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 Posted: Sun Mar 10th, 2019 03:26 am
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Wally Yamaguchi, best known in America as the manager of Kaientei in the WWF, has died at age 60 after a stroke and many other health issues suffered in the past couple of years. Yamaguchi will always be remembered for his “Choppy choppy pee pee” line when Kaintei threatened to castrate Val Venis during the Attitude Era, but he was a major player in the indy Japanese wrestling scene of the ‘90s and helped found FMW and Michinoku Pro. 

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 Posted: Sun Mar 10th, 2019 03:41 pm
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Photographer, too, wasn't he?



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 Posted: Sun Mar 10th, 2019 03:51 pm
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Wally Yamaguchi, who was a major behind the scenes player in the Japanese pro wrestling scene but may be best known to American audiences at Yamaguchi-San in the late 1990s WWF, leading Kaentai, passed away yesterday after being bed-ridden for a year following a stroke last year. Yamaguchi was 60 years old.

Yamaguchi grew up a massive fan of pro wrestling in Japan and became one of the prime personalities for Gong Magazine, a hugely popular magazine that helped get over endless personalities and matches during an era where the magazines meant as much as TV, and in some cases, got over moments and personalities with great photography that otherwise never would have gotten that level of mainstream press.

Behind the scenes, Yamaguchi was a personality who would help talents get bookings. He was responsble for Sean Waltman and others getting his first Japanese bookings. He would accompany younger Japanese wrestlers here to the United States to oversee their tours and assist them in making the travel and extended visits easier and fun. I can recall him managing a young Osamu Nishimura, billed as evil manager Mr. Danger, his face covered in facepaint, at the 1994 NWA title tournament promoted by ECW.

In the late 1990s, Yamaguchi was the conduit for Dick Togo, Mens Teioh, TAKA Michinoku and Sho Funaki to come to the united States as Kaientai, a take-off of their heel group in Michinoku Pro Wrestling. Perhaps the most noteworthy storyline was Yamaguchi's line that he was going to "choppy choppy pee pee" during a storyline where purported adult film star character Val Venis had slept with Yamaguchi's storyline wife. Venis was tied up and naked but when Yamaguchi went to use a sword to sever the member, the lights went out. It was later revealed that John Bobit, a male who's wife had amputated his own penis in his sleep, had saved the day.

Yamaguchi's younger brother Shun currently handles Japanese language announcing for WWE.



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 Posted: Sun Mar 24th, 2019 03:56 am
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I always liked him on RAW in 1998, and he was a great contributor to the wrestling business. I didn't realize he was such a successful Japan/U.S. liaison until 2001 or so. Remember Choppy Choppy PP like it was yesterday, of course.

RIP Wally Yamaguchi



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