• Rikishi’s Father Passed Away During A Video Call With Him In October
WWE Hall Of Famer Rikishi was the guest on this week’s Table Talk podcast with D-Von Dudley, where he revealed that his father passed away due to COVID-19 back in October.
Here’s what Rikishi said:
“My father got hit with the COVID-19 on October the 4th. He’d been in the hospital for two months and finally, he laid to rest on October the 4th. I celebrated my brother, Umaga, he passed away December the 4th. My last name has four letters, F-A-T-U. Fatu in English means heart.
I sit and I think about it. I missed him and I was so lost when I lost my father. I start to think about what I could have done better. What could I have done to even try to save him? The most difficult time for me was to watch my father take his last breath to a damn iPad.
I think about all what’s happening that has led that moment up to that, to where I was denied the access to hold my father’s hand. I was denied the access to be there with him to his last dying breath. It makes me wonder, D-Von, that we’re not through yet. There’s something here for us that we have not done, my brother.
So, what I’m saying to everyone that’s got hit with this COVID-19 that’s going through some hard times, keep going onward, upward. Keep going forward because there is something that’s ahead for you that needs to be accomplished in your life. So, with love and respect, to all of you out there listening, thank you guys.”
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• ON THIS DAY IN WWF HISTORY (December 16, 2001) – WWF Sunday Night HEAT
On this day in 2001, the World Wrestling Federation aired an episode of their weekly TV show ‘WWF Sunday Night HEAT’.
It was broadcasted from Bakersfield, California and featured pre-taped matches, interviews & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WWF Royal Rumble 2002’ PPV.
The match-card can be found right here:
– The Big Show vs. Chuck Palumbo
– Trish Stratus vs. Jacqueline
– Perry Saturn vs. Funaki
– The Big Show vs. Billy Gunn