• Rikishi Was Once Pronounced Dead For 3 Minutes (Reason)
WWF Legend Rikishi was recently interviewed by GV Wire, where he opened up about a terrible incident that took place during his younger days, before he became a professional wrestler.
Apparently the big Samoan was involved with the wrong kind of people while he was a teenager and once got shot in the process of a Mafia-style drive-by-shooting, which almost killed him and left him with a scar on his abdomen.
Here’s what the 2015 WWE Hall of Famer said:
“I was kind of getting into things that I wasn’t supposed to get into. One day I got hit by a drive-by shooting and that kind of changed my outlook on life.
I was given a second chance. They pronounced me dead for 3 minutes in the General Hospital in San Francisco. To be able to see the pain of my family… I was in hospital for two months.
As I looked around, I seen a lot of hurt on my family, hurt on my mother’s face, my parents. I felt it was my responsibility to be able to make this better.”
Solofa Fatu Jr. (Rikishi’s real name) joined Ted Turner’s World Championship Wrestling in 1989 as a member of The Samoan Swat Team, managed by Paul E. Dangerously (Paul Heyman), and later made it to the World Wrestling Federation in 1992 as one half of The Headshrinkers, managed by his uncle Afa.
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• ON THIS DAY IN WWF HISTORY (October 22, 1989) – WWF Wrestling Challenge
On this day in 1989, the World Wrestling Federation aired an episode of their weekly TV show ‘WWF Wrestling Challenge’.
It was broadcasted from the Louisville Gardens in Louisville, Kentucky and featured pre-taped matches, promos & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WWF Survivor Series 1989’ PPV.
The card can be found right here:
The Bushwhackers vs. Boris Zhukov & Dale Wolfe
“Widow Maker” Barry Windham vs. Warren Bianchi
Jim Duggan vs. The Brooklyn Brawler
The Honky Tonk Man vs. Scott Hawkins
The Ultimate Warrior vs. Brian Costello
Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart vs. Tony Burton
Haku vs. Randy Larson