WrestleCrap is Saddened by the Passing of Mr. Fuji

24 Submitted by on Sun, 28 August 2016, 19:11


Really sad to hear this one.  Post your favorite memories below.

My personal all-time favorite moment?  Singing DIXIELAND at the 1:30 mark in the clip below.  You could just tell he and Muraco had a blast together.

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24 Responses to "WrestleCrap is Saddened by the Passing of Mr. Fuji"
  1. Brandon says:

    I like when he did the 5k race at WrestleMania 5. Did the whole thing in a tux! Now THAT’S impressive!

  2. El Atomico says:

    On Conan O’Brien with Yokozuna

  3. Jimbolian says:

    Anything Mr. Fuji did with Don Muraco was golden.

  4. Matt McGovern says:

    Aw man. Great manager.

  5. Evilerci says:

    Truly sad news. When I think of what I loved about wrestling when I was young, one of the first things I think of is the often over the top but alway entertaining heel managers. I for one have missed this part of wrestling for years, and will only miss it more now that Mr. Fuji is gone.

  6. John Q Occupier says:

    When he turned on Demolition at Survivor Series ’88 and sided with the Powers of Pain- the eight year old version of me HATED him for that…

    • Shockwave says:

      I was going to post the same thing, I loved the Powers of Pain though, glorious tag team and Mr Fuji was full on Large Ham mode for the interviews 🙂

  7. Duckbilled Platypool says:

    One of the true grat heel managers he was right up there with Bobby ”The Brain” Heenan in my opinion.
    At least now Yokuzuna will have a manager for him in the great beyond… Because my yokozuna ichi ban! no 1!

  8. "The Big Cheese" Paul Kraft says:

    When I heard he passed, I immediately thought of the Berzerker party induction from a few years ago so I bumped it up to the top so you guys can read it again.

  9. John C says:

    Notwithstanding (trademark Vinceism) the epic Tuxedo Match between Mr. Fuji & Hillbilly Jim, truly crap at it’s highest degree.

  10. Geoff says:

    I remember him managing the Warlord who was an awesome powerhouse that needed a great push. Then he paired him up with the Barbarian for the Powers of Pain and I thought what a great trio, they would go far. He also managed Orient Express and I was thrilled seeing that team bc, you know, they had the martial arts thing going and at that time, MA was rare in the states. He rates right up there with Heenan, Hart, Capt. Lou and Blassie. RIP

  11. Peter says:

    The how-to throw a party (or “potty,” as Fuji put it) instruction video with the Berserker immediately comes to mind.

  12. Autrach Sejanoz says:

    Two words: Fuji Vice.

    • Evan Waters says:

      Anyone who hasn’t seen Fuji Vice needs to. There’s so much effort put into the thing, for no apparent reason.

  13. Mav says:

    Sad to hear. A classic character from the golden age. Even though I was no longer following the WWF fanatically at that point, I liked that Fuji got to manage a World Champion in Yokozuna.

    I bet Fuji is having a laugh in heaven now, while St. Peter is still reeling from salt to the eyes.

  14. Sean Bateman says:

    Fuji Vice, Fuji General…….

  15. Gerard says:

    Correct me if I’m wrong but I think Fuji was one of the few managers who was never a face always the heel both slick and Jimmy Hart were both faces at some point in their careers but I don’t think Fuji was ever one of the good guys while he was working???

    • kmtown says:

      I do vaguely remember Yokozuna having a brief face run, with Fuji waving both Japanese and American flags…anybody else remember that?

      • John says:

        You are correct, Kmtown. Yoko was a face from February 96 with him and Mr. Fuji leaving Camp Cornette to the day after Summerslam. Mr. Fuji did carry the American flag, specifically when Vader broke Yoko’s leg on Raw but I do not remember him ever carrying both the U.S. and Japanese flag. He very well might have I just do not remember.

  16. Porter Sultzbaugh says:

    I don’t recall ever being disappointed with Mr. Fuji. I remember him as a wrestle and manager easily. He never left you “angry” over a performance.

  17. Mark B says:

    nothing matches the stand up comedy of Fuji & Muraco! “How about some tropical stuff?” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0EV1V8Af1uw

    • Brad says:

      The way Fuji sets up the punchline always cracked me up, “how beautiful are dey?”, lol and Muraco’s crack about Gene’s lack of hair (and Gene’s subtle one digit retort to it) lol

  18. Tom Hastings says:

    all the moments mentioned are golden and Fuji Vice always brings a smile to my face. But Fuji was a wrestler before he was a manager and was a great tag team wrestler and was a good stand-in for a quick singles match for the heavyweight title. I enjoyed seeing get a shot against Backlund in the early 80’s Not a great match but nice to see someone who had been a tireless worker for the company get a moment of glory.

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