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Yokozuna pro
Rodney Agatupu Anoaʻi
BornOctober 2, 1966
DiedOctober 23, 2000
Liverpool, England,

United Kingdom

FromSan Francisco, California, United States

Professional wrestling career

Ring NameYokozuna
Height6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight641 lb (291 kg)
BilledLand of the Rising Sun


Rodney Agatupu Anoaʻi (October 2, 1966 – October 23, 2000) a American professional wrestler who is best known for his time with the World Wrestling Federation where he wrestled under the ring name Yokozuna. The name was a reference to the highest rank in professional sumo wrestling in Japan.

Although the Yokozuna character was portrayed as a champion sumo wrestler, Anoaʻi never competed as an actual sumotori. Though Yokozuna wrestled as a representative of Japan, in real life Anoaʻi was Samoan American and was accordingly billed as hailing from Polynesia. However, he was managed by the Japanese character Mr. Fuji (in reality a Japanese American), who would follow Anoaʻi to the ring with a wooden bucket of salt, and waving a Japanese flag.

In the WWF, Anoaʻi was a two-time WWF World Heavyweight Champion and two-time WWF Tag Team Champion (with Owen Hart), as well as the winner of the 1993 Royal Rumble. Anoaʻi was the first wrestler of Samoan descent to hold the WWF World Heavyweight Championship as well as the first Royal Rumble winner who as a result of a direct stipulation received a WWF's world championship title shot at WrestleMania. He defeated WWE Hall of Famers Bret Hart and Hulk Hogan, in consecutive pay-per-view victories in the main event of WrestleMania IX and the 1993 King of the Ring, to win his two WWF World Heavyweight Championships, and also headlined WrestleMania X against Hart. He was the third fastest newcomer after Brock Lesnar and Sheamus to win the WWF Championship after his WWF debut. Anoaʻi was posthumously inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2012.