Article: Rest in Peace Classy Freddy Blassie
Article: Manager’s Corner: Fred Blassie
Career Record: Freddie Blassie
Wrestlers who Fred Blassie Feuded With:
Haystack Calhoun The Sheik
Ray Gunkel Bruno Sammartino
Dick Steinborn Babe Sharkey
Wrestlers who Fred Blassie Managed:
The Sheik of Baghdad
Waldo von Erich
Ivan Koloff Mohammad Ali
Baron von Raschke
Bad News Allen
The Polish Prince Tor Kamata
Tiger Chung Lee Spiros Arion
The Iron Sheik
- NWA (Georgia) Southern Heavyweight title defeating Mr. Moto (Febuary 8, 1954);
- NWA (Georgia) Southern Heavyweight title defeating Don McIntyre (September 16, 1955);
- NWA (Georgia) Southern Heavyweight title defeating Don McIntyre (November 25, 1955);
- NWA (Georgia) World Tag Team titles w/Bill Blassie defeating ??????? (December ??, 1955);
- NWA (Georgia) World Tag Team titles w/Bill Blassie defeating Jerry Graham & Don McIntyre (December 23, 1955);
- NWA (Georgia) Southern Heavyweight title defeating Bull Curry (October 19, 1956);
- NWA (Georgia) International Tag Team titles w/Kurt Von Brauner defeating ?????? (June ??, 1957);
- NWA (Tennessee) Southern Junior Heavyweight title defeating ??????? (May ??, 1958);
- NWA (Georgia) Southern Heavyweight title defeating Don McIntyre (June 13, 1958);
- NWA (Georgia) Southern Heavyweight title defeating Don McIntyre (August 8, 1958);
- NWA (Georgia) Southern Heavyweight title defeating Ray Gunkel (September 5, 1958);
- NWA (Georgia) International Tag Team titles w/Bob Shipp defeating Nick Roberts & Ray Gunkel (October 10, 1958);
- NWA (Georgia) Southern Heavyweight title defeating Ray Gunkel (January 2, 1959);
- NWA (Georgia) Southern Heavyweight title defeating Dick Gunkel (June 19, 1959);
- NWA (Georgia) Southern Heavyweight title defeating Dick Gunkel (August 7, 1959);
- NWA (Georgia) Southern Heavyweight title defeating Dick Gunkel (December 11, 1959);
- NWA (Georgia) Southern Heavyweight title defeating Dick Gunkel (April 15, 1960);
- NWA (Georgia) International Tag Team titles w/Eric Pederson defeating ?????? (May 3, 1960);
- NWA (Georgia) Southern Heavyweight title defeating Eric Pederson for vacant title (May 20, 1960);
- NWA (Georgia) Southern Heavyweight title defeating Don McIntyre (October 21, 1960);
- NWA (Georgia) Southern Heavyweight title defeating Tiny Evanson for vacant title (November 11, 1960);
- NWA (Georgia) Southern Heavyweight title defeating Tiny Evans (December 20, 1960);
- WWA (Los Angeles) World Heavyweight title defeating Edouard Carpentier (June 12, 1961);
- WWA (Los Angeles) International TV Tag Team titles w/Mr. Moto defeating Ramon & Alberto Torres (September ??, 1961);
- WWA (Los Angeles) International TV Tag Team titles w/Mr. Moto defeating Jess Ortega & Hans Herman (January ??, 1962);
- (Georgia) World Heavyweight title Recongized as champion (June ??, 1962);
- WWA (Los Angeles) World Heavyweight title defeating Rikidozen (July 25, 1962);
- (Georgia) World Heavyweight title defeating Jake Smith (November 9, 1962);
- WWA (Los Angeles) World Heavyweight title defeating The Destroyer (May 10, 1963);
- WWA (Los Angeles) International TV Tag Team titles w/Don Leo Jonathan defeating Mr. Moto & Bearcat Wright (August 3, 1963);
- WWA (Los Angeles) World Heavyweight title defeating Edouard Carpentier (January 30, 1964);
- NWA (Florida) World Tag Team titles w/Tarzan Tyler defeating Sam Steamboat & Eddie Graham (January 27, 1965);
- WWA (Los Angeles) World Tag Team titles w/Buddy Austin defeating Victor Rivera & Pedro Morales (????, 1967);
- WWA (Los Angeles) Americas Heavyweight title defeating Mark Lewin (August 25, 1967);
- NWA (Los Angeles) Americas Heavyweight title defeating Bobo Brazil (January 10, 1969);
- NWA (Los Angeles) Brass Knuckles title defeating ??????? (Febuary ??, 1969);
- NWA (Los Angeles) Americas Tag Team titles w/Don Carson defeating Pepe Lopez & El Medico (January 16, 1970);
- NWA (Los Angeles) Americas Heavyweight title defeating Rocky Johnson (March 6, 1970);
- NWA (Los Angeles) Americas Heavyweight title defeating Rocky Johnson (June 10, 1970);
- NWA (Los Angeles) Americas Heavyweight title defeating Kinji Shibuya (April 23, 1971);
- NWA (Los Angeles) Brass Knuckles title defeating ??????? (????, 1972);
- NWA (Hawaii) North American Heavyweight title defeating Johnny Barend (July 26, 1972);
- WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment) Hall of Fame Inductee (1994);
- OnlineWorldofWrestling.com Hall of Fame Inductee (2003);
In The Beginning:
- Fred Blassman was born in St. Louis, MO and raised in near by Normandy..
- Fred Blassie was an all-around athlete in High School, playing baseball and football while excelling as a boxer..
- Fred Blassie started his wrestling career in 1935 at the ripe ol’ age of 17 after training with Billy Hanson!
- Fred Blassie literally started at the bottom and struggled his way up the ladder..
- Fred Blassie worked a second job as a Butcher, which he would use as one of his ring names later in his career..Freddy Blassie, the Rookie 1935:
- Fred Blassie started in St. Louis but migrated south looking for a push in a less competitive city..
- Fred Blassie joined the Navy as World War II was starting, and began wrestling under the name “Sailor” Fred Blassie..
- Fred Blassie won the 7th Naval District Championship in boxing and wrestling, while in the service..
- Fred Blassie was discharged in 1946 and began wrestling full time..Freddy Blassie, the Midwest 1950:
- Fred Blassie was hands down the most hated wrestler in the southeastern territory..
- August 29, 1950: Fred Blassie lost his 1st world title match to Lou Theszin Louisville..Freddy Blassie, Los Angeles I 1952:
- Feb.1952: After conquering the southeast, the controversial Fred Blassie headed to Los Angeles and the World Wrestling Alliance..
- Fred Blassie began teaming with Billy McDaniels, using the name Fred McDaniels, a “fictional” brother tag team..Freddy Blassie, Georgia 1954:
- Fred Blassie won the very prestigious NWA Southern Heavyweight title a total of 14 times between 1954 and 1960..
- Fred Blassie had a shocking heel turn during his stint in Georgia, which led to him becoming an extremely hated wrestler!
- The nickname “The Vampire” was often associated with Blassie during his wrestling days because of his incredibly sharp teeth..
- ~~~Freddie often claimed to have sharpened them with a file – and he often used them to draw blood on his opponents..
- April 4, 1959: Fred Blassie lost in a bid for Pat O’Connor‘s NWA World title..
- February 2, 1960: Fred Blassie defeated Joey Maxim at 2:43 of the third round of a Boxer vs Wrestler match (Macon)..Freddy Blassie, Los Angeles II 1960:
- Fred Blassie returned to WWA L.A. and established himself as the territory’s most hated wrestler.
- Fred Blassie won the WWA (Los Angeles) World Heavyweight title 4 times between 1961-1964..
- Fred Blassie won the WWA World Tag Team title twice, winning the belts with Mr. Moto in 1964 and Buddy Austin in 1967..
- Fred Blassie coined the phrase “Pencil-neck geek” to intimidate his opponents..
- June 6, 1961: Fred Blassie won the WWA and NAWA World Title from Edouard Carpentier..
- October 27, 1961: Fred Blassie sold-out the Olympic Auditorium for a win over Argentina Rocca..
- March 28, 1962: Fred Blassie lost the WWA World Title to the legendary Rikidozan..
- April 23, 1962: Fred Blassie was defeated again by Rikidozan in Japan for the anticipated rematch..
- July 25, 1962: Fred Blassie defeated Rikidozan in their third match to recapture the WWA World title in a blood bath!
- July 27, 1962: Fred Blassie’s reign would last only two day, as he was pinned by The Destroyer for the WWA World title!
- Fred Blassie was one of the first crossover wrestlers into Hollywood, appearing on an episode of the Dick van Dyke show!Freddy Blassie, Georgia 1962:
- Fred Blassie would spend the remainder of the year wrestling back in the Georgia territory..
- Fred Blassie defeated Eddie Graham to win the Georgia version of the World title, but lost it back later..
- Fred Blassie also feuded extensively with Ray Gunkle..Freddy Blassie, Los Angeles III 1963:
- May 10, 1963: Fred Blassie pinned The Destroyer to win the WWA World Heavyweight title..
- ~~~Fred Blassie and some of his buddies, then ripped the mask off of the Destroyer who covered up with a towel and ran..
- August 23, 1963: Fred Blassie lost the WWA World title to Bearcat Wright at Olympic Stadium..
- December 13, 1963: Fred Blassie was booked to defeat Bearcat Wright to recapture the WWA World Heavyweight title..
- ~~~Bearcat didn’t see it that was and double-crossed Fred Blassie and the promoters, skipping town..
- ~~~Bearcat was stripped, and business began to decrease, and the title was awarded to Edouard Carpentier..
- January 31, 1964: Fred Blassie defeated Edouard Carpentier for the WWA World Heavyweight title..
- April 22, 1964: Fred Blassie dropped the title to Dick the Bruiser..
- May 27, 1964: Fred Blassie lost a “loser leaves town” match to Dick the Bruiser and packed his bags and left L.A..Freddy Blassie, the WWWF 1964:
- Fred Blassie headed east to the World Wide Wrestling Federation to work for Vince McMahon Sr...
- In the WWWF, Fred Blassie was managed by Lou Albano and established himself as the top heel..
- Fred Blassie engaged in an absolute classic series of matches against WWWF World Champion Bruno Sammartino..
- ~~June 26, 1964: Fred Blassie defeated Bruno Sammartino (WWWF Champion) by DQ after a blantant low-blow on the champ..
- ~~July 11, 1964: Fred Blassie defeated Bruno Sammartino AGAIN by DQ in New York’s Madison Square Garden..
- ~~August 1, 1964: Fred Blassie was finally defeated by Bruno Sammartino in a sold-out Madison Square Garden event..Freddy Blassie, In the Meantime 1964:
- October 1964: Fred Blassie once again returned to L.A. to reign supreme..
- Early 1965: Fred Blassie engaged in a series of matches with Lou Thesz in Florida for the NWA World title..
- April 1965: Fred Blassie was defeated by Toyonobori in the finals of the 7th World League Tournament..
- Fred Blassie became sick and was given a blood transfusion in Honolulu..
- Fred Blassie was diagnosed with hepatitis and as a result had one of his kidneys removed..
- 1966: Fred Blassie became a Car salesman in Decatur, GA..Freddy Blassie, Los Angeles IV 1967:
- August 25, 1967: Fred Blassie defeated Mark Lewin to win the America title..
- 1967: Fred Blassie & Buddy Austin won the WWA Tag Team titles..
- November 22, 1967: Fred Blassie defeated Karl Gotch by pinfall..
- April 1968: Fred Blassie toured Japan teaming with Tarzan Tyler against Antonio Inoki & Giant Baba..
- ~~~While in Japan, Fred Blassie would meet his wife, a Japanese actress..
- November 15, 1968: Fred Blassie defeated Buddy Austin in a “Stretcher” match in the Olympic Stadium..
- 1969: Fred Blassie began getting cheers and he eventually turned into a good guy..
- August 27, 1971 – Los Angeles Coliseum: Fred Blassie vs John Tolos drew 25,781 fans, an unmatched record in California..Freddy Blassie, the WWWF 1971:
- Fred Blassie gave WWWF World Champion Pedro Morales a run for his money..
- November 15, 1971: Fred Blassie vs Pedro Morales went to a DRAW in front of packed Madison Square Garden crowd..Freddy Blassie, Los Angeles V 1972:
- Fred Blassie went back to L.A. to feud with Killer Kowalski..
- February 11, 1972: Killer Kowalski “crippled” Fred Blassie, who took time off for much needed leg surgery..
- June 16, 1972: Fred Blassie defeated Killer Kowalski to gain revenge on him..
- December 1973: Fred Blassie’s knees, which were in terrible condition, forced him to retire from the ring..The World Wide Wrestling Federation – Manager 1974:
- Fred Blassie went on to become one of the premier wrestling managers of all-time..
- Fred Blassie was nicknamed “The Hollywood Fashion Plate” for his unique sense of style..
- Fred Blassie started a faction of Anti-American wrestlers, including:
- ~~~Spiros Arion, Victor Rivera, Mr. Saito, Peter Maivia, Killer Khan, Mr. Fuji, Nicolai Volkoff, The Iron Sheik..
- Fred Blassie also managed Jesse “The Body” Ventura, Adrian Adonis, Stan Hansen, George Steele, Dick Murdoch, and many others.
- 1976: Fred Blassie managed Mohammad Ali for his match against Antonio Inoki in Japan..
- Fred Blassie is credited for bringing a ‘heel’ Hulk Hogan to the WWWF in 1979..
- Fred Blassie managed Iron Sheik to defeat Bob Backlund for the WWF Heavyweight title..
- Fred Blassie retired from the business in the Mid-1980s..Retirement:
- 1994: “Classy” Freddy Blassie was inducted into the WWF Hall of Fame after 50 years of involvement in pro wrestling..
- Classy Freddy Blassie would remain on WWF payroll to reward him for the decades of loyalty to the McMahon family..
- Classy Freddy Blassie occassionally pops up on WWF/E television throughout the 1990s and 2000s, usually in video packages..
- Armageddon 2002: Freddy Blassie was featured extensively in the PPV Video Package to hype the event..
- May 12, 2003 – RAW: Classy Freddie Blassie appears on RAW to promote his book “Listen, You Pencil Neck Geeks!”
- May 26, 2003 – RAW: Jim Ross announces that Freddy Blassie is in the hospital and wishes him all the best in his recovery..
- ~~~Fred Blassie was admitted into a hospital with kidney and heart problems and his conditioned weakened by the day..
- June 2, 2003 – RAW: About 20 minutes into the show, Jim Ross informs the television audience that Fred Blassie had passed away..
- June 6, 2003: The funeral for Fred Blassie is held at at the Hitchcock Presbyterian Church in Scarsdale, NY..Credits:
- “Classy” Freddie Blassie is one of the true legends of the industry — and will be missed — RIP..
- Fred wrestled in St. Louis, Los Angeles, Atlanta, JWA, AJPW, WWWF/WWF, Nashville, Charlotte, Memphis, Florida..
- Fred formed teams with Billy McDaniel, Billy Blassie, Mr. Moto, Don Leo Jonathan, Buddy Austin, & Tarzan Tyler..
- August 2003: Miyako Blassie is going to be auctioning off much of Freddie’s belongings soon on ebay at www.thisaintjunk.com under seller’s name sweetza..