I was a little embarrassed when I recently realized that this blog had virtually no mention of the Strongbow Brothers, Jay and Jules.
Well, they weren’t really brothers, and Jay wasn’t really an American Indian (I’m not sure about Jules). But as a tandem, these guys were quite popular when they defeated Mr. Fuji and Mr. Saito for the WWF Tag Team Championship in Madison Square Garden in June 1982.
That decision, however, was overturned because Fuji’s foot was on the ropes, so they teams had a rematch on Saturday morning Championship Wrestling to determine who would hold the vacant titles. Fuji and Saito reclaimed the belts after Fuji threw the dreaded “Japanese salt” in either Jay’s or Jules’ eyes.
What followed was classic. Sometime after that match, the Strongbows held a sit-in during Championship Wrestling. They came out and said they would not leave the ring until the WWF granted them a rematch with Fuji and Saito.
Jay and Jules proceeded to sit in separate corners — cross-legged “Indian style,” of course — during several jobber matches, including during commercial breaks. When the referees came in to plead with the Strongbows to leave, Jay did this great, exaggerated shaking of his head while swinging his hand in a way that you knew he was refusing any attempt at negotiation.
Finally, the faceless WWF officials granted the Strongbows their request, and during a rematch several months later, the Strongbows defeated Fuji and Saito for good. The Strongbows lost their titles to the Wild Samoans (Afa and Sika) in 1983.
Chief Jay Strongbow had a strong history already with the tag belts before 1982, as he was a two-time WWWF Tag Team Champion in the 1970s. He also had a well-remembered singles feud with Greg “The Hammer” Valentine, during which Valentine allegedly broke Strongbow’s leg with the figure four leglock.