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Fred Blassie


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Fred Blassie (February 8, 1918 – June 2, 2003), better known as “Classy” Freddie Blassie, was an American professional wrestler and manager born in St. Louis, Missouri who was a popular wrestling villain. He was a master at antagonizing the crowd, and inspired legendary animosity. He was also a 1 time NWA Georgia Heavyweight Champion (Lately known as the NWA Wildside Heavyweight Championship).


Blassie’s parents Jacob Blassie and Anna Blassie (neé Sind) emigrated to the United States prior to the start of World War I and settled in St. Louis, Missouri. Fred was an only child, which he claims is because he weighed 15 pounds when he was born and his mother didn’t want to go through childbirth again. His father was abusive and an alcoholic, and Fred often had to take refuge with his grandparents whenever Jacob would beat his mother. His parents were continually breaking up and reuniting. At the age of 13, after his father hit his mother again, Fred threatened to attack his father with a baseball bat, but didn’t do it and stayed with his grandparents again for six months until his mother asked him to return home. Throughout his life, Fred didn’t touch alcohol after seeing what kind of person it turned his father into.

As a teenager, Blassie went to McKinley High School, but soon dropped out to go to work to help support his family. He got a job at a meat packing house, which his family hoped he would turn into a lucrative meat cutting job with the local trade union.


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