Harry Fujiwara, the former professional wrestler, and manager who consummated the art of being a villain when he performed under the name Mr. Fuji passed away on Sunday.
The WWE Hall of Famer was 82.
In spite of the fact that he played a flag-waving Japanese character with an overwhelming accent, Fujiwara was an American of Japanese descent, born in Hawaii in 1935. His schtick was particularly fruitful during the 1980s and 1990s when an effective Japanese economy prompted a protectionist reaction in the United States, and Japanese characters were regularly depicted as scalawags in popular society.
In a 2009 meeting with World Wrestling Insanity, Fujiwara said furious fans tossed seats at him. He was even wounded twice.
“That was my job,” he reviewed. “I made them hate my guts really bad
Fujiwara’s wrestling career started in the 1960s in Hawaii. In 1972, he joined what was then known as the World Wide Wrestling Federation ― which would eventually get to be WWE, according to Deadline. Aside from two or three brief flights, he would stay with the association until 1996.
“During his in-ring days, Fuji established himself as one of the great rule-breakers in WWE,” the association said.
His signature move was concealing a sack of salt in his trunks. He would toss the salt into the eyes of his rivals, blinding them while he went in for the finish.
Mr. Fuji’s specialty was tag-team wrestling, where he was the co-holder of the championship five times with two unique accomplices.
After his performing career had finished, Fujiwara got to be one of the sport’s most brilliant directors. He’d wear a tuxedo and top hat, and convey a stick, which could now and again likewise turn into a weapon at whatever point an arbitrator turned his back.
Fujiwara dealt with some of the wrestling’s most well-known heels, including George “The Animal” Steele, Kamala, Killer Khan, Demolition, The Powers of Pain, Yokozuna and “Magnificent” Don Muraco. His organization with Muraco prompted a progression of entertainingly terrible popular society spoof recordings, for example, Fuji Vice, Fuji General, Fuji Bandito and Fuji Chan:
“The idea always being the worse, the better,” Muraco said of the parody videos in an interview last year with the “Two Man Power Trip of Wrestling” podcast. “I think we always lived up to that.”
Fujiwara was drafted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2007.
“Different generations will remember his career for various reasons,” WWE said. “But Mr. Fuji, whether as a Superstar or manager, is one of the most entertaining performers in the history of WWE.”
Mr. Fuji was recalled by fans and wrestling stars alike on social media:
An unforgettable character in front of the camera and an even better one behind it. Rest in Peace, Mr. Fuji. pic.twitter.com/NkpQE8pyAU
— Triple H (@TripleH) August 28, 2016
Mr. Fuji was a great manager from the period when there were so many. He stood out. Huge help to a guy like Yokozuna, for example.
— John Canton (@johnreport) August 28, 2016
Saddened to hear of the passing of Mr. Fuji. RIP Uncle Harry!
— Jimmy Korderas (@jimmykorderas) August 28, 2016
— Mick Foley (@RealMickFoley) August 28, 2016