Thursday, May 23, 2024
Tatsumi Fujinami

Tatsumi Fujinami

Born:
12/28/1953
,
Kunisaki, Ōita, Japan
Birthname:
Tatsumi Fujinami
Height & Weight:
6'0"
,
227 Ibs

Titles Won:

  • IWGP Heavyweight Championship (6 times)
  • IWGP Tag Team Championship (5 times) – with Kengo Kimura (4) and Osamu Nishimura (1)
  • NWA International Junior Heavyweight Championship (2 times)
  • NWA World Heavyweight Championship
  • WCWA World Heavyweight Championship
  • WWF International Heavyweight Championship
  • WWF International Tag Team Championship – with Kengo Kimura
  • WWF International Heavyweight Championship (3 times)
  • WWWF Junior Heavyweight Championship (2 times)
  • WWE Hall of Fame (Class of 2015)

He is credited for inventing the dragon sleeper and the dragon suplex. He is also the owner and founder of the Dradition wrestling promotion. In 2015, Fujinami was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame, while also signing on as an ambassador for the company. WWE Hall of Famer Bret Hart has said of Fujinami: “I always wanted to be the great wrestler that Tatsumi Fujinami was”.

Other Notable Achievements: CWA Intercontinental Heavyweight Championship, KO-D Tag Team Championship – with Mikami, NJPW G1 Climax (1993), Super Grade Tag League (1991) – with Big Van Vader, Karl Gotch Cup (1974), NWA Pacific Northwest Heavyweight Championship, Tokyo Sports Awards: Best Tag Team (1981) with Antonio Inoki, Distinguished Service Award (1978), Fighting Spirit Award (1984), Match of the Year Award (1983) vs. Riki Choshu on April 3

Match of the Year Award (1986) vs. Akira Maeda on June 12, MVP Award (1985), Outstanding Performance Award (1980, 1982, 1987, 1988), Rookie of the Year (1974), Technique Award (1979), UWA World Heavyweight Championship, Wrestling Observer Newsletter Best Technical Wrestler (1985, 1986, 1988), Most Outstanding Wrestler (1988), Hall of Fame (Class of 1996)