Incredible Celebrity Transformations
Rikishi
Weight Lost: 125lbs
Name: Solofa Fatu, Jr.
Birthdate: Oct 11, 1965 (52 Years Old)
Starting Weight: 425lbs Current Weight: 300lbs
Diet: Heart Healthy Favorite Diet Foods: Unknown
Exercises: Walking
Famous For: More than 10 Years in the WWE
Name: Solofa Fatu, Jr.
Birthdate: Oct 11, 1965 (52 Years Old)
Starting Weight: 425lbs Current Weight: 300lbs
Diet: Heart Healthy Favorite Diet Foods: Unknown
Exercises: Walking
Famous For: More than 10 Years in the WWE
Rikishi
Weight Lost: 125lbs
Name: Solofa Fatu, Jr.
Birthdate: Oct 11, 1965 (52 Years Old)
Diet: Heart Healthy
Favorite Diet Foods: Unknown
Exercises: Walking

Back in the heyday of professional wrestling, you had to be larger than life both physically and personality-wise if you wanted to succeed. Early on in his career, Solofa Fatu, Jr. knew that when he started a tag team with his cousin Samu to form The Headshrinkers in the World Wrestling Federation (now World Wrestling Entertainment) during the early 1990s. Fatu was larger than most people at the time, though he did appear to be in great shape.

As the 1990s went on, Fatu’s popularity started to dwindle, but his weight didn’t. Having left the WWE in 1998, Fatu re-trained in the art of pro wrestling and returned as Rikishi. Most fans didn’t recognize him, giving him an entirely new slate to work with. However, being unrecognizable didn’t come just from new ring gear and bleached blonde hair. It also came from the fact that Fatu had gone from around 260 pounds to nearly 400 pounds in just a few years.

Rikishi had joined a stable called Too Cool, and his massive physique (especially his large posterior) were always on full display. His finishing move was known as the Stink Face, where he’d rub his massive rear end on his opponents that were downed in the corner of the ring. His popularity had grown along with his weight, but it started to become too much for his health and for the WWE.

Rikishi’s weight had gotten up to an announced 425 pounds, making him more than 150 pounds heavier than when he first started wrestling with the WWE. In 2004, he was still on top of his game as he and teammate Scotty 2 Hotty were WWE Tag Team Champions, but after dropping the belts to another team, he was asked to drop some pounds. The WWE had asked him several times to lose weight, but he didn’t comply, so they showed him the door in July 2004.

Rikishi isn’t the first professional wrestler to struggle with trying to avoid weight gain. WWE wrestlers are constantly on the road with around 200 shows per year, and are hardly in the same city two days in a row. This can lead to eating a lot of fast food and not getting enough of the exercise that you need. People were curious to see if Rikishi would continue to gain weight after leaving the WWE, but thankfully that hasn’t been the case. Though he didn’t appear slimmer in his short stint with TNA Wrestling in 2007, he hadn’t continued bulking up.

In the decade since then, Rikishi has been wrestling in independent territories, and his weight has slowly gone back down. He’s not slimmer (or even as slim) as he was during his early days in the WWE, but it’s a good sign that he’s looking much healthier. Estimates say that he’s dropped 100 pounds from his heaviest during his most popular years in the early 2000s.

Rikishi has made several appearances with the WWE in the past five years, including in 2015 when it was announced that he was being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. Those that hadn’t seen him in some time were surprised that he was able to drop significant weight. Rikishi didn’t state exactly how much weight he had dropped, but said that getting healthier was a priority.

With being able to work the independent circuit and making most of his money wrestling the occasional match or making convention appearances, Rikishi had more time to dedicate to the gym. It’s clear that the big man still loves his food, but isn’t eating the massive meals that were offered while he was on the road. He also gets to exercise on a near-daily basis thanks to running a pro wrestling academy named Knokx Pro Entertainment.

Estimates say that Rikishi is right around 300 pounds compared to the 425 that he once was. At 6’1”, that still firmly puts him into the obese body mass index category of 39.6, but it’s a far cry from the 56.1 BMI that he was in the past. Now at 52 years old, Rikishi is in better shape than he was at 40 years old, and even in his 30s when the WWE decided to release him. This has allowed him to keep staying in the ring, too.

Recently, Rikishi posted that he joined the popular gym chain Planet Fitness, trying to get in at least 30 minutes of cardio per day. At his size, going on a fast paced walk of four miles per hour can burn significant calories, estimating that he can burn 351 calories in just 30 minutes. That extra 30 minutes per day can add up to well over 30 pounds lost in a single year without making a change to the diet.

After losing more weight, Rikishi will be able to increase the intensity of his workouts, and can even add some running as the weight won’t be as hard on his joints. Even just walking for 30 minutes does tremendous things for your body, as it lowers your chance of heart disease by 30 percent while improving your joints and circulation. Rikishi doesn’t plan on entering the cruiserweight wrestling division (under 205 pounds) anytime soon, but he’s certainly working toward a healthier future to see his sons, Jimmy and Jey Uso, win more Tag Team Championships in the WWE.