From being fed laxatives on a plane to dropping leg drops to eight-year-old Jey and Jimmy Uso to almost falling through the floor at Bray Wyatt and Bo Dallas’s grandma’s house, here are some of the best stories on Rodney Anoa’i, or Yokozuna, as we know him from his days in the World Wrestling Federation.
“What was Yokozuna like as a person? He was awesome, in the ring and out.”
The Godwinns on Yokozuna as a person, the unofficial policemen of the locker room and the BSK:
“What was Yokozuna like as a person? He was awesome, in the ring and out, and he would invite us to huge barbecues where he lived in California and we always felt invited and comfortable around his family.”
On the Bone Street Krew: “Yoko and Undertaker came up with it, all the members got tattoos, including Godfather, Savio Vega, Krush, Paul Bearer, & Rikishi.
They were the unofficial policemen of the locker room. Wrestler’s court did exist, and either it was Undertaker, Ron Simmons, or Yokozuna who held court and people would present their case, and then a decision would be made. Typical punishment would happen if people disrespected themselves or the company. Sunny was one person who went through the system.”
BO DALLAS tells a story about Yokozuna forcing him and his father Mike “IRS” Rotunda to change their dinner plans
“We were up at my dad’s home state in New York. I went on a tour with my dad and he was bringing back some of his friends/superstars to his mom’s house. There was a group coming in and my grandmother’s house is kind of old. It’s in New York and it has that basement underneath so the top floor is kind of hollow. As the Superstars are coming in and we’re waiting in the kitchen, Yokozuna was one of the ones that came in. He took the first step onto the floor, into the kitchen, and you hear all the boards crack like it’s about to fall through. We all looked at each other like oh no, ‘This can’t be good!’ He took another step and it sounded as if he were to take one more, he would have fallen through to the basement. Everybody had to leave and we went and ate somewhere else because the ground couldn’t hold Yokozuna at my grandmother’s house.”
Bret Hart and The Undertaker Once Had A Yokozuna ‘Poop’ Encounter Backstage
When Hart was asked in an interview about his funniest moments when traveling on the road, the first thing to come to mind was Yokozuna’s poop. The big man was nearly 700 pounds at this time, and needless to say, this meant his assets were bigger than usual. Bret recalls one time in Washington when he and The Undertaker were hanging out in the locker room together and they suddenly heard a loud fireworks-like bang followed by the sound of rushing water. The two wrestlers stuck their heads around the corner and there was poor Yokozuna, who had broken the toilet when he sat down and was covered in poop and flooding water.
Both Bret Hart and The Undertaker had to hold back laughter since Yokozuna was almost crying due to a cut in his leg from the broken porcelain, and he was holding up his hands begging for help. Hart says The Undertaker especially couldn’t help himself and kept having to hide a moment behind the wall to laugh only to pop up again looking all concerned. Neither men wanted to get anywhere near Yokozuna due to all the poop.
Unfortunately for Bret Hart, Yokozuna’s poop stories do not end there. There was once a time when the two were wrestling in India and the Samoan wrestler was suffering from a case of horrible diarrhea. The two were in the middle of a match and just as Hart was about to be hit by a Banzai drop he noticed something pretty nasty.
When Bret Hart looked up, he was horrified to see a huge poop stain on Yokozuna’s trunks that resembled a huge bowl of pea soup. According to Hart, that was the quickest he ever moved in his entire wrestling career, and he barely dodged the stinky Banzai drop. The Indian ring was not so lucky since Yokozuna forever left a large pea green “stamp of approval” on the corner of the ring.
A Yokozuna / Undertaker Story from Reddit User, ‘WritingContradiction’
I had gotten a ton of autographs and spent a long time talking with Steve Keirn (he was in his skinner, back up Doink phase) but I was missing two of the biggest names, Yokozuna and the Undertaker who happened to be sitting at a table with some young ladies.
I was a little apprehensive about walking up to them because even then I was respectful of their privacy and their downtime, but it was those two guys, so I approached and told them very politely that I was a huge fan and I really would like their autograph. Yoko basically told me to get lost, but Taker slapped him on the arm and said something along the lines of, “The kid was really polite and is a big fan, sign his book,” to which Yoko smiled and asked for the book. Yoko signed, “Keep the Faith.” Taker signed, “Rest in peace.”
Way awesome day for a young fan. Taker is cool forever in my book. I am trying to find the book so I can post pictures, its been 20 years but I still have it somewhere.”
STONE COLD’ STEVE AUSTIN brings a whole new meaning to ‘the bottom line’
So anyway, goddamn Yok’ picks me up with one arm and slams the shit out of me.
He slammed me [so hard] I shit my pants!
It wasn’t like a gigantic shit, I mean, you know – I sprayed. So I’m thinking to myself – again, no pun intended – Oh shit. I gotta get outta this motherfucker.
So I look up at Yok’ and I say, ‘Yok’, let’s go home’, and he goes, ‘Ok brah’, and we did the finish – I can’t remember who won or lost – and I headed directly to the showers, took care of business (laughs).
I’m lucky I wore black trunks…”
Jimmy and Jey Uso share stories about their uncle, Yokozuna
‘Just lay there, man, don’t move.’
We were 8 not even 10 at the time. He lined up there in the corner and just walks up and BOOM.
He was our uncle. We grew up [with Yoko]. Him and dad (Rikishi), they would come home from their loop and we’d be sleeping and they’d wake us up. They’d wake all of us up, me him, all of our brothers, all of us. Yoko had a daughter and a son. He’d wake us all up and make us dance. They’d put on Bell Biv Devoe.
‘Here, start dancing!’
We’d start dancing and barbecue. Just barbecue, man. This is when dad [Rikishi] was out there in Puerto Rico. He’d just come home and, ‘Just fire the grill up, man!’ We’d be out there just barbecuing and dancing.
When [Yokozuna] would sleep, he would have to sit up. He couldn’t lie down. That’s how big he was. He would sit up against the couch. He would sit on the floor and then he’d put his back up against the couch and that was how he would sleep. And we would know, dad would go, ‘Rodney’s coming home.’ So we would get all the blankets and all the pillows and put it in the den. We would make him a little bed on the floor where he would just lay back on the couch. He would snore so loud though so when you heard him stop snoring we would have to get up and check on him. We would just hit him, ‘You alright?’ He’d be like [deep snore crackling sound], ‘Yeah yeah, I’m alright. I’m good.’
[He passed away in 2000] in Liverpool. He had a heart attack. He was tipping 6.”
Chris Jericho chimes in with a story of his own on Yokozuna:
“And this isn’t wrestling exaggerations, this is 600 pounds.
I remember I was out in Japan with Yoko in ‘94 and he was getting really big but once again, just amazing work, and we went to Ribera (the famous steakhouse in Japan). And you sit on basically a piece of tree stump and they had to get three tree stumps for him to sit down because he was, he had a big ass. He was so huge! And then he got into the ring with this guy Tenryu. He was our boss. And Tenryu slammed him. Yoko was like, ‘I want you to slam me, brother.’ ‘Are you sure?’ “I want you to slam me.’ [Tenryu] went up and boom. Wow. He was like 500 pounds or something like that at that time, you know? Just another great guy.”
WATCH Yokozuna vs Genichiro Tenryu, WWF House Show from Osaka Japan 5/9/94 (Japan Mania):
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“On a flight home from Japan, some years later, Curt took his seat up in first class and casually offered Yokozuna a chunk of his chocolate bar.
Perhaps not surprisingly, Yoko always had a sweet tooth and pestered Curt for more and more chocolate.
Little did Yokozuna know Curt was feeding him a chocolate laxative.
Three-quarters of the way through the flight, Yoko practically offset the balance of the plane when he leaped up and frantically pleaded for emergency assistance from the petite Japanese stewardesses.
Yoko, unfortunately, was well over 600 lbs. at this time and couldn’t get into the little airplane toilet. So, much to the horror of the travelers in coach class, Yoko was escorted to the back of the plane where newspaper was placed on the floor and these brave, courageous stewardesses held up blankets to block the scene from the view of the passengers.
It was a turbulence they’d never seen the likes of before — and I dare to say since!”
SOURCE: Prowrestling.net, 105.3 The Fan, inquisitr.com, /u/WritingContradiction in a message to us after we requested any Yokozuna stories for a future Pro Wrestling Stories writeup, Stone Cold vs The Voice, Talk Is Jericho podcast, Slam! Wrestling
Some quotes used in this article compiled by Matt Pender and shared here with thanks to our friends over at ‘Wrestling’s Glory Days’ Facebook page