Harry Fujiwara, better known to the wrestling world as Mr. Fuji, recently passed away earlier this week at the age of 82. Many fans who grew up watching Mr. Fuji most likely remember him as one of the evilest managers that wrestling has ever known. Usually sporting a tuxedo and bowler hat, Fuji walked to the ring with nothing but evil intentions in his eyes. He usually made good on those intentions as well by throwing salt in the eyes of other wrestlers, smacking them with his cane, and doing whatever else was necessary to make sure his clients won. He was the guy we all loved to hate.
That was in front of the camera, however. Behind the camera, Mr. Fuji was building a different kind of legacy. If you didn’t already know, Mr. Fuji is one of the all-time greatest pranksters and general mad men that wrestling has ever known. Freddie Blassie probably put it best when he said simply said of Fuji that “the man was incorrigible.” Given the wealth of stories his non-stop personality has provided, we wouldn’t have had it any other way. Here are the top 15 craziest stories about Mr. Fuji.
15 He Loved To Slip Something Into Other Wresters' Drinks
The general theme you’ll find throughout this list is that you could never let your guard down against Mr. Fuji. Ever. The man was like a robot that was programmed for nothing else but to mess with everyone around them. As such, certain rules of etiquette were established regarding how to behave around Fuji. Rule number one was that you never, ever, anger him or give him any reason whatsoever to get revenge on you. As we’ll see later on this list, if Mr. Fuji ribs you, it’s best to just smile and move on with your life. If you failed to follow rule number one, or even if you didn’t, then you would want to pay attention to the rule that says never leave a drink alone anywhere near Mr. Fuji.
14 Nailing Or Gluing Wrestlers' Clothes To The Ceiling
In the early ‘80s, there were few people in the WWE locker room more respected than “Classy” Freddie Blassie. Blassie was as old-school as professional wrestling got, and the heat he would draw by doing things like filing down his teeth in order to make his bites more painful helped Vince McMahon Sr. and the WWE sell out many stadiums back in Blassie’s prime. Just because Blassie was a bonafide legend that commanded the respect of nearly everyone he worked with didn’t mean that Fuji wasn’t going to pull some pranks on him, however. Quite the opposite, actually.
13 Tricking Other Wrestlers Into Doing His Pranks For Him
Mr. Fuji was a busy man. As one of the most in-demand managers in the Rock n’ Wrestling era of WWE (both in kayfabe and in real life), he would often appear several times throughout the course of a show and would be responsible for keeping up with many teams of wrestlers. When you’re that busy, no matter how gifted of a prankster you are, you aren’t always going to have time to actually do pranks yourself. As such, one of Mr. Fuji’s favorite methods of ensuring that people still got pranked was to get younger wrestlers to do his dirty deeds for him.
12 Canceling Other Wrestlers' Flights For Fun
Traveling is one of the worst things about being a professional wrestler. As great as it sounds to tour the world and perform in front of a different crowd every night, and it surely has its benefits, the truth is that the time you’re not seeing a professional wrestler in the ring is usually filled with long stares at road maps, finding some traveling partners, and, most importantly of all, making sure that all your flights and rental cars are properly booked.
11 He Was Stabbed By Fans On Multiple Occasions
The thing you have to understand about Mr. Fuji is that he made his name in the business during a very different time. It wasn’t an era of indie promotions, wrestling schools, national exposure, and talent pipelines; it was an era when becoming a wrestler usually meant that you were willing to learn things the hard way and typically weren’t opposed to performing degrading favors to get in good with established talent. It was also an era of really tough wrestlers and really passionate fans.
10 WWE Tried, And Failed, To Turn Him Good
9 Giving His Tag Team Partner Wrong Directions And Driving Around All Day
Masa Saito, also known as Mr. Saito, was not the kind of guy that you messed with. While he wasn’t quite at Haku levels of backstage fear, Saito was an old-school Japanese wrestler with a legitimate Olympic wrestling background and a reputation for getting into trouble outside of the ring. After all, this is the guy who allegedly helped Ken Patera fight several police officers after Patera threw a large rock through a McDonald’s window. If you think that Saito’s toughness was going to keep Mr. Fuji from messing with the guy when they were tag partners, though, then you just haven’t been paying attention so far.
8 Chaining And Supergluing A Wrestler's Luggage
7 Driving 100 MPH In A Blizzard
6 Removed The Engine From A Rental Car
5 His Feet Were Mercilessly Tickled In The Ring As An Act Of Revenge
Before we get into this final run of Mr. Fuji stories, it’s important to take a moment to realize that Mr. Fuji himself was not immune to being the victim of shenanigans. Sometimes, his wicked deeds did not go unpunished by other wrestlers. Actually, there’s a famous story about Mr. Fuji waking up in the middle of a pond completely naked with a shotgun laid across his lap after his drinking buddies left him in the position one night. One particularly odd story about revenge on Fuji involves the great Jules Strongbow. Strongbow had no intentions of becoming Fuji’s next prank victim and decided to do something that would let Fuji know he wasn’t to be messed with.
4 The Legend Of The Cooked Dog
3 Making Sunny Style Yokozuna's Unwashed Hair
2 Peeing On Lex Luger's Boots To Teach Him Respect
1 Getting Way Too High With Mr. McMahon In England
In numerous shoot interviews and career recaps that Mr. Fuji has given over the years, the one thing that has remained consistent is the man’s love for Vince McMahon Jr. Fuji has always respected Vince McMahon for his vision, personality, and general ability to keep the crazy world of professional wrestling chugging along. Of course, part of the reason that Fuji like McMahon so much might have something to do with the parties the two apparently used to have. According to Fuji, one night Vince McMahon came to him after a show in England and told him that he wanted to perform a big rib on everyone.
This “rib” consisted of Fuji and Vince getting two large bags of marijuana, smoking on the tour bus, and getting the driver so high that they almost got lost several times. According to Fuji, Vince was so messed up that he tried to take his clothes off and run naked through the streets before Fuji and some of the boys stopped him.
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