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Rikishi, the Stink Face Baby Name

rikishiRikishi is rather unique. Not only is it a rare dual-gender one-hit wonder, but it’s it’s also the only debut name I know of that was popularized by a fake sport.

If you’re a professional wrestling fan, you already know where this one came from: Rikishi, the character played by Solofa Fatu, Jr.

Fatu’s pro-wrestling career started in 1985. He played a series of not-so-successful characters (Prince Alofa, Fatu, The Sultan) before appearing as the bleach-blond, loincloth-wearing Rikishi Fatu on the TV show WWF Metal for the first time in late 1999.

The following year, the baby name Rikishi debuted (twice!) on the SSA’s baby name list:

  • 2001: unlisted
  • 2000:
    • 10 baby boys named Rikishi [debut]
    • 6 baby girls named Rikishi [debut]
  • 1999: unlisted

That’s the only year it managed to make the national list, though.

So where did the ring name Rikishi come from? Rikishi is the Japanese word for “sumo wrestler.” It can be traced back to an Old Chinese word meaning “man of strength.”

And what helped Rikishi become a WWF superstar? His signature wrestling move, the humiliating “Stink Face.”

With his opponent lying prone in the corner of the ring, Fatu sticks his sizable rear end, which is covered in skimpy tights, in their face with a smile normally reserved for children at Christmas.

“That [move] came up two years ago in Mobile, Ala., when I was wrestling the Big Bossman and he fell in the corner,” said Fatu, who has given the stinkface to almost every top WWF performer. “As I turned around, I heard some man yell out, `Put your [butt] in his face.’ Meantime, I forgot what spot came next, so I walked over and put my [butt] in his face.

“It was the biggest reaction I had gotten, so I said I was going to do it next time. It’s been easy since then. I don’t think the Bossman knew what was coming. He saw my cheeks backing up and had nowhere to go.”

Here’s a 5-minute Rikishi Stinkface Compilation. Lovely, no?

Sources: Rikishi – Wikipedia, Rikishi’s Move Is A Little Cheeky, But It Gets Him Noticed
Image: Tech. Sgt. Lisa M. Zunzanyika, USAF


What Do These Baby Names Have in Common?

Some trivia to start the week!

Before reading the rest of this post, check out the names in the image below. What do you think these names have in common?

dual-gender one-hit-wonder baby names

Ok, ready for the answer?

They are the 15 synchronized dual-gender one-hit-wonder baby names on the U.S. baby name charts.

Did anyone guess that? :)

Of the fewer than 200 baby names that are dual-gender one-hit wonders, these are the only ones that made their single appearance on the girls’ list and on the boys’ list in the same year:

  • Clinnie, given to 6 baby girls and 5 baby boys in 1920.
  • Chaffee, given to 5 baby girls and 5 baby boys in 1975.
  • Datril, given to 5 baby girls and 6 baby boys in 1975.
  • Chamel, given to 5 baby girls and 5 baby boys in 1979.
  • Chezarae, given to 6 baby girls and 9 baby boys in 1982.
  • Jakkia, given to 16 baby girls and 8 baby boys in 1990.
  • Daebreon, given to 13 baby girls and 5 baby boys in 2000.
  • Rikishi, given to 6 baby girls and 10 baby boys in 2000.
  • Xing, given to 7 baby girls and 5 baby boys in 2000.
  • Jaalyn, given to 5 baby girls and 6 baby boys in 2002.
  • Ryly, given to 6 baby girls and 5 baby boys in 2008.
  • Elyah, given to 5 baby girls and 5 baby boys in 2009.
  • Koli, given to 8 baby girls and 13 baby boys in 2010.
  • Music, given to 6 baby girls and 6 baby boys in 2012.
  • Zikora, given to 6 baby girls and 10 baby boys in 2012.

(Three more names — Chikamso, Harbour and Khymani — had dual-gender debuts in 2013, but we won’t know about their one-hit status until we see the 2014 data.)

Chaffee I’ve already written about, Ryly appeared when Riley was at its trendiest, and a couple of the other names (Rikishi, Chezarae) I’ll be writing about soon. The rest I can’t yet explain, but I’m working on it!

Most Popular One-Hit Wonder Baby Names – Boys

one hit wonder baby names

Here are some of the top one-hit wonder boy names of all time, from 1880 to 2012:

  1. Christop, 1,082 baby boys in 1989.
  2. Christia, 82 baby boys in 1989.
  3. Jometh, 23 baby boys in 2008.
  4. Jefre, 21 baby boys in 1961.
  5. Eriksson, 15 baby boys in 2008.
    • Alfy, 15 baby boys in 1966.
    • Andamo, 15 baby boys in 1960.
  6. Coopar, 14 baby boys in 2010.
  7. Ardan, 13 baby boys in 2012.
  8. Ramzee, 12 baby boys in 2006.
  9. Brettly, 11 baby boys in 2012.
  10. Aaro, 10 baby boys in 2012.

If we ignore the glitchy 1989 names, the real #1 one-hit wonder becomes Jometh.

Here’s what I can tell you about some of the above: Jometh and Elionaid were inspired by the TV show Objectivo Fama; Andamo was inspired by the TV show Mr. Lucky; Maurkice was inspired by football player Maurkice Pouncey; Kimario was inspired by a mention in Ebony magazine; Willkie was inspired by politician Wendell Willkie; Amareion was inspired by singer Omarion; Ebay was inspired by the TV show Good Times; Brettly was inspired by the TV show American Restoration; Vadir was inspired by actor Vadhir Derbez; Travolta was inspired by actor John Travolta; Macarther was inspired by Douglas MacArthur; Schley was inspired by Winfield Scott Schley.

Can you come up with explanations for any of the others?