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Hiromichi Fuyuki (1960-2003)

    

Real Name - Hiromichi Fuyuki

Lifespan - 5/4/60 - 3/19/03

6' 240 lbs. - Tokyo, Japan


Athletic Background - 

Teacher(s) - Isao Yoshihara; Genichiro Tenryu

Professional Background - IWE(`76-`80), AJPW(`81-`90), Free(`82-`84), SWS(`90-`92), WAR(`92-`96), NJPW(`96), FMW(`97-`02), NOAH(`00), AJPW(`01), WEW(`02-`03), NOAH(`02), Zero-One(`03)

AliasesRiki Fuyuki, Ricky Fuyuki, Samson Fuyuki, Kodo Fuyuki

Groups - Revolution, Fuyuki Gundan, Team No Respect, ECW Japan, WAR Group

Peak Years - `89-`94

Finisher(s) - 

- Fuyuki Lariat

- Fuyuki Special II (Modified Half Crab)

- Fuyuki Special (Stretch Plum)


Favorites -

- Powerbomb

- Fisherman Buster

- Muscle Buster

- Samson Clutch

- Spin Kick



Ringwork Rating - 

 Move Set7
 Science3
 Aerial1
 Power7
 Strikes6


Intangibles Rating - 

 Entertainment7
 Selling6
 Bumping6
 Carrying5
 Heat7
 Legacy4


Place in History - Hiromichi Fuyuki is one of the most controversial yet memorable characters in Japanese pro-wrestling history. He was a childhood fan who entered IWE's dojo immediately after graduating. Eventually, Fuyuki transferred to All Japan and became a part of Genichiro Tenryu's Revolution stable. He and Toshiaki Kawada formed an excellent upper midcard tag team called “Footloose.”  When Tenryu left for SWS, so did Fuyuki. In Tenryu's own company, WAR, Fuyuki finally emerged as a player. He was a big guy with charisma and formed his own heel group with Jado and Gedo. The trio, Fuyuki-gun, terrorized the independent scene and eventually settled in FMW as WAR was past its peak. Fuyuki quickly became a force and eventually took over the book in the summer of 1999. FMW had been struggling and Fuyuki took in an "entertainment wrestling" approach that dramatically changed FMW in its final three years. Fuyuki began using the WEW name, unmasked Hayabusa and had several outrageous storylines that contributed to the death of FMW. At forty, Fuyuki was past his prime, but he still had name value. He had a stint in NOAH with Tetsuhiro Kuroda, competed All Japan as Tenryu's partner and even worked Mitsuharu Misawa. He announced he had cancer and NOAH put together a retirement show for him, after a successful surgery, Fuyuki planned a return. He continued to run WEW with crazy gimmicks, but the cancer returned. He penned his autobiography and even hyped a match with Shinya Hashimoto. It never happened. Fuyuki's death was a major media event and he was widely mourned in the pro-wrestling community. Although he was controversial to the end, Fuyuki left an indelible mark on the business in many facets.
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