It Came From YouTube: Yokozuna speaks! Fans instantly stop caring about him. Poor Yokozuna.

17 Submitted by on Fri, 22 November 2013, 00:06

After 4 years as a mostly silent monster heel (the most he’d said up until now was “YOSH!” and of course “BANZAI!”), Yokozuna finally speaks up at In Your House 6 in 1996 about how Jim Cornette had been mistreating him, and immediately becomes a good guy.

And he speaks perfect English much to the audience’s surprise and confusion.

Man, that is so weird. It’s like finding out that Santa Claus isn’t real or something.

So, he delivers this kind of rambling, loud speech, and he ends up pretty much destroying his career in the process because nobody gave two Sushi Rolls about a bland, boring face Yokozuna who could now suddenly speak.

Some characters are just meant to be bad guys, and Yokozuna was one of them.

The only notable thing he did in wrestling after this ill-conceived face turn was the even more ill-concived Heroes Of Wrestling show which I’m just going to pretend didn’t happen.

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17 Responses to "It Came From YouTube: Yokozuna speaks! Fans instantly stop caring about him. Poor Yokozuna."
  1. Anonymous says:

    Ugh. Yokozuna was never the wisest concept in wrestling and the fact that they somehow made it even worse than it already was is borderline astonishing.

  2. Chris says:

    We celebrated Steve Blackman Week in mid-October…does this mean in late November we get Yokozuna Week?

  3. Mike says:

    What’s kind of funny is that Yokozuna actually did speak English once while he was a heel. I don’t remember who he was feuding with of what he even said but I remember him speaking just a little. But I’m sure them saying this was the first time ever was just a mistake. The WWE would never claim something was a first when it really wasn’t.

  4. ScMcS says:

    He cut an English promo at the 1993 KOTR. Only time as a heel I remember him doing so.

    1996 Yokozuna was just a mess. He was disgustingly out of shape (for a 600 pound person), jobbed out, FORKLIFTED OUT in a stretcher job, lost to Austin in 90-seconds because his fat-ass broke the top rope (as it was implied), and was finally removed from TV because of his potential for heart failure.

  5. Mark M. says:

    I find it funny that Yoko would say simple Japanese words like “Bonzai” and “Yoshi” because he couldn’t speak English…in reality he probably said them because he didn’t speak much Japanese–

    • "The Big Cheese" Paul Kraft says:

      Great point!

    • FormerlyFromTokyo says:

      That’s what I was thinking. He didn’t speak because he only knew the two words. XD His gimmick was a confused mess from the start. It’s rather rare for a foreigner to reach the level of Yokozuna in sumo anyway, but how’d he do it (over in Samoa….?)?

      Because details don’t matter! 😀

  6. John says:

    Wait…what…Yokozuna wasn’t Japanese he was a Samoan that whole time I feel hurt & confused all at once. Next thing you’ll say that Kato & Kwang weren’t really Japanese either.

    Poor Dok got cut off just as he was saying that was going to be a train wreck. HOLY AMTRAK BATMAN!!!!!!!!!!!!! He was right.

    Please never tell me that Black Blood wasn’t from a little town in France.

  7. Jacob says:

    Wwf could never decide where Yokozuna was from, he was always announced as being from the Polynesian islands, but the commentators always referred to him being Japanese

  8. Peter says:

    When he started cutting his own promos he basically turned into a less fun Rikishi.

  9. TMS says:

    You’d think someone related to The Rock would have better promo skills.

    • John says:

      Or have a better writer to script them for him.

    • Jakki Steal says:


      The Rock couldn’t promo his way out of a wet paper bag.
      His silly catchphrases to this day make me cringe every time I hear them.
      That Yokozuna promo was better than any Rock promo I’ve ever seen.
      Hacksaw Jim Duggan has better mic skills than the Rock.

  10. The Angry Jobber says:

    Gee, Dok Hendrix was right on the money when he ended that clip with “get ready for a trainwreck” How appropriate!

  11. ducenich says:

    While this was definitely the beginning of Yokozuna’s decline, he is still a certified Hall Of Famer, one of the biggest stars of the 90s, and one of the greatest, most dominant big men in wrestling history….EVER!

  12. The Kid From Iowa says:

    Still couldn’t be worse than Savage and Men on Mission rapping about him.

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