Morbidly obese dudes have always had a place in pro-wrestling.
Often taking on an “unstoppable force” persona akin to that of Andre the Giant, The Big Show, or even Goldberg; super-heavyweight wrestlers rarely exhibit the most talent, but always stand out due to their prodigious girth.
Whether they be the likes of the absurdly massive Haystacks Calhoun, or the surprisingly agile and technically proficient Rikishi, the fat guys of wrestling have always drawn crowds, regardless of ability.
That being said, on the rare occasion that promoters find themselves in the position to slam 2 extraordinarily heavy individuals together in the ring, you can be they go out of their way to make it happen.
Such is the reason we had silly match-ups like the world famous Akebono facing off against The Big Show in a sumo match.
This match stands out to me, largely because when viewed side by side, both men have perhaps the strangest physiques in all of wrestling.
Yokozuna is about 90% ass, and King Mabel is basically 500 lbs of torso.
Seriously man, when you take a closer look at Mabel’s ankles, I’d swear they were made of toothpicks.
The match is by no means a classic, with both men being the sort that lack the agility to take bumps convincingly, or in rapid fashion; resulting in a sluggishly paced match with little to no high impact maneuvers.
It’s disappointing really, during this era Mabel was actually relatively fleet of foot; unlike later in career when he went by the monicker of Viscera.
As mentioned before, Yokozuna was pretty much on his way out by this time, which strangely enough, kind of upset me back in the day.
I was kind of heavy as a kid, and more than a little Azn; so despite his questionable wrestling skills, I always kind of had a soft spot for him.
Man, that game was savage-as-fuck, wish I could be playing it right now…
Anyway, I remember hearing that Yokozuna actually gained a shit ton of weight on purpose during his career, which potentially lead to his untimely demise.
It saddens me to know that he went out that way, but perhaps his death will serve as a cautionary tale for other would-be wrestlers aspiring to achieve similar proportions.