Not sure if I'm the first to notice this about
Piston Hondo, but.....
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In Title Defense, one of the Exhibition challenges is about blocking 44 jabs. This may be a nod to Japanese people being superstitious about number 4. Remember that Aran Ryan has lots of references about no. 7, and Sandman about no. 13, so the trend might follow with Hondo. Just in case, I've already added this tidbit in the Wikia PO!! article about the character.