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 4 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 5 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. Comi...
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VIDEO: Roddy Piper debuts in WCW
Wrestling News Source - almost 6 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 ch...
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Dusty Rhodes was cool when wrestling was hot -
Google News - over 6 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 6 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 -
Google News - over 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 -
Google News - over 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Greg Valentine
  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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    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.
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    In the May of 2007, Valentine defeated Quinson Valentino to win the Canadian Grand-Prix Wrestling Championship in Morrisburg, Ontario.
  • 2005
    Age 53
    On January 29, 2005 at WrestleReunion, Valentine won a seventeen-man battle royal to become the IWA Heavyweight Champion.
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  • 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.
  • 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.
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  • 1998
    Age 46
    He finished his WCW run with a victory over Pat Tanaka on February 17, 1998.
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    Valentine wrestled four times for the promotion in 1998 and was 3-1.
  • 1996
    Age 44
    On July 1, 1996 Valentine returned to WCW and faced Randy Savage on Monday Nitro in Landover, MD.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
  • 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.
    Conscious of his diminishing status, Valentine left the WWF and signed with World Championship Wrestling in 1992.
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    He participated in the 1992 Royal Rumble, where he attacked his old rival Ric Flair before being eliminated by Repo Man.
  • 1991
    Age 39
    Valentine lost to Earthquake at WrestleMania VII, and was defeated again at SummerSlam 1991 by Irwin R. Schyster.
    On January 19, 1991, Valentine participated in the fourth annual Royal Rumble match, where he lasted forty four minutes.
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  • 1990
    Age 38
    Valentine turned on Honky Tonk Man and became a face in December 1990.
  • 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.
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    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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
  • 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.
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    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.
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  • 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.
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    Valentine went back to the WWF in 1984, predicting that Vince McMahon's plan for national expansion would succeed.
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  • 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.
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    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.
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  • 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.
    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.
    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.
  • 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.
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  • 1980
    Age 28
    Valentine held the NWA World Tag Team Championship once more with Ray Stevens in 1980.
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  • 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.
  • 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.
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    Valentine would hold the title once more, defeating Wahoo again on September 10 and losing to Ken Patera on April 9, 1978.
    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.
    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".
  • 1977
    Age 25
    On June 11, 1977 in Raleigh he defeated Wahoo, breaking his leg in the process.
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  • 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.
  • 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.
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    Valentine remained in Florida for a year while also working in Los Angeles and in Japan under Antonio Inoki in 1975 and early 1976.
  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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).
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    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.
  • 1951
    Born on September 20, 1951.
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