Fujinami being inducted into the 2015 WWE Hall of Fame
|Born||December 28, 1953|
Kunisaki, Ōita Prefecture
|Professional wrestling career|
|Ring name(s)||Tatsumi Fujinami|
|Billed height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Trained by||Karl Gotch|
|Debut||May 9, 1971|
Tatsumi Fujinami (藤波 辰巳 Fujinami Tatsumi, born March 17, 1979) is a Japanese professional wrestler. He is best known for competing in New Japan Pro Wrestling from 1972 to 2006. He has been competing for Dradition since 2004.
He has a son named Leona who is also a professional wrestler and made his debut on November 19, 2013.
Championships[change | change source]
- Catch Wrestling Association
- CWA Intercontinental Heavyweight Championship (one time)
- New Japan Pro Wrestling
- IWGP Heavyweight Championship (six times)
- IWGP Tag Team Championship (five times) (with Kengo Kimura (four) and Osamu Nishimura (one))
- NWA International Junior Heavyweight Championship (two times)
- NWA World Heavyweight Championship (one time)
- WCWA World Heavyweight Championship (one time)
- WWF International Heavyweight Championship (one time)
- WWF International Tag Team Championship (one time) (with Kengo Kimura)
- WWF Junior Heavyweight Championship (one time)
- G1 Climax (1993)
- Super Grade Tag League (1991) (with Big Van Vader)
- Karl Gotch Cup (1974)
- Pacific Northwest Wrestling
- NWA Pacific Northwest Heavyweight Championship (one time)
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated
- He was ranked #31 of the 500 best singles wrestlers during the "PWI Years" in 2003.
- Tokyo Sports
- Best Bout Award (1983) (vs. Riki Chōshū on April 3)
- Best Bout Award (1986) (vs. Akira Maeda on June 12)
- Best Tag Team (1981) (with Antonio Inoki)
- Distinguished Service Award (1978)
- Fighting Spirit Award (1984)
- MVP Award (1985)
- Outstanding Performance Award (1980, 1982, 1987, 1988)
- Rookie of the Year (1974)
- Technique Award (1979)
- Universal Wrestling Association
- UWA World Heavyweight Championship (one time)
- World Wide Wrestling Federation/World Wrestling Federation
- Wrestling Observer Newsletter awards
- Best Technical Wrestler (1985, 1986, 1988)
- Most Outstanding Wrestler (1988)
- Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame (Class of 1996)
References[change | change source]
- "船木に決めたドラスクは父の真似ではなく蛇の穴直伝の技！藤波玲於奈改めLeonaがデビュー！憧れの藤波に金本が一騎打ちを直訴！". Battle News (in Japanese). Retrieved 2013-12-12.
- "WWE Hall of Fame Report 3/28: Complete "virtual-time" coverage of 2015 Ceremony - Randy Savage inducted, Nash, Zbyszko, Schwarzenegger, Flair, Michaels, more". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved 2015-4-3. Check date values in:
- "武道館ピーターパン～DDTの15周年、ドーンと見せます超豪華4時間SP～". Dramatic Dream Team (in Japanese). Retrieved 2013-12-12.
- Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2000). "Japan: New Japan G-1 (Grade-1) Climax Tournament Champions". Wrestling Title Histories. Archeus Communications. p. 375. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4.
- Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2000). "Japan: New Japan G-1 (Grade-1) Climax Tag Tournament Champions". Wrestling Title Histories. Archeus Communications. p. 374. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4.
- "Pro Wrestling Illustrated's Top 500 Wrestlers of the PWI Years". Wrestling Information Archive. Retrieved 2013-12-12.
- "Abandoned: The History of the WWF International Heavyweight Championship". Bleacher Report. Retrieved 2013-12-12.
- "10 championships you never knew existed in WWE: Junior Heavyweight Championship". WWE. Retrieved 2013-12-12.