The Rock is cooking atm..
I felt Rikishi in that instance wasn't given a fair shake with the feud and for whatever reason Vince decided to pull the plug. I thought the storyline had incredible potential, with how Austin was portrayed as this white savior, and the rock was held down and only got opportunities in the WWE at the expense of Austins injury. For me it seemed like a winner and Rikishi should've been elevated to greater heights as a top heel, because at the time vince just seemed to be tapping on the well going back to Triple H over and over again and in my opinion kinda held alot of stars back from being potential heels at that level. Ahhh .. what could've been huh?!?I feel like the Rikishi heel turn in that "Whodunnit" angle with who ran over Austin fell flat because it literally came out of nowhere and they didn't follow through much with it afterwards as Rikishi was paired up with Haku the minute Haku bolted from WCW to return to WWE. Everything was focused again on Triple H and that was the problem; Rikishi was just made the henchman of Triple H in the situation while such an out-of-left-field turn of events should've required all of the spotlight to be on Rikishi. It's like when Seth Rollins betrayed the Shield in 2014. No one expected that it would be Rollins turning on Ambrose & Reigns (there were some hints a few weeks prior that led us to believe it'd be Ambrose) and when it did happen, all the spotlight shifted to Seth Rollins. That's why Rollins' heel run was so effective; because the focus was on the right guy. The Authority was just a supporting cast in this situation.