Also, from what I understand Rikidozan was murdered in 66 or 67. Later on in the 70s or 80s, the Japanese media was interviewing Freddie and he said that he can't wait to go to hell so he can kick Rikidozan's ass. I assume at least another 6 old people died after those comments.
The Japanese in that story remind me of the "uppity" rich guy from the simpsons that keeps getting so shocked and horrified that his monicle falls off and into his drink.
"America may have some problems, but it's our home. Our team. And if you don't wanna root for your team...then you should get the hell out of the stadium. Go America."--Stan Marsh, South Park
The incident is also mentioned in Hogan's book. Hogan says that prior to a match with Rikidozan in Japan, Blassie filed down his teeth. Then during the match, Blassie made it look like he was using his newly-sharpened choppers to bite into Rikidozan's head. Rikidozan bladed...and then Blassie sucked a little of the blood out of the open wound, backed up, and spit the blood right back into his opponent's face.
Apparently, the six people or so were watching the match on Japanese TV, and the then-unprecedented violence gave 'em heart attacks.
Classic Blassie...fantastic stuff. I hope I get to see that on tape someday before I die and Blassie kicks *my ass.
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