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Tiger Jeet Singh

  

Real Name - Jagjit Singh Hans

Birthdate - 4/3/48

6'3" 265 lbs. - Milton, ONT


Athletic Background - n/a

Teacher(s) - Fred Atkins

Professional Background - Toronto(`65-`77), Australia(`71-`73), Montreal(`71), New Japan(`73-`81), Vancouver(`75), NWF(`75), UWA(`80), All Japan(`81-`90), Canadian Indies(`84-), New Japan(`90-`92), FMW(`92-`93), NOW(`93), IWA-Japan(`95-`96), HUSTLE(`04,`07-`09)

AliasesAli Baba, Tigre Jeet Singh, Tiger Jeet Singh Sr.

Groups - Big Bad John’s Army

Peak Years - `71-`78


Finisher(s) - 

- Tiger Claw (Neckclaw)

- Cobra Sleeper (Cobra Clutch)


Favorites -

- Foreign Object

- Chokehold

- Toe Kick

- Overhead Forearm


Ringwork Rating - 

 Move Set4
 Science1
 Aerial0
 Power?
 Strikes5


Intangibles Rating - 

 Entertainment7
 Selling4
 Bumping4
 Carrying3
 Heat8
 Legacy6


Place in History - One of the legendary mad men in pro-wrestling, Tiger Jeet Singh's international success is undeniable.  Curiously, one of the most memorable bad guys of the 1970s spent his early years as a tremendously popular babyface.  The story is that Frank Tunney plucked the young Sikh from obscurity and took care of him for five years while he trained in wrestling with a grizzled veteran.  His goal was to capitalize on the growing Indian population in Toronto and the gamble paid off.  After spending his time as a heel and establishing himself as a wild brawler, he was turned face and it was a box office success.  Singh was the perfect foil for the likes of Killer Brooks, Eric the Red and, most significantly, the Sheik.  Singh and Sheik drew 18,000 to the Maple Leaf Gardens for the company’s first sellout.  While that might have been a successful formula in Toronto, Tiger Jeet Singh practiced his villainous ways everywhere else.  He was a member of Big Bad John’s Army in Australia, but most memorably, Singh became one of Antonio Inoki’s most hated rivals.  The angle that catapulted him to the forefront was unlike anything Japan had ever seen (and most of the pro-wrestling world for that matter) when Tiger Jeet Singh confronted Inoki’s wife, a well-known actress, in a public place and slapped her for, in his view, ridiculing his dress.  The Inoki-Singh rivalry lasted for years.  Singh introduced a talwar, an Indian sabre, to his act and used it ornate hilt to pummel his opponents.  He also formed a legendary heel team with the “Golden Wolf” Umanosuke Ueda.  The two spiked TV ratings for New Japan and when their act ran its course, they jumped to All Japan to battle Giant Baba and company.  Despite his notoriety and variety of fresh opponents, the dynamic was not quite the same.  He continued to appear in Canadian companies both big and small, although the scene was drying up, for years to come.  Unfortunately, Singh’s character seemed largely played out by the late 1980s.  Fans enjoyed the nostalgia and aging did not diminish his ability to fulfill the role.  Tiger continued to turn up in Japan for years, doing shots for companies of all sizes and proving effective as a special attraction.  His focus shifted away from pro-wrestling with the growth of his real estate investments and his import-export business.  Tiger Jeet Singh’s son, best remembered as the wealthy elitist Tiger Ali Singh in the WWF, worked with his father in the 1990s and showed promise, but never panned out.  Tiger Jeet Singh is among the most famous gaijin in the history of Japanese pro-wrestling and his one-of-a-kind character was able to draw fans in four decades.  Outside of Japan, Singh had some incredible success in Toronto and some hot, although brief runs in numerous promotions.

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