Johnny Valentine
American professional wrestler
Johnny Valentine
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.
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'The Love Song of Jonny Valentine'
San Francisco Chronicle - about 4 years
'The Love Song of Jonny Valentine' Jonny grew up poor in a rural backwater, raised by his hardworking single mother, who, proud of his singing talent, posted videos of her cherubic son performing to YouTube, only to have him discovered by a high-powered L.A. talent scout, after which the two are whisked off to California to embark on Jonny's chart-dominating, arena-filling career as a tween pop star. Jonny lives in a world ruled by market research, merchandising, message control and crowd control. Most nights, after performing for tens of thousands, he's not even allowed to leave the plush confines of his hotel suite. Around the main players bustle label chiefs, publicity teams, backup dancers, road crew and opening acts. Jonny has a rival in Tyler Beats, an older, more successful teen singer who threatens to corner Jonny's market, and a role model of dubious merit in the lead singer of a rock band blandly styled as "Stones meet the early Strokes." There's an ...
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One of Us: Mellow Mushroom give Valentino piece of the pie
Jacksonville - almost 5 years
A decade ago, when John Valentino was planning to open his first Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers restaurant in Jacksonville, one of the sites he considered was the restaurant then known as Partners, located at the corner of Ingleside and St. Johns Avenue in the Shoppes of Avondale. read more
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Q&A with author Johnny Sumrall - Jackson Clarion Ledger
Google News - over 5 years
A: The first rock and roll song to be released worldwide was Johnny Valentine by the original Rolling Stones made up of Andy Anderson of Clarksdale and fellow Mississippi State students William "Cuz" Covington, Bobby Lyon, Roy Estes and Joe Tubb
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Projets en séries N.25 : Banshee, Frankeinstein, Bewitched... - Series Addict
Google News - over 5 years
Valentine (HBO) : HBO a commandé le script de cette comédie qui racontera l'histoire de Johnny Valentine, un homme qui décroche un poste d'animateur radio. Si tout se passe bien, Kevin Bacon pourrait avoir le rôle principal. Dope (HBO) : Todd Haynes,
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'Valentine': Kevin Bacon puede protagonizar nueva comedia de la HBO - Pizquita.com
Google News - over 5 years
La trama sigue la historia de Johnny 'Valentine', un radicalista con tres ex-esposas que ya ha vivido días mejores. Además de Bacon y Sipe, también serán productores-ejecutivos Walter Parks, Laurie MacDonald, Ted Gold y David Schiff, agente del actor
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Kevin Bacon w sitcomie HBO - FilmWeb
Google News - over 5 years
Bohaterem filmu jest Johnny Valentine. Kiedyś człowiek sukcesu, gwiazda, a dziś jedyne na co może liczyć to program radiowy w najgorszym czasie antenowym. Do tego ma trzy byłe żony, które jak na złość wcale o nim nie zapomniały po rozwodach
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Kevin Bacon's 'Valentine' Bought by HBO - Broadway World
Google News - over 5 years
The show "centers on Johnny Valentine, the role that would be played by Bacon. With three ex wives and his glory days behind him, Johnny Valentine is the new voice of talk radio. He's not on the left, the right, or the middle, he's on the bottom
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MIKE MOONEYHAM: County Hall brings back special memories - Charleston Post Courier
Google News - over 5 years
And just as my increasingly jaded self was beginning to figure out this whole pro wrestling “thing,” here comes Johnny Valentine and Wahoo McDaniel legitimately and visibly beating each other up to a welt-rising pulp and making me a believer once again
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WWE/TNA: Wrestlers Who Would Not Be Stars If Not for Ric Flair - Bleacher Report
Google News - over 5 years
He replaced his father Johnny Valentine when his father was injured in the plane crash Flair survived. Valentine was a great worker and he and Flair were great tag team partners. Valentine's time with Flair in the Carolinas led to Valentine becoming a
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Before he was 'The Hammer', Valentine was Johnny Fargo - CANOE
Google News - over 5 years
Valentine's father, Johnny Valentine, had known Fargo from years before, and despite his misgivings about the wildness of the man himself, figured he could help his son who had yet to assume the family's wrestling name. (Their given name was Wisniski
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Legenden - Bob Orton Sr. - Professional Wrestling und Mixed Martial Arts - WWE TNA MMA -
Google News - over 5 years
Topface, als sie gegen Johnny Valentine und Antonino Rocca fehdeten. Ein Titelerfolg in dieser wichtigen Liga blieb zwar aus, aber 1968 kehrte er nochmals an die Ostküste zurück, als „Cowboy Rocky Fitzpatrick". Damals kämpfte er ua im Madison Square
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AS I SEE IT 6/6 - Wrestling News Source
Google News - over 5 years
The territory featured names like Bobo Brazil, Fred and Bull Curry, Pampero Firpo, Killer Brooks, Tony Marino, Haystacks Calhoun, Tex McKenzie, Johnny Valentine, Abdullah the Butcher, Dory and Terry Funk, Gino Hernandez, Mark Lewin, Dusty Rhodes,
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Professional Wrestling: The Best Second Generation Wrestlers of All Time - Bleacher Report
Google News - over 5 years
Son of the great Johnny Valentine, he was a bruiser who used arm bars and bruising beatings to defeat opponents. His feud with Roddy Piper in the early 1980's in the Carolina's nearly destroyed both of them. The son of Larry The Axe Hennig,
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9-year-old boy dies after BeachLine crash - Orlando Sentinel
Google News - almost 6 years
Camacho, 42, suffered minor injuries. Passengers Alejandro Fabian Cuesta, 9, and Evelyn Dolores Pineda, 21, were tansported to hospitals in serious condition. Emilio Quinones, 21, and Johnny Valentine Velazquez, 22, had minor injuries
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'Batman Incorporated' #4: Ring Around the World [Annotations] - ComicsAlliance
Google News - almost 6 years
On a second, parallel plot, Kate Kane, the Batwoman, is lured by the criminal Johnny Valentine into Kane's Kolossal Karnival, which belonged to the first Batwoman, after he shot three marines with a bullet pattern that spelled out the Braille for the
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W4E History - 10. Todestag von Johnny Valentine - Professional Wrestling und Mixed Martial Arts - WWE TNA MMA -
Google News - almost 6 years
Vor genau 10 Jahren starb einer dieser Stars der Nachkriegszeit – Johnny Valentine (John Theodore Wisniski). Sein Vater, Theodore Wisniski, war Kriegsveteran und von Beruf Tischler. Mit der Familie zog er nach Hobart, einem Vorort von Seattle,
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Timeline
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    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2001
    Age 72
    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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  • 2000
    Age 71
    In August 2000, Wisniski fell from his front porch, and had a number of injuries and complications.
    More Details Hide Details These included a fractured back, pneumonia, staph infection, collapsed lungs and kidney failure. Due to his many injuries he slipped into a coma. At one point he came out of it while his wife was singing to him. He began singing himself but fell back into the coma. His wife had purchased medical insurance through a health maintenance organization (HMO), but the organization was unwilling to pay for Wisniski's extended stay in the hospital. As a result, Lou Thesz's wife convinced the Cauliflower Alley Club to help contribute to Wisniski's medical bills. Those medical bills reached close to a million dollars.
    He suffered from several health problems during his retirement, which worsened considerably after a fall in 2000.
    More Details Hide Details He died the following year.
  • 1998
    Age 69
    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.
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  • 1996
    Age 67
    He was a member of the inaugural class of inductees to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame in 1996.
    More Details Hide Details He is also a member of the Stampede Wrestling Hall of Fame. In 2006, he was inducted into the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame, and he joined the St. Louis Wrestling Hall of Fame the following year.
  • FORTIES
  • 1975
    Age 46
    He won the championship from Sonny King on November 4, and won the United States Heavyweight Championship on July 4, 1975.
    More Details Hide Details After Wisniski was paralyzed in a plane crash, he remained active in professional wrestling as a manager in Paul Boesch's Texas-based promotion. From his wheelchair, Wisniski managed Dale Hey, who competed as Dale Valentine in a storyline that saw the two promoted as brothers. The storyline did not last long, however.
    On October 4, 1975, Wisniski was in a private airplane (a twin-engined Cessna 310) with Ric Flair, David Crockett, Bob Bruggers, and Tim Woods.
    More Details Hide Details Because of the weight of the passengers, the pilot realized that he could not take off without reducing the amount of fuel the plane was carrying. Part way through the flight, the aircraft ran out of fuel and crashed near Wilmington, North Carolina. The crash broke Flair's back, Bob Bruggers broke his back but like Flair returned to ring action. broke the back of pilot Michael Farkus, and broke Wisniski's back. A bone fragment became embedded in his spinal column, paralyzing him for life and forcing him to have a clamp implanted to hold the bones in his back together. Farkus died a year later having never woken from a coma. Crockett and Woods suffered less serious injury.
    She later visited John as he was recovering in hospital from his 1975 plane crash.
    More Details Hide Details Some time later the relationship ended as he didn't want her to see him in his condition. Years later while on braces and crutches he managed to drive around her neighbourhood for hours until he found her house. As he slowly walked to the front door Sharon`s daughter announced to Sharon that Johnny Valentine was in front of their home. Sharon having been ill refused to go to the door and hid. Wisniski insisted he wouldn't leave until he saw her. When she finally came to the door he asked her to marry him and she accepted. Following John`s death, Sharon planned to write a book titled A Never Ending Love Story of a Wrestler and His Wife about their life together. He also had a son from a long ago previous relationship, Greg Valentine, who has wrestled professionally since 1970 and is best known as Greg "The Hammer" Valentine. Ric Flair, who wrestled with Wisniski, has described him as a quiet person who kept to himself. He was also known for making his demands clear to employers and not backing down, and many stories continue to circulate about practical jokes, or ribs, that he played on his fellow wrestlers.
  • 1974
    Age 45
    Bearcat Wright defeated Wisniski in a boxing match to win the title on May 13, 1974.
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    In Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling, Wisniski was awarded the Mid Atlantic Heavyweight Championship in January 1974, after Jerry Brisco left to work in Japan.
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  • 1973
    Age 44
    He lost it to Johnny Powers in late 1973.
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    Back in the National Wrestling Federation, in August 1973, Wisniski beat Jacques Rougeau, Sr. to win the North American Heavyweight Championship.
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    In the Japan Wrestling Association, Wisniski won the International Tag Team title on February 22, 1973, and then the United National Heavyweight Championship on March 2.
    More Details Hide Details He lost the Tag title on March 6, and the United Heavyweight title on March 8.
    After Harley Race won the tournament and the title belt, Valentine defeated him to win the championship on January 19, 1973.
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  • 1972
    Age 43
    In October 1972, Wisniski defeated Jacques Rougeau for the International Heavyweight Championship, but was stripped of the title in January 1973, after he no-showed the rematch.
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    In the National Wrestling Federation, Wisniski defeated Johnny Powers for the NWF North American Heavyweight Championship on September 1, 1972.
    More Details Hide Details Powers beat Wisniski for the title in October, but Wisniski won the title again from Abdullah the Butcher on October 19. He was stripped of the title following a match with Johnny Powers. On November 23, he captured the title from Powers, but lost it again in January.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1968
    Age 39
    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.
    More Details Hide Details In Missouri, Wisniski competed for the Missouri Heavyweight Championship in a tournament to determine the inaugural champion. He defeated Baron von Raschke before withdrawing from the tournament due to focus his efforts on the NWA World Heavyweight Championship.
  • 1966
    Age 37
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Wisniski later turned on Parisi, however. This ignited a brief feud with Bruno Sammartino, who was billed as Parisi's cousin. Because Wisniski was also wrestling in Texas at the same time, he got only sporadic main event matches against Sammartino during this feud.
  • 1963
    Age 34
    In Toronto, Wisniski and three different partners won the International Tag Team title during 1963.
    More Details Hide Details Wisniski left the territory without dropping the title. He wrestled in Japan in the mid-1960s and had a series of matches against Antonio Inoki. Those matches are regarded as the bouts that helped build Inoki into an elite wrestler in Japan, as Valentine was the highest-profile foreign wrestler Inoki had ever faced at the time. Valentine put over Inoki in the matches, dropping the Toronto version of the NWA United States Heavyweight Championship to him catapulting Inoki's career in the process. Wisniski also continued to wrestle in the former Capitol Wrestling territory, which had since been renamed the World Wide Wrestling Federation.
  • 1960
    Age 31
    They were beaten for the title belts the following April, but Wisniski took on a new partner, Buddy Rogers, to regain the championship by defeating The Fabulous Kangaroos on November 19, 1960.
    More Details Hide Details Wisniski's rivalry with the Kangaroos continued, as the Kangaroos regained the belts in a rematch one week later. Wisniski went over one year without holding a championship before teaming with a new partner, this time Bob Ellis, to defeat the Kangaroos and take back the championship. Wisniski & Ellis lost the belts to Buddy Rogers & Handsome Johnny Barend in a match where Arnold Skoaland subbed for Ellis, but the belts were still up, on Washington, DC TV. Rogers & Barend then defeated the real team of Wisniski & Ellis 2 pins to 1 in a main event at Madison Square Garden.
  • 1959
    Age 30
    Jerry Graham, who was a co-holder of the Northeast version of the NWA United States Tag Team Championship, selected Wisniski in November 1959 to take over the title from Graham's injured partner.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1950
    Age 21
    Wisniski was originally from Maple Valley, Washington. He is said to have come from a disfuntional family. He was a devout Christian for many years. He was married in the early 1950`s and the marriage lasted 20 years until they divorced.
    More Details Hide Details He was later married to a woman named Sharon, who worked across the street from his apartment in the mid 1970s when they met.
    On New Year's Day, 1950, Buddy Rogers defeated Wisniski in the finals of a United States title tournament.
    More Details Hide Details He also competed in the NWA's Capitol Wrestling territory.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1947
    Age 18
    Wisniski debuted as a professional wrestler in 1947, wrestling Karl Nowena in Buenos Aires.
    More Details Hide Details In order to make the matches as believable as possible Wisniski insisted the men he faced in the ring hit him as hard as possible. From that he earned a strong reputation as being a very tough man.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1928
    Born
    Born on September 22, 1928.
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