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Rikishi

The fans' love affair with Rikishi was similar to a ride on a wild rollercoaster. One minute, his fun-loving persona carried them to great heights: the next, his reprehensible actions brought them crashing down, only to thrust back up again when he had a change of heart.

Despite wearing a revealing thong to the ring, the massive Rikishi immediately won over fans upon his debut in 1999. Alongside Too Cool, the Samoan Superstar oftentimes broke out into a contagious dance that always got audiences moving their feet. His popularity eventually lead to an Intercontinental Championship reign in June 2000.

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Rikishi's approval rating took a huge hit in late 2000when it was revealed that he ran over "Stone Cold" Steve Austin with a car. While the vicious attack certainly put the big man in bad standing with the fans, it also helped catapult him to main event status. Over the next few months, Rikishi found himself across the ring from many of WWE's all-time greats, including The Rock, Undertaker and "Stone Cold" Steve Austin.

Toward the end of 2001, Rikishi began to slowly regain the fans' trust. Then, in December, he completely won them over when he performed one of the most disgusting acts ever seen on television. With the hated Mr. McMahon sitting battered in the corner of the ring, Rikishi delivered a gag-inducing Stinkface to the WWE Chairman.

 

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