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Masashi Ozawa, finest recognized to WWE and professional wrestling followers as Killer Khan, has died on the age of 76.
WWE announced Ozawa’s passing Saturday and remembered him for his a number of stints with the corporate within the Nineteen Eighties.
New Japan Professional-Wrestling announced that Ozawa died on Friday after collapsing in a bar he owned in Tokyo.
After starting his professional wrestling profession within the early Seventies underneath his actual title, the Japan-born Ozawa created the Killer Khan character and have become a heel billed from Mongolia.
Khan started wrestling in the US in 1979 and remained in North America for a big portion of the Nineteen Eighties.
He memorably feuded with André the Large in Georgia Championship Wrestling in 1980, which led to him signing a cope with WWE.
Khan was immediately utilized as one in all WWE’s prime villains, feuding with WWE champion Bob Backlund, intercontinental champion Pedro Morales and André the Large.
Arguably probably the most well-known match of Khan’s profession occurred in 1981 when André defeated him in a Mongolian Stretcher match.
Over the subsequent a number of years, Khan competed in a number of territories and received many titles, together with the World Class Championship Wrestling Tv Championship, the Stampede North American Heavyweight Championship in Stu Hart’s Stampede Wrestling promotion in Canada, the NWA United States Tag Staff Championships in Championship Wrestling from Florida and each the Mid-South Louisiana Championship and Mid-South Mississippi Heavyweight Championship within the Mid-South Wrestling Affiliation.
Khan additionally labored in NJPW and All Japan Professional Wrestling earlier than resurfacing in WWE in 1987.
His second stint in WWE lasted solely about seven months, however it was a memorable run, as Khan had a number of home present matches towards WWE champion Hulk Hogan.
Khan’s time in WWE resulted in late 1987 when he retired from professional wrestling and transitioned into proudly owning and working bars and eating places in Japan.