Actual Name- Jagjit
Tiger Jeet Singh, son of Indian Army major, was born
in Ludhiana village, Punjab, India in 1944. In 1965, he emigrated
He signed with Frank Tunney, a Toronto wrestling promoter.
Tunney introduced him to Fred Atkins, a trainer and conditioning
coach with the Toronto Maple Leaf. He made his Maple Leaf Gardens
debut in 1965, wrestling as a heel. He began teaming with Fred Atkins
in 1966. They beecame the top team in Toronto by defeating Whipper
Billy Watson and Bulldog Brower for the international tag title
in July 1966.
- He was popular wrestler in Toronto in 1970s.
He used the cobra (sleeper) as his finisher.
- In 1967, he defeated Johnny Valentine for the Toronto version
of the U.S. title, and wrestled Gene Kiniski for the NWA title
and, in the fall, twice challenged Bruno Sammartino for the WWWF
- In 1968, with Wild Bull Curry, again defeated Watson and Brower
to win the international tag title
- In February 1971, he wrestled The Sheik in the main event of
the first wrestling show in Maple Leaf Gardens. It was a first
wrestling show in Maple Leaf Gardens history to attract a sell-out
crowd of over 18,000. Between 1971-1974, he wrestled The Sheik
12 times at the Gardens and most of the time sell-outs before,
but more seats had since been crammed into the Gardens to allow
a capacity crowd of 18,000
- Tiger became one of Canada's top-billed and most recognizable
wrestlers, earning up to $80,000 a year, usually wrestling at
Maple Leaf Gardens.
In US, he wrestlrd with opponents
like Sweet Daddy Siki, André the Giant, Hans Schmidt, Whipper
Billy Watson and "Bulldog" Dick Brower.
In 1972, he visited Japan and got into a
brawl with the bodyguards of Antonio Inoki's wife in a shopping
centre, after he slapped Inoki's wife in the face; the resulting
publicity propelled Tiger into the limelight. He feud with Inoki
as a result of the shopping centre incident; Inoki would avenge
his wife by breaking Singh's arm in a 1974 match, but Tiger defeated
Inoki to win the NWF world title in 1975, only to lose it back to
Inoki three months later.
In 1976, defeated Seiji Sakaguchi to win the NWF Asian title and
remained champion until jumping to All Japan in mid-1981. Wrestled
in the main event of the joint New Japan-All Japan card in Tokyo
in 1978, teaming with Abdullah the Butcher to take on the Japanese
dream team of Inoki & Giant Baba.
He continued to wrestle in Japan in the 1980s and 1990s, and would
make occasional appearances on indie shows in the Toronto area.
In 1990, he teamed with Inoki to defeat Big Van Vader & Animal
Hamaguchi in the main event of Inoki's 30th anniversary show in
Tiger Jeet Singh said, “If I slap some Japanese lady or man,
they won’t wash themselves for weeks. Because they’ll
say, ‘Tiger slapped me there.’ This is the respect they
have for me."
In Japan, a comic strip is published about his exploits, while
the Tiger's every foray into the public domain is headline news.
The 50-year-old packs arenas with crowds of up to 60,000 -- people
who pay anywhere from $70 to $200 a pop to watch him wrestle. While
he refuses to disclose his income -- other than to say ``I make
healthy money'' -- one estimate suggests he rakes in $60,000 a bout
-- $1 million a year, according to SLAM SPORTS
He would make occasional appearances on indie shows in the Toronto
In 1992, ventured to FMW, he had an intense and bloody feud with
During 1980, he wrestled and promoted wrestling supercards in
South Africa. His main rival as a promoter was Sammy Cohen, as
both fought over territories and were drawing very well.
In 1995, he was a prominent participant in the now legendary IWA-Japan
King of the Death Matches Tournament. In the opening contest of
the quarter-finals round, he would force Mr. Gannosuke into submission,
while Gannosuke was inside a bed of thumbtacks. He would advance
to the semi-finals, where he would be defeated by Terry Funk, after
Cactus Jack miscalculated an attack with Singh's signature sword
on Funk and hit Singh instead. In the finals, which featured Cactus
Jack and Terry Funk in an exploding death match, Singh interfered
briefly and unintentionally attacked Cactus Jack.
He is an expert in judo and karate and uses those tactics to wear
down his foes, then finishes them off with his feared Cobra hold,
one of the most dangerous in the business.
Tiger Jeet Sing, his wife and his son Mick with his family live
in a 14,000 sq. ft. mansion with a farm land of 25 hectares in Milton,
Ont., just west of Toronto on 401
It include swimming pool, tennis court, sauna, seven self-contained
suites, 18th-century-style furniture and Italian marble fireplaces.
In January 1997,
his son Mick (known as Tiger Jeet Singh Jr. or Tiger Ali Singh)
joined the WWF, but would have an unsuccessful run and later retire
as a result of an injury sustained after being released from the
- 1968-72: U.S. champion (Toronto),
- 1971: IWA World tag champion (Australia), with Mr. Fuji
- 1974: International champion (Montreal)
- 1975: Canadian tag champion (Vancouver), with Dennis Stamp
- 1975: NWF World champion (New Japan)
- 1976: NWF Asian champion (New Japan)
- 1977: NWF North American tag champion (New Japan), with Umanosuke
- 1979: NWF North American champion (New Japan)
- 1980-8: 2-time UWA World heavyweight champion (Mexico)
- 1983: NWA International tag champion (All Japan), with Umanosuke
- 1992: WWA World Martial Arts champion (Japan)