The Undertaker On Setting Yokozuna’s Hair On Fire & More!

On the final episode of Undertaker: The Last Ride entitled Tales from The Deadman, Taker shares stories involving The Godfather and Yokozuna.

On trashing a hotel room with The Godfather:

“Rumor has it that The Godfather and I were known to put away large amounts of whiskey. Let me just put this disclaimer out that this was a long, long time ago and so we invited a bunch of people back to our hotel room.”

“So there’s probably 15 people in the room and now we’re hanging out and still drinking. [The Godfather] has this really cool Stetson Riverboat Gambler hat. I was like, ‘man, that’s a really cool hat.’ He’s, like, looking at himself in the mirror, like, you like that? Man, I just got that.’ I said, ‘yeah, that’s sharp, man.’ I said, ‘I’m going to find one like that.’ Through the course of the night, he comes over to me, he goes, ‘here,’ he gives me the hat, right? ‘No, you’re taking the hat. I’m giving it to you. You have to take it.’ I’m like, ‘no, it’s your hat. It’s a cool hat. It looks good on you. Thanks, but no thanks’ kind of a deal. ‘Are you going to take the hat?’ ‘No, I’m not taking your hat!’ So I’m there [in the bathroom] doing my business, and all-of-a-sudden, it’s like, [crashing noise] and I’m like, ‘what in the world?’ I turn around and he’s hitting the [bathroom] door. The door’s not breaking, [but] the door frame is coming at me. Then, he’s standing there, like, ‘you’re taking the damn hat!'”

“So I take the door and I put my head through it. I take the door off my head, I go out on the balcony, sling this door [throwing sounds]. I’m looking back at everybody like, ‘pftt.. I showed him, right?’ I turn back around and that joker’s in a three-point stance. He heard ‘hut’ and he blasts me and lands on top of me between the two beds. We were like two big, giant kids, right? He says, ‘no, you’re going to take the hat!’ I’m like, ‘no, I’m not taking the hat!’ But he won’t let me up either and I can’t get out, so I finally was like, ‘okay, I’ll take the hat.’ ‘That’s all you had to say.’ I got up. We found the hat. It had been stepped on already. I put the hat on. ‘Thank you. Thank you for the hat.’ It sounds ridiculous, I know, but you had to be there.”

On setting Yokozuna’s hair on fire:

“All the BSK boys, that core group of guys, we were always together. Yokozuna, he was always in a good mood and always wanted to play cards or dominos. We were in Kuwait together. No, they don’t have adult beverages over there. We were in my room playing cards and we were all getting a bit stir crazy.”

“I remember taking a match and I’m setting them on fire and flicking the matches and trying to hit people with them. Big Yoko was on the other side of the table from me, and I flicked one, and it went right over his head. I didn’t realize it landed in the back of his hair. All-of-a-sudden, I start seeing all this smoke. I said, hey Rod, turn around.’ He turns around and sure enough his hair is on fire. And then, it was like, five guys pounding him to death to try to put the fire out, but it didn’t work getting some free shots on him. He laughed it off. Just a great dude, man. I really miss him.”

Huskie Howard

Huskie Howard

Huskie Howard is the owner and editor-in-chief of He is a long time contributor to, where he is known for his extensive coverage of Ohio pro wrestling and interviews with the stars of the Ohio pro wrestling scene.

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