But was he GREAT?
Can you compare him to other champions?
And about the age thing- I meant that the people here were young when they WATCHED it. I, on the other hand, had no emotional connection to Yoko.
I don't HATE Rodney Anoai, I hate Yokozuna. Just like I hate Tatanka. Or Bation Booger. Or the Ringmaster.
My problems with you is that you've said that "I can see why they thought a 500lb wrestler with an anti-American gimmick could get over and then pushed him". And THAT'S wrong IMO.
The culture just wasn't in the mood for Yoko in 1993 because no one cared.
Your basic point- That he should've been a champion- is wrong.
I can't help but bite at that one thing over and over, I respect you are saying that as you weren't there at the time you can have a completely untethered opinion of the character of Yokozuna, which is fine and as an opinion I can't say I have a problem with it as it is just that: Your opinion.
However, given the fact I initially gave my opinion and you jumped all over and have consistently done so throughout the thread, I feel like I need to now stamp all over yours and tell you how you are wrong.
It is of your opinion that the 500lb Anti-American is a bad idea 20 years after the fact, which as incredible as it sounds I'm sure many would agree, but let's imagine we're Vince McMahon and his staff back in 1993/4... The big man mentality isn't watered down yet even after the steroid scandal, and Vince will continue to take a liking to the guys with "freak" bodies at the time, and he has been quoted as saying how he looked at Diesel who was clean for steroids at the time and drooled all over him and wanted him with the belt for the reason he was so huge, which I have to think is the same reason they went with Yokozuna. They had this massively large man who was willing and able to play a huge heel character that scared the children at a time when WWF was catered, perhaps even more so than today, towards children with their cartoonish outlook and outlandish character. Yokozuna fit perfectly in that mould and at that time. 2 decades later, perhaps not, perhaps it's the same as Mabel being King of The Ring or Great Khali being champion but AT THAT TIME they put all of their eggs in the one basket and ran with it and I completely agree with why they did and understand why it was a good idea.
You talk about us as kids being invested in it at that time and being emotionally attached, how is that wrong? How is that a bad thing? If anything, in saying that, you are completely enforcing the idea that Yokozuna was over and credible as a champion as he connected with all of us as fans. How is that wrong?
Comparing him to other champions is again another point that needs to be put into context. He isn't The Rock, nor Hulk Hogan, but at that time they had so few choices that he seemed like a completely viable candidate. If you take out the guys such as HBK/Scott Hall/Curt Hennig and put them in the main event, then where does that leave WWF on a whole at the time? They have a decent world champion yet have the rest of the card filled with crap?
If anything, you have honestly completely shown your lack of knowledge in this thread with a handful of remakrs we've all let slide, such as "Yoko was only over with Small crowds." Again, how is that a bad thing? WWF almost went into hiding at this time and went smaller, and reverted back to almost the territorial way of thinking. They were too afraid to push in a new untested direction which they were forced to do many years later, and couldn't go back to what they once where as they just didn't have the star power, so they did the best with what they had and one of those things was creating the Yokozuna character and pushing him to the title. It may be a bleak period sandwiched between the two most successful eras in wrestling, but that doesn't make it bad nor it's champions unworthy.
If you look at drawing power as a reason why a wrestler isn't great then I think you need to take a step back and find something else to enjoy. It's the same as ratings today, why react and judge something because of the views of other people? Are you a sheep?
Now, in terms of his wrestling ability, he isn't Bret Hart or Kurt Angle but as a big guy who was there to be a big guy, do strong man moves, look menacing and terrifying for the target audience then he did that very well, and he was also able to sell and wasn't afraid to look weak in certain feuds. This isn't real. He was a credible champion as he was written that way, and a brooding silent destructful monster he was perfect. Should he have been champion? At the time, and given the circumstance, ABSOLUTELY. He was foil and catalyst to a lot of feuds, and in doing so added a 500lb notch onto the belt of Bret Harts championship belt.
Someone asked earlier why he was an awesome heel, and I think it was because he connected with the fans he was supposed to connect to in a heelish manner. Maybe because I was only a kid at the time to I look super fondly at the era, but I am capable of knowing what is shit and what isn't now and I still look at Yoko as champion as a good idea well executed to contradict the idea of how shitty it was the put the KOTR on Mabel or to push King Kong Bundy at that time, 10 years at least after his peak.
I've gave my two pence worth, and I know you're going to reply and give me yours, but the truth is it's a matter of opinions and you have followed this thread for weeks giving yours and neglecting everyone else, something that as an honest wrestling fan who takes his time to enjoy the product knows you have to keep an open mind about.
That's me done now. Cheers.