WWE legendary manager Wally Yamaguchi-San dies aged 60
WWE’S legendary manager Wally Yamaguchi-San has died aged 60.
A major figure in Japanese professional wrestling, he was an instrumental part of what was back then the WWF’s Attitude Era.
He brought the Kai En Tai stable over from Japan, with the group highly regarded by the wrestling fraternity.
Yamaguchi will be remembered for one of WWE‘s more shocking storylines where he attempted to hack off a wrestler’s penis with a sword.
Val Venis was having an affair with Yamaguchi’s storyline wife – so the Japanese boss decided to exact his own revenge in a devastating way.
He used the words “choppy choppy pee pee” when describing what he wanted to do.
Back in 2017 Yamaguchi suffered a stroke. It is not known how he has died.
Dave Melzer, writing for F4WOnline, adds that he “had a ring in his house that many younger wrestlers trained at, and had tons of rare wrestling memorabilia.”
He is the brother of Shun Yamaguchi, who is part of WWE’s Japanese announce team.
After news broke of his death, WWE stars past and present paid tribute online.
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Sean Waltman, aka X-Pac posted on Twitter: “Wally Yamaguchi was the 1st person to book me in Japan for Universal Pro when I was 19.”
“He was my friend & I’m really sad to learn of his passing.”
Al Snow wrote on Instagram: “I’ve lost another dear friend RIP Wally Yamaguchi .
“My thoughts and heartfelt condolences to his family and friends around the world .
“I will always be in your debt.”
Brian Heffron aka The Blue Meanie wrote: “I’m saddened to have learned of the passing of Wally Yamaguchi!
“He was a kind man. He helped a LOT of talent. My thoughts go out to his brother Shun and family! God speed!”
The son of WWE legend the British Bulldog, Davey Boy Smith Jr wrote: “Ah jeez, another one gone….
“It was nice running into you a few years back.”