WWE Hall Of Fame Manager Mr. Fuji Has Passed Away At Age 82
Sad news from the world of professional wrestling today as Harry Fujiwara, best known as legendary WWE Hall of Fame wrestler and manager Mr. Fuji passed away at age 82.
Mr. Fuji debuted in the World Wide Wrestling Federation in 1972 and went on to win the tag team championship multiple times alongside Toru Tanaka, and again later in his career with Mr. Saito. Mr. Fuji is more well-remembered for his work as a manager, having worked with George “The Animal” Steele, Don Muraco, and eventual WWE Champion Yokozuna.
While Fuji is best known for his managerial work during the wrestling boom period of the 1980s, it should also be noted that he was a 5-time WWWF/WWF Tag Team Champion, three times with Toru Tanaka and twice with Mr. Saito. In fact, Fuji’s career began all the way back in 1964 in his native Hawaii as “Mr. Fujiwara,” and he captured his first wrestling championship in 1966.
He’ll always be remembered for the heel tactic of throwing salt in opponents’ eyes. He ended up being part of teams that won the WWE World Tag Team Championships five times.
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The Honolulu native also spent time in various other promotions before ending his career as a full-time in-ring performer in 1985.
He quickly made a seamless transition into the world of managing, where he spent another decade working with the likes of Don Muraco, Yokozuna and George “The Animal” Steele. His trademark salt toss remained part of his arsenal, along with a myriad of other memorable maneuvers.
Fujiwara’s ability to make Mr. Fuji one of the most iconic characters in wrestling history earned him a place in the WWE Hall of Fame in 2007.
We send our love and condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Fuji, and recommend that instead of pouring one out for him today, you throw salt in the face of someone you hate.