Tagged: Greg Valentine

The day Greg Valentine sort of won the WWF Title from Bob Backlund

A comment on my post about WWF referees from the 1980s brought up a moment that I hadn’t thought about in a long time: The day that Greg “The Hammer” Valentine seemed to become the WWF Heavyweight Champion at Madison Square Garden in October 1981. Continue reading

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Chief Jay Strongbow dies: Former tag champ who came up with the name “Duke of Dorchester” for Pete Doherty

The death of Chief Jay Strongbow on April 3 will no doubt set off some memories of long-lost wrestling fans who watched him in the WWF in the 1980s (and the WWWF in ‘70s).

Strongbow — who was actually Italian — became synonymous with the WWF due to his tenure there. Many of us who grew up in the ‘80s best remember him for his tag team with “brother” Jules Strongbow, and the duo won Continue reading

Morales cracks Muraco with brass knux to regain the Intercontinental Title

Pedro Morales and Magnificent Muraco feuded on and off for nearly two years from 1981 into 1983 over the Intercontinental Title.

Muraco originally beat Morales for the belt in June 20, 1981, at the Philadelphia Spectrum. However, it is Morales’ win over Muraco to regain the title on November 23, 1981, that sticks particuarly in my memory thanks to a great finish in the match.

The scene was Madison Square Garden and a Texas death match. After a solid bout, Muraco attempted to use brass knuckles, but as he swung Continue reading

Big angle in 1981: Greg Valentine suplexes Pedro Morales on the concrete floor

Man, 30 years ago it didn’t take a lot to get an angle over with the audience compared to today. There may be no greater example of that than when Greg “The Hammer” Valentine taunted Intercontinental Champion Pedro Morales into match on TV.

To set the stage, in late 1981 Morales had just regained the Intercontinental belt from the Magnificent Muraco, whom the Grand Wizard managed. The Wizard also tutored Valentine, and after a squash match on Championship Wrestling, Valentine issued a challenge to Morales, including calling the Puerto Rican star a “greaseball.” Yes, those of us who were fans back then occasionally have reasons to hang our heads in shame for real.

Anyway, Morales came out to the accept the challenge as long as he could fight Valentine on free TV so that everyone could see “when I kick your butt, baby!”  To this day, I so distinctly remember Valentine’s reaction Continue reading

Jay and Jules Strongbow refused to leave the ring until they got their tag title rematch

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 Continue reading

Answers to hometown trivia and a funny note about Valentine

In my prior post, I challenged you to remember the 1980s WWF wrestlers who hailed from the hometowns listed below. Here are the answers for those who might have been stumped.

King Kong Mosca mentions his Boston roots in his new autobiography

There’s been a lot of talk among the insider wrestling community in the past week or so about King Kong Mosca, who recently released an autobiography, Tell Me To My Face.

I always get a kick out of the fact that Angelo Mosca was born in Waltham, MA, which is only about 10 miles outside of Boston. That must have been a thrill for him to wrestle on cards in the old Boston Garden.

In his autobiography, Mosca – whose mother was half African American — talks about what it meant growing up in the Boston area as part of a biracial family in the 1940s. “Today, being one-quarter black might not seem like something to hide but, at the time, Continue reading