SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Usos spoke about the advice they gave to their younger brother Solo Sikoa when he signed with WWE.
Joseph Fatu signed with WWE in August alongside Bobby Steveson, brother of Olympic Gold Medalist and fellow recent signee Gable Steveson, and Joshua Dawkins, nephew of NBA legend Darryl Dawkins.
Now known as Solo Sikoa in NXT 2.0, the son of Rikishi often gets compared to his older brothers Jimmy and Jey Uso. Speaking on WWE After the Bell, The Usos revealed some advice they gave their brother when he signed with WWE. Jimmy began, saying that it’s hard to make a mark of your own, but that he had to appear different from his brothers, which led to Sikoa changing up his entire look.
“Coming from a big family, it’s hard to make your own footprint. We told lil bro, ‘You have to find your way. We have been through this fire before. You have to find what works for you.’ He’s down there doing his thing. Every single day he’s like, ‘Did you watch the match? What about my promos? Is there anything you can tell me about what to do?’
“First thing is, don’t look like us because we look a lot alike. ‘Alright, bet.’ He had long hair, he chopped his hair, dyed his hair, went from the Air Forces to barefoot. He’s uncomfortable in the ring barefoot, but he’s doing whatever he needs to do to make his own mark. I told him he’ll find it. I remember Randy (Orton) telling us that he wasn’t Randy Orton until six years in game. It started to dawn on me, sitting there like, ‘that’s what it is.’ The grind of constantly throwing at the wall and whatever sticks, sticks. Whatever don’t stick, keep going. All we do is throw at the wall.”
Jey Uso continued, saying that he advised his brother that the most important thing is to always evolve in wrestling.
“Always trying to evolve. That’s the game. You either get left behind or stay in the mix. When you get here, you either sink or swim. That’s as simple as it can get. It doesn’t matter if you’re running things down there or wherever, when you get up in here, we’re going to find out what you’re made of and you either crack or deliver like we do.
“The sucky part about this is, little brother, it’s going to be hard. We’re all big timing and then you have little bro, he’s next in line. It’s going to be hard for him and he knows this, but stick the script and we always have his back. We love him and he’s doing great down there. I can’t wait to expand this Bloodline, trust me, we’re expanding. Deep.”
Solo Sikoa has recently been looking to make his name for himself by becoming NXT North American Champion on NXT 2.0, but on the most recent episode, he teamed with current champion Cameron Grimes to take on the common enemies of Trick Williams and Carmelo Hayes. Full results from the May 17th episode of NXT 2.0 can be found here.