Wrestling: Freddie Blassie

"Pencil neck geek, grit eatin' freak
scum suckin', pea head with a lousy physique
He's a one man, no gut, losing streak
Nothin' but a pencil neck geek.
"

Freddie Blassie (1918-2003) was an American Professional Wrestler and manager from St. Louis, MO. He debuted in 1935 working the carnival circuit and went from there to work in the St. Louis and Kansas City promotions, since this was before there were technically even territories. He served in World War II and came back with a "Sailor" Fred Blassie gimmick that didn't get over. His first proper territory was Los Angeles, and he fell in love with the city. He also worked heavily in Georgia and in Japan. He arrived in WWE, then the WWWF, where he feuded with Bruno Sammartino over the WWE World Heavyweight Title. He retired from active competition in 1974 and became one of the original top three heel managers there, along with Captain Lou Albano (who had in fact previously managed Blassie) and the Grand Wizard. His biggest successes as a manager, though short-lived, both involved The Iron Sheik. On December 26, 1983, he was in the Iron Sheik's corner when he defeated Bob Backlund for the WWE World Heavyweight Title. Blassie was there when the Iron Sheik and Nikolai Volkoff defeated the U.S. Express (Barry Windham and Mike Rotunda) (w/Albano) for the WWE World Tag Team Titles at the first WrestleMania, March 31, 1985. He retired from managing in 1986, originally giving half of control of his stable (Sheiky, Volkoff and Hercules) to the debuting Slick, though Hercules was switched to the Heenan Family. He remained employed as a personality all the way to his passing in 2003. His last TV appearance came on the May 12th Raw. Raw General Manager Eric Bischoff was about to send 3 Minute Warning (Rico, Rosey and Jamal) to attack the wheelchair-bound Blassie when "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, then the co-General Manager and "Sheriff" of Raw, confronted Bischoff and told him that he had just un-suspended The Dudley Boys, who made the save. The Dudleys gave Jamal the "Whazzup" headbutt and Blassie said, "D-VON, GET THE TABLES!" The Dudleys obliged, putting Rico through the table with the Dudley Death Drop. Blassie passed away on June 2. Among his in-ring achievements, he was a 17x NWA Southern (Georgia) Heavyweight Champion and a 4x WWA (Los Angeles) World Heavyweight Champion. He was inducted into the Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame in 1996. Along with his wrestling career, he recorded a novelty song called "Pencil Neck Geek" that was popular on radio's The Dr. Demento Show, and was a recurring character in Tiger Mask.

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