Published on March 12th, 2016 | by Pro Wrestling Stories2
MR. FUJI: The Devious, Legendary Ribber
“The Man Was Incorrigible!”
WWE Hall of Famer Harry Fujiwara, known to WWE fans as Mr. Fuji, was devious in his on-screen persona, however, the term could be used to describe this legendary ribber backstage as well. From peeing on wrestlers’ boots to set them straight, to feeding beloved household pets to friends who betrayed him, to getting blackout drunk and being pushed out into the middle of a pond bare-butt naked with a shotgun on his lap only to be discovered by elderly people in the morning – these stories will make you laugh, feel sick and most definitely have you looking at Mr. Fuji in a different light!
UPDATE (August 28, 2016): We are saddened to hear of the loss of legendary pro wrestler & backstage prankster, Mr. Fuji. While he may be remembered for many things outside of the ring, we hope above all he will be recognized as being one of the most entertaining performers in the history of professional wrestling. Our thoughts go out to his family, friends and loved ones.
** Warning: Reading any further may result in salt spontaneously being thrown into your eyes. Read on at your own risk. **
‘Classy’ Freddy Blassy, Dominic Denucci and Jules Strongbow Talk Mr. Fuji’s Nonstop Ribs
“Fred Blassie, he always kept his suitcase with everything lined up, the towels, the shower shoes in the plastic, all nice and neat. Blassie was in the ring, and Fuji took some of his stuff — underpants, whatever, and he nailed it to the ceiling. Blassie got hot because he couldn’t find it. Then somebody said, ‘Why don’t you look up?'”
“Fuji’s [ribs] were nonstop: in the arena, in hotels, in airports, in restaurants. And Fuji was an instigator. He’d find weak-minded wrestlers and have them do ribs for him, just to wreak more havoc. The man was incorrigible.
If you were sitting across from Fuji, drinking a cup of coffee, he was liable to slip in some laxatives when you weren’t looking. It would be time to go to the ring, and you’d be on the toilet, shitting your guts out. If he heard you on the phone, making airplane reservations, he’d call up the airline after you hung up, and cancel your trip. You’d miss a booking, lose money, and Fuji would think it was funny.”
“Fuji tried to get silly in the ring with me one night. I let him get away with it because I figured somewhere down the line, I’m going to find out something about Fuji and I’m going to use it against him in a rib.
Well, I found out that he had very ticklish feet. So one night we were in, I think it was Baltimore, and I grapevined his legs, and I started tickling him. I kept it up for about 10 minutes. To the crowd, it looked like he was in pain, absolute miserable pain. But he wasn’t, and I just kept it up, and kept it up. And after that, he never did anything to me. He never pulled a rib on me outside the ring.”