Tatsumi Fujinami

Mar 20, 2015 - by Jamie Cruickshank

Real name: Tatsumi Fujinami
Height: 6’0
Weight: 227 lbs.
Date of birth: December 28, 1953
Hometown: Kunisaki, Oita, Japan
Pro debut: May 9, 1971
Trained by: Karl Gotch & Antonio Inoki
Finishing move: Dragon Sleeper

Biography

– Fujinami was a protege of Antonio Inoki and debuted under him with the old JWA promotion
– In 1972, Fujinami followed Inoki to New Japan Pro Wrestling
– On December 8, 1974, Fujinami defeated Masashi Ozawa to win the Karl Gotch Cup
– In March 1976, Fuijnami began a tour of America, competing primarily in the Mid-Atlantic region
– On January 23, 1978, Fujinami defeated Carlos Jose Estrada to win the WWWF Junior Heavyweight Title
– Four days later, Fujinami defeated The Masked Canadian to retain the WWWF Junior Heavyweight Title
– On February 20, 1978, Fujinami defeated Ted Adams to retain the WWWF Junior Heavyweight Title
– On March 20, 1978, Fujinami defeated Gypsy Rodriguez to retain the WWWF Junior Heavyweight Title
– On April 8, 1978, Fujinami defeated The Great Goliath to retain the WWWF Junior Heavyweight Title
– On April 24, 1978, Fujinami defeated Colosso Colosetti in a Best of 3 Falls Match to retain the WWWF Junior Heavyweight Title
– On June 9, 1978, Fujinami defeated Carlos Mata by DQ to retain the WWWF Junior Heavyweight Title
– On July 27, 1978, Fujinami defeated Ryuma Go to retain the WWWF Junior Heavyweight Title
– On August 4, 1978, Fujinami defeated Mando Guerrero to retain the WWWF Junior Heavyweight Title
– A week later, Fujinami defeated Ray Mendoza in a Best of 3 Falls Match to retain the WWWF Junior Heavyweight Title
– On October 20, 1978, Fujinami defeated Chavo Guerrero to retain the WWWF Junior Heavyweight Title
– On November 30, 1978, Fujinami defeated Ryuma Go to retain the WWWF Junior Heavyweight Title
– In January 1979, Fujinami defended the WWWF Junior Heavyweight Title against Roddy Piper, Eddie Mansfield & Johnny Rodz
– In February 1979, Fujinami defended the WWWF Junior Heavyweight Title against Mike Hall & Tony Russo
– On March 3, 1979, Fujinami defeated Tony Russo to retain the WWWF Junior Heavyweight Title
– In April 1979, Fujinami defended the renamed WWF Junior Heavyweight Title against Perro Aguayo, Gypsy Rodriguez & El Solitario
– On May 30, 1979, Fujinami defeated Canek to retain the WWF Junior Heavyweight Title
– On June 15, 1979, Fujinami defeated Tony Rocco to retain the WWF Junior Heavyweight Title
– In August 1979, Fujinami defended the WWF Junior Heavyweight Title against Sean Regan, Skip Young & The Dynamite Kid
– On October 4, 1979, Fujinami defeated Ryuma Go to win the WWF Junior Heavyweight Title just two days after losing it
– The next day, Fujinami defeated Kantaro Hoshino to retain the WWF Junior Heavyweight Title
– In December 1979, Fujinami defended the WWF Junior Heavyweight Title against Kengo Kimura, Johnny Rivera & Angel Blanco
– On February 1, 1980, Fujinami defeated Steve Keirn to win the NWA International Junior Heavyweight Title and retain the WWF Junior Heavyweight Title
– On February 5, 1980, Fujinami defeated The Dynamite Kid to retain the WWF Junior Heavyweight Title
– 3 days later, Fujinami defeated Steve Keirn to retain the WWF and NWA Junior Heavyweight Titles
– On February 12, 1980, Fujinami defeated Keirn to retain the NWA International Junioe Heavyweight Title
– In April 1980, Fujinami defended the WWF Junior Heavyweight Title against Ryuma Go, Ashura Hara & Fishman
– On April 4, 1980, Fujinami defeated Mike Graham to win the NWA International Junior Heavyweight Title
– On May 9, 1980, Fujinami defeated Chavo Guerrero to retain the WWF Junior Heavyweight Title
– On July 17, 1980, Fujinami defeated Keith Hart to retain the WWF Junior Heavyweight Title
– In August 1980, Fujinami defended the WWF Junior Heavyweight Title against Tom Prichard & Chavo Guerrero
– On September 11, 1980, Fujinami defeated Tony Rocco to retain the WWF Junior Heavyweight Title
– On September 30, 1980, Fujinami defeated Ron Starr to retain the WWF Junior Heavyweight Title
– On November 6, 1980, Fujinami defeated Steve Keirn to retain the WWF Junior Heavyweight Title
– On December 29, 1980, Fujinami defeated Don Diamond to retain the WWF Junior Heavyweight Title
– On January 16, 1981, Fujinami defeated Tom Prichard to retain the WWF Junior Heavyweight Title
– On March 26, 1981, Fujinami defeated Kengo Kimura to retain the WWF Junior Heavyweight Title
– On April 10, 1981, Fujinami defeated The Dynamite Kid to retain the WWF Junior Heavyweight Title
– On June 12, 1981, Fujinami defeated Ken Wayne to retain the WWF Junior Heavyweight Title
– In July 1981, Fujinami defended the WWF Junior Heavyweight Title against Les Thornton (twice) and Stanley Lane
– On September 23, 1981, Fujinami defeated El Solitario to retain the WWF Junior Heavyweight Title
– On October 16, 1981, Fujinami defeated Steve Travis to retain the WWF Junior Heavyweight Title
– On August 30, 1982, Fujinami defeated Gino Brito to win the WWF International Heavyweight Title
– On September 21, 1982, Fujinami defeated The Masked Superstar to retain the WWF International Heavyweight Title
– On December 19, 1982, Fujinami defeated Kengo Kimura to retain the WWF International Heavyweight Title
– On May 1, 1983, Fujinami defeated Canek to win the UWA World Title
– On August 4, 1983, Fujinami defeated Riki Choshu to win the WWF International Heavyweight Title, but refused to accept the belt
– On May 24, 1985, Fujinami & Kengo Kimura defeated Dick Murdoch & Adrian Adonis in the final of a tournament to win the vacant WWF International Tag Team Titles
– On July 12, 1985, Fujinami & Kimura defeated Bad News Allen & King Kong Bundy to retain the WWF International Tag Team Titles
– On August 30, 1985, Fujinami & Kimura defeated Hacksaw Higgins & Kerry Brown to retain the WWF International Tag Team Titles
– On October 4, 1985, Fujinami & Kimura defeated The Von Erichs (Kerry & Kevin) to retain the WWF International Tag Team Titles
– On December 12, 1985, Fujinami & Kimura defeated Antonio Inoki & Seiji Sakaguchi in the final of a tournament to become the first IWGP Tag Team Champions
– On February 5, 1986, Fujinami & Kimura defeated The Von Erichs (Kerry & Kevin) to retain the IWGP Tag Team Titles
– On March 21, 1986, Fujinami & Kimura defeated Chris Adams & The Jackal to retain the IWGP Tag Team Titles
– On May 30, 1986, Fujinami & Kimura defeated Dick Murdoch & The Masked Superstar to retain the IWGP Tag Team Titles
– On June 6, 1986, Fujinami & Kimura defeated Jimmy Snuka & The Wild Samoan to retain the IWGP Tag Team Titles
– On July 25, 1986, Fujinami & Kimura defeated Kendo Nagasaki & Mr Pogo to retain the IWGP Tag Team Titles
– On September 23, 1986, Fujinami & Kimura defeated Akira Maeda & Osamu Kido to win the IWGP Tag Team Titles just a month after losing them
– On January 18, 1988, Fujinami & Kimura defeated Kazuo Yamazaki & Yoshiaki Fujiwara to win the IWGP Tag Team Titles
– On February 7, 1988, Fujinami & Kimura defeated Riki Choshu & Super Strong Machine to retain the IWGP Tag Team Titles
– On March 4, 1988, Fujinami & Kimura defeated Riki Choshu & Masa Saito to retain the IWGP Tag Team Titles
– On May 8, 1988, Fujinami defeated Big Van Vader to win the IWGP Heavyweight Title
– On June 3, 1988, Fujinami & Kimura defeated Seiji Sakaguchi & Yoshiaki Fujiwara to retain the IWGP Tag Team Titles
– On June 24, 1988, Fujinami defeated Riki Choshu to win the vacant IWGP Heavyweight Title
– Two days later, Fujinami defeated Big Van Vader to retain the IWGP Heavyweight Title
– On August 8, 1988, Fujinami fought Antonio Inoki to a time-limit draw to retain the IWGP Heavyweight Title
– On October 15, 1988, Fujinami defeated The Grappler to win the NWA Pacific Northwest Heavyweight Title
– On December 5, 1988, Fujinami defeated The Grappler to retain the NWA Pacific Northwest Heavyweight Title
– On December 9, 1988, Fujinami defeated Kerry Von Erich by referee stoppage to win the WCWA World Title, however, Fujinami refused to accept victory under those circumstances and relinquished the belt the next day
– On December 11, 1988, Fujinami defeated Tommy Lane to retain the IWGP Heavyweight Title
– On January 16, 1989, Fujinami defeated Crusher Bam Bam Bigelow to retain the IWGP Heavyweight Title
– On February 22, 1989, Fujinami defeated Vicious Warrior to retain the IWGP Heavyweight Title
– On March 16, 1989, Fujinami defeated Jerry Lawler to retain the IWGP Heavyweight Title
– On December 26, 1990, Fujinami defeated Riki Choshu to win the IWGP Heavyweight Title for a third time
– On March 4, 1991, Fujinami defeated Big Van Vader to win the IWGP Heavyweight Title
– On March 21, 1991, Fujinami defeated Ric Flair to win the NWA World Title
– On May 31, 1991, Fujinami defeated Masahiro Chono to retain the IWGP Heavyweight Title
– On October 17, 1991, Fujinami & Big Van Vader defeated Riki Choshu & Masa Saito to win th G1 Tag League
– On July 11, 1992, Fujinami defeated Bob Orton Jr to win the CWA Intercontinental Title
– In August 1993, Fujinami entered the G1 Climax tournament, defeating Yoshiaki Fujiwara, Osamu Kido, Keiji Mutoh & Hiroshi Hase on his way to victory
– On April 4, 1994, Fujinami defeated Shinya Hashimoto to win the IWGP Heavyweight Title
– At Wrestling World ’97, Fujinami & Kengo Kimura defeated Cho-Ten (Masahiro Chono & Hiroyoshi Tenzan) to win the IWGP Tag Team Titles, nearly a decade after their last reign
– On February 8, 1997, Fujinami & Kimura defeated Keiji Muto & Junji Hirata to retain the IWGP Tag Team Titles
– A week later, Fujinami & Kimura defeated Manabu Nakanishi & Satoshi Kojima to retain the IWGP Tag Team Titles
– On March 20, 1997, Fujinami & Kimura defeated Heisei Ishingun (Shiro Koshinaka & Tatsutoshi Goto) to retain the IWGP Tag Team Titles
– On April 4, 1998, Fujinami defeated Kensuke Sasaki to win the IWGP Heavyweight Title for the sixth and final time
– On June 5, 1988, Fujinami defeated Shinya Hashimoto to retain the IWGP Heavyweight Title
– On July 14, 1988, Fujinami defeated Hiroyoshi Tenzan to retain the IWGP Heavyweight Title
– In 1999, Fujinami was named as President of NJPW
– At NJPW The Second Judgment, Fujinami defeated Koji Kanemoto
– On September 23, 2001, Fujinami & Osamu Nishimura defeated Tencozy (Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima) to win the IWGP Tag Team Titles
– On October 19, 2001, Fujinami & Nishimura defeated Keiji Muto & Jushin Thunder Liger to retain the IWGP Tag Team Titles
– In 2004, Fujinami’s term as NJPW President came to an end
– In early 2006, Fujinami left New Japan, ending a 35 year service. He would revive his old ‘Muga’ promotion, before changing its name to Dradition
– At Wrestle Kingdom II, Legend (Fujinami, AKIRA, Jushin Liger, Masa Chono & Riki Choshu) defeated Voodoo Murders (Gedo, Jado, Shuji Kondo, TARU & YASSHI)
– On August 18, 2012, Fujinami & MIKAMI defeated Makoto Oishi & Kudo to win the KO-D Tag Team Titles
– On September 16, 2012, Fujinami & MIKAMI defeated Antonio Honda & Yasu Urano to retain the KO-D Tag Team Titles
– On October 8, 2012, Fujinami & MIKAMI defeated Sanshiro Takagi & Sapporo Machine to retain the KO-D Tag Team Titles
– On December 16, 2012, Fujinami & MIKAMI defeated Gota Ihashi & Kota Ibushi to retain the KO-D Tag Team Titles
– On March 28, 2015, Fujinami was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame by Ric Flair
– Fujinami appeared on WWE’s Beast in the East network special, congratulating Finn Balor after his match against Kevin Owens
– Now into his 60s, Fujinami is still a regular name on wrestling cards across Japan

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