We recently lost another WWE legend, Mr. Fuji. For fans of the WWF in the 1980s, Mr. Fuji was the villain that we loved to hate—hurling his “Fuji Dust” into the eyes of the unsuspecting opponent.
This was, for many people, the heyday of professional wrestling: the era when people like Hulk Hogan and the Iron Sheik became household names. A few years later, professional wrestling became exposed as a work and the industry officially admitted that it was, at the end of the day, theatrics.
The WWE has lost a lot of classic performers in recent years: Roddy Piper, Dusty Rhodes, The Ultimate Warrior…and now Mr. Fuji. We are seeing the end of an era in many ways, the passing of a golden era in sports entertainment. For those people like myself, who grew up during this time, these characters will be forever etched in our memories. They were equivalent to the bag guys and the good guys we saw on the Hollywood screen. And as it now turns out, they were more fun to root for than the self-righteous stars of tinsel town
Now the professional wrestling has been exposed, we might never see a list of performers like this again. Sometimes, when we stop suspending our disbelief, life is just not as fun.
RIP to Mr. Fuji.