‘The Hollywood Fashion Plate’ “Classy” Freddie Blassie was at one time….one of the most feared wrestlers in the business. Images of him sharpening his teeth with a metal file and then biting the foreheads of his bloodied opponents were plastered on wrestling magazines for years. After being denied a new wrestling license due to his age, Blassie became a manager for the World Wide Wrestling Federation (WWWF). A successful managerial career that spanned over 12 years.
Freddie Blassie managed the likes of Hulk Hogan, Kamala, High Chief Peter Maivia, Professor Toru Tanaka, George ‘the Animal’ Steele, the Iron Sheik and countless others. Blassie was a part of a managerial trio that also included the Grand Wizard and Captain Lou Albano as ‘The Wise Men of the East.’ The trio would control mostly all of the biggest name heels that entered the WWWF. Freddie Blassie would manage the Iron Sheik to the WWF world title and also help the team of Sheik and Nikolai Volkoff capture the WWF tag team titles.
As the WWF was growing and expanding nationally in the mid 1980’s, the aging Blassie was finding it harder and harder to be constantly travelling. The decision was made by both Blassie and Vince McMahon Jr to help ease the rigors of travel on the 68 year old manager. The idea was a storyline that began in the Summer of 1986. Freddie Blassie would be interviewed by Ken Resnick where he talked about the uneasiness of the stock market and alluding to the fact that he may have lost some money because of it. Due to that, Blassie has been in negotiations with some high level people to recoup and make more money than he ever imagined.
On an episode of WWF Championship Wrestling, Blassie interrupted the announcers of Vince McMahon and Bruno Sammartino to proclaim that he had just made a huge deal and that he sold one half of the contracts of the men he managed which included The Iron Sheik, Nikolai Volkoff and Hercules Hernandez. When asked by Vince McMahon who did he sell the contracts to, Blassie walked off leaving a mystery to be solved. A week later, Freddie Blassie and his stable of wrestlers appeared on the talk show segment called ‘The Body Shop’ hosted by the Magnificent Don Muraco. It was there that Blassie revealed who the mysterious buyer was….a man simply known as ‘Slick.’
While the kayfabe amount of the sale was never revealed, it was suggested that it was way more money than two million dollars. For a few weeks, Blassie and Slick were both seen in the corner of the wrestlers they “co managed”, but in reality it was just a way to slowly phase Classy Freddie Blassie into retirement. It was Slick who went on the road with the stable and not Blassie. Ultimately, Slick was the one full time manager of the wrestlers, as Blassie became fully retired.
Despite retiring as a manager in 1986, Vince McMahon kept Blassie on WWE’s payroll until the day he died in 2003.