Some sad news breaking now. WWE Hall of Famer Mr. Fuji has passed away at the age of 82.
Fuji had a lengthy career as a wrestler, spending a lot of time in WWWF and WWF as well as a stint in Georgia Championship Wrestling during the mid 70s. Once his in-ring career ended, he made the transition to manager in the late 80s and 90s with the most notable client being managing Yokozuna to a WWE Championship.
Here’s what WWE.com had to say about the legendary hall of famer:
WWE is saddened to learn that WWE Hall of Famer Harry Fujiwara, known to WWE fans as Mr. Fuji, passed away this morning at the age of 82.
Fuji spent more than 30 years entertaining fans worldwide as both an in-ring competitor and one of WWE’s greatest managers. A five-time WWE World Tag Team Champion, Fuji was infamous for keeping small bags of salt in his tights which he would throw into his opponents’ eyes.
After retiring from the ring, Fuji managed a litany of WWE’s most feared Superstars, such as George “The Animal” Steele, Kamala, Killer Khan, Demolition, The Powers of Pain, Yokozuna and most notably, “Magnificent” Don Muraco.
With Muraco, Fuji treated WWE fans to the classic Fuji Vice, Fuji General, Fuji Bandito and Fuji Chan series. These series were ahead of their time because spoofing successful television shows as they tried to break into Hollywood was the epitome of sports-entertainment.
His career will be remembered by different generations for different reasons but Mr. Fuji, whether as a Superstar or manager, is one of the most entertaining performers in the history of WWE.
WWE extends its condolences to Fujiwara’s family, friends and fans.
On behalf of everyone at Vortex Effect, our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Harry Fukiwara, the great Mr. Fuji.