Wally Yamaguchi, best known in WWE as Yamaguchi-san as the manager of Kaientai, has passed away. The highlight of his tenure in the company came during the group’s feud with Val Venis where the Big Valbowski slept with Yamaguchi’s wife.
Yamaguchi’s friend Jimmy Suzuki, the President of Tokyo Championship Wrestling, broke the news today on Twitter. Suzuki mourned the loss of his best friend while also revealing that he’d had a stroke a year ago.
My best friend Wally Yamaguchi (Yamaguchi San)passed away .
He had stroke about one year ago. Had hart problem as well and he was on bed for about one year. I’ll have my show on March 13 as TCW Wally Yamaguchi Memorial Show. R.I.P. pic.twitter.com/bSkErjS9wm
— Jimmy Suzuki (ジミー鈴木） (@JimmySuzuki1) March 9, 2019
In honor of him, TCW will host the Wally Yamaguchi Memorial Show on March 13th. Several performers also took to Twitter to honor the late Yamaguchi-san.
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 .… https://t.co/iGZLA4yeWd
— Al Snow (@TheRealAlSnow) March 10, 2019
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! pic.twitter.com/Gt6WCu0eBm
— Brian Heffron aka The Blue Meanie (@BlueMeanieBWO) March 10, 2019
— ＴＡＫＡみちのく (@takam777) March 10, 2019