SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Usos have made sure to keep an eye on their brother Solo Sikoa since he signed with WWE, and have now revealed the advice they gave him.
Joseph Fatu was signed by WWE in August 2021, in an induction group which included the likes of Olympic Gold Medalist Gable Steveson and NBA legend Darryl Dawkins’ nephew Joshua Dawkins.
Going under the ringname of Solo Sikoa in NXT 2.0, the relatively new recruit is often compared to The Usos rather than his father Rikishi. Speaking on WWE After the Bell, The Usos discussed how Sikoa had to try and make a mark on his own and couldn’t be seen as too similar to his other family members.
Coming from a big family, it’s hard to make your own footprint. We told lil bro, ‘You have to find your way. We have been through this fire before. You have to find what works for you.’ He’s down there doing his thing. Every single day he’s like, ‘Did you watch the match? What about my promos? Is there anything you can tell me about what to do?’
First thing is, don’t look like us because we look a lot alike. ‘Alright, bet.’ He had long hair, he chopped his hair, dyed his hair, went from the Air Forces to barefoot. He’s uncomfortable in the ring barefoot, but he’s doing whatever he needs to do to make his own mark. I told him he’ll find it. I remember Randy (Orton) telling us that he wasn’t Randy Orton until six years in game. It started to dawn on me, sitting there like, ‘that’s what it is.’ The grind of constantly throwing at the wall and whatever sticks, sticks. Whatever don’t stick, keep going. All we do is throw at the wall.
They also made it clear to Solo Sikoa that the biggest pitfall would be standing still, and he would always have to continue his evolution.
Always trying to evolve. That’s the game. You either get left behind or stay in the mix. When you get here, you either sink or swim. That’s as simple as it can get. It doesn’t matter if you’re running things down there or wherever, when you get up in here, we’re going to find out what you’re made of and you either crack or deliver like we do.
The sucky part about this is, little brother, it’s going to be hard. We’re all big timing and then you have little bro, he’s next in line. It’s going to be hard for him and he knows this, but stick the script and we always have his back. We love him and he’s doing great down there. I can’t wait to expand this Bloodline, trust me, we’re expanding. Deep.
On the 17th May edition of NXT 2.o, Solo Sikoa teamed with NXT North American Champion Cameron Grimes to take on Trick Williams and Carmelo Hayes, although it seems Sikoa is positioning himself to challenge for Grimes’ belt in the not too distant future.
With thanks to Fightful for the transcription.