Rikidozan Beats Fred Blassie For the WWA World Heavyweight Title

by Mark Long

Freddie Blassie - historyofwrestling.comIn a match held at the Los Angeles Olympic Auditorium, Japanese star Rikidozan defeated Fred Blassie for the WWA World Heavyweight championship belt. Rikidozan was awarded the belt after gaining one fall before the time limit was reached. Blasie went crazy, attacking Rikidozan and the referee.

According to the Long Beach Independent, “Blassie is still/again recognized as champion in California on 62/06/04 when NAWA ‘reviewed his complaints and returned his crown Monday.'” Rikidozan was still recognized as the title holder in Japan.