“Please Please Let Me Work With Him First”- Undertaker Opens Up About One of His Greatest Opponents

Published 06/21/2020, 8:07 AM EDT


On the latest edition of WWE After the Bell with Corey Graves, The Undertaker speaks about his memories with the WWE Hall of Famer, Yokozuna.

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Yokozuna had a very short career in WWE, it barely lasted four years. In his short stint at the promotion, Yokozuna experienced a number of dream moments.

He was a two-time WWF Champion, 2-time tag-team Champion, Royal Rumble winner. Yokozuna had historic victories against Hulk Hogan and Bret hart.

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The Phenom and Yokozuna were close friends outside the ring. Just like the famous Kliq, Yokozuna and Undertaker were part of a backstage group called Bone Street Krewe.

B.S.K also consisted of James Harrison, Savio Vega, Henry Godwinn, The Godfather, Mideon, Brian Adams, Rikishi, Paul Bearer, and Mr. Fuji.

When asked about Yokozuna on After the Bell, The Deadman took a good 3-5 second pause as he got emotional thinking about his late friend. Certainly not an emotion you expect to see from The Undertaker.

The wrestling business was a tough one in the 1990s even before the Monday Night Wars. There wasn’t the money that you see, or the exposure and love the business gets worldwide today.

The Undertaker and Yokozuna competed with and against each other during difficult times in the WWE. The number of Superstars on the roster were fewer than there are today.

In fact, the backstage crew was barely staffed to put on a decent show. The Phenom recalls his struggle back in those days rather fondly.

The Undertaker was eager to work with Yokozuna

The Undertaker saw Yokozuna in a dark match in Baltimore. The movements Yokozuna had for his size impressed the Undertaker. The Phenom begged Vince McMahon to work with him in the ring. On the WWE After the Bell podcast with Corey Graves Undertaker explains the story.

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“I’ll never forget the first night he came in. I had seen him in Japan, I heard he was coming in. He was doing a dark match, I wanted to watch him work. Vince and I were behind the curtain watching him.

“At 450 pounds, the guy moved like a cat. There was no way a guy of his size could move the way he moved, just smooth as silk. I looked at Vince and begged, I said please please let me work with him first, but as it worked out. Lex got Yoko first and I got Gaint Gonzalez and the rest is history,” said Taker.

Even though Yokozuna’s career was short in WWE. He made a positive lasting impression on all. Yokozuna died aged 34 in Liverpool while wrestling on the independent circuit. His passing was due to his lungs showing severe signs of blockage due to fluid.

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