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#1 Posted on 28.8.16 1509.15
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One of the influential characters from the era when I first started watching. One of those guys you loved to hate.
From George Steele to Don Murraco to Yokozuna, he was always up to something devious.

May he rest in peace.
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The Fuji Vice skits were golden.
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#3 Posted on 1.9.16 0901.08
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Talking about Okerlund made me think a bit of Fuji as a character and, specifically, as a manager character. Obviously, you would rightly never do a "devious" character like that today, but to his credit, he leaned into it and I loved hating him.

He obviously got handed the, uh, "exotic" gimmicks, which is part of why it's hard character to sing the praises of, but thinking about him some more, it's kind of hilarious in hindsight that, as a manger of athletes, Fuji seems like he was the one doing the most wheeling and dealing, routinely buying and selling contracts to other managers. I don't know, I was just thinking about how Fuji would have a time traveling Viking who would literally try to kill opponents with a sword under contract, and he'd still be back there fielding questions from Gene. And he'd be scouring the globe for dudes like Killer Khan or sex-mutants like Demolition, but still be on the phone selling Jim Neidhart's contract to Jimmy Hart to free up cap space to bring in Demolition.

The idea of this guy going into whatever pervy torture chamber he had the Powers of Pain in and being like "Guys, listen - Warlord, come down of those backhooks for a second - listen, I'm breaking you up, but I found you both great landing spots with Slick - no don't look at me like that, he's a doctor! - and with Bobby Heenan. Honestly, it's for the best, I'm bringing these guys in from Japan and they're gonna need my full attention."

Wrestling. What a thing.
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