R.I.P. Mr. Fuji


Today the wrestling world lost an iconic manager, Mr. Fuji. Fuji was a former world tag team champion and one of the more prolific managers in the WWF’s heyday. He managed great tag teams like Demolition, but his biggest success as a manager came when his charge Yokozuna won the WWF title in 1993.

Fuji was known as a prankster and a jovial force. My thoughts, prayers, well wishes and good vibes are with his family.

— From Mr. Fuji’s Wikipedia page

Harry Masayoshi Fujiwara (May 4, 1934 – August 28, 2016)[4] was an American professional wrestler and manager, known professionally by his ring name Mr. Fuji.[5] He was infamous for often throwing salt in the eyes of fan favorite wrestlers. Although he was billed as Japanese, he was a Japanese American born in Hawaii.

Early career (1965–1971)[edit]
Fujiwara made his professional wrestling debut on December 15, 1965 in his native Hawaii under the ring name Mr. Fujiwara. He won his first championship, the NWA Hawaii Tag Team Championship, with King Curtis Iaukea on January 7, 1966.[6] He shortened his ring name to Mr. Fuji and toured many territories, including Don Owen’s Portland, Oregon based NWA Pacific Northwest Wrestling where he won many championships.[1]

World Wide Wrestling Federation (1972–1974)[edit]
Fuji debuted in Vince McMahon, Sr.’s World Wide Wrestling Federation in 1972 as a heel. He formed a tag team with Professor Toru Tanaka and the duo were managed by the Grand Wizard.[7] Tanaka provided his physical massive strength and Fuji brought his devious ring psychology to the team, which earned him the nickname “The Devious One”.[7] Fuji used to throw salt in his opponent’s eyes, which earned him victories.[1][2] They defeated Sonny King and Chief Jay Strongbow on June 27, 1972 for their first World Tag Team Championship.[8][9] They quickly ascended to the main event status, defending the titles against WWWF World Heavyweight Champion Pedro Morales and Bruno Sammartino on several occasions, throughout the year.[1] During the feud, Fuji earned a shot at the WWWF title against Morales on August 22 but lost by count-out.[10] They reigned for eleven months, making them the third longest WWWF World Tag Team Champions in history. They would lose the championship to Tony Garea and Haystacks Calhoun on May 30, 1973.[11]

They continued to feud with Garea and Calhoun for the titles before defeating them on September 11 in a rematch to win their second WWWF World Tag Team Championship.[9][12] With their title recapture, their feud with Garea and his new partner Dean Ho continued. On November 14, Fuji and Tanaka lost the titles to Garea and Ho.[13] After failing to recapture the title from Garea and Ho, Fuji and Tanaka left the WWWF in 1974.

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