Mr. Hito


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Mr. Hito
Ring name(s) Mr. Hito
Adachi Katsuji
Tokyo Joe
Real name Adachi Katsuji
Billed height 183 cm (6 ft 0 in)
Billed weight 112 kg (250 lb; 17.6 st)
Born 1942/4/25(1942-04-25)
Osaka, Japan
Died 2010/4/21 (aged 67)
Osaka, Japan[1]
Debut 1967/6/8
Retired 1986


Mr. Hito was a former rikishi, professional wrestler, trainer, and manager. His real name is Adachi Katsuji (安達勝治?).

He is perhaps best known for his work in Stu Hart's Stampede Wrestling, where he won multiple championship titles. He was also a trainer for Stu Hart's famous "Dungeon". His trainees in Calgary include Dynamite Kid, Bret Hart, Hase Hiroshi, Yamada Keiichi, Hashimoto Shin'ya, Davey Boy Smith, Chris Jericho, Chris Benoit, and Ricky Fuji.

Career

After a brief career in ōzumō, Adachi joined Japan Pro-Wrestling Association in 1967. His debut match was against Hayashi Ushinosuke on 1967/6/8 in Hachinohe, Aomori. He was popular as a tag team with another former rikishi, Eigen Haruka. In 1973, he went to North America, where he would spend most of his career.

In 1973, Adachi, as Tokyo Joe, and Eigen Haruka as "Great Togo" held tag team title in NWA Central States. The following year, he was one of three Japanese wrestlers along with Kung Fu Lee and Jumbo Tsuruta who participated in a 12-man battle royal on 1974/4/7. Held in the Kiel Auditorium in St. Louis, the event also included André the Giant, Bobo Brazil, Bill Miller, and Dory Funk Jr. who eventually won the event.[2]

Adachi saw great success as a tag team wrestler in Stampede Wrestling in Calgary, where he wrestled as "Mr. Hito" (after the Shōwa Emperor Hirohito). He won the area's version of the International Tag Team Championship eight times and also held the North American Heavyweight Championship in the territory.

Hito and Mr. Sakurada would also have a short stint in Championship Wrestling from Florida in late 1979 [3] and World Class Championship Wrestling the following year[4], winning the tag team titles in both promotions.

In 1986, after 30 years in the ring, he retired from in-ring competition and remained to be Stu Hart's right-hand man in the Dungeon.

Retirement and death

Adachi returned to Japan after retirement and took over her sister's okonomiyaki restaurant in Osaka. He again moved to Canada in 2005. He made a guest appearance for Hase Hiroshi's retirement ceremony on 2006/8/27.

He had been suffering diabetes for several years and passed away at an Osaka hospital on 2010/4/21, just four days before he would have turned 68.

References

  1. ^ "Former pro-wrestler Mr. Hito passes away". New Japan Pro-Wrestling Official Web Site. 2010/4/21. 
  2. ^ Horie, Masanori (2000-05-22). "View from the Rising Sun: Jumbo Tsuruta (1951-2000)". Rob Moore. 
  3. ^ Rose, Barry (2004). "Wrestler: Mr. Hito". CWFarchives.com. 
  4. ^ Dananay, John (2006). "WCCW Results: 1980". World Class Memories. 


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