Tiger Joginder Singh
Tiger Joginder Singh.jpg
Birth nameJoginder Singh
Born1919
Village Sheron, Tarn Taran, Punjab, British India
Died1 August 1990(1990-08-01) (aged 70–71)
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)Tiger Joginder / Jokinder
Tiger Joginder Singh
Billed height5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Billed weight270 lb (122 kg)
Billed fromPunjab, India
Trained byHarnam Singh
Debut1945

Joginder Singh (1919-August 1, 1990) was an Indian professional wrestler. He was the first All Asia Tag Team Champion, along with King Kong.[1] He was one of the top professional wrestlers of India at that time.[2]

Early life

He was born in village Sheron, Tarn Taran, Punjab, British India into a Sikh family.[3]

Professional wrestling career

Singapore

In 1948, Tiger Joginder and Arjan Singh Das were signed by Great World's wrestling promoters, where he competed against many top wrestlers like King Kong, Bill Verna, George Zbisko, Tiger Ray Holden and Seelie Samara, and earned fame worldwide.[4]

United States

Wrestling poster featuring Tiger Joginder and Chief Thunderbird in the main event
Wrestling poster featuring Tiger Joginder and Chief Thunderbird in the main event

Tiger wrestled in the United States in the late 1940s to the early 1950s, with wrestlers such as The French Angel, Ted Christy, Kola Kwariani, Jack Dempsey, Oki Shikina, Lord Carlton, and Benny Trudel. On 8 March 1950, his match with Chief Thunderbird at Paramount Theatre had attracted much interest.[5]

India

In 1954, Tiger competed in the Rustam-e-Hind (Champion of India) tournament, but lost in the final to Dara Singh.[6] The same year, he defeated European Heavyweight Champion Bert Assirati in front of the 50,000 spectators at Bombay.[7] In 1959, he competed in another professional wrestling tournament Commonwealth Championship, but didn't succeed.[8]

Japan

On 16 November 1955 in the Japan Wrestling Association, he and King Kong defeated Rikidōzan and Harold Sakata in a two out of three falls match at JWA All Asia Championship tournament final to crown the inaugural All Asia Tag Team Champions.[9] But he failed to capture the All Asia Heavyweight Championship in the single competition.[10]

Filmography

He also did acting in some Indian films in the 1960s with fellow wrestlers Dara Singh, King Kong and Randhawa.

Year Film Role Notes
1964 Samson Hindi films
Rustom-E-Rome Plato
Jagga Punjabi film
Hercules Wrestler Hindi films
Badshah
Sandhya Deeper Sikha Bengali film
1965 Saat Samundar Paar Wrestler Hindi films
Rustom-E-Hind Wrestler
Panch Ratan (1965) rebel
Mahabharat
1966 Rustom Kaun
Insaaf

Championship and accomplishments

References

  1. ^ "AJPW All Asia Tag Team Championship official title history" (in Japanese). All-Japan.co.jp. Archived from the original on 11 August 2007. Retrieved 29 August 2007.
  2. ^ "The lord of the ring". New Delhi: Hindustan Times. Retrieved 13 July 2012.
  3. ^ "Why no pehalwan from Punjab?". Chandigarh: The Tribune (Chandigarh). 30 September 2012.
  4. ^ "King Kong v. Tiger Joginder again, p.7". Singapore Free Press. 3 February 1949.
  5. ^ "Old School Match Results » 1950 Results / Lineups". Kayfabe Memories. 15 July 2008.
  6. ^ "FREE-STYLE WRESTLING: DARA SINGH CROWNED CHAMPION OF BHARAT". Bombay: The New Indian Express. 13 June 1954.
  7. ^ "No Angel of Islington Part 2". WRESTLING HERITAGE.
  8. ^ "Dara Singh - the champion loses his final fight". New Delhi: India Today. 12 July 2012.
  9. ^ Kreikenbohm, Philip (15 November 1955). "JWA Asia Championships - Tag 7 - Event @ Kuramae Kokugikan in Tokyo, Japan". Cagematch - The Internet Wrestling Database. Retrieved 13 March 2022.
  10. ^ "Asia Championships: 1955/11/08-11/22: 10 cards". Puroresu.com.
  11. ^ Kreikenbohm, Philip (16 November 1955). "All Asia Tag Team Championship". Cagematch - The Internet Wrestling Database. Retrieved 13 March 2022.