Johnny Valentine

Professional Wrestler
Born Sep 22, 1928

Johnny Valentine was a Polish American professional wrestler with a career spanning almost three decades. He has been inducted into four halls of fame for his achievements in wrestling. Wisniski was the father of professional wrestler Greg "The Hammer" Valentine. He held numerous world champion and regional titles, including the NWA United States Championship and the World Heavyweight title.… Read More

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


1928 Birth Born on September 22, 1928.


1947 18 Years Old Wisniski debuted as a professional wrestler in 1947, wrestling Karl Nowena in Buenos Aires. … Read More


1950 21 Years Old 1 More Event
On New Year's Day, 1950, Buddy Rogers defeated Wisniski in the finals of a United States title tournament. … Read More


1959 - 1960 2 More Events
1963 34 Years Old In Toronto, Wisniski and three different partners won the International Tag Team title during 1963. … Read More
1966 37 Years Old While there, he had one last reign with what was then known as the WWWF United States Tag Team Championship, as he teamed with Tony Parisi to hold the belts for seven months in 1966. … Read More
1968 39 Years Old Wisniski then moved on to the Florida territory, where he won the NWA Florida Heavyweight Championship three times. In Georgia, he defeated Tim Woods for the NWA Georgia Heavyweight title, on May 10, 1968, and repeated his win in a match against Doug Gilbert (not to be confused with the Doug Gilbert who was not yet born) to retake the title. … Read More


1972 43 Years Old 1 More Event
In the National Wrestling Federation, Wisniski defeated Johnny Powers for the NWF North American Heavyweight Championship on September 1, 1972. … Read More
After Harley Race won the tournament and the title belt, Valentine defeated him to win the championship on January 19, 1973.
1974 45 Years Old 1 More Event
In Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling, Wisniski was awarded the Mid Atlantic Heavyweight Championship in January 1974, after Jerry Brisco left to work in Japan.
She later visited John as he was recovering in hospital from his 1975 plane crash. … Read More


1996 67 Years Old …  He was a member of the inaugural class of inductees to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame in 1996. … Read More
1998 69 Years Old Valentine on April 17, 2010 was inducted into the IHWE Hall of fame in Fort Worth TX just days before the anniversary of his death, David Fuller who credits Valentine for mentoring him in 1998 inducted Valentine, His widow Sharon accepted the induction & quoted "Out of all the Hall of Fame's John has been inducted to, This IHWE Hall of fame is the most important" Valentine received a standing ovation & was given a rose by every IHWE superstar. Valentine died peacefully in River Oaks, Texas on April 24, 2001. He was 72. His wife Sharon kept his ashes in her bedroom. She died in 2013. 1This championship would be renamed the NWA American Heavyweight Championship in May 1968. It would go on to be renamed the WCWA World Heavyweight Championship after World Class' withdrawal from the NWA in February 1986.
2000 71 Years Old 1 More Event
…  He suffered from several health problems during his retirement, which worsened considerably after a fall in 2000. … Read More
2001 73 Years Old Valentine has been recognized for his wrestling career by several sources. Shortly after his death, he was named the 2001 recipient of Pro Wrestling Illustrateds Stanley Weston Award, a recognition given for lifetime achievement in professional wrestling.
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