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.
- Yokozuna WWE Career
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?
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.