Originally Posted by WWF-Rebellion2000
the rikishi heel turn, was just so pointless imo.
he went from headlining a ppv (armageddon 2000 6 man HIAC) to beyond obscurity in 2001. (cant actually remember him doing anything of note in 2001) then they had him come back as if nothing had happend in 2002.
He was supposed to team with Haku against Kane and Taker at Mania 17 but that match was cancelled at the last minute. I think Rikishis ear injury might have had something to do with it. In any event this injury prevented him to participate at Mania.
He came back in May but within weeks he suffered a shoulder injury that put him out of action until December.
So 2001 being lackluster for Riksihi was more because of bad luck instead of being misused or not pushed. What really killed Rikishi was his heel turn in 2000 though.