WWE Hall of Famer Rikishi is set to make a return to the WWE, following his appearance being leaked by an independent event.
The Samoan legend is the father of Jimmy Uso, Jey Uso and Solo Sikoa, who comprise the bulk of The Bloodline faction.
The group have recently imploded, with Jimmy attacking Jey during the latter’s championship match against Roman Reigns at Summerslam 2023.
Rikishi has been rumored to appear alongside his sons for some time now, although an appearance had not materialized quite yet.
However, it looks like Rikishi will return to referee a match involving The Bloodline at Payback 2023, according to an advertisement for a convention appearance he will be making soon.
According to Ninja XChange Collectible Expo, Rikishi will be appearing at WWE’s Payback 2023 event, the upcoming event taking place on September 2nd, 2023.
He is advertised for a meet-and-great at the event, with the advert offering fans the chance to “come meet Rikishi before he referees at Payback”.
This would imply that a match involving his sons could be happening at the event in Pittsburgh – possible the long-awaited Jimmy Uso vs Jey Uso match.
This would be Rikishi’s first WWE match involvment since 2014, when he teamed with Too Cool to take on 3MB.
Hamish is a writer and podcaster and wrestling fan who is a key part of the Atletifo team.
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.
He is also a Media Graduate, as well as writing for multiple sites about Premier League football and the culture of Wales – his home country.