Fred Blassie was born and raised in the St. Louis, Missouri, area. Accounts about his early athletic career do not quite agree, but he first tried to make his mark as a boxer, despite warnings that his arms were too short. After being pounded by a longer-limbed opponent, he switched to professional wrestling. His career began in earnest after his service in the United States Navy during World War II. Blassie wrestled as a dark-haired good guy until he found out that the "heels" (bad guys) got better pay. He bleached his hair and quickly became a heel's heel, outraging crowds by gleefully breaking every rule in the book. His penchant for biting opponents earned him the nickname "The Vampire". One poll ranked him as the most hated wrestler in the United States. Between matches, he gave loud and boastful interviews, making him a favorite of talk shows and reportedly influencing a fellow egomaniac then known as Cassius Clay. Blassie originally wrestled mainly in the Southeast and West Coast, winning many titles in both. In the late 1960s, he moved to the East Coast and the World-Wide Wrestling Federation (WWWF, later the World Wresting Federation (WWF) and now World Wrestling Entertainment WWE)). Managed by "Loud" Lou Albano, Blassie continued his winning ways, but never won the WWWF's championship. In 1973, knee problems largely forced Blassie to stop wrestling personally, though he occasionally donned the tights to tag-team with one of his heels, as he did in Madison Square Garden in June 1974, teaming with the hulking Nikolai Volkoff to face then-champ Bruno Sammartino and Chief Jay Strongbow in a tag team match (Blassie was forced to submit for the final fall by a Bruno bearhug, and the fans almost tore the Garden's roof off). He started a second career as a manager in the WWWF. He, Albano, and "The Grand Wizard of Wrestling" (Ernie Roth) formed the WWWF's "Evil Trinity" of heel managers. Blassie was a regular on the WWWF's "All-Star Wrestling" and "Championship Wrestling" weekly TV shows that were videotaped at small arenas in Pennsylvania and aired throughout the Northeast. He continued to outrage crowds by distracting referees so that his men could cheat and by getting in his own cheap shots when the refs weren't looking. Occasionally, he would get too close to the action and get beaten up himself, much to the crowd's delight. Still a motormouth, he gave interviews in which he bragged about himself and his protégés and denounced anybody he didn't like as a "pencil necked geek". His heels were always a bit more exotic and meaner than most. Around 1980, he adopted a new moniker: "Ayatollah Blassie." Blassie retired from wrestling in 1986, turning over his stable of heels to another manager called Slick. By this time, Blassie has acquired a cult following, leading to appearances in several feature films. Since his retirement, he has occasionally worked as a "goodwill ambassador" (!) for the WWF.IMDb Mini Biography By: Mister-UHF
|Miyako Morozumi||(30 September 1968 - 2 June 2003) (his death)|
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As a wrestling manager, wore shirts and trousers of the exact same color, sometimes with a matching jacket.
World Wrestling Entertainment Hall of Famer.
Longtime professional wrestler and wrestling manager.
Credited with bringing a young Hulk Hogan into the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) in late 1979.
Had a novelty hit called "Pencil Necked Geek"
One of the 100 Greatest Wrestlers of the 20th Century (Inside Wrestling Presents, Summer 2000).
Inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame on June 9th, 1994.
In 1976 he managed Muhammad Ali during his shoot match
On-camera manager for World Wrestling Federation villans, 1973-1986. His departure (due to health reasons) was explained on "WWF Superstars of Wrestling" by his desire to travel around the world.
Following his 1986 on-camera retirement (he remained an executive for the WWE), still made occasional on-camera appearances since then, and his last came on "WWE Raw" in May, just a few weeks before his death (to promote his newly-released biography, "Listen, You Pencil Neck Geeks"). In that storyline, he is menaced by Eric Bischoff and his henchmen, before calling on the Dudley Brothers to "Get the tables!" (and of course, Bubba Ray and D-Von take care of Bischoff and his cronies).
Notable Title Wins Include: NWA Southern Heavyweight title (14); WWA (Los Angeles) World Heavyweight title (4); WWA World Tag Team title (2 times w/Mr. Moto-1964 and w/Buddy Austin-1967); NWA America's Heavyweight championships (5); Georgia Heavyweight title; "Beat The Champ" TV Title; NWA America's Brass Knuckles Title
In the 1950s, Fred Blassie was hands down the most hated wrestler in the southeastern territory.
He claimed to be the second profesional wrestler to bleach his hair blonde, following in the footsteps of George Wagner's ring persona "Gorgeous George."
Mentioned by name in R.E.M.'s song "Man on the Moon".
Managed the likes of The Wolfman, The Sheik of Baghdad, Waldo von Erich, Blackjack Mulligan, Ivan Koloff, Mohammad Ali, Baron Scicluna, Crusher Blackwell, Hercules Hernandez, Baron Von Raschke, Bad News Brown, Peter Maivia, George "The Animal" Steele, The Polish Prince, Mr. Saito, Adrian Adonis, Tiger Chung Lee, Victor Rivera, Jesse Ventura, Killer Khan, Mr. Fuji, Nikolai Volkoff, The Iron Sheik, Dick Murdoch, Lou Albano, Stan Hansen and Hulk Hogan
Inducted into the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2004.
In January 1962, Blassie and Mr. Moto defeated Hans Hermann and Jesus Ortega for the California version of the WWA International TV Tag Team title.
His name was commonly spelled as "Freddie Blassie", however "Freddy Blassie" was the spelling Blassie himself used when signing autographs.
[spoken to the WWF wrestlers during Invasion 2001] Gentleman, there comes a time when every man must fight for that he believes in. Now is the time, get up, stand up and fight.
[to anyone he didn't like] You pencil-necked geek!
[WWE interview, shortly before his death] I had a great life, something you can't buy. You could spend all the money in the world and not have as much fun as I had. It was a wonderful life.
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