Yokozuna

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Title History

  • WWF Royal Rumble Winner last eliminating Randy “Macho Man” Savage (1993);
  • WWF World Heavyweight title defeating Bret “Hitman” Hart (April 4, 1993 – WrestleMania 9);
  • WWF World Heavyweight title defeating “The Immortal” Hulk Hogan (June 13, 1993 – King of the Ring);
  • WWF World Tag Team titles w/Owen Hart defeating The Smoking Gunns (April 2, 1995 – In Your House);
  • WWF World Tag Team titles w/Owen Hart -Awarded- (September 25, 1995);

Career Highlights

In The Beginning:

  • Rodney Anoai was a member of one of the most famous wrestlng families, being nephew to Afa & Sika..
  • 1984: Rodney Anoai began his pro wrestling career in Japan..
  • Rodney Anoai moved to Verne Gagne’s American Wrestling Association, where he wrestled as Kokina Maximus.

World Wrestling Federation – Heel:

  • Fall 1992: Vince McMahon and the WWF signed Rodney Anoai, who suddenly became “Japanese” and known as Yokozuna..
  • ~~~Yokozuna (which is the highest honor one can achieve in sumo wrestling) and given Mr Fuji as a mananger..
  • ~~~Yokozuna was billed as a Japanese wrestler even though he was legitimately Samoan..
  • November 1992: Yokozuna had his first match in the World Wrestling Federation..
  • November 25, 1992 – Survivor Series: Yokozuna defeated Virgil in a squash match (literally)..
  • January 11, 1993—RAW: Yokozuna defeated Koko B. Ware.
  • January 1993 – Royal Rumble: Yokozuna won the Royal Rumble to win a title shot at Wrestlemania 9..
  • February 1, 1993—RAW: Yokozuna defeated Bobby DeVito.
  • February 15, 1993—RAW: Yokozuna defeated Ross Greenberg.
  • April 4, 1993 – Wrestlemania 9: Yokozuna defeated Bret Hart to win the WWF Heavyweight Title..
  • ~~~After the match, Mr Fuji issued a challenge to “The Immortal” Hulk Hogan (Hogan came out and defeated Yoko for the title!)
  • June 13, 1993 – King of the Ring: Yokozuna defeated Hulk Hogan to recapture the WWF Heavyweight Title..
  • July 4, 1993: Mr. Fuji’s challenged any athlete to pick up and slam Yokozuna on the deck of the U.S.S. Intrepid aircraft carrier in NYC..
  • ~~~Many Wrestlers and professional athletes respond, including basketball star Alonzo Mourning and Macho Man Randy Savage..
  • ~~~All seemed lost as Mr. Fuji and Yokozuna prepared to raise the Japanese flag..
  • ~~~Then out of nowhere, a helicopter landed on the deck and Lex Luger appeared wearing the colours of the USA..
  • ~~~Lex Luger told the fans he had changed his ways and he’ll be damned before he allows this to happen..
  • ~~~Lex Luger runs across the deck, picks up Yokozuna, and slams him down to thunderous cheers!
  • ~~~The crowd goes wild and Lex Luger, who was a heel, becomes an instant hero..
  • July 12, 1993—RAW: Yokozuna defeated Crush.
  • August 30, 1993 – Summerslam: Lex Luger defeated Yokozuna by COUNT OUT
  • September 6, 1993–RAW: Yokozuna defeated Barry Horowitz.
  • November 24, 1993–Survivor Series: Lex Luger’s Team defeated Yokozuna’s Team in a 10-Man Elimination Match..
  • ~~~Lex Luger & The Undertaker & The Steiners beat Yokozuna & Crush & Jacques Rougeau & Ludvig Borga & Crush.

World Wrestling Federation – Heel II:

  • Soon after this, Yokozuna began a major feud with The Undertaker and Paul Bearer..
  • January 3, 1994—RAW: Yokozuna defeated Dan Dubiel.
  • Royal Rumble 1994: Yokozuna recruited an army of heel wrestlers to help him defeat the Undertaker in a Casket Match..
  • February 28, 1994—RAW: Randy Savage defeated Yokozuna by DQ.
  • Wrestlemania X: Yokozuna defeated Lex Luger early in the night, but went on to lose the WWF title to Bret Hart in the main event..
  • April 4, 1994—RAW: Yokozuna defeated Scott Powers.
  • Yokozuna was briefly teamed with Crush (Brian Adams)..
  • May 16, 1994—RAW: Earthquake defeated Yokozuna in a Sumo match.
  • June 16, 1994 – King of the Ring: The Headshrinkers defeated Yokozuna & Crush to retain the Tag Team titles..
  • June 20, 1994—RAW: Yokozuna defeated Nick Barbarry.
  • September 19, 1994—RAW: Yokozuna defeated Phil Apollo.
  • October 24, 1994—RAW: Razor Ramon defeated Yokozuna by countout.
  • November 1994 – Survivor Series: The Undertaker returned and defeated Yokozuna in a Casket match for revenge.

World Wrestling Federation – Camp Cornette:

  • WrestleMania XI: Yokozuna appeared as Owen Hart’s mystery partner, and defeated the Smoking Gunns for the Tag Team titles..
  • April 10, 1995—RAW: Bret Hart & 1-2-3 Kid & Bob Holly defeated Owen Hart & Yokozuna & Hakushi.
  • April 17, 1995—RAW: Owen Hart & Yokozuna defeated 1-2-3 Kid & Bob Holly.
  • May 14, 1995 – In Your House: Owen Hart & Yokozuna defeated The Smoking Gunns to retain the Tag Team title..
  • May 15, 1995—RAW: Yokozuna defeated Nick Barberry & Bill Weaver in a handicap match.
  • June 12, 1995—RAW: Yokozuna defeated Lex Luger by DQ.
  • June 25, 1995 – King of the Ring: Savio Vega w/Razor Ramon defeated Yokozuna w/Mr. Fuji & Jim Cornette by Count Out..
  • July 17, 1995—RAW: Owen Hart & Yokozuna defeated Jim Dimitre & Gus Kantarrakis.
  • July 23, 1995 – In Your House: Owen Hart & Yokozuna defeated Lex Luger & British Bulldog to retain the Tag Team titles..
  • July 31, 1995—RAW: Owen Hart & Yokozuna vs Savio Vega & Razor Ramon ended in a No Contest.
  • August 7, 1995—RAW: Owen Hart & Yokozuna defeated Savio Vega & Razor Ramon.
  • September 18, 1995—RAW: Yokozuna & Owen Hart defeated Men on a Mission (Mabel & Mo).
  • September 24, 1995 – In Your House: Owen & Yokozuna took on Shawn Michaels & Diesel in a match where all 4 titles were on the line..
  • ~~~Shawn Michaels & Diesel won the tag titles but the decision was reversed the following night on RAW by Gorilla Monsoon..
  • September 25, 1995—RAW: The Smoking Gunns (Billy & Bart Gunn) defeated Yokozuna & Owen Hart.
  • October 9, 1995—RAW: Yokozuna & Owen Hart & British Bulldog defeated Diesel & Shawn Michaels & The Undertaker.
  • October 22, 1995 – In Your House: Yokozuna vs Mabel went to a double count-out..
  • November 19, 1995 – Survivor Series: S.Michaels/A.Johnson/Sid/Bulldog beat Yokozuna/Owen/D.Douglas/Razor Ramon..
  • December 18, 1995—RAW: Razor Ramon defeated Yokozuna by Countout.
  • January 1, 1996—RAW: The Smoking Gunns (Billy & Bart) defeated Razor Ramon & Savio Vega and Sycho Sid & The 1-2-3 Kid and Owen Hart & Yokozuna in a “RAW Bowl” Elimination match.
  • 1995: Yokozuna breifly feuded with Mabel, and then Ahmed Johnson, who managed to slam Yoko in his 1st appearance..
  • January 1996 – Royal Rumble: Yokozuna & Vader (both Cornette camp wrestlers) clashed during the Royal Rumble match..
  • ~~~This led to Jim Cornette, Vader, British Bulldog & Owen Hart attacking Yokozuna and “breaking his leg”..
  • January 29, 1996–RAW: Shawn Michaels defeated Yokozuna.
  • February 5, 1996–RAW: Shawn Michaels & Diesel defeated The British Bulldog & Yokozuna by Countout.

World Wrestling Federation – Babyface:

  • Yokozuna & Mr Fuji officially turned babyface..
  • February 18, 1996 – In Your House: Yokozuna defeated The British Bulldog w/Jim Cornette by DQ..
  • February 26, 1996–RAW: Yokozuna defeated Owen Hart & Davey Boy Smith by DQ.
  • March 11, 1996–RAW: Yokozuna & The Undertaker defeated Owen Hart & The British Bulldog by DQ.
  • April 8, 1996–RAW: Vader defeated Yokozuna when the referee deemed Yokozuna unable to continue..
  • ~~~After the match, medical staff carried Yokozuna out on a forklift because of a “storyline” broken leg..
  • WrestleMania XII: Owen Hart & British Bulldog & Vader beat Yokozuna & Jake Roberts & Ahmed Johnson..
  • June 10, 1996–RAW: Owen Hart defeated Yokozuna.
  • Yokozuna took the summer off, encouraged by WWF management to lose some weight before he returned.

World Wrestling Federation – Babyface:

  • SummerSlam 1996: Steve Austin beat Yokozuna in ‘Free-for-all’ Match.. Yoko went up for the Bonzai drop and the top rope broke!
  • ~~~This sent Yokozuna crashing to the mat, where he was easily pinned by Steve Austin..
  • Survivor Series 1996: Yokozuna, Jimmy Snuka, Flash Funk & Savio Vega took on Vader, Farooq, Fake Razor & Fake Diesel–DOUBLE DQ..
  • Yokozuna failed a physical by the New York State Athletic Commission, which revolked his wrestling license in just about every State.
  • Yokozuna was never seen in a WWF ring again.

In The Meantime:

  • Yokozuna was spotted around the independant circuit for the next few years..
  • October 1999 – Heroes of Wrestling PPV: King Kong Bundy & Jim Neidhart beat a 700lbs Yokozuna and a ‘drunk’ Jake Roberts..
  • 2000: Yokozuna participated in a tour in Australia, then began a tour of Europe..
  • October 23, 2000: While in Europe, Yokozuna passed away in his sleep due to heart failure — he was 580lbs at time of death.
  • April 2012 – Yokozuna was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.