Masashi Ozawa (小沢 正志, Ozawa Masashi)[1] (born March 6, 1947) is a Japanese retired professional wrestler. Popularly known as Killer Khan, he was billed from Mongolia and had numerous high-profile matches with André the Giant in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) during the 1980s, including a high profile "Mongolian stretcher match". Khan used Asian mist against opponents.

Professional wrestling career[edit | edit source]

Ozawa's Mongolian giant character was created by Karl Gotch.[1] He traveled to America in 1979 to wrestle. The following year, in 1980, Khan first wrestled André the Giant in a tag team match for Georgia Championship Wrestling.[1] Later that same year, he was hired by the World Wrestling Federation (WWF).[1] In the WWF, Khan originally feuded with WWF Champion Bob Backlund, as well as the WWF Intercontinental Champion Pedro Morales.[1]

Khan was then placed in feud with André the Giant. During one match in May 1981, a kayfabe Khan kneedrop off of the top turnbuckle resulted in André the Giant breaking his ankle, as Khan accidentally landed on it. The truth was that Andre actually broke his ankle getting out of bed.[1][2] The incident has been reported as real and as a storyline to help put Khan over.[1] When Andre returned from his injury, he and Khan feuded into the next year.[3] In November 1981 in Philadelphia Andre defeated Khan in a "Mongolian Stretcher match."[3] The feud was named Wrestling Observer Newsletter's Feud of the Year.[4]

In 1984 in Canada's Stampede Wrestling, he had a series of matches with Archie "The Stomper" Gouldie.[5] On January 20, 1984, he won the Stampede North American Heavyweight Championship from Gouldie in a street fight.[5] In March, he lost the title to Dynamite Kid.

Khan made a brief return to the WWF in 1987, managed by Mr. Fuji,[6] where he feuded with Outback Jack. In addition, he had a limited house show run challenging WWF Champion Hulk Hogan.[7]

Personal life[edit | edit source]

Khan had a role as a bodyguard in the movie 3 Ninjas Kick Back, and a cameo in 2006 Japanese special effects action series Lion-Maru G. Khan currently owns a restaurant in Tokyo, Japan. He is married to Cindy Ozawa of Lutz, Florida, though the two live on separate continents. He has three children: Yukie, Yoshiko, and David Masato. All of them reside in the United States.

In wrestling[edit | edit source]

  • Finishing moves
  • Cobra clutch[8]
  • Diving knee drop[9]
  • One shoulder powerbomb[8]
  • Signature moves
  • Managers
  • Gary Hart[11]
  • Mr. Fuji[7]
  • Freddie Blassie[6]
  • Masao Hattori

Championships and accomplishments[edit | edit source]

  • Championship Wrestling from Florida
  • NWA United States Tag Team Championship (Florida version) (1 time) - with Pak Song
  • Mid-South Wrestling Association
  • Mid-South Louisiana Championship (1 time)
  • Mid-South Mississippi Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
  • Stampede Wrestling
  • Stampede North American Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
  • World Class Championship Wrestling
  • WCCW Television Championship (1 time)
  • Pro Wrestling Illustrated
  • PWI Feud of the Year award in 1981 vs. André the Giant
  • PWI Match of the Year (1981) vs. André the Giant on May 2
  • PWI ranked him # 176 of the 500 best singles wrestlers during the PWI Years in 2003.
  • Wrestling Observer Newsletter awards
  • Feud of the Year (1981) vs. André the Giant[4]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Krugman, Michael. André the Giant: A Legendary Life, p.48.
  2. Todd, Terry 1981-12-21. To The Giant Among Us . Sports Illustrated. Retrieved on 2009-12-15.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Krugman, Michael. André the Giant: A Legendary Life, p.56–57.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Krugman, Michael. André the Giant: A Legendary Life, p.61.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Nevada, Vance 2008-05-11. Archie "The Stomper" Gouldie . SLAM! Wrestling. Retrieved on 2009-12-15.
  6. 6.0 6.1 (2009) WWE Encyclopedia. Dorling Kindersley, 172. ISBN 978-0-7566-4190-0. 
  7. 7.0 7.1 Ward, Marshall 2009-11-16. "Unreleased" Hogan DVD great if not exactly true . SLAM! Wrestling. Retrieved on 2009-12-15.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 Killer Khan Profile . Retrieved on 2012-04-18.
  9. 9.0 9.1 Killer Khan Profile . CageMatch. Retrieved on 2012-04-18.
  10. Killer Khan Profile . Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved on 2012-04-18.
  11. Gary Hart profile . Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved on 2009-11-23.
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