Many of us growing up in the Boston area during the 1970s and ’80s will best remember Mr. Fuji as a tag team champion wrestler who held the WWWF and WWF Tag Team Title five times with Professor Toru Tanaka and Mr. Saito.
For me, however, Fuji will stay forever in my mind for his slapstick comedy in skits with Magnificent Muraco, such as “Fuji Vice,” a parody of a hot TV show at the time called Miami Vice. If you’ve never seen “Fuji Vice,” then you must watch it right now below as an homage. I just did.
Fuji, whose real name was Harry Fujiwara, died on August 28 at the age of 82.
He had lengthy runs in the WWF as an active wrestler and then became the manager of stars such as Continue reading
So during Monday Night Raw from the TD Garden in Boston, the Rock – son of former WWF Tag Team Champion Rocky Johnson and grandson of 1970s WWF star Peter Maivia – returned to the ring and mentioned the North End.
The North End is the Italian neighborhood in Boston best known for its row of restaurants on or near Hanover Street. It’s in easy walking distance of the Garden (and the old Boston Garden for that matter), so no doubt many wrestlers over the decades have headed over to the North End for a post-match meal.
The North End wasn’t the only local culinary attraction that made the air on Raw, as John Cena talked of going to the Kowloon Continue reading
The Slam Sports website has a cool link to photos from May’s Legends of the Ring convention in New Jersey (look along the left-hand navigation bar).
The gallery includes plenty of current stars and pro wrestlers from the 1990s, as well as shots of some old WWF names from the 1980s, including Luscious Johnny V (a.k.a., Johnny Valiant), Tony Garea, referee Dick Kroll, and Bushwhacker Luke. There’s also a photo of an out-of-shape Doink the Clown that I wish I hadn’t seen.
Ric Flair’s initial run in the WWF/WWE started in 1991, which thankfully spared us from having to see him fight some pro wrestlers from the 1980s who just weren’t up to the task.
For example, can you imagine Captain Lou Albano wrestling his annual Boston Garden “special attraction” match against the “Nature Boy”? Flair would have sold for Albano (maybe Naitch even would have allowed Captain Lou to bodyslam him off the top rope), and the race would have been on to see who could bleed first.
I have more thoughts about the crazy foes Flair missed out on in the 1980s–such as the Red Rooster and Pete “Duke of Dorchester” Doherty–in my article at Camel Clutch Blog, “Eight comical opponents Ric Flair never fought in the 80s’ WWF.”