Rodney Anoa'i

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Yokozuna
Ring name(s) Great Kokina
Kokina Maximus
Wild Samoan Kokina
Yokozuna
Billed height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Billed weight 589 pounds (267 kg)
Born October 2, 1966(1966-10-02)
San Francisco, California, United States
Died October 23, 2000(2000-10-23) (aged 34)
Liverpool, England, United Kingdom
Billed from Japan
Polynesian Islands
Trained by Afa Anoa'i
Debut 1984
Retired 2000

Rodney Agatupu Anoa'i (October 2, 1966 – October 23, 2000) was a professional wrestler. He is best known for wrestling for the World Wrestling Federation under the ring name Yokozuna. He is a member of the famous Anoa'i family, The Rock, Rikishi, Samu, Rosey, Manu, and Umaga were his cousins. He was a two time WWF Champion and two-time Tag Team Champion and also won the 1993 Royal Rumble.

On March 31, 2012, he was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame by Jimmy and Jey Uso and Rikishi.[1]

Death[change | change source]

On October 23, 2000, Anoa'i died at the age of 34 from pulmonary edema in his room at the Moat House Hotel in Liverpool, England while touring for an independent wrestling show.[2] At the time, it was reported that he died of heart failure or a heart attack but this was found to be incorrect because his lungs showed severe signs of blockage due to fluid.[3] He is buried in Green Hills Memorial Park in California.[4]

Championships[change | change source]

  • Pro Wrestling Illustrated
    • PWI Most Improved Wrestler of the Year (1993)
    • He was ranked #5 of the 500 best singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 1993.[5]
    • He was ranked #145 of the 500 best singles wrestlers during the "PWI Years" in 2003.[6]
  • Universal Wrestling Association

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "2012 WWE Hall of Fame Inductee: Yokozuna". WWE. http://www.wwe.com/videos/2012-wwe-hall-of-fame-inductee-yokozuna-26006147. Retrieved 2013-12-01.
  2. "Yokozuna dead at 34". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. http://www.canoe.ca/SlamWrestlingBiosXYZ/yokozuna_obit-can.html. Retrieved 2013-12-1.
  3. "Third Time Charm For Bischoff?". MikeMooneyham.com. http://www.mikemooneyham.com/2001/01/21/third-time-charm-for-bischoff/. Retrieved 2013-12-1.
  4. "Rodney "Yokozuna" Anoai". Find a Grave. http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=6674572. Retrieved 2013-12-1.
  5. "Pro Wrestling Illustrated Top 500 - 1993". Wrestling Information Archive. http://web.archive.org/web/20110919163155/http://www.100megsfree4.com/wiawrestling/pages/pwi/pwi50093.htm. Retrieved 2013-12-01.
  6. "Pro Wrestling Illustrated's Top 500 Wrestlers of the PWI Years". Wrestling Information Archive. http://web.archive.org/web/20110707054220/http://www.100megsfree4.com/wiawrestling/pages/pwi/pwi500yr.htm. Retrieved 2013-12-01.
  7. "WWE Championship - Yokozuna (April 04, 1993 - April 04, 1993)". WWE. http://www.wwe.com/classics/titlehistory/wwechampionship/304454133. Retrieved 2013-12-01.
  8. "WWE Championship - Yokozuna (June 13, 1993 - March 20, 1994)". WWE. http://www.wwe.com/classics/titlehistory/wwechampionship/304454129. Retrieved 2013-12-01.
  9. "World Tag Team Championship - Owen Hart & Yokozuna (April 02, 1995 - September 24, 1995)". WWE. http://www.wwe.com/classics/titlehistory/worldtagteam/30445413212114. Retrieved 2013-12-01.
  10. "World Tag Team Championship - Owen Hart & Yokozuna (September 25, 1995 - September 25, 1995)". WWE. http://www.wwe.com/classics/titlehistory/worldtagteam/30445413212123. Retrieved 2013-12-01.
  11. "Royal Rumble 1993: Rumble Match". WWE. http://www.wwe.com/shows/royalrumble/history/19881161/mainevent. Retrieved 2013-12-01.

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