WWE have announced that their new documentary series “WWE Icons” will premiere on January 31st with the first episode focussing on former WWE Champion and hall of famer Yokozuna.
First Look: WWE Icons streamed on the WWE Network following a spectacular TLC pay-per-view. The 12 minute video highlighted the subjects of the documentary, before revealing the premiere date of the first episode.
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Alongside Yokozuna the other legends set to be featured are Rob Van Dam, Lex Luger, Beth Phoenix, and the British Bulldog.
Yokozuna debuted in the then WWF back in 1992, quickly rising to the top of the card feuding with the likes of Bret Hart and Hulk Hogan. Famously challenging Hart for the WWF Title at Wrestlemania 9 in 1993. The super-heavyweight would win the top title on 2 occasions, while also capturing tag team gold alongside Owen Hart.
While he may have wrestled under the Japanese flag for much of his career, Yokozuna, real name Rodney Anoaʻi, was a proud member of the Samoan wrestling dynasty. Who’s lineage includes The Wild Samoans, The Rock, Rikishi, The Usos and Roman Reigns. The legendary big man sadly passed away on October 23rd 2000 aged just 34.
The documentary will feature interviews with the likes of The Undertaker, Bruce Prichard, Afa, Roman Reigns and Rikishi. Clips of which can been seen in the preview currently available on the WWE Network, before premiering on YouTube at 5pm UK Time.
While Yokozuna, British Bulldog and Lex Luger are all huge names from wrestling’s past, Van Dam has been linked with a return to WWE in recent months, and Beth Phoenix currently works as a commentator on NXT. While the British Bulldog’s son Davey Boy Smith Jr has also been continually linked with making his own way back to WWE, most recently after finishing up with MLW.