Amid rumors of Rikishi‘s return to the WWE in 2023, we look back at his final match in the promotion nearly a decade ago.
He wrestled in the WWE for over a decade, between 1992 and 2004, wrestling under a number of different gimmicks.
The most famous was “Rikishi”, both as part of Toon Cool and as the main event heel who ran over “Stone Cold” Steve Austin for The Rock.
He was released by the WWE in 2004, going on to work for promotions like TNA before returning for one last match in the WWE in 2014.
Rikishi’s Last WWE Match
Rikishi’s last match in WWE came on the 2014 episode of Old School Raw, a WWE show that paid tribute to the legends of wrestling from over the years.
Legends from the history of the WWE turned up to this special edition of Raw, including Ric Flair, Ted DiBiase and IRS, to name but a few.
This was the same show that Jake “The Snake” Roberts made his first appearance in for decades, coming out after the main event to assist CM Punk & The New Age Outlaws in fighting off “The Shield”.
On the show, Rikishi teamed with Scotty 2 Hotty & Grand Master Sexay as “Too Cool”, taking on “Three Man Band” – Heath Slater, Drew McIntyre and Jinder Mahal.
The match was a simple six-man tag team match. Too Cool hit all their signature spots, including Scotty 2 Hotty’s “The Worm”.
He eventually tagged in Rikishi, who moved around very poorly in the ring. He did manage to hit a superkick, before pinning Jinder Mahal after a Hip-Hop Drop by Grand Master Sexay.
After the match, Rikishi joined Too Cool in dancing for the crowd, bringing back a fan-favorite segment of the Attitude Era.
This was Rikishi’s last match in the WWE, although he would continue wrestling on the independent scene in the United States until 2019.
His last match ever saw Pacific Pro Wrestling Danni Deeds, Rikishi & Todd Quality defeat Adam Ryder, Marty Sugar & Shreddz at PPW Spring Fever on March 1st, 2019 (St David’s Day in Wales).
Rikishi’s WWE return was leaked recently, revealing he will referee a match between members of The Bloodline – click here to find out those details.
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After playing countless hours of WrestleMania X8 on the Gamecube, he discovered Rey Mysterio getting his head crushed by The Great Khali, and thus a love for professional wrestling was born.
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