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Karl Gotch

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Real Name Charles Istaz
Weight and Height 245 lbs. (111 kg) at 6'1'' (1.85 m)
Birthplace Antwerpen, Antwerpen, Vlaanderen (Belgium)
Date of Birth 3rd August 1924
Date of Death 28th July 2007
 

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Alias Karel Istaz, Karl Gotch, Karl Istaz, Karl Krauser, Karol Krauser, Pierre LaMarin, Pierre Le Marin, Pierre Le Marine
Familiy Tie Karl Gotch was the father-in-law of Masami Soranaka.
Trainer Was trained by Billy Joyce and Billy Riley.
Students Trained Akira Maeda, Animal Hamaguchi, Antonio Inoki, Charles Verhulst, Charlie Anderson, Dean Malenko, First Tiger Mask, Greg Stekker, Hiro Matsuda, Joe Malenko, Kim Duk, Koichi Ota, MacDuff Roesch, Mark Starr, Masakatsu Funaki, Masami Soranaka, Masanobu Fuchi, Minoru Suzuki, Osamu Kido, Osamu Nishimura, Ryuta Sakurai, Samson Kutsuwada, Scott McGhee, Seiji Sakaguchi, Shawn Brown, Steve Nelson, Tatsumi Fujinami, Thomas Puckett, Vampiro, Yoshiaki Fujiwara and Yuki Ishikawa.
Finisher German Suplex
Trademark Moves Chickenwing Cross Face, Piledriver and Short Arm Scissors
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- Karl Gotch (Born Charles Istaz) is a German professional wrestler with a background in Amateur Wrestling.
- He represented Belgium in the 1948 Summer Olympics.
- Gotch also trained in Pehelwani, The Indian style of Wrestling and incorporated indian style training into his regime.
- Gotch’s professional wrestling career began at the Snake Pit Gym under Billy Riley.
- He toured Germany under the ring name Karl Krauser and won the German Heavyweight Championship and European Championship.
- He started wrestling with the ring name Karl Gotch in the USA and won the AWA Heavyweight Championship in 1961.
- Other titles Karl won include WWWF Tag Team Championship, IWA Heavyweight Championship.
- Karl started working in Japan in the year 1962 and wrestled in the first main event of the New Japan Professional Wrestling, which he won against
Antonio Inoki.
- Karl later worked as a trainer and promoter at the NJPW.
- Karl died on 28 July 2007 at the age of 82.
- He has also achieved various honours such as being inducted in the Wrestling Observer Hall of Fame, Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame, Lou Thesz Hall of Fame etc.
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