On Sunday, January 27, I made my way out to see Tiger Jeet Singh and his son, Tiger Ali Singh, and deliver them each copies of The Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame: Heroes & Icons.
Tiger Jeet Singh is featured in our Hometown Heroes section, which is probably a surprise for a lot of people who only know him from his days in Japan as a sabre-swinging madman.
Back in the late ’60s and early ’70s, Tiger Jeet Singh was a real hero to the South Asian population in Toronto, and his 1971 bout against The Sheik at Maple Leaf Gardens is one of the defining matches ever at the historic venue, deservingly mentioned alongside NWA World title changes.
So while he was a hero in Toronto, today it is fair to say that he is an icon in Japan. Tiger Jeet Singh still travels there to make (non-wrestling) appearances, to promote various products, and to see many friends. He is truly a respected figure and beloved for his years of mayhem that he delivered.
It is always great to deliver a book in person, because that gets the guys talking.
Tiger Jeet turns to the Bruiser Brody page, and talks about booking him for a tour of Trinidad, where, as Frank Goodish, he was having so much fun hanging out with the Rastafarians that he was unconcerned with getting paid — hardly the Brody that most people knew!
Stopping at one of the early photos in the book of Dusty Rhodes, Tiger Jeet talked about how he only ever faced him once, in Japan, and they had a riot. On top of it, Tiger Jeet had mistakenly beaten up a member of the Japanese Mafia before the bout, and had to wriggle his way out of trouble after the bout.
I also gave a book to Tiger Ali Singh, who has been a friend for many years, and is the best conduit to getting his Dad on the phone when I need him.
While Junior’s career in the WWE was brief, his tenure with the company was longer, and included a lawsuit following three concussions and an injury while on assignment in Puerto Rico. He went through a lot of hell but has found true happiness and I respect that, and wrote something along those lines in my inscription.
I look forward to their company again down the road.