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How Rikishi’s ring gear paid tribute to his cousin, WWE superstar Yokozuna

10 months ago By Sports Desk
How Rikishi's ring gear paid tribute to his cousin, WWE superstar Yokozuna

The world of professional wrestling has seen many familial dynasties, but few have held the cultural significance and impact of the Anoa’i family. Rikishi, real name Solofa Fatu, has been one of the many torchbearers of this legacy, keeping the flame alive even as the wrestling ring experienced the loss of one of its key figures – his cousin, Yokozuna. On last night’s “WWE’s Most Wanted Treasures”, Rikishi unveiled a poignant memento of his career: a blue robe, a tribute to Yokozuna.

Blue Robe: More Than Just Ring Gear

Yokozuna, born Rodney Anoa’i, passed away prematurely in 2000, but his spirit continues to echo in the hearts of the WWE Universe. Rikishi, who has always kept his cousin close to his heart, paid tribute to Yokozuna uniquely and intimately: through his ring gear. This tribute came in the form of a blue robe, worn by Rikishi in a match shortly after Yokozuna’s death.

Adorned in the robe, Rikishi did more than just entertain the audience; he brought Yokozuna’s memory to life. The robe, seemingly ordinary to the uninformed observer, held a deeper significance. 

RKJ 4 Life: A Symbol of Yokozuna’s Enduring Spirit

Inscribed on the back of the robe were the words “RKJ 4 Life”. According to Rikishi, the letters represented the initials of Yokozuna’s children, Keilani and Justin, with the ‘R’ signifying Rodney, Yokozuna’s real name. This touching tribute not only honored the late wrestling superstar but also signified the perpetual bond that exists among the Anoa’i family members.

The symbolism of “RKJ 4 Life” extends beyond its direct significance. It is a testament to Yokozuna’s enduring spirit, a beacon that continues to guide future generations of the Anoa’i family. By donning this ring gear, Rikishi shouldered the responsibility of carrying forward Yokozuna’s legacy while highlighting the importance of family unity within the high-stakes world of professional wrestling.

Two Decades On A Legacy Unforgotten

Now, over 20 years since he last wore the robe, Rikishi once again brought Yokozuna’s enduring legacy to the fore. In sharing the story of his ring gear on “WWE’s Most Wanted Treasures”, Rikishi has ensured that his cousin’s memory lives on and shed light on the deep-seated familial ties that bind the wrestling world together.

Through a simple robe, Rikishi reminds us of the indomitable spirit of Yokozuna, his monumental impact on the wrestling industry, and the timeless Anoa’i legacy that persists in the ring today. Despite the passing of two decades, Yokozuna’s memory continues to resonate, a testament to his everlasting legacy in the annals of WWE history.

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