Riki Ataki was seen in both the AWA and the WWF, usually on tv tapings. On the independent scene in California and Arizona, he received a far bigger push.
Ataki appeared regularly on UWA cards in Phoenix held at Toolies nightclub, where he feuded with Stephen Deleon.
Ataki also teamed on varied occasions with Bill Anderson and Louie Spicolli.
For a promotion running in northern Arizona and southern Utah in the 1980s and early 1990s, Ataki again received a major push.
Other frequent opponents included Tim Tall Tree and The Beast.
After leaving the wrestling world as an active participant, Ataki entered the film world as an editor, lighting technician, camera man and producer, working in numerous areas in this medium.
He presently makes his home in California.