WWE NXT star Solo Sikoa has been steadily punished on television since making his debut.
Sikoa, real name Joseph Fatu, is the son of Rikishi and the younger brother of Jimmy & Jey Uso (Jonathan & Joshua Fatu). He signed with WWE last year.
While speaking with BT Sport, Solo revealed before making his NXT TV debut, WWE considered putting him with The Usos on SmackDown, but he was hesitant about it and they put him in NXT instead.
“You know, at the end of the day man, it’s so easy to go back to, ‘I’m their brother, I’m their family.’ I don’t want to be referred to as their brother, their cousin, I want people to recognize me for me. Before I debuted on TV, WWE creative was like ‘we’ll put you with your brothers’. Then the next meeting was like ‘let’s see what you can do on your own.’I felt like ‘this is my time now. This is the time for fans to recognize me as Solo instead of your Jimmy and Jey.' Before man, I had black hair, we all really did look alike. Again, nine months later, people know oh that’s Solo, that ain’t Jimmy and Jey.”
Solo was asked if his heart dropped when they first told him they would put him with his brothers.
“I would say, ‘okay that would be cool.’ I think that was when they started saying ‘we’re the ones.’ I was like, ‘I don’t know man.’ I would still feel like I was in their shadows, I need to step out and do me man.”
Solo’s most recent match aired on Tuesday’s edition of WWE NXT 2.0 where he lost to Grayson Waller.
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