Instant Rating: 1.18
This is the best news Brian Lawler has heard in months. Too Cool indy reunion, anyone? Scotty 2 Hotty is getting pretty old and beaten up too. I can't see him lasting much longer, whether he leaves/retires on his own or is released first.

And let me go on record as saying that while I didn't like Rikishi the dancing goof, I was a big fan of the heel FUBU-pants-and-jacket-wearing Rikishi. Just so long as we're talking about anything other than his "confession" speech: "I did it... for The Rock."

(edited by chill on 17.7.04 1334)
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#6 Posted on | Instant Rating: 1.78
Can't say that I'm suprised...I'm sure many other men can shove asses into people's faces. Can't say the WWF didn't try to push as he was the man who ran over Austin and was involved in the Armageddon match. Don't know if Ekmo is still with TNA, but if he is...hello tag-team.
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#7 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.06
    Originally posted by chill
    And let me go on record as saying that while I didn't like Rikishi the dancing goof, I was a big fan of the heel FUBU-pants-and-jacket-wearing Rikishi.


I always thought he looked cool in that getup too, slightly gangsterish. If they had repackaged him with some normal pants during his matches, maybe they could have done something with him.

On the other hand, his bread and butter was the ass.



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#8 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.50
He throws a mean super kick for a fat man.
He sells a stiff clothesline well for a fat man.
He bumps well for a fatman (cage dive on Venis).
The kids seem to dig the dancing stinkface giving fatman gimmick, but I'd really like to see him drop it for FUBU Rikishi.
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#9 Posted on | Instant Rating: 1.18
With any luck, TNA agrees and Rikishi didn't find a no-compete clause in his release papers. A repackaged heel Rikishi (including a new name, obviously) would be welcome. What's his real name?
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I'm sure this is a day of celebration for every lower card heel on Smackdown - no more getting a sweaty, 400-pound Samoan ass shoved in your face for a three dollar payoff in front of 127 people on the house show circuit. A real breath of fresh air, pun only somewhat intended.

Honestly, I'm still amazed at how much they got out of this guy. Sure, he hasn't been fresh or interesting for a few years now, but the fact that they found a gimmick for Fatu and got him over amongst Austin, Rock, and Foley is amazing. They probably could have gotten a bit more out of the Rikishi/Haku tag team, but aside from that they probably got everything they could out of the guy. He should be happy he's done as well as he has. After all, if not for his giant ass he'd probably just be another proud Heroes of Wrestling alum.

But hey, I'd be lying if I said I wasn't hoping the "long time star" that got canned wasn't Billy Gunn when I saw Meltzer's headline today.



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#11 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.31
Too bad Val Venis was released also, he's the only one I can remember having a great feud with. Although he did have a few other good matches like his match with Triple H and the 10 man tag. Also I loved his matches with Benoit just because it was fun to see someone Benoit's size toss someone Rikishi's size around like a rag doll.



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#12 Posted on | Instant Rating: 1.78
...I didn't hear Val getting released.
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#13 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.66
Wait, Val got released too. Ok, well TNA if Fox is willing to give you the Monday Night Spot, I'd do it now and bust out these guys. I will Rikishi, he was a good showman and a good worker too. The dancing thing never bothered me, so I think its a mistake to drop him since there is no tag divisions on either show.
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#14 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.76
    Originally posted by chill
    And let me go on record as saying that while I didn't like Rikishi the dancing goof, I was a big fan of the heel FUBU-pants-and-jacket-wearing Rikishi.


You mean his "Rikishi Phat Wear".

I liked him like everyone else back in 99-2000 when he was super over, but the heel turn killed it. His later face turn felt too rushed and he became stale ever since. I won't miss him.

(edited by Tod deKindes on 17.7.04 1832)





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#15 Posted on | Instant Rating: 1.62
Never heard anything about Val being released...



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#16 Posted on | Instant Rating: 10.00
AFAIK, Val has not been released. I think someone just forgot a "not" a few posts.



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    Originally posted by chill
    With any luck, TNA agrees and Rikishi didn't find a no-compete clause in his release papers. A repackaged heel Rikishi (including a new name, obviously) would be welcome. What's his real name?


From the Wrestling Information Archive:
http://www.100megsfree4.com/wiawrestling/pages/wwf/wwfname.htm

Rikishi Phatu
Solofa Fatu --- real name
Rikishi Fatu (WWF),
The Sultan (WWF),
Fatu (WWF, WCCW),
Wild Samaon Fatu



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#18 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.00




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#19 Posted on | Instant Rating: 1.38
KaneRobot, that is AWESOME!

I also think a "not" was missing from the Val Venis post. I don't see Val being re-signed once his contract ends (and is there any site that has info on WWE's contracts?). Meanwhile, over on PWBTS (http://pwbts.com/messages/9823.htm), word is that Test is next to go once he's recovered from his injury.





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