WWE has laid the groundwork for Solo Sikoa to have a triumphant 2023.
As we look ahead to 2023 and think about whom we want to have a successful year, let’s take a look at one WWE superstar that has shown a significant amount of growth over the past year — that wrestler is Solo Sikoa.
Now, many people who don’t watch WWE NXT have only seen Sikoa in 2022 with his brothers, The Usos, and his cousin, Roman Reigns. At Clash at the Castle, Sikoa interfered in an Undisputed WWE Universal Championship match between Reigns and Drew McIntyre to help Reigns retain the title and officially joined The Bloodline.
Before we get to an impressive couple of months that followed this night, we have to look back at what preceded this shocking appearance. The star that Sikoa is today rose to the occasion back in May 2022, when he battled in a Triple Threat match against Carmelo Hayes and Cameron Grimes in an absolute banger of a match.
Sikoa lost the match, but he was the superior superstar between the three of them that night. Just like that, the “I Got Next” movement began and his fan base grew larger by the day, anticipating his rightful opportunity at the NXT Championship.
With lots of changes in the front office of WWE occurring in July, Sikoa’s pursuit of the title was put on hold. Instead, entered a feud with Von Wagner. The feud was carried by Sikoa’s streetfighter persona, but it would end up being one of the brand’s best feuds of the year. Altogether, the feud lasted over a month and was put to rest with a Sikoa victory in a Falls Count Anywhere match against Wagner.
It wasn’t much longer after that when Sikoa was sidelined for about a month due to a knee injury. After only missing a few weeks in August, his astounding return at Clash at the Castle made The Bloodline an even stronger force to be reckoned with.
Not even two weeks later, an electrifying Orlando crowd cheered as Sikoa defeated Hayes for the NXT North American Championship and got his first taste of gold in the WWE.
In a clever storyline to move Sikoa to SmackDown with his family, Shawn Michaels vacated the title since Sikoa wasn’t slotted to have that match. In hindsight, that decision made both Sikoa and Hayes look strong and nobody’s stature was diminished.
Equally important, this has led to Sikoa becoming “The Enforcer of The Bloodline”.
Essentially, Sikoa’s new role is to wreck anything and everything that jeopardizes his family’s dominance in WWE — by any means necessary. Since that moment, he has destroyed Ricochet, The Street Profits, Sheamus and The Brawlin’ Brutes, and many more to come.
In just a couple of months, Sikoa has solidified himself as one of the most dominant and intimidating forces in all of the WWE. He will win a title this year (likely taking the Intercontinental Championship from GUNTHER). Quickly, he finds himself as a reasonable candidate to one day dethrone “The Tribal Chief” for the Undisputed WWE Universal title.
All in all, the build for Sikoa has been as successful as it could get. As someone who loved Umaga, I think I enjoy Sikoa’s gimmick a little more. The sky is the limit for him moving forward and it is because of the groundwork laid by both him and the WWE.