Greg Valentine
Professional wrestler
Greg Valentine
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.
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Veterans still struggling to get their bearings
LATimes - over 3 years
An encounter in Hollywood shows how drugs, homelessness and depression keep former members of the military from moving forward with their lives. My plan was to check in on Greg Valentini, who fought for the U.S. Army in both Iraq and Afghanistan. But I couldn't get into his locked apartment building Monday afternoon in Hollywood. He hadn't answered my phone calls or emails, and it was too hot to wait on the street.
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The Good, The Bad  & the Zombies
Bronx News - over 4 years
(Photos by Robert Press and Ken Carozza) Comic Con 2012 – Review By Robert Press BRONX, NEW YORK, October 15- If you did not attend the sold out Comic Con 2012 here is just a little recap of what you missed.  As soon as you got near the Javits Center you entered another dimension. A dimension of comic characters coming to life as many Comic Con 2012 attendees were dressed as their favorite comic characters for the daily costume contest. There were the usual Supermen & Supergirls, Batmen & Robins, Vampires & Zombies, many of the new comic characters, and even characters that were made up that people might want to see. When I asked some people why they came in their outfits, the answer was “This is the only time other than Halloween that I can dress up like this”. While there were dozens and dozens of booths selling comics going back to first issues of almost any and every comic book printed, and artists signing and posing for pictures. Comic ...
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VIDEO: Roddy Piper debuts in WCW
Wrestling News Source - almost 5 years
On this day April 17, 1954 Roderick George Toombs better known to fans as Rowdy Roddy Piper was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada and is currently signed to WWE. He is best known for his work in WWE and although he is Canadian, due to his scottish heritage he was billed as being from Glasgow Scotland and known for his signature kilt and bagpipe entrance music. He earned the nickname Rowdy' from displaying his trademark Scotish rage. Although he was a crowd favourite due to his rockstarlike persona, he often played the villain and was also nicknamed Hot Rod. Although he was never a world champion he accumulated a total of 34 championships in various promotions throughout his career. The Hot Rod was inducted into the WWE Hall Of Fame in 2005. He started his career at the age of 19 when he made his pro debut in Winnipeg against Larry The Axe Hennig and lost in 10 seconds. He was a boxer and amateur wrestler before becoming a professional wrestler. Piper had won the Golden Gloves cha ...
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Dusty Rhodes was cool when wrestling was hot - Tbo.com
Google News - over 5 years
There's a special challenge match between Ray Candy and Greg Valentine. But it's Dusty we want to see, right? Big, bleached-blond Dusty. Stevens doesn't stand a chance. Unless he does something underhanded. We'll have to keep an eye on him
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Wrestling: 10 of the Best Talkers in Professional Wrestling History - Bleacher Report
Google News - over 5 years
Some of the work he did in the NWA when he took on the likes of Rick Steamboat, Greg Valentine and Ric Flair was legendary. Of the current wrestlers, no one gives a better promo than The Rock. He is electrifying, real and live
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// The 411 Wrestling Top 5: Top Intercontinental Champions - 411mania.com
Google News - over 5 years
Several classic matches involving Santana and Greg Valentine can be found on the WWE On Demand service or with any tape traders, and Tito's loss of the title to the Macho Man was the first match I ever saw. 4. Macho Man Randy Savage - Randy Savage
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Size never mattered to Louie Tillet - CANOE
Google News - over 5 years
In Los Angeles, promoter Mike Lebell was a fan of Tillet's, and he used a veteran talent pool like Ernie Ladd, Pak Song, and John Tolos, while mixing in youngsters like Greg Valentine and Beau Brummell (a young Yvon Robert Jr.) In Florida,
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SRS secretary has busy summer - Great Bend Tribune
Google News - over 5 years
During the past year, SRS replaced LSH Superintendent Robert Connell and Osawatomie State Hospital Superintendent Greg Valentine, who also managed the state's Rainbow Mental Health Facility in Kansas City. The Larned State Hospital director of nursing
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JCW Legends And Icons iPPV Results - August 12, 2011 - Wrestlezone
Google News - over 5 years
Backstage, Bill Apter interviewed Tito Santana who said he couldn't wait for his cage match with Greg Valentine after all these years. 1. Greg "The Hammer" Valentine defeated Tito Santana in a cage match in 3:43. Foley asked if Penzer is a poor man's
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TNA IMPACT! Post-Game Show + JCW I-PPV Card - Wrestling Inc.
Google News - over 5 years
Greg Valentine in a Steel Cage match * In a first-ever meeting, The New Age Outlaws vs. The Outsiders, Kevin Nash & Scott Hall with Sean Waltman as referee * The Headbangers vs. The Rock N' Roll Express * Koko B. Ware vs. Kamala vs. Jerry Lawler vs
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Marvez: Talking with 'Monday Night Raw' voice Jim Ross - ScrippsNews
Google News - over 5 years
Roddy Piper, Greg Valentine vs. Tito Santana, Bob Backlund vs. Ken Patera and the New World Order (Kevin Nash, Scott Hall and Sean "X-Pac" Waltman) vs. Degeneration X ("Road Dogg" Jesse James, Billy Gunn and Joanie "Chyna" Laurer)
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Major Update On The NWA Legends Fanfest - Wrestling Inc.
Google News - over 5 years
... Nick Bockwinkel,Harley Race, Joyce Grable, Judy Martin, Leilani Kai, Thunderbolt Patterson,Ron Simmons, Gypsy Joe, Stan Hansen, Teddy Long, Ron Garvin, Ron Bass, Buddy Colt, Scrappy McGowan, Moondog Rex, Tully Blanchard, Greg Valentine, Big Mama,
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Excerpts from recent Kansas editorials - CNBC.com
Google News - over 5 years
Terminate Larned State Hospital Superintendent Robert Connell and Osawatomie State Hospital Superintendent Greg Valentine. — Lay off or accept the retirements of several other agency officials. — Cut all contracts and grants by 3 percent
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CM Punk Tweets, Steve Austin Note, ICP Event - Wrestling Inc.
Google News - over 5 years
Greg Valentine. *The Rock N' Roll Express vs. The Headbangers. Also scheduled to appear are Jerry Lawler, Sean Waltman, Kevin Nash, Scott Hall, Vampiro, Tank Abbott, Rhino, Koko B. Ware, Tony Atlas, Sabu, The Honkytonk Man, Al Snow, Carlito,
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Before he was 'The Hammer', Valentine was Johnny Fargo - CANOE
Google News - over 5 years
Wrestling Greg Valentine looks back on his years as Johnny Fargo, teaming with Don Fargo, as a time chock full of valuable lessons, both in the ring and on the road. The original Fargos -- Jackie Fargo and Don Kalt -- were a sensation from 1956 to 1960
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Kansas fires two of top mental health managers - KCTV Kansas City
Google News - over 5 years
Witnesses tell KCTV5 that security escorted Greg Valentine, superintendent of the Osawatomie State Hospital and the Rainbow Mental Health Facility, and Robert Connell, superintendent of the Larned State Hospital, off grounds Friday
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Greg Valentine
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2015
    Age 63
    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.
    More Details Hide Details They're not supposed to be wrestlers. They're not supposed to be MMA fighters or boxers. It’s bullshit. As far as girl wrestling, I would send them all out to the strip bar and fire 'em. I'd fire every girl wrestler I ever saw. They don't draw any money, they have horrible matches. Uh... they're terrible. That's the way I feel. They take away jobs from men that need to support their families. They should be home washing dishes and cooking and pregnant and barefoot". It was all in jest of course, and reflecting on his heel persona. The live remarks can be found in the audio file of that podcast, starting at minute 40.
  • FIFTIES
  • 2008
    Age 56
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He has two daughters, Vanessa and Romaine, from his first wife, who once appeared on WWF TV in 1984 to give Valentine a back rub, which he claimed was the secret of his success. Vanessa began training with the Hart Brothers in the late 1990s. He is a born again Christian and occasionally speaks at high schools and colleges with Ted DiBiase. He is also a part of Christian wrestling organization, World Impact Wrestling. He is the brother-in-law of wrestler Brian Knobs. Valentine has appeared on an episode of Hogan Knows Best as one of Hulk's party guests. He also co-starred in Fuse's Insane Clown Posse Theater along with Insane Clown Posse members Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope. The cast was rounded out with Michelle "Sugar Slam" Rapp, Kevin Gill, and Vampiro. Valentine played an usher who ejected guests from the theater when their time is up on the show.
  • 2007
    Age 55
    In Late 2007 Greg Valentine made an appearance in JCW or Juggalo Championship Wrestling reforming the Dream Team with Brutus Beefcake. in an 8 team elimination match for the then vacant JCW Tag-Team Titles.
    More Details Hide Details Where they were the first team to be eliminated after a slightly botched sunset flip from Necro Butcher. On January 29, 2011 Valentine was inducted into the Legends Pro Wrestling "Hall of Fame" by Jack Blaze in Wheeling, WV at their annual "LPW Over The Edge" event. On March 13, 2004, Valentine was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame by his former manager Jimmy Hart. The following night, at WrestleMania XX at Madison Square Garden, Valentine received loud applause when the class of 2004 was introduced. Shortly after being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame, Valentine dedicated the plaque he received to his late father by saying: "This one's for you pop, Johnny Valentine". On October 3, 2005, Valentine made an appearance at WWE Homecoming, and on October 23 he was defeated by Rob Conway (then using a gimmick similar to that of Randy Orton's gimmick of "the legend killer") on an episode of WWE Heat after Eugene interfered on his behalf, causing the referee to award a victory via disqualification to Conway.
    On August 24, 2007, Valentine returned to Ontario to defend the CGPW Championship against Koko B. Ware in Cornwall, after Koko defeated Valentine in a non-title match, on the previous night, in Ottawa.
    More Details Hide Details Valentine was successful in defeating Koko in Cornwall, though the title was vacated due to inactivity.
    In the May of 2007, Valentine defeated Quinson Valentino to win the Canadian Grand-Prix Wrestling Championship in Morrisburg, Ontario.
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  • 2005
    Age 53
    On January 29, 2005 at WrestleReunion, Valentine won a seventeen-man battle royal to become the IWA Heavyweight Champion.
    More Details Hide Details He lost the title to Tito Santana at WrestleReunion #2 on August 27 of that year. Valentine also wrestled for several independent promotions, including AWA Superstars of Wrestling, which toured New England. In AWA Superstars of Wrestling, Valentine regularly wrestled Tony Atlas.
  • 2004
    Age 52
    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.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1999
    Age 47
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He wrestled on the 2000 tour of the United Kingdom in which Yokozuna died. He was also involved with the short-lived X Wrestling Federation as an investor and as an in-ring performer. In the 2000s, he began reducing his independent dates in order to pursue a career in real estate.
  • 1998
    Age 46
    He finished his WCW run with a victory over Pat Tanaka on February 17, 1998.
    More Details Hide Details Valentine went on to tour the independent circuit, wrestling in Japan, with the Hamilton based International Championship Wrestling promotion and with the American Wrestling Federation. Starting in the summer of 1996, Valentine made several appearances with WCW over the course of the next two years. He was used on a pay-per-appearance basis, but was rarely utilized and was allowed to continue wrestling on the independent circuit.
    Valentine wrestled four times for the promotion in 1998 and was 3-1.
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  • 1996
    Age 44
    On July 1, 1996 Valentine returned to WCW and faced Randy Savage on Monday Nitro in Landover, MD.
    More Details Hide Details Valentine was used primarily on television, facing The Giant, Harlem Heat, and Lex Luger. The following year he was used sparingly as well, again on television but had a 6-2 record, defeating Mike Enos, Bobby Eaton, and Billy Kidman.
  • 1994
    Age 42
    He would return again, as Greg Valentine, at the 1994 Royal Rumble, lasting over twenty minutes before being eliminated by Rick Martel.
    More Details Hide Details That summer Valentine would wrestle three times in a July house show tour, facing Bob Backlund on each occasion.
  • 1993
    Age 41
    He reappeared in the WWF at the 1993 Survivor Series under a mask as The Blue Knight in an elimination match pitting Shawn Michaels (who was substituting for Jerry Lawler) and his three "knights" (who also included Barry Horowitz as the Red Knight and Jeff Gaylord as the Black Knight) against the Hart Family.
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  • 1992
    Age 40
    After Taylor was fired, Valentine was left without an angle, and eventually resigned in late 1992 when he was asked to lose to Sting.
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    Conscious of his diminishing status, Valentine left the WWF and signed with World Championship Wrestling in 1992.
    More Details Hide Details He formed a tag team with Terry Taylor for six months and the duo went on to win the WCW United States Tag Team Championship.
    He participated in the 1992 Royal Rumble, where he attacked his old rival Ric Flair before being eliminated by Repo Man.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1991
    Age 39
    Valentine lost to Earthquake at WrestleMania VII, and was defeated again at SummerSlam 1991 by Irwin R. Schyster.
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    On January 19, 1991, Valentine participated in the fourth annual Royal Rumble match, where he lasted forty four minutes.
    More Details Hide Details He was to feud with his former partner, the Honky Tonk Man, but Honky left the WWF before the feud could begin.
  • 1990
    Age 38
    Valentine turned on Honky Tonk Man and became a face in December 1990.
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  • 1989
    Age 37
    At SummerSlam 1989 for his match with Hercules he announced Valentine as being Hercules' "so-called opponent" and at 249 lbs looking to Garvin like he was "overweight by thirty pounds" and as he approached the ring.
    More Details Hide Details Other insults by Garvin during the introduction included Valentine not knowing whether he was "coming or going" and being the only wrestler Garvin knew who had "two left feet". Following the match, Garvin then announced Hercules as the winner when Valentine cheated to win, despite the referee declaring Valentine the winner. Valentine knocked Garvin out of the ring before having a further punching match with Hercules while Garvin climbed back in the ring and nailed Valentine. The Hammer and Jimmy Hart eventually demanded that Garvin be reinstated so that they could fight in the ring. For some time Valentine had been wearing a shin guard, which he would rotate (so it covered his calf, not his shin) in order to increase the pressure exerted by the Figure Four Leglock. He referred to the shin guard as the "Heartbreaker". Valentine would also (illegally) attach the shin guard to his arm in order to accentuate his elbow drops. In the course of the feud, Garvin countered with a rotated shin guard of his own, which he dubbed "the Hammer Jammer". The feud culminated in a submission match at the 1990 Royal Rumble. Garvin utilized the "Hammer Jammer" during the match, using it to "counter" Valentine's figure-four leglock when Valentine applied it on Garvin during the match. Jimmy Hart managed to remove the "Hammer Jammer" from Garvin's leg, after which Valentine systematically wore down Garvin's leg, but eventually lost after Garvin hit him with the Heartbreaker and applied a sharpshooter, forcing Valentine to submit.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Two weeks after WrestleMania V, he defeated Garvin in a retirement match on Superstars of Wrestling by reversing a small package and holding on to the ropes. Garvin became a referee until Valentine and Hart managed to have him fired. Garvin then became a ring announcer, and began aggravating Valentine.
  • 1988
    Age 36
    In 1988, Valentine feuded with newly turned face Don "The Rock" Muraco, after Valentine viciously attacked Muraco's manager, former WWF Heavyweight Champion Superstar Billy Graham.
    More Details Hide Details Graham, walking with a cane, tried to intervene when Valentine held the figure-four leglock on jobber Ricky Ataki, after already winning the match. Valentine then put the figure-four leglock on Graham, who had a plastic hip.
  • 1987
    Age 35
    He was brought back soon after, with Jimmy Hart as his new manager, but was used in a much diminished role between 1987 and 1990.
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  • 1985
    Age 33
    Valentine would then form a tag team with Brutus Beefcake known as The Dream Team, managed by Johnny V. On August 24, 1985 the Dream Team defeated The U.S. Express (Barry Windham and Mike Rotunda) for the WWF Tag Team Championship.
    More Details Hide Details They held the titles until April 7, 1986 when they were defeated at WrestleMania 2 by the British Bulldogs. At WrestleMania III, The Dream Team defeated Jacques Rougeau and Raymond Rougeau as a result of interference by Johnny V and Dino Bravo. Upset because of a missed move by Beefcake during the match, Valentine left with Bravo and abandoned Beefcake, resulting in Brutus turning face later on in the night. Replacing Beefcake with Dino Bravo, Valentine formed The New Dream Team. Valentine was unhappy about teaming with Bravo, who he felt he had little chemistry with. After the WWF asked him to "kidnap" Matilda, the bulldog mascot of the British Bulldogs, Valentine resigned.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Valentine, incensed over losing the championship belt, destroyed it in the steel cage, forcing the WWF to get a new Intercontinental Heavyweight Championship belt (in reality, this was pre-planned as the WWF already had a newer, more modern Intercontinental Heavyweight Championship belt made and destroying the old title belt was seen as the perfect way to introduce the new one).
  • 1984
    Age 32
    On September 24, 1984 in London, Ontario Valentine defeated Tito Santana for the WWF Intercontinental Heavyweight Championship, focusing on Santana's injured knee throughout the match.
    More Details Hide Details Santana initially thought he had the match won, but had in fact only achieved a two-count. As Santana was celebrating, Valentine rolled him up for the pin and the title. Following the win, Valentine put Santana in the figure four leglock, reinjuring him. While Santana was sidelined having leg surgery, Valentine feuded with the Junkyard Dog, who he faced in an Intercontinental Heavyweight Championship Title match at the very first WrestleMania held in Madison Square Garden. Valentine pinned the JYD after using the ropes, but Santana came to ringside and informed the referee, who restarted the match. Valentine then walked out, losing the match by count-out but saving his title. Santana eventually healed and fought Valentine in many matches (after Santana returned to the ring by defeating The Executioner in the first ever match at Wrestlemania).
    Valentine went back to the WWF in 1984, predicting that Vince McMahon's plan for national expansion would succeed.
    More Details Hide Details His first manager was Captain Lou Albano, and he was later managed by Jimmy Hart.
  • 1983
    Age 31
    Piper would eventually defeat Valentine on April 16, 1983, but Valentine regained the title on April 30 in Greensboro, NC; after the match, where he regained the US Title from Piper, Valentine hit Piper in the ear with US Title.
    More Details Hide Details He dropped the title to Dick Slater on December 14, just before leaving them for the World Wrestling Federation.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The feud was intensified by Valentine's propensity to focus on Piper's ear, which had been injured earlier in his career and would bleed easily.
  • 1982
    Age 30
    Valentine would hold the United States Championship twice more, renewing his feud with Wahoo in 1982 and defeating him for the title on November 4 with the assistance of his manager, Sir Oliver Humperdink.
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    He also feuded with Pedro Morales over the WWF Intercontinental Heavyweight Championship, who he "injured" by suplexing him on the concrete floor of the arena. Valentine was not successful in winning this title either, and in mid-1982 left the promotion.
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    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.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1981
    Age 29
    Valentine returned to the WWWF, now known as the World Wrestling Federation, for a year in 1981 and continued to pursue the title.
    More Details Hide Details On October 19, he was pinned by Backlund, but then handed the title belt by the dazed referee. The title was held up, and Backlund defeated Valentine cleanly in the November 23 rematch.
  • 1980
    Age 28
    Valentine held the NWA World Tag Team Championship once more with Ray Stevens in 1980.
    More Details Hide Details Four days after their victory, the promoter, David Crockett told Valentine and Stevens that he possessed film which proved that the illegal man had been pinned in the tag match, nullifying the win. When Crockett threatened to send the film to Bob Geigel (then the NWA President) who would overturn their victory, Stevens and Valentine attacked him and cut the film up with a pocket knife, destroying the evidence. Valentine later claimed to have "seen the light", and reformed his team with Flair, who believed that Valentine was now a face. In a tag match against Jimmy Snuka and The Iron Sheik, Valentine abandoned Flair, leaving him outnumbered. Flair was beaten, and then Valentine snapped Gene Anderson’s hickory cane over his head, legitimately breaking his nose and splitting his lips. The former partners began feuding over Flair's NWA United States Heavyweight Championship, with Valentine finally defeating Flair for the title on July 26 in Flair's adopted hometown of Charlotte. He held the title until November 24, when he was beaten by Flair; Flair became one of Valentine's main opponents in the Mid-Atlantic territory.
  • 1979
    Age 27
    In February 1979, he wrestled then WWWF Heavyweight Champion Bob Backlund to a one-hour time-limit draw at Madison Square Garden.
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  • 1978
    Age 26
    Valentine began working on a casual basis for the World Wide Wrestling Federation, then owned by Vincent J. McMahon, in November 1978.
    More Details Hide Details Managed by The Grand Wizard, he was given the gimmick of a methodical wrestler who broke the legs of all his opponents, including Chief Jay Strongbow.
    Valentine would hold the title once more, defeating Wahoo again on September 10 and losing to Ken Patera on April 9, 1978.
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    Flair then set his sights on the NWA World Heavyweight Championship, while Valentine held the NWA World Tag Team Championships once more with Baron von Raschke in 1978.
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    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".
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  • 1977
    Age 25
    On June 11, 1977 in Raleigh he defeated Wahoo, breaking his leg in the process.
    More Details Hide Details Though Wahoo's legs were too thick for Valentine to apply his signature Figure Four leglock, he managed to break Wahoo's ankle using a leg/ankle suplex. The heel Valentine then began wearing a T-shirt with the slogan "I broke Wahoo's leg" on the front and "No more Wahoo" on the back. Wahoo returned on August 9, 1977 and took back the title.
  • 1976
    Age 24
    In August 1976, Valentine debuted in Jim Crockett, Jr. and George Scott's Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling, an affiliate of the National Wrestling Alliance based in the Carolinas and Virginias.
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  • 1975
    Age 23
    Valentine was hired to replace his father, who had been forced to retire after he broke his back in a plane crash in 1975.
    More Details Hide Details He immediately began feuding with Johnny Weaver, who he "retired" with a top rope elbow drop. Valentine's elbow drop was promoted as a deadly move, with tapes of him breaking wooden boards with his elbow shown to the audiences before his debut. Valentine then formed a tag team with Ric Flair, with whom he twice won the NWA World tag team title and held the NWA Mid-Atlantic Tag Team Championship (between June 30 and August 22, 1977). They first defeated Gene and Ole Anderson on December 26, 1976 (who nine years later would become in storyline Flair's "cousins") in Greensboro, injuring Gene so badly that he had to be stretchered out. They held the titles until May 8, 1977, when the Andersons defeated them in a steel cage match in the old Charlotte Coliseum. Flair and Valentine regained the tag titles from the Andersons on October 30, this time leaving Ole unable to leave under his own power.
    Valentine remained in Florida for a year while also working in Los Angeles and in Japan under Antonio Inoki in 1975 and early 1976.
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  • 1974
    Age 22
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He later changed his ring name to Greg "the Hammer" Valentine, and was billed as Johnny Valentine's brother, not his son, because of fears that the elder Valentine would be thought of as too old to be a legitimate threat.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1971
    Age 19
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The Fargo Brothers initially competed in the Buffalo and Cleveland based National Wrestling Federation before moving on to Texas.
  • 1970
    Age 18
    Wisniski remained in Canada for a year, wrestling his debut match in July 1970 against Angelo "King Kong" Mosca (he lost in around five minutes).
    More Details Hide Details Six months later, Wisniski relocated to Detroit to complete his training under the Sheik.
    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.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1951
    Born
    Born on September 20, 1951.
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