Freddie Blassie



Height: 6'0"

Weight: 220 lbs

Real Name: Fred Blassman

DOB: 1921

DOD: 6/02/03

Hometown: St. Louis, MO

Other Names: "Classy" (WWF), Fred the Sailor (SoCal), Fred McDaniels(Los Angeles), "The Vampire", "The Fashion Plate of Wrestling", "The King of Men"

Wrestler Since: 1935

Finishing Maneuver: Unknown

History: Article from PWI 2003 Wrestling Annual Magazine (Spring '04)

To modern fans, Freddie Blassie was best known as a WWF manager and, in his later years, an elder statesman/goodwill ambassador in the company. Following Blassie's death from kidney and heart failure at the age of 85 on June 2 in suburban New York, WWE honored him with a degree of praise and honor that it has rarely afforded other wrestling legends.

Bur Blassie hadn't achieved his initial fame that easily. It was two decades after his 1935 debut that he finally became a breakout star. Blassie bleached his hair blond, adopted the nickname "The King Of Men," and labeled everyone else a "bunch of pencil-neck geeks" during his runs in Georgia and other Southern territories. He reached his peak in Los Angeles during the mid-1960s, and became involved in an epic feud with John Tolos. In a non-title bout on August 27, 1971, Tolos - then the Americas champion - was unable to continue his match against Blassie dur to heavy bleeding. That main event drew 25,847 fans to the Los Angeles Coliseum. "The Vampire's" penchant for biting his opponents, causing blood to flow, made him a box office draw in Japan on par with Godzilla.

Despite that violent reputation, Blassie became a mainstream celebrity, partly because he was based in Los Angeles and also because his charisma transcended pro wrestling. He had a cameo on The Dick Van Dyke Show in 1962, and made appearances on The Tonight Show, The Joey Bishop Show, and, much later, Live With Regis And Kathie Lee.

After his in-ring career ended in the early-1970s, Blassie went on to manage stars such as Peter Maivia, Stan Hansen, Hulk Hogan, Jessie Ventura, George Steele, and WWF champion The Iron Sheik. He was inducted into the Wrestling Observer Hall of Fame in 1996 and given the PWI Editors' Award in 2000. Blassie is survived by his wife, Miyako, and three children.

Pay-Per-View/Show Summary: (2 - 2)
- Alabama Gulf Coast Title Tournament (March/May '57) = Blassie beat Angelo Martinelli, then fell to Lee Fields. Eduardo Perez won the tournament.
- JWA Kawasaki Stadium (July 1, '69) = Blassie & Kurt von Stroheim lost a "Three Falls" Match to Giant Baba & Michiaki Yoshimura.
- Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Spectacular (August 27, '71) = Blassie won a "Three Falls" Match over John Tolos.

Title Summary:
- NWA Southern Heavyweight Champion (2/08/54 - 8/55)
- NWA Southern Heavyweight Champion(2) (9/55 - 10/28/55)
- NWA Southern Heavyweight Champion(3) (11/25/55 - 9/07/56)
- NWA Southern Heavyweight Champion(4) (10/19/56 - 11/23/56)
- NWA Southern Heavyweight Champion(5) (6/13/58 - 7/25/58)
- NWA Southern Heavyweight Champion(6) (8/08/58 - 8/24/58)
- NWA Southern Heavyweight Champion(7) (9/05/58 - 11/07/58)
- NWA Southern Heavyweight Champion(8) (1/02/59 - 4/17/59)
- NWA Southern Heavyweight Champion(9) (6/19/59 - 7/31/59)
- NWA Southern Heavyweight Champion(10) (8/07/59 - 10/02/59)
- NWA Southern Heavyweight Champion(11) (11/59 - 12/59)
- NWA Southern Heavyweight Champion(12) (12/11/59 - 12/25/59)
- NWA Southern Heavyweight Champion(13) (4/15/60 - 5/13/60)
- NWA Southern Heavyweight Champion(14) (5/20/60 - 6/10/60)
- NWA Southern Heavyweight Champion(15) (10/21/60 - 11/04/60)
- NWA Southern Heavyweight Champion(16) (11/11/60 - 11/18/60)
- WWA (Los Angeles) World Heavyweight Champion (6/12/61 - 3/28/62)
- WWA (Los Angeles) International Television Tag-Team Champion w/ Mr. Moto (1/62 - 2/62)
- WWA (Los Angeles) World Heavyweight Champion(2) (7/25/62 - 7/27/62)
- WWA (Los Angeles) World Heavyweight Champion(3) (5/10/63 - 8/23/63)
- WWA (Los Angeles) World Heavyweight Champion(4) (1/30/64 - 4/22/64)
- WWA (Los Angeles) World Tag-Team Champion w/ Mr. Moto (10/27/64 - 11/03/64)
- WWA (Los Angeles) World Tag-Team Champion(2) w/ Buddy Austin (1967)
- NWA Americas Heavyweight Champion (8/25/67 - 3/68)
- NWA Americas Heavyweight Champion(2) (1/10/69 - 2/07/69)
- NWA Americas Heavyweight Champion(3) (4/11/69 - 4/25/69)
- NWA Americas Brass Knuckles Champion (1969 - 1974)
- NWA Americas Heavyweight Champion(4) (3/06/70 - 3/26/71)
- NWA Georgia Heavyweight Champion (11/13/70 - 11/20/70)
- NWA Americas Heavyweight Champion(5) (4/23/71 - 5/07/71)

PWI Achievement Awards: (2 wins, 0 1st RUs, 1 2nd RU, 0 3rd RUs)
- 1976 Manager of the Year, 2nd Runner-Up
- 1996 Inductee, Wrestling Observer Hall of Fame
- 2000 PWI Editors' Award