Legendary pro wrestler Karl Gotch (Karl Istaz) is featured in a new Tampa Bay Times piece written by Paul Guzzo. Jody Simon, who wrestled as Joe Malenko, labels Gotch as a mentor and spoke of his status in Japan. “He was their god of wrestling,” Simon said. Read the full story at TampaBay.com.
Powell’s POV: The story also mentions that Simon brought some of Gotch’s ashes to Japan for a ceremony, which was covered by over 20 Japanese media outlets. Gotch died at age 82 on July 28, 2007.