Harry Fujiwara Dies: WWE’s Mr. Fuji Was 82
August 29, 2016 - WWE
Harry Fujiwara, best famous as a veteran wrestler Mr. Fuji, whose 31-year career spanned sports entertainment’s expansion from informal niche captivate to informative mainstream, died this morning, World Wrestling Entertainment has announced. He was 82.
“WWE is saddened to learn that WWE Hall of Famer Harry Fujiwara, famous to WWE fans as Mr. Fuji, upheld divided this morning during a age of 82,” a classification said in a statement. “His career will be remembered by opposite generations for opposite reasons though Mr. Fuji, either as a Superstar or manager, is one of a many interesting performers in a story of WWE.”
Born in Honolulu in 1935, Fujiwara began his career in 1965 in his local Hawaii regulating a ring name Mr. Fujiwara. Quickly apropos a dermatitis in a field, Fujiwara condensed his ring name to Mr. Fuji and began behaving in several informal wrestling companies along a West Coast. In 1972, he assimilated Vince McMahon’s World Wide Wrestling Federation, predecessor to today’s WWE, as a heel, combining a tab group with Professor Toru Tanaka. During this era, Fujiwara became famous for his signature move, throwing salt in a eyes of his opponents and earning a nickname “the divergent one.”
Fujiwara quickly left WWF twice during a ’70s though returned for good in 1981 only after a association rebranded itself as World Wrestling Federation (WWF). A renouned buttress during WWF’s duration of measureless recognition in a 1980s, he transitioned divided from ring foe to behaving as a manager in 1985. He late for good in 1996, and was commemorated as one of a biggest managers in WWE history.
After retiring, Fujiwara resided in Tennessee, where he operated a training dojo until 2001. He was inducted into a WWE Hall of Fame in 2007.