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Blackjack Mulligan

Title History

  • IWA (Japan) World Tag Team titles w/Larry Henning defeating Thunder Sugiyama & Great Kusatsu (November 19, 1970);
  • WWA (Indianapolis) World Tag Team titles w/Blackjack Lanza defeating Paul Christy & Wilbur Snyder (November 26, 1971);
  • NWA (WCCW) Texas Heavyweight title defeating Jose Lothario (May 4, 1973);
  • NWA American Tag Team titles w/Blackjack Lanza defeating Jose Lothario & Mil Mascaras (1973);
  • NWA American Tag Team titles w/Blackjack Lanza defeating Tex McKenzie & Ken Patera (1974);
  • NWA (Texas) American Heavyweight title -as The Texan- defeating Fritz Von Erich (March 19, 1974);
  • (Amarillo) International Heavyweight title defeating Dick Murdoch (January 1975);
  • NWA Texas Tag Team titles w/Blackjack Lanza (1975);
  • WWWF World Tag Team titles w/Blackjack Lanza defeating Dominic DeNucci & Pat Barrett (August 26, 1975);
  • NWA (Mid Atlantic) United States title defeating Paul Jones (March 13, 1976);
  • NWA (Mid Atlantic) United States title defeating Paul Jones (November 28, 1976);
  • NWA (Mid Atlantic) United States title [Reinstated after appealing to the NWA] (December 15, 1976);
  • NWA (Mid Atlantic) United States title defeating Ricky Steamboat (January 1, 1978);
  • NWA (Amarillo) Western States Tag Team titles w/Dick Murdoch (November 1978);
  • (Amarillo) International Heavyweight title defeating Dory Funk Jr. (May 7, 1979);
  • NWA (Mid Atlantic) World Tag Team titles w/Ric Flair defeating Baron Von Raschke & Paul Jones (August 8, 1979);
  • European Wrestling Union (South Africa) World Super Heavyweight title defeating Jan Wilkens (October 3, 1981);
  • NWA (Indianapolis) World Heavyweight title defeating Bobo Brazil (October 11, 1981);
  • (Florida) Brass Knuckles title defeating Kareem Muhammad (September 1983);
  • NWA (Florida) United States Tag Team titles w/Dusty Rhodes defeating Elijah Akeem & Kareem Muhammad (November 5, 1983);
  • (Florida) Brass Knuckles title defeating Black Bart (January 1984);
  • IWF (Florida) Heavyweight title;

Career Highlights

In The Beginning:

  • Robert Windham is the father of wrestlers Barry Windham & Kendall Windham and his daughter married Mike Rotundo..
  • Robert Windham was a promising football player at West Texas State and got into the New York Jets organization..
  • A broken leg ended in football career but Sonny Werblin (CEO of Madison Square Garden) suggested he try wrestling.

Getting into the Business:

  • Robert Windham began wrestling under the name “Jack Mulligan” before coming to the World Wide Wrestling Federation..
  • Jack Mulligan was teamed up with Jack Lanza as the Blackjacks, Blackjack Mulligan & Blackjack Lanza..
  • 1972–AWA Soldiers Field: The Crusher & Dick the Bruiser defeated The Blackjacks inside of a Steel Cage.

World Wide Wrestling Federation:

  • January 18, 1971– WWWF: Blackjack Mulligan defeated Jose Luis Rivera..
  • February 8, 1971– WWWF: Blackjack Mulligan defeated Tony Marino..
  • March 15, 1971– WWWF: Pedro Morales defeated Blackjack Mulligan..
  • April 3, 1971– WWWF: Pedro Morales defeated Blackjack Mulligan..
  • April 24, 1971– WWWF: Blackjack Mulligan defeated Tony Marino..
  • July 24, 1971– WWWF: Bruno Sammartino defeated Blackjack Mulligan.

WWA & AWA & NWA:

  • January 8, 1972– WWA (Indianapolis): The Blackjacks defeated Art Thomas & Dick the Bruiser..
  • February 11, 1972– Geeto Mongol & Johnny DeFazio defeated Blackjack Mulligan & Waldo Von Erich in Pittsburgh..
  • September 1, 1972– AWA: Dick the Bruiser & Crusher defeated The Blackjacks in a Steel Cage Match..
  • February 23, 1973– Blackjack Mulligan & Blackjack Lanza defeated Frank Holtz & Larry Zbyszko in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania..
  • January 28, 1975– NWA: Mad Dog Vachon defeated Blackjack Mulligan..
  • February 24, 1975– NWA: Mad Dog Vachon defeated Blackjack Mulligan.

World Wide Wrestling Federation:

  • July 12, 1975– WWWF: Blackjack Mulligan & Blackjack Lanza defeated Dean Ho & Tony Garea..
  • August 9, 1975– WWWF: Dominic DeNucci & Pat Barrett defeated The Blackjacks..
  • August 13, 1975– WWWF: The Blackjacks defeated Jay Strongbow & Dean Ho..
  • August 26, 1975: The Blackjacks defeated Dominic Denucci & Pat Barrett to win the WWWF World Tag Team titles..
  • September 15, 1975– WWWF: Blackjack Mulligan defeated Pat Barrett..
  • October 27, 1975– WWWF: The Blackjacks defeated Dominic DeNucci & Pat Barrett..
  • November 19, 1975: Tony Parisi & Louis Cerdan (aka Gino Brito) defeated The Blackjacks to capture the WWF Tag Team titles..
  • November 22, 1975– WWWF: Blackjack Mulligan won a Battle Royal..
  • November 26, 1975– WWWF: Bruno Sammartino defeated Blackjack Mulligan.

Georgia Championship Wrestling:

  • November 11, 1976– GCW: Mr. Wrestling I & Wahoo McDaniel defeated Blackjack Mulligan & Angelo Mosca..
  • April 17, 1977– GCW: Blackjack Mulligan defeated Dino Bravo to retain the NWA United States Heavyweight title..
  • June 24, 1977– GCW: Blackjack Mulligan defeated Rocky Johnson..
  • August 7, 1977– GCW: Bobo Brazil defeated Blackjack Mulligan..
  • January 8, 1978– GCW: Blackjack Mulligan defeated Mighty Igor to retain the NWA United States Heavyweight title..
  • February 12, 1978– GCW: Blackjack Mulligan defeated Ricky Steamboat to retain the NWA United States Heavyweight title..
  • March 12, 1978– GCW: Blackjack Mulligan defeated Mr. Wrestling I to retain the NWA United States Heavyweight title..
  • April 3, 1978– GCW: Mr. Wrestling I defeated Blackjack Mulligan..
  • April 23, 1978– GCW: Ricky Steamboat & Paul Jones defeated Blackjack Mulligan & Ken Patera to retain the NWA (Mid Atlantic) World Tag Team titles..
  • November 26, 1978– GCW: Blackjack Mulligan defeated Baron Von Raschke.

Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling:

World Wrestling Association (Indianapolis):

  • 1981: Blackjack Mulligan defeated Bobo Brazilto win the WWA World Heavyweight title.

Georgia Championship Wrestling:

  • July 5, 1981– GCW: Bruiser Brody defeated Blackjack Mulligan in a No DQ , No Count Out Match..
  • July 19, 1981– GCW: Blackjack Mulligan defeated Bruiser Brody in a Texas Street Fight Match..
  • August 9, 1981– GCW: Bruiser Brody defeated Blackjack Mulligan in a Lumberjack Match..
  • February 7, 1982– GCW: Blackjack Mulligan defeated Big Red.

Other Wrestling Federations:

  • January 13, 1983– NJPW: Osamu Kid & Antonio Inoki & Tatsumi Fujinami beat BJ Mulligan & Masked Superstar & Jim Neidhart..
  • June 30, 1984– CWF Lords of the Ring: Blackjack Mulligan defeated Kevin Sullivan in a Hangman’s Noose Match.

World Wrestling Federation:

  • November 11, 1984– WWF: Blackjack Mulligan defeated Moondog Rex..
  • December 4, 1984– WWF: Blackjack Mulligan beat Joe Mirto..
  • January 7, 1985– WWF: Blackjack Mulligan defeated A.J Petruzzi..
  • January 11, 1985– WWF: Blackjack Mulligan defeated Iron Sheik in a Texas Death Match..
  • January 21, 1985– WWF: Blackjack Mulligan defeated Moondog Spot..
  • February 6, 1985– WWF: Blackjack Mulligan defeated Moondog Rex.

Other Wrestling Federations:

  • April 21, 1985– Championship Wrestling Florida: Blackjack Mulligan & Wahoo McDaniel defeated Jesse Barr & Rick Rude..
  • January 26, 1986– South West Championship Wrestling: Blackjack Mulligan defeated Hercules Ayala.

World Wrestling Federation – The Machines:

  • Blackjack Mulligan returned to the WWF under a mask as “Big Machine” in the tag team known as The Machines..
  • The Machines were a masked threesome suposedly from the orient and managed by Captain Lou Albano..
  • August 25, 1986: King Kong Bundy & Big John Studd defeated Big & Super Machine by Disqualification..
  • August 26, 1986: The Machines (Super, Big & Giant) defeated Rick Hunter & JJ Jackson & Al Navarro..
  • August 27, 1986: The Machines (Super, Big & Giant) defeated Tiger Chung Lee & Al Navaroo & JJ Jackson..
  • August 28, 1986 – The Big Event: John Studd/King Kong Bundy/Bobby Heenan beat Big & Super Machine & Lou Albano by DQ..
  • September 16, 1986: Big & Super Machine & Hulk Machine defeated King Kong Bundy & Big John Studd & Bobby Heenan..
  • September 22, 1986 – MSG: Big & Super Machine & Hulk Machine defeated King Kong Bundy & Big John Studd & Bobby Heenan..
  • September 26, 1986– WWF: Big & Super Machine & Hulk Hogan defeated John Studd & King Kong Bundy & Bobby Heenan..
  • September 28, 1986: Big John Studd & King Kong Bundy defeated Super & Big Machine..
  • September 29, 1986: The Iron Sheik & Nikolai Volkoff defeated Big & Super Machine..
  • October 4, 1986: Big & Super Machine & Piper Machine defeated King Kong Bundy & Big John Studd & Bobby Heenan..
  • October 16, 1986: Big John Studd & King Kong Bundy defeated The Machines (Big & Super)..
  • October 21, 1986 – Montreal: King Kong Bundy & Big John Studd defeated Big (sub. for Giant Machine) & Super Machine..
  • October 23, 1986: Big Machine defeated Jose Luis Rivera – Don Muraco defeated Super Machine..
  • October 26, 1986: King Kong Bundy & Big John Studd defeated Big & Super Machine..
  • October 27, 1986: Big John Studd defeated Super Machine – King Kong Bundy defeated Big Machine..
  • October 28, 1986: King Kong Bundy & Big John Studd w/Bobby Heenan defeated Big & Super Machine w/Lou Albano.

World Wrestling Federation – Blackjack Mulligan:

  • December 1, 1986– WWF: Blackjack Mulligan defeated Rene Goulet..
  • December 26, 1986– WWF: Blackjack Mulligan defeated Nikolai Volkoff..
  • January 19, 1987– WWF: Blackjack Mulligan defeated Brutus Beefcake..
  • February 2, 1987– WWF: Blackjack Mulligan & Mike Rotundo & Dan Spivey beat Gladiator & Ron Bass & Jimmy Jack Funk..
  • February 25, 1987– WWF: Blackjack Mulligan defeated King Kong Bundy in a Bullrope Match..
  • March 1, 1987– WWF: Blackjack Mulligan beat Tiger Chung Lee..
  • March 30, 1987– WWF: Blackjack Mulligan & Dan Spivey defeated Salvatore Bellomo & Tiger Chung Lee..
  • April 23, 1987– WWF: Blackjack Mulligan & Billy Jack Haynes & Tito Santana defeated Mike Sharpe & The Shadows.

Other Wrestling Federations:

  • October 15, 1988– WCCW Cotton Bowl: Blackjack Mulligan & Bill Irwin defeated Black Bart & Jimmy Jack Funk.

Retirement:

  • April 1, 2006: The Blackjacks were inducted as a team inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame by their manager Bobby Heenan..
  • November 2007: Blackjack Mulligan (66) suffered a stroke and lost sight and control of the left side of his face..
  • August 1, 2009: The Windham family sent word out over the weekend that Blackjack Mulligan had suffered a mild stroke.

    Jay Ambler wrote: In 1982 or 83 Kareem Muhammed (Ray Candy) and Blackjack Mulligan engaged in a vicious brass knucks match that was televised. Mulligan was the Florida brass knucks champion. The match ended up going outside where both competitors used an old parked pick up truck, complete with rope and barbed wire in the back, as a battering ram against each other. Holiday was at the match displaying his hyperactivity that was part of his angle.

In 1990 Kendall Windham and his father Blackjack Mulligan were arrested by the US Secret Service in a joint investigation with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) for counterfeiting. The authorities found close to $500,000 in phony $20 bills. As a result of a plea agreement both father and son spent 24 months in a federal prison and were released in 1992.