Rodney Agatupu Anoa'i was an American professional wrestler of Samoan descent. He is best known for his stints with the World Wrestling Federation, where he wrestled under the ring name Yokozuna.
Although his character was portrayed as a champion sumo wrestler, Anoa'i never actually wrestled as a sumotori. Though he wrestled as Japan's representative, in real life he was a Samoan-American and was consequently billed as being from Polynesia. However, as manager he had a Japanese character, Mr. Fuji, following him into the ring with a wooden salt bucket and waving a Japanese flag.
In the WWF, Anoa'i was a two-time WWF World Heavyweight Champion and a two-time WWF Tag Team Champion (with Owen Hart), as well as the winner of the 1993 Royal Rumble. He was the first wrestler of Samoan descent to hold the WWF Championship as well as the first winner of the Royal Rumble.
Defeated Bret Hart and Hulk Hogan, resulting in back to back pay-per-view victories, including main eventing WrestleMania IX and King of the Ring 1993, where he won his two WWF Championships, also main eventing WrestleMania X always against Hart. Anoa'i was posthumously inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2012.
Anoa'i died on October 23, 2000 of a heart attack in the city of Liverpool, at the Moat House Hotel, where he was staying to play matches for a British federation. At the time of his death he weighed about 260 kg. He rests today in Green Hills Memorial Park in Rancho Palos Verdes, California.