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guest: - March 09th, 2003 23:31 GMT

A mainstay at the top of wrestling cards across the land from the mid-'30s to the mid-'50s, after which he was sent to prison following the murder of his wife, Nanjo Singh came back to wrestling in the late summer and fall of 1966, resuming an old, old feud with Whipper Billy Watson (he and Watson had swapped the British Empire title back and forth during the early WWII years). At the time, 1966, Nanjo aligned himself with younger stars Tiger Jeet and Mohan Singh.<br><br>My questions: What happened to Nanjo Singh after this flurry of activity (most of the bouts were very short, given Singh's age and, I imagine, a good deal of rust from nearly a decade of inactivity due to the prison stretch)?<br><br>Were Tiger Jeet Singh and/or Mohan Singh actual relatives?<br><br>Thanx for any help. <p></p><i></i>
guest: - March 10th, 2003 18:54 GMT

While we wait for someone in the know  <br><br>I remember reading somewhere, perhaps your own papers, about an incident in Detroit where Nanjo was dragged from the ring and beaten by angry spectators!<br> <p></p><i></i>
guest: - March 11th, 2003 22:29 GMT

Well I'm not someone in the know -- Nanjo seemed to vanish in the late 60s and I don't think I ever saw an obituary for him. Jim Proudfoot might have mentioned his death in the Toronto Star, but like the Sheik, his passing went almost unnoticed in the city where he was once such a popular star.<br><br>He wasn't related to Tiger Jeet Singh. And Tiger wasn't related to Mohan. I don't know if Nanjo and Mohan were related. I believe that Nanjo's real last name was something long and complicated.<br><br>You don't have to look to Detroit to find Nanjo being attacked by fans. It happened repeatedly in Toronto. Nanjo was the man responsible for the ramp at Maple Leaf Gardens. It was needed to keep him away from angry spectators. <br><br> <p></p><i></i>
guest: - March 14th, 2003 13:53 GMT

No kidding!<br><br>What was it about this guy that stirred up such emotion from the fans?<br><br>What year did the ramp appear?<br><br>thanks<br><br> <p></p><i></i>
guest: - March 14th, 2003 16:26 GMT

The ramp made its debut on June 3, 1948. Joe Perlove of the Toronto Star wrote a long story about it the next day. In true Perlovian style, he doesn't get around to mentioning the undercard or the fact that Watson regained the British Empire title, but -- also typical of Perlove -- you can learn more from his stories than the more fact-oriented pieces that usually ran in the Globe.<br><br><!--EZCODE IMAGE START--><img src="http://www.garywill.com/wrestling/480603.gif" style="border:0;"/><!--EZCODE IMAGE END--><br><br> <p></p><i></i>
Spider Bot - March 14th, 2003 16:43 GMT

Thanks for the info, gents. I asked about Nanjo Singh back when this very board first debuted several months back and had no idea of what his history entailed. Here's a link to that thread...<br><!--EZCODE AUTOLINK START--><a href="http://pub138.ezboard.com/fkayfabememoriesfrm53.showMessage?topicID=11.topic">pub138.ezboard.com/fkayfa...D=11.topic</a><!--EZCODE AUTOLINK END--><br> <p><!--EZCODE FONT START--><span style="color:red;"><!--EZCODE BOLD START--><strong>www.cwfarchives.com launches April 19!</strong><!--EZCODE BOLD END--></span><!--EZCODE FONT END--></p><i></i>
guest: - March 14th, 2003 19:50 GMT

Fascinating- and a little bizarre!<br><br>Weird because of how he portrays Frank who had kind of an "Elder Statesman" image when I was attending <p></p><i></i>
carny - July 09th, 2010 21:24 GMT

bump, I know some recent post have asked about Nanjo Singh.
mickeydo - July 10th, 2010 02:19 GMT

Great stuff. Way to dig through the archives, carny. Impossible to find a wrestling reference in "The Toronto Star" of today, unless somebody dies or gets in trouble. Appreciate you bumping it.
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