2020 is not over yet, but the wrestling world has already had to mourn several griefs, with several wrestlers who died not from covid, but who nevertheless contributed to making these 365 days the worst of the last period in the wrestling business.
After the death of Pat Patterson, Zeus and Shad Gaspard, in this 2020 the father of the legendary WWE wrestler Rikishi also died, as well as the grandfather of the Usos and a member of the huge Anoa'i family, which saw the birth of several very important WWE wrestlers, such as Roman Reigns, The Rock, Umaga, Tamina and the Usos.
In his latest interview, Rikishi has indeed revealed the very serious loss he suffered in October, which he has kept for himself and his family until now, remaining in pain and silence until today.
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In his latest open-hearted chat on the WWE Hall of Famer radio show, D-Von Dudley, Rikishi revealed: "My father was struck down by COVID-19 on October 4th.
He was in the hospital for two months and eventually, on October 4th, he left. I celebrated my brother, Umaga, he died on December 4th. My surname has four letters, F-A-T-U. Fatu in English means heart. I sit and think about it. I miss him so much and I really felt lost when my dad left.
I stopped to think that I could have been better. What more could I have done to save him? The hardest moment for me was seeing my dad take his last breath from a goddamn iPad. I think about everything that has happened and that led to this when I was denied being able to shake hands with my father.
I was denied access to stand there to watch him take his last breath and die. There is something here for us that we couldn't do, my brother. So what I want to say to everyone who is fighting COVID-19 is that they have to be strong, because they will face difficult times, hold on and move on, keep going.
Keep going, because in the life of each of us there is still something that we must achieve, that we must accomplish. So, with love and respect to all who are listening, thank you very much, guys." Apparently, the cursed virus that has brought the whole world to its knees has not even spared the families of the WWE Superstars, taking away Rikishi's father and grandfather of the Usos, a fundamental pivot for their family, who unfortunately failed to resist the disease of 2020.
From the WorldWrestling editorial staff, despite more than two months have passed, the most heartfelt condolences go to the Fatu family. Rikishi’s finisher was a visual of him throwing his opponent into the ring corner as he restricted their breathing by shoving his enormous backside in their face.
He would capture the Intercontinental, World Tag Team, and the WWE Tag Team Championship during his career. Rikishi’s legacy lives on in the WWE to this day through his sons, Jimmy and Jey Uso, and Roman Reigns. Lewis believes that he would have a similar wrestling move, but he would add his twist.
Lewis continued, “I’ll just call it ‘The b**ls Hot’”. Here he referred to his viral post-fight interview with Joe Rogan, where he took his pants off in the middle of the Octagon.