Greg Valentine

Professional Wrestler
Born Sep 20, 1951

John Wisniski, Jr. is an American professional wrestler, better known as Greg "The Hammer" Valentine. He is the son of wrestler Johnny Valentine. In the course of his career, which has spanned over four decades, Valentine has held more than 40 championships, including the NWA United States Heavyweight Championship and the WWF Intercontinental Champion.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Greg Valentine.


1951 Birth Born on September 20, 1951.


1970 18 Years Old 1 More Event
Born in Seattle, Washington, Wisniski traveled around Texas in his teens with his father. During a summer vacation, he decided to drop out of college and become a wrestler. His father initially tried to deter him, but eventually ceded to his wishes and sent him to Canada in 1970 to train under Stu Hart in Calgary.
1971 19 Years Old Initially reluctant to take his father's ring name, Wisniski wrestled as Baby Face Nelson before becoming Johnny Fargo, one half of the Fargo Brothers with Don Fargo between 1971 and 1974. … Read More


1974 22 Years Old They split in 1974 and Wisniski went to Florida, where he began performing as Johnny Valentine Jr., hopeful that he could live up to his father's legacy. … Read More
1975 23 Years Old 1 More Event
Valentine remained in Florida for a year while also working in Los Angeles and in Japan under Antonio Inoki in 1975 and early 1976.
1976 - 1977 2 More Events
The team split after they were stripped of the titles in April 1978 by NWA president Eddie Graham as a result of their "unprofessional conduct".
1979 - 1980 2 More Events
1981 29 Years Old Valentine returned to the WWWF, now known as the World Wrestling Federation, for a year in 1981 and continued to pursue the title. … Read More


In January 1982, Valentine met Backlund yet again, this time in a steel cage, for the WWF Heavyweight Championship at the Philadelphia Spectrum, which Backlund won.
1983 31 Years Old 1 More Event
Roddy Piper began pursuing the title, and, after Piper gave Valentine a cake with a dog collar inside, the two had a series of brutal dog collar matches, most notably at Starrcade 1983, where Piper pinned Valentine in a non-title match after repeatedly whipping him with the steel chain. … Read More
1984 32 Years Old 1 More Event
Valentine went back to the WWF in 1984, predicting that Vince McMahon's plan for national expansion would succeed. … Read More
1985 33 Years Old 1 More Event
He went on to win the title back on July 6, 1985 in a steel cage match in Baltimore, ending Valentine's 285-day reign, the fifth-longest in Intercontinental title history. … Read More
1987 - 1988 2 More Events
1989 37 Years Old 1 More Event
Valentine was entered in the WWF World Heavyweight Championship tournament at WrestleMania IV, where he defeated Ricky Steamboat before losing to Randy Savage, the eventual winner of the tournament. In April 1989 he began feuding with "Rugged" Ronnie Garvin. … Read More
1990 38 Years Old Valentine turned on Honky Tonk Man and became a face in December 1990.
1991 39 Years Old 1 More Event
On January 19, 1991, Valentine participated in the fourth annual Royal Rumble match, where he lasted forty four minutes. … Read More


He participated in the 1992 Royal Rumble, where he attacked his old rival Ric Flair before being eliminated by Repo Man.
1993 - 1996 3 More Events
1998 46 Years Old 1 More Event
Valentine wrestled four times for the promotion in 1998 and was 3-1.
1999 47 Years Old On October 10, 1999 he appeared on the infamous Heroes of Wrestling pay per view, pinning George "The Animal" Steele with the assistance of Sherri Martel. … Read More


2004 52 Years Old …  An alumnus of the World Wrestling Federation and World Championship Wrestling, he was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2004, and was also inducted into the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2016.
2005 53 Years Old On January 29, 2005 at WrestleReunion, Valentine won a seventeen-man battle royal to become the IWA Heavyweight Champion. … Read More
In the May of 2007, Valentine defeated Quinson Valentino to win the Canadian Grand-Prix Wrestling Championship in Morrisburg, Ontario.
2008 56 Years Old He was present at the Retirement Ceremony of his long-time friend, Ric Flair, on the March 31, 2008 episode of WWE Raw. Greg married Julie on February 14, 1995. … Read More


2015 63 Years Old In August 2015, Valentine appeared on the Filsinger Games Podcast and made several statements that degrade female MMA fighters, boxers and wrestlers. "I love women... but they gotta realize their place. … Read More
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