Updated: 03/23/2018 11:17 AM | First Published: 02/01/2018 11:02 AM

Why was Rikishi Banned from WWE? Where is He Now?



Transcript

Solofa F. Fatu Jr. aka Rikishi is a Samoan American professional wrestler famous for World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE).

He is one-time WWE Tag Team Champion, one-time Intercontinental Champion and two-time World Tag Team Champion. 

He was released by WWE on July 16, 2004, after he disobeyed WWE’s repeated requests to lose weight. 

After leaving WWE, he has been appearing in the independent circuit. 

In October 2005, he shortened his name to Kishi as WWE owned a trademark on the name ‘Rikishi.’

He is currently wrestling in TNA’s Territory League under the alias Junior Fatu. 

He is the trainer of Bulgarian wrestler Miroslav “Rusev” Barnyashev. 

On July 16, 2012, he returned to WWE Raw where he defeated Heath Slater.

He also appeared on the 1000th episode of Raw where he helped Lita defeat Slater.

His next appearance on WWE was on January 6, 2014, where he united with Too Cool. 

He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2015 on March 28, 2015. 

He is active across all social media: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.