Harry Masayoshi Fujiwara was an American professional wrestler and manager, known professionally by his ring name Mr. Fuji, he was famous for throwing salt in the eyes of fan favorite wrestlers. Although he was billed as Japanese, wrestling journalist Greg Oliver noted that he was in fact a Native Hawaiian, born in Hawaii. Fujiwara made his professional wrestling debut on December 15, 1965 in his native Hawaii under the ring name Mr. Fujiwara, he won his first championship, the NWA Hawaii Tag Team Championship, with King Curtis Iaukea on January 7, 1966. He shortened his ring name to Mr. Fuji and toured many territories, including Don Owen's Portland, Oregon based NWA Pacific Northwest Wrestling where he won many championships. Fuji debuted in Sr.'s World Wide Wrestling Federation in 1972 as a heel. He formed a tag team with the duo were managed by the Grand Wizard. Tanaka provided his physical massive strength and Fuji brought his devious ring psychology to the team, which earned him the nickname "The Devious One".
Fuji used to throw salt in his opponent's eyes. They defeated Sonny King and Chief Jay Strongbow on June 27, 1972 for their first World Tag Team Championship, they ascended to main event status, defending the titles against WWWF World Heavyweight Champion Pedro Morales and Bruno Sammartino on several occasions, throughout the year. During the feud, Fuji earned a shot at the WWWF title against Morales on August 22 but lost by count-out, they reigned for eleven months, making them the third longest WWWF World Tag Team Champions in history. They would lose the championship to Tony Garea and Haystacks Calhoun on May 30, 1973, they continued to feud with Garea and Calhoun for the titles before defeating them on September 11 in a rematch to win their second WWWF World Tag Team Championship. With their title recapture, their feud with Garea and his new partner Dean Ho continued. On November 14, Fuji and Tanaka lost the titles to Ho. After failing to recapture the title from Garea and Ho, Fuji and Tanaka left the WWWF in 1974.
Fuji and Tanaka debuted in Georgia Championship Wrestling in August 1975. On September 19, 1975, they participated in a four-team tournament where they defeated former WWWF rivals Tony Garea and Dean Ho in the finals to win the vacant NWA Georgia Tag Team Championship, they would lose the titles to Jerry Brisco a month later. Shortly after their title loss, they toured other territories and won several titles. Fuji and Tanaka returned to WWWF in 1977, they took on Freddie Blassie as their manager. On September 27, 1977, they defeated Larry Zbyzsko and longtime rival Tony Garea in the finals of a tag team tournament to win their third WWWF World Tag Team Championship, they wrestled in many six-man and eight-man tag team matches during their third reign. They would lose the titles to Dino Bravo and Dominic DeNucci on the March 14, 1978 episode of Championship Wrestling. Shortly after, they left WWWF again. Fuji and Tanaka continued to tour the territories in 1979; that same year, they stopped teaming and began wrestling individually.
Fuji had success, winning several singles titles in many promotions including World Wrestling Council, NWA New Zealand and Maple Leaf Wrestling. Fuji returned to World Wide Wrestling Federation known as the World Wrestling Federation, in 1981, he formed a tag team with Mr. Saito, managed by Captain Lou Albano, they began a feud with tag champions Tony Garea and Rick Martel, whom they defeated on the October 17, 1981 episode of Championship Wrestling to win their first Tag Team Championship, though it was Fuji's fourth individual reign. They began feuding with The Strongbows in the fall of 1981; this culminated in a title match on June 28, 1982 at Madison Square Garden where the Strongbows won the championship. On the July 13 episode of Championship Wrestling, they defeated the Strongbows in a two out of three falls match for Fuji's fifth and Saito's second WWF Tag Team Championship; the feud of these two teams ended after Fuji and Saito lost the titles to the Strongbows on the October 30 episode of Championship Wrestling.
Fuji was used in singles competition and teamed on and off with Tiger Chung Lee, but they had little success in the ring. In a brief angle, Fuji turned on Chung Lee in a match at the Philadelphia Spectrum against The Wild Samoans in 1984. In a grudge match to settle the feud, Fuji defeated Chung Lee. Afterward, Fuji continued to wrestle on his own until his in-ring retirement and Chung Lee remained as a preliminary jobber. Fuji became a heel manager and wrestled occasionally; as a manager, Fuji would "blind" his opponents by throwing salt in their eyes, or he or his wrestler would hit their opponent with his ever-present cane. He wore a black tuxedo and bowler hat, akin to the James Bond series character Oddjob, would carry a little bag of salt on his person, his first client was George Steele. Fuji would team up with Steele and would lose to Hulk Hogan & "Mean" Gene Okerlund with Okerlund pinning Fuji. However, Steele left Fuji. Fuji's next client was Don Muraco, they both formed a popular heel duo and appeared in a video package called "Fuji Vice", a mockery of Miami Vice.
Fuji and Muraco began a feud with Ricky Steamboat, resulting in Steamboat defeating Fuji in several matches during the feud. Fuji managed Jim Neidhart, whose contract he sold to Jimmy Hart. In 1987, he bought the contract of Demolition from Luscious Johnny V. Demolition would sometimes call Fuji "Master Fuji" and he managed Demolition to the Tag Team Champio
William Dee Calhoun was an American professional wrestler, who used the professional name "Haystack" or "Haystacks" Calhoun. The gargantuan wrestler was one of the foremost drawing crowds during the industry’s "kayfabe era" of the 1950s and 1960s, sporting his trademark white T-shirt, blue overalls, horseshoe necklace, he is recognized as a chief pioneer of the sport’s super-heavyweight attractions. Born on August 3, 1934, William Dee Calhoun grew up on a farm in Texas. William was an unusually large child with a large appetite, he ate a dozen eggs for breakfast and, by age 14, he weighed 300 lb. By the time he was in his early 20s, Calhoun weighed over 600 lb, prompting his physician to suggest he did not have long to live, unless he reformed his diet. Calhoun's enormous size and physical strength enabled him to perform the manual labor of several men while working on his family’s farm. Calhoun first broke into wrestling in 1955 and he began competing for local promoter Orville Brown. Brown recognized that a man of his size who could still move with significant agility could become a major box office attraction for a sport, in great need of added popularity.
Performing under the name "Country Boy Calhoun", he soon established himself as a feature attraction, performing in various regional territories, including Houston, Kansas City, Canada. However, he first appeared nationally on Art Linkletter’s House Party, a televised variety show where Calhoun's strength was showcased as he tossed full bales of hay into a high loft; as a result of this feat, he adopted the name "Haystacks Calhoun". Recognizing the show business potential of such a gimmick, Calhoun decided to exaggerate his hillbilly persona by adopting the fictional birthplace of Morgan’s Corner, while sporting a bushy beard, white t-shirt, blue overalls, a genuine horseshoe around his neck on a chain. Despite his imposing size, Calhoun was a mild-mannered country boy and he became a fan favorite. Moreover, while promoters did not book him for championships, he lost a match, he was booked in special attraction bouts, competing in handicap matches and battle royals. While Calhoun's size contributed to his wrestling celebrity, he was determined not to be stereotyped as a carnival attraction.
He was revolutionary in that he was the sport's first super-heavyweight who trained and possessed a wide repertoire of grappling maneuvers. His athleticism was evident when he was matched up against fellow wrestling giant Happy Humphrey in a series of promoted altercations at Madison Square Garden during the early 1960s. At over 750 lbs, Humphrey outweighed Calhoun by over 150 lb, was slower than Calhoun. Calhoun took the majority of the decisions over Humphrey, many by count out as Humphrey could not get himself back into the ring by the count of 20 when thrown out. Throughout the 1960s, Calhoun continued as a sought-after box office attraction. On April 14, 1961, in the Chicago International Amphitheater, he challenged Capitol Wrestling NWA United States heavyweight champion "Nature Boy" Buddy Rogers in a second attempt to take the U. S. title. This bout ended in failure as did his first with Rogers in New York's Sunnyside Gardens on January 28, 1961. Calhoun would not get a chance to wrestle Rogers for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship which Rogers won from Pat O'Connor a few months on June 30, 1961.
Being the only man to lift Calhoun off his feet contributed to the career and legend of Bruno Sammartino. Although active in the eastern half of the United States, he wrestled in Australia, on tour with other American wrestlers in bouts promoted by U. S. promoter Sam Menacker. He wrestled for NWA: All-Star Wrestling in Vancouver, where he twice won the NWA Canadian Tag Team Championship with Don Leo Jonathan, he formed a tag team with the over 600 lb Mountain Man Mike on the West Coast. At a combined weight of over 1,200 lb, they are the second heaviest tag team in professional wrestling history. After engaging in a memorable feud against legendary rule breaker Dick the Bruiser, Calhoun generally traveled from territory to territory, never staying in one region for too long so as to maintain his status as a celebrated baby face enforcer; as a result, he subsequently established himself as one of the most well-known wrestlers in North America. Calhoun excelled in the tag team division. Moreover, he helped attract fans to the fledgling Northeast promotion World Wide Wrestling Federation, where he was a consistent attraction at Madison Square Garden.
On May 30, 1973, Calhoun paired with Tony Garea to defeat the Japanese duo of Mr. Fuji and Prof. Toru Tanaka for the WWF Tag Team Title. However, his weight and declining health forced him into retirement, he was confined to a double-wide trailer after losing his left leg to diabetes in 1986, he died at age 55 on December 7, 1989. WWE has since honored him among its 50 all-time greatest wrestlers, he is buried in Scott Cemetery in Texas. His daughter donated mementos of his wrestling career to the Collin County museum; as one of the sport’s premier all-time box office attractions, he laid the groundwork for future ring giants like Gorilla Monsoon, André the Giant, the One Man Gang and King Kong Bundy, as well as serving as the muse for various "country bumpkin" brawl
James Harold Fanning is an active professional wrestler and author better known as Jimmy Valiant. Jimmy Valiant was born in Tullahoma as the youngest of five children of Effie Fanning, he incorporated the names of his four sisters – Louise, Christine and Patrica – into the spider web tattoo on his upper arm. He moved to Willingboro Township, New Jersey, he married Clara, with whom he fathered three children: Robin and Dana. With Monika, he has his first son Todd. With Felicia, he has his youngest son Handsome, he is now married to Angel. He has 6 grandchildren: Lonna, Beau, Chassie and Delilah. Fanning started wrestling in 1964 as Big Jim Vallen, he went to the World Wide Wrestling Federation in the 1970s as Handsome Jimmy Valiant and formed a team with Johnny Valiant that would dominate the tag team scene for a while as WWWF Tag Team champions. In the 1960s in the WWA, they were managed by Bobby Heenan. Valiant had entered the WWWF as a babyface known as "Gentleman Jim Valiant," but switched to heel.
He had title matches against champion Pedro Morales in secondary arenas, such as Philadelphia, feuded with short-term tag partner Chief Jay Strongbow. Jimmy and his kayfabe brother Johnny held the tag belts and main evented Madison Square Garden against Chief Jay Strongbow and Bruno Sammartino. During the late 1970s – early 1980s, Valiant was a central player in the Memphis, Tennessee wrestling scene, he feuded with Jerry Lawler and teamed with Bill Dundee to dominate the tag team matches of that time. He recorded a song, "The Ballad of Handsome Jimmy", used in wrestling arenas as his entry music and became a mainstay on some Memphis radio stations for a few years. Despite the Memphis promotion wanting to keep him in Memphis full-time offering to buy him a house in Memphis according to Jerry Lawler's biography, Valiant decided to move on after holding the AWA Southern Heavyweight title for a year. Valiant spent a brief amount of time in Jim Crockett Promotions in the late 1970s as the heel King James Valiant managed by Lord Alfred Hayes.
In the early 1980s, Valiant returned as a babyface to NWA's Jim Crockett Promotions as "Boogie Woogie Man" Jimmy Valiant and called his fans "The Street People". His theme music around this time was "Boy From New York City", by The Manhattan Transfer. While in Jim Crockett Promotions, he would sometimes appear in a black bandit-style mask and call himself Charlie Brown from Outta Town; this occurred when Valiant was banned from wrestling. Charlie Brown was billed as someone other than Valiant, despite "Brown" having Valiant's legendarily prodigious beard. January 1984, Valiant was attacked by The Assassins, they tied him to the wrestling ring ropes. This led to a grudge match (with hyped supershow called'Boogie Man Jam'84' in Greensboro, North Carolina. For this match Dusty Rhodes in Valiant's corner was tied by a rope to Paul Jones. Valiant defeated Assassin II, unmasked and revealed as Hercules Hernandez. Due to the beard cutting attack, he feuded with Paul Jones and his army of wrestlers, from 1984 through to late 1986.
This army of wrestlers included The Barbarian, Baron von Raschke, Teijo Khan, The Assassins. During this three-year feud, Valiant received help from Héctor Guerrero and "Raging Bull" Manny Fernandez. Although Jimmy Valiant would lose a Loser Leaves Town Tuxedo Street Fight to Paul Jones at Starrcade 1984 in Greensboro, North Carolina the feud with many from the Paul Jones stable continued, which would come to include Abdullah The Butcher. In 1985, Valiant and Ragin' Bull Manny Fernandez formed a team called B Connection. In the spring of 1986 Pez Whatley turned on Valiant, shaved his head, joined Jones' Army as Shaska Whatley. During The Great American Bash 1986 summer shows, Paul Jones adopted a military style look in his long feud with Valiant and labeled his stable of wrestlers The Army. Valiant would beat Shaska Whatley in a hair vs hair match, but with outside interference lost a hair vs hair match to Paul Jones only weeks later. In the fall of 1986, The Ragin Bull Manny Fernandez, Valiant's best friend accepted Jones' money and turned on Valiant, starting a feud between the two.
Paul Jones at this point shortened his army to his newly acquired tag team of Ragin Bull and Rick Rude. The war between Valiant and Paul Jones climaxed at Starrcade 1986 with Valiant putting up the hair of his valet Big Mama against the hair of Paul Jones in a No DQ Match which Valiant won. In the late 1980s, he feuded with The New Breed; when Jim Crockett Promotions became WCW, Valiant left and returned to Memphis to wrestle in the USWA. Since Valiant has wrestled in the independent having his most recent match on March 2nd 2019 in Johnson City Tennesse, he now enjoys his time with his wife Angel and training wrestlers at Boogie's Wrestling Camp located in Shawsville, Virginia. However, Valiant wrestled on November 25, 2012 with The Ragin' Bull Manny Fernandez as his tag team partner in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Jimmy wrestles under the ACW Banner around the Roanoke Virginia Area, he has recently wrestled with George South, Stan Lee and Ricky Morton in ASW Wrestling and New OCW in Ashland, KY with Matty B and Violet Rayne against Beau and Misty James and Scotty Ace.
Valiant remains in the wrestling world today with continuing to
Dominic Nucciarone, is an Italian-American retired professional wrestler and trainer better known under his ring name of Dominic DeNucci. Former wrestling students include Mick Foley, Shane Douglas, Cody Michaels, Brian Hildebrand. DeNucci started out teaming with the original Dino Bravo as Dominic Bravo, a storyline/kayfabe brother as the two worked as a tag team. On June 18, 1971, DeNucci won his first World Wide Wrestling Federation title, the WWWF International Tag Team Championship, with Bruno Sammartino by defeating The Mongols, they lost the title to The Mongols three days later. On May 13, 1975, DeNucci and Victor Rivera won the WWWF World Tag Team Championship from Jimmy and Johnny Valiant. In June, Rivera left the WWF, Pat Barrett became DeNucci's replacement partner, they lost the title three months to The Blackjacks on August 26. DeNucci became a two-time WWWF World Tag Team Champion when he and his partner Dino Bravo defeated Professor Tanaka and Mr. Fuji on March 14, 1978, they held the title until June 26.
DeNucci unsuccessfully challenged inaugural WWF Intercontinental Champion Pat Patterson on a number of occasions for the IC belt. DeNucci wrestled for Big Time Wrestling out of Detroit. After ending his career as an active professional wrestler, he trained Moondog Spot, Mick Foley, Shane Douglas and Brian Hildebrand among others. DeNucci is featured in Mick Foley: "Madman Unmasked", where he is seen training Mick Foley and reminiscing about Foley in the days of his training, he is featured prominently in the opening chapters of Mick Foley's autobiography,'Have a Nice Day: A Tale of Blood and Sweatsocks'. A seven-decade man, DeNucci last wrestled April 14, 2012 in Toronto, teaming with his protege Shane Douglas to defeat Lord Zoltan and Shawn Blanchard. DeNucci was profiled on the 4th episode of Titans of Wrestling. DeNucci can speak in at least four languages: English, French and Italian, he has a son named Tony DeNucci, a professional wrestler. American Wrestling Alliance AWA United States Heavyweight Championship Championship Wrestling from Florida NWA Florida Tag Team Championship - with Tony Parisi Lutte Internationale Canadian International Tag Team Championship - with Nick DeCarlo Stampede Wrestling Stampede Wrestling International Tag Team Championship - with Ron Etchinson NWA All-Star Wrestling NWA Canadian Tag Team Championship - with Don Leo Jonathan NWA World Tag Team Championship - with Don Leo Jonathan NWA Detroit NWA World Tag Team Championship – with Chris Markoff National Wrestling Federation NWF Heavyweight Championship NWF North American Heavyweight Championship NWF World Tag Team Championship - with Tony Parisi New Independent Wrestling Association NIWA Tag Team Championship - with Mr. Hati Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame Class of 2012 World Championship Wrestling IWA World Heavyweight Championship IWA World Tag Team Championship - with Mark Lewin, Antonio Pugliese and Mario Milano World Wrestling Association WWA World Tag Team Championship - with Wilbur Snyder World Wide Wrestling Federation WWWF International Tag Team Championship - with Bruno Sammartino WWWF World Tag Team Championship - with Victor Rivera and replacement partner Pat Barrett, Dino Bravo Other titles West Virginia Tag Team Championship - with Apache Lou Mick Foley.
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Anthony Gareljich is a New Zealand retired professional wrestler, better known by his ring name, Tony Garea. He is best known for his appearances in the United States with the World Wide Wrestling Federation/World Wrestling Federation from 1972 to 1986; the son of Croatian-born Ivan Gareljich, Anthony Gareljich was born in Auckland, New Zealand to parents of Yugoslavian and Irish descent. He was an accomplished sprinter and a rugby player. Garea was trained by Wild Don Scott, he made his professional wrestling debut in his native New Zealand. He worked in NWA San Francisco territory where he and Pat Patterson defeated Don Muraco and Invader I for the NWA San Francisco Tag Team Championship in May 1976. Garea left New Zealand in 1972 and went to the United States where he signed a contract with Vince McMahon, Sr.'s World Wide Wrestling Federation. He made his WWWF debut at a TV taping in the Philadelphia Arena on 20 September 1972 as a babyface, defeating Davey O'Hannon. On 30 May 1973, he teamed with Haystacks Calhoun and defeated Mr. Fuji and Professor Toru Tanaka to win his first WWWF World Tag Team Championship.
Garea and Calhoun feuded with Fuji and Tanaka for the rest of the summer before losing the titles back to Fuji and Tanaka on 11 September. Garea continued the feud with Tanaka with a new partner, Dean Ho. On 14 November, Garea and Ho defeated Fuji and Tanaka for Garea's second and Ho's first WWWF World Tag Team Championship. Garea's second tag team reign was better than his first reign, they held the titles for five and a half-month before losing them to the Valiant Brothers on 8 May 1974 episode of All Star Wrestling. They continued working on their own. Garea, successful as a tag team wrestler, began a singles career. Garea continued his singles career for three years before forming a tag team with new partner Larry Zbyzsko in August 1977, they began teaming after entering a tag team tournament for the vacant tag titles, where they were defeated by Mr. Fuji and Toru Tanaka in the finals on 27 September 1977, they continued to challenge for the titles before defeating The Yukon Lumberjacks for Garea's third and Zbyzsko's first WWWF World Tag Team Championship on edition of 21 November 1978 of Championship Wrestling.
They held the titles for four months before losing them to Valiant Brothers on edition of 24 March 1979 of Championship Wrestling. That same month, Wide was dropped from the promotion's name, renaming the promotion World Wrestling Federation. Garea continued to wrestle in the tag team division, with another former WWF Tag Team Champion Rene Goulet; the two participated in a tag team tournament for the titles, where they were defeated by The Wild Samoans in the finals on 27 September 1980. Garea formed a tag team with new partner Rick Martel, Garea's most successful and most popular tag team, they defeated Wild Samoans on 8 November for Garea's fourth and Martel's first WWF Tag Team Championship. Garea and Martel continued to feud with the former champions for the rest of the year. After Wild Samoans left WWF, the champions began feuding with The Moondogs, they dropped the titles to Moondogs on edition of 17 March 1981 of Championship Wrestling. Martel and Garea continued to feud with Moondogs. On 8 June, Garea beat a young rookie named Man Mountain Canyon in Madison Square Garden, who returned to WWF four years as King Kong Bundy.
On edition of 21 July of Championship Wrestling and Garea defeated Moondogs in a rematch to win their second WWF Tag Team Championship as a team, though, it was Garea's fifth and final individual reign. Garea's final run as a tag team champion ended on edition of 17 October of Championship Wrestling after Garea and Martel were defeated by Mr. Fuji and Mr. Saito for the tag titles. Garea and Martel continued to feud with Fuji and Saito, trying to regain the titles but failed to do so. Martel left WWF in 1982. Garea teamed with newcomers to the WWF such as Eddie Gilbert and B. Brian Blair in 1983 and 1984 but was unable to recapture the success he enjoyed as a tag-team champion, he moved to the jobber to the stars status, jobbing to rising newcomers before retiring in 1986. Garea was employed as a road agent by a position he continues to hold, he appeared with former tag team partner Rick Martel at Vengeance: Night of Champions in June 2007. They came to the aid of the team of Sgt. Slaughter and Jimmy Snuka, who were being attacked following their losing to Deuce'n Domino.
When WWE came to New Zealand on 11 June 2008 in Auckland, Garea was a guest on the first international V. I. P Lounge along with Bushwacker Butch; the segment's host, Montel Vontavious Porter announced him as Bushwhacker Luke but apologised. MVP attacked Butch and Garea with the microphone. Butch and Garea recovered and fought off MVP celebrated with the Bushwhacker walk. On 3 March 2009 he was featured on WWE.com exclusive segment Top-rope Theater posing as "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan. On 29 March 2010 episode of Monday Night Raw Garea appeared as a lumberjack in the Christian vs. Ted DiBiase lumberjack match. Towards the end of the match, Garea brawled with other legends. Big Time Wrestling NWA World Tag Team Championship – with Pat Patterson Pro Wrestling Illustrated PWI Rookie of the Year tied with Bob Orton, Jr. PWI ranked him #236 of the top 500 best singles wrestlers during the PWI Years in 2003 PWI ranked him #74 of the top 100 tag teams with Rick Martel during the PWI Years in 2003 Universal Wrestling Association UWA World Heavyweight Junio
Charles Istaz was a Belgian professional wrestler and trainer, best known by his ring name Karl Gotch. In Japan, Gotch was known as the "God of Wrestling" due to his influence in shaping the Japanese professional wrestling style. Istaz was born in Antwerp, but grew up in Hamburg, Germany, he learned Greco-Roman wrestling in his early years and from the beginning he was a well known sportsman. He wrestled in "The Hippodroom", a notable sports center in Antwerp, where amateur fights like boxing matches, savate matches and wrestling matches were fought. Istaz excelled in amateur wrestling and experienced a major breakthrough in his career by competing as Charles Istaz for Belgium in the 1948 Olympics in both freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling. Gotch trained in the Indian martial art of Pehlwani; this training led to Istaz's regime of calisthenic bodyweight exercise, which were used by Indian wrestlers and other athletes to build leg endurance and strength. He adopted other Indian exercises, such as the bridge, Hindu squats, Hindu press ups in his wrestling.
Gotch's philosophy was passed on to several of his students. Istaz's professional wrestling career began after training in the "Snake Pit", run by the renowned catch wrestler Billy Riley, he debuted in the 1950s, wrestling throughout Europe under the ring name Karl Krauser, winning various titles including the German Heavyweight Championship and the European Championship. In the late 1950s, Istaz moved to the United States, began wrestling as Karl Gotch. In the United States, Gotch's wrestling style and lack of showmanship held him back, he did not experience any great popularity at the time. In 1961, he won the American Wrestling Alliance World Heavyweight Championship. Gotch held the belt for two years before dropping the title to Lou Thesz, one of the few American wrestlers he respected because of the similarities of their styles. In 1962, Gotch was involved in a backstage altercation with the then-NWA World Heavyweight Champion "Nature Boy" Buddy Rogers, in which Rogers was injured; the incident alienated Gotch from American promoters, he began looking for work in Japan.
He returned to the United States for a stint in the 1970s, with a brief run in the World Wide Wrestling Federation from August 1971 to February 1972. On December 6, 1971, he teamed with Rene Goulet to win the WWWF World Tag Team Championship from the inaugural champions, Luke Graham and Tarzan Tyler, in two straight falls of a best-two-out-of-three-falls match in Madison Square Garden, they lost the championship on February 1972, to Baron Mikel Scicluna and King Curtis. During the 1960s, Gotch began wrestling in other countries, he wrestled in Australia as Karl Krauser, in 1965 he defeated Spiros Arion to win the International Wrestling Alliance's Heavyweight Championship. He had begun working in Japan, where he became popular due to his amateur wrestling style, he wrestled in the main event of the first show held by New Japan Pro Wrestling on March 6, 1972, defeating Antonio Inoki. His final match occurred on January 1, 1982, when he pinned Yoshiaki Fujiwara with the German Suplex. Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, Gotch worked as both the booker and trainer for NJPW.
He trained several wrestlers in Japan, including Hiro Matsuda, Satoru Sayama, Osamu Kido, Barry Darsow, Minoru Suzuki and Yoshiaki Fujiwara. Istaz had a daughter, they resided in Florida. Gotch became known as "Kamisama" in Japan. Gotch's wrestling style had a big impact on Inoki, who adopted and popularized his submission-based style; some of Istaz's trainees founded the Universal Wrestling Federation in Japan in 1984, which showcased the shoot-style of professional wrestling. The success of UWF and similar promotions influenced Japanese wrestling in subsequent decades, changed the style of matches in NJPW and All Japan Pro Wrestling; the German suplex is named after Gotch. Gotch was inducted into the Wrestling Observer Hall of Fame as part of the inaugural class in 1996. In 2007, he was inducted into the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame. Istaz died on July 28, 2007 in Tampa, Florida at the age of 82. American Wrestling Alliance AWA World Heavyweight Championship George Tragos/Lou Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame Class of 2009 New Japan Pro Wrestling NJPW Real World Championship Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum Class of 2007 Tokyo Sports Service Award World Championship Wrestling IWA World Heavyweight Championship World Wide Wrestling Federation WWWF World Tag Team Championship – with Rene Goulet Worldwide Wrestling Associates WWA World Tag Team Championship – with Mike DiBiase Wrestling Observer Newsletter Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame Catch: The Hold Not Taken.
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Omaha is the largest city in the state of Nebraska and the county seat of Douglas County. Omaha is located in the Midwestern United States on the Missouri River, about 10 miles north of the mouth of the Platte River; the nation's 40th-largest city, Omaha's 2018 estimated population was 466,061. Omaha is the anchor of the bi-state Omaha-Council Bluffs metropolitan area; the Omaha Metropolitan Area is the 59th largest in the United States, with an estimated population of 944,316. The Omaha-Council Bluffs-Fremont, NE-IA Combined Statistical Area encompasses the Omaha-Council Bluffs MSA as well as the separate Fremont, NE Micropolitan Statistical Area, which consists of the entirety of Dodge County, Nebraska; the total population of the CSA was 970,023 based on 2017 estimates. 1.3 million people reside within the Greater Omaha area, within a 50 mi radius of Downtown Omaha. Omaha's pioneer period began in 1854, when the city was founded by speculators from neighboring Council Bluffs, Iowa; the city was founded along the Missouri River, a crossing called Lone Tree Ferry earned the city its nickname, the "Gateway to the West".
Omaha introduced this new West to the world in 1898, when it played host to the World's Fair, dubbed the Trans-Mississippi Exposition. During the 19th century, Omaha's central location in the United States spurred the city to become an important national transportation hub. Throughout the rest of the 19th century, the transportation and jobbing sectors were important in the city, along with its railroads and breweries. In the 20th century, the Omaha Stockyards, once the world's largest, its meatpacking plants gained international prominence. Today, Omaha is the home to the headquarters of four Fortune 500 companies: mega-conglomerate Berkshire Hathaway. Berkshire Hathaway is headed by local investor Warren Buffett, one of the richest people in the world, according to a decade's worth of Forbes Magazine rankings, some of which have ranked him as high as No. 1. Omaha is the home to five Fortune 1000 headquarters: Green Plains Renewable Energy, TD Ameritrade, Valmont Industries, Werner Enterprises, West Corporation.
Headquartered in Omaha are the following: First National Bank of Omaha, the largest held bank in the United States. Notable modern Omaha inventions include the following: the bobby pin and the "pink hair curler" created at Omaha's Tip Top Products. S. at Omaha's KOWH Radio. Various Native American tribes had lived in the land that became Omaha, including since the 17th century, the Omaha and Ponca, Dhegian-Siouan-language people who had originated in the lower Ohio River valley and migrated west by the early 17th century; the word Omaha means "Dwellers on the bluff". In 1804 the Lewis and Clark Expedition passed by the riverbanks where the city of Omaha would be built. Between July 30 and August 3, 1804, members of the expedition, including Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, met with Oto and Missouria tribal leaders at the Council Bluff at a point about 20 miles north of present-day Omaha. South of that area, Americans built several fur trading outposts in succeeding years, including Fort Lisa in 1812.
There was fierce competition among fur traders until John Jacob Astor created the monopoly of the American Fur Company. The Mormons built a town called Cutler's Park in the area in 1846. While it was temporary, the settlement provided the basis for further development in the future. Through 26 separate treaties with the United States federal government, Native American tribes in Nebraska ceded the lands constituting the state; the treaty and cession involving the Omaha area occurred in 1854 when the Omaha Tribe ceded most of east-central Nebraska. Logan Fontenelle, an interpreter for the Omaha and signatory to the 1854 treaty, played an essential role in those proceedings. Before it was legal to claim land in Indian Country, William D. Brown was operating the Lone Tree Ferry to bring settlers from Council Bluffs, Iowa to the area that became Omaha. Brown is credited as having the first vision for a city where Omaha now sits; the passage of the Kansas–Nebraska Act in 1854 was presaged by the staking out of claims around the area to become Omaha by residents from neighboring Council Bluffs.
On July 4, 1854, the city was informally established at a picnic on Capital Hill, current site of Omaha Central High School. Soon after, the Omaha Claim Club was formed to provide vigilante justice for claim jumpers and others who infringed on the land of many of the city's founding fathers; some of this land, which now wraps aro