Rikishi Selects His Pro Wrestling Mount Rushmore


WWE Hall Of Famer Rikishi has picked the four names who make his Mount Rushmore of professional wrestling, and explained it’s a unique way they could help the younger generation which puts them on there.

Speaking on Bally Sports, multi-time Tag Team Champion Rikishi narrowed his choices for Mount Rushmore down to the final four, including a couple of names many may not expect. In more widely selected choices, ‘The Nature Boy’ Ric Flair and The Undertaker both made the cut.

I definitely have the ‘High Chief’ Peter Maivia up there. I see The Undertaker up there. I see my uncle Afa Sika up there and Ric Flair. And the reason why is that there’s a lot of other wrestlers that deserve to be there, but when you look at those that I picked there they all have a special unique way of leaving a legacy to be able to teach the younger generation coming up.

Rikishi continued, saying that these four men could teach the younger generation about culture and faith just as much as educating them on in-ring expertise.

They have the access of the younger generation to google and to do their homework on each of these gentlemen, icons, WWE Hall of Famers to be able to learn a thing or two from each person that I just named. And you talk about strength, you talk about expertise, you talk about talent, you talk about culture, you talk about faith… all in one on that Mount Rushmore with those guys that I just mentioned.

After a run as one half of The Headshrinkers and a spell as The Sultan, Rikishi is most widely known for his time during and after his WWE run with Too Cool. Donning sunglasses and dancing his way through the Attitude Era, he can add an Intercontinental Championship reign to his resume along with his tag reigns. He was inducted into the WWE Hall Of Fame as part of the Class Of 2015.

With thanks to Inside The Ropes for the transcription.