Forgotten Legends71: Mr. Fuji
Popular as the manager of Yokozuna for throwing salt in his opponent's eyes, he is mostly forgotten for having a career as a wrestler for over three and half decades before that winning various tag titles and touring across numerous promotions.
He debuted as a wrestler in 1956 with the name Mr.Fujiwara in NWA in his native place Hawaii using his Japanese ancestry quickly winning the NWA tag titles with Curtis Laukea quickly shortening his name to Mr.Fuji touring various NWA territories winning around 13 incarnations of NWA tag titles in various promotions.
He came to WWWF teaming with Prof. Tanaka with Grand Wizard as his manager and their team was magic with Tanaka being the powerhouse and Fuji being the evil genius taking care of ring psychology and deviant heel tactics to win matches starting to use the salt in matches. They won the WWF tag titles and feuded with Sammartino and Morales in numerous occasions. They also became the third longest reigning tag champions while he unsuccessfully challenged Morales for the world Championship. The lost the tag titles and left WWWF in a year of having it won sticking together as a team.
The went to GCW and did their bit winning the tag titles there as well and continued touring as a tag team after leaving GCW before coming back to WWWF after a three year hiatus taking Freddie Blassie as a manager and winning the tag titles again and losing it before leaving within a year back to touring. They stopped teaming around this time and Fuji found singles success in WWC, NWA and Maple Leaf Wrestling winning the heavyweight titles in each of the three.
He returned to WWF to be paired with Mr.Saito and again had a tag title feud and reign from Strongbows and they traded titles. Once they lost finally, Fuji broke out on a singles career which was not pushed and eventually retired in 1985 from wrestling after three decades becoming a manager.
Continuing the Salt gimmick, evil laugh and deviant methods, he managed the likes of Demolition, Powers of Pain, Orient Express, Don Muraco, George Steele, Bob Orton, Moondogs, Kamala, Yokozuna among others like Bulldog, Owen Hart to their success.
With a wrestling career that spanned over three decades winning over 30 titles and a managerial career for a decade managing world champions; he is mostly remembered for being Yokozuna's manager, a forgotten legend.
Don't fear the axe, fear the man