Full NameRodney Agatupu Anoaʻi

BornOctober 2, 1966



Relation(s)Monica Anoa'i (m. ?–2000)


Rodney Agatapu Anoa’i, better known as his ring name Yokozuna, was born into the famous Samoan

wrestling family Anoa’i. Being born into this family, wrestling was very much in his blood since birth.

Before coming to WWE, Yokozuna wrestled in Japan as Great Kokina momentarily and also in

Mexico, sharpening his skills. But his first major exposure came under the banner of AWA as Kokina

Maximus. In a kayfabe storyline, he broke Greg Gagne’s leg and ended his wrestling career.

  1. Yokozuna WWE Career
  2. Legacy


Yokozuna WWE Career

Yokozuna was contacted by Vince McMohan in 1992 to appear in a gimmick on Prime Time

Wrestling with two other Samoans, Fatu and Samoan Savage. But it wasn’t until later in Superstars

that he appeared as Yokozuna for the first time. His character was portrayed as a Japanese sumo

wrestler, although he never took part in the particular sport. His name Yokozuna was a reference to

the highest rank in professional sumo wrestling and his manager was a Japanese character Mr Fuji

who accompanied him with a Japanese flag to the ringside.

During his time in WWE, Yokozuna won the WWE World Heavyweight Championship twice and the

WWF Tag Team Title twice too, with Owen Hart. He was the first Samoan wrestler to hold the

Heavyweight Championship as well as Royal Rumble, which he won in 1993.

Bret Hart feud with Yokozuna is perhaps his most memorable time in WWE. Yokozuna would


defeat Hart at WrestleMania when Mr Fuji threw salt into Hart eyes allowing Yokozuna to win. Hulk

Hogan would come to the rescue however, and after an impromptu match defeated Yokozuna and

took the WWE Championship.


Shortly after the one-year anniversary of Yokozuna’s death due to heart attack, the Yokozuna

Memorial Sho was held in Pennsylvania presented by indie promotion WXW, but wrestlers from

other promotions participated as well. He was inducted in the WWE Hall of Fame by his cousins The

Usos and Rikishi.


People also ask

Why did yokozuna die?

Pulmonary edema

When did yokozuna die?

October 23, 2000

Where is yokozuna buried?

Green Hills Memorial Park, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

How much does a yokozuna make?

One million yen or 8,800 USD per month, plus additional perks and prize money.

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