Yokozuna

Wrestler, TV Personality

1966 – 2000

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Who was Yokozuna?

Rodney Agatupu Anoaʻi was an American professional wrestler. He was best known for his time with the World Wrestling Federation where he wrestled under the ring name Yokozuna. The term yokozuna refers to the highest rank in professional sumo wrestling in Japan. Although the "Yokozuna" character was portrayed as a champion sumo wrestler, Anoaʻi had never competed as an actual sumotori. Though Yokozuna wrestled as a representative of Japan, he was of Samoan origin and was accordingly billed as hailing from Polynesia.

In the WWF, Anoaʻi was a two-time WWF Champion and two-time Tag Team Champion, as well as the winner of the 1993 Royal Rumble. Anoa'i was the first wrestler of Samoan descent to hold the WWF Championship as well as the first Royal Rumble winner who as a result of a direct stipulation received a world title shot at WrestleMania. He defeated WWE Hall of Famers Bret Hart and Hulk Hogan, in consecutive pay-per-view victories at WrestleMania IX and the 1993 King of the Ring, to win his two WWF Championships. He was posthumously inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2012.

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Born
Oct 2, 1966
San Francisco
Also known as
  • Wild Samoan Kokina
  • Kokina Maximus
  • Great Kokina
  • Rodney Agatupu Anoaʻi
  • Rodney Anoai
  • The Great Kokina
Parents
Siblings
Spouses
Children
Ethnicity
  • Samoan American
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Lived in
  • San Francisco
Died
Oct 23, 2000
Liverpool

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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