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View Poll Results: How do you see the legacy of Yokozuna?

G.O.A.T 1 3.23%
Legend 11 35.48%
A great entertainer but not a G.O.A.T or Legend 10 32.26%
A average performer for whom a dream push worked. 9 29.03%
Overrated 2 6.45%
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Old 10-21-2012, 01:48 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default The legacy31: Yokozuna

Belonging to one of the great wrestling families, The Anoa'i wrestling family, with The Rock, Rikishi, Umaga, Rosey, Samu and Manu for his cousins, he had a illustrious career from and a wonderful push in WWF where he pinned two former legends and then furture hall of fame faces in Hitman and Hogan in two consecutive pay-per-views.

Debuting in 1992 in WWF though he had a ten year career before that in AWA retiring Greg Gagne, he received a dream push winning the royal rumble within months using the title shot received to win the WWF championship from Bret Hart losing it in minutes to Hogan (not sure who booked it so silly, esp with Hitman signalling Hogan to come in and fix stuff) before taking it back from him in the next PPV effectively ending Hogan's WWF career in kayfabe as he did not return till 9 years hence. Then he had a great angle working with Lex Luger for a body slam challenge followed by "killing" Undertaker being central to his deadman turn. He then went on to defend the title against the next Royal Rumble winners Bret Hart and Luger losing it finally to Bret Hart. He went on to feud with the returning Taker losing to him and also winning the tag titles with Owen Hart after which his push slowly disappeared proportional to increase in weight.

A dream run from 1992 to 1996 for four years around the main event scene and being the first Samoan to win the WWF world title, how do you see his legacy in totality of his career?
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Old 10-21-2012, 02:05 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: The legacy31: Yokozuna

I'd say he's average. Aside from his size, he never really stood out to me. And I'm going on record by saying if it wasn't for WWE pushing Bret, I'm not sure what good Yokozuna was as champion.

First guy out of this series that I commented in that I can say isn't GOAT or a legend. He was just there.
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I was always amazed at his speed and agility for his size. He had elite big man ring skills but not much charisma. His character became stale pretty quick and he obviously had weight problems that concerned the WWE so he was more of a flash in the pan.
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His Banzai Drop was epic
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Default Re: The legacy31: Yokozuna

He scared me as a kid, he was pretty good in the ring too, vastly overlooked, he was fast and agile but not in the high flying sense, he knew when to pick his spot and he times all his moved well, I dont recall him being sloppy or botched int he ring either.

Loved his heel run, he was WWe's top heel at one point and a dominant threat that WWE have never had or repeated since. Mr Fuji helped alot too, as well as Jim Cornette

Yokozuna was vastly under rated in my opinion and just looked on as a WWE big guy... which is a shame.
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I'd say he's average. Aside from his size, he never really stood out to me. And I'm going on record by saying if it wasn't for WWE pushing Bret, I'm not sure what good Yokozuna was as champion.

First guy out of this series that I commented in that I can say isn't GOAT or a legend. He was just there.
It is very difficult to make a case for Yokozuna as a Legend, leave alone a GOAT. I voted him a legend for a simple reason that he was there and played a integral and important Kayfabe part in these events:
  1. Bret Hart's rise
  2. Hogan's exit following a defeat, clean or not
  3. "Super" Lex Luger's rise in WWF
  4. Undertaker's transformation into Deadman from a Mortician
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Overrated. he was just... big.
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A great entertainer but not GOAT
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I guess he was good for his girth, but doesn't really stand out for me. I'm not really sure why Vince wanted him to be the top heel of the early 90's, there were guys better suited for that role at that time. Plus, I hate the evil foreign guy gimmick, its just so lazy and easy.
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Average, personally.
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