Johnny Valentine

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Title History

  • NWA (Florida) Southern Heavyweight title defeating Danny Dusek (July 17, 1950);
  • NWA Texas Brass Knuckles title defeating Joe Christie (1954);
  • NWA Texas Heavyweight title defeating Ed Francis (August 1954);
  • NWA (Minneapolis) Tag Team titles w/Chet Wallich defeating Joe Brunetti & Guy Brunetti (December 10, 1957);
  • NWA Texas Heavyweight title defeating Bill Melby (January 21, 1958);
  • NWA Texas Tag Team titles w/Rip Rogers (aka Eddie Graham) defeating Enrique & Albert Torres (April 22, 1958);
  • NWA (Chicago) United States Television title winning a Tournament (1958);
  • (Alberta) Canadian Heavyweight title (1959);
  • WWWF United States Tag Team titles w/Jerry Graham -Johnny replaces Eddie Graham- (November 14, 1959);
  • WWWF United States Tag Team titles w/Buddy Rogers defeating The Fabulous Kangaroos (November 19, 1960);
  • WWWF United States Tag Team titles w/Bob Ellis defeating The Fabulous Kangaroos (January 11, 1962);
  • NWA (Toronto) United States Heavyweight title defeating ???? (November 1962);
  • NWA (Toronto) United States Heavyweight title defeating Bruno Sammartino (December 14, 1962);
  • (Toronto) International Tag Team titles w/Bulldog Brower defeating Whipper Watson & Bruno Sammartino (February 28, 1963);
  • (Toronto) International Tag Team titles w/The Beast defeating Art Thomas & John Paul Henning (August 1963);
  • NWA (Chicago/Detroit) United States Heavyweight title defeating Fritz Von Erich (October 19, 1963);
  • NWA (Toronto) United States Heavyweight title defeating The Beast (November 1963);
  • (Toronto) International Tag Team titles w/Jim Hady defeating Jerry Graham & Bulldog Brower (December 5, 1963);
  • WWWF United States Tag Team titles w/Antonio Pugliese defeating Dan Miller & Dr. Bill Miller (February 21, 1966);
  • NWA (Texas) American Heavyweight title defeating Fritz Von Erich (June 9, 1966);
  • NWA Florida Heavyweight title defeating Boris Malenko (August 26, 1967);
  • NWA Florida Heavyweight title defeating Joe Scarpa (December 27, 1967);
  • NWA Florida Brass Knuckles title defeating ????? (April 23, 1968);
  • NWA (Georgia) Wildside Heavyweight title -as the Big O- defeating Mr. Wrestling (May 10, 1968);
  • NWA Florida Heavyweight title defeating Red Bastien (June 27, 1968);
  • NWA (Florida) Southern Tag Team titles w/Boris Malenko defeating Jose Lothario & Joe Scarpa (August 6, 1968);
  • NWA (Georgia) Wildside Heavyweight title defeating The Professional (Doug Gilbert) (November 8, 1968);
  • NWA Texas Heavyweight title defeating Dan Miller (February 28, 1969);
  • NWA (Texas) American Heavyweight title defeating Fritz Von Erich (May 2, 1969);
  • NWA Texas Heavyweight title defeating Jose Lothario (August 29, 1969);
  • NWA Texas Heavyweight title defeating Wahoo McDaniel (October 29, 1969);
  • NWA Texas Heavyweight title defeating Wahoo McDaniel (April 1970);
  • NWA Texas Heavyweight title defeating George Scott (November 1970);
  • NWA Texas Heavyweight title defeating Pepper Gomez (March 1971);
  • NWA Texas Brass Knuckles title defeating Killer Kowalski (July 1971);
  • NWA American Tag Team title w/Wahoo McDaniel defeating Chris Markoff & Bronco Lubich (September 1971);
  • NWA American Tag Team title w/Wahoo McDaniel defeating Chris Markoff & Bronco Lubich (1971);
  • NWA American Tag Team title w/Thunderbolt Patterson replaced Toru Tanaka with Thunderbolt (January 1972);
  • NWA (Texas) American Heavyweight title defeating Billy Red Lyons (July 8, 1972);
  • NWF North American Heavyweight title defeating Johnny Powers (September 1, 1972);
  • IWA (Montreal) International Heavyweight title defeating Johnny Rougeau (October 1972);
  • NWF Heavyweight title defeating Abdullah the Butcher (October 19, 1972);
  • NWF North American Heavyweight title defeating Johnny Powers (November 23, 1972);
  • NWA Missouri Heavyweight title defeating Harley Race (January 19, 1973);
  • JWA International Tag Team titles w/Killer Karl Krupp defeating Kintaro Ohki & Seiji Sakaguchi (February 22, 1973);
  • JWA United National Heavyweight title defeating Seiji Sakaguchi (March 2, 1973);
  • NWA (Florida) Southern Heavyweight title defeating Ron Fuller (June 26, 1973);
  • NWA (Chicago/Detroit) United States Heavyweight title defeating The Sheik (July 7, 1973);
  • NWA (Chicago/Detroit) United States Heavyweight title defeating The Sheik (August 1973);
  • NWF Heavyweight title defeating Jacques Rougeau Sr. (August 1973);
  • NWA Hawaiian Tag Team titles w/Ripper Collins defeating Sam Steamboat & Peter Maivia (November 28, 1973);
  • NWA Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight title awarded after Jerry Brisco went to Japan (January 1974);
  • NWA American Tag Team title w/Tex McKenzie defeating Blackjack Lanza & Blackjack Mulligan (September 23, 1974);
  • NWA Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight title defeating Sonny King (November 4, 1974);
  • NWA (Mid-Atlantic) United States Heavyweight title defeating Harley Race (July 3, 1975);

Career Highlights

In The Beginning:

Getting Started in the Business:

  • 1947: Johnny Valentine wrestled his first match against Karl Nowena in Buenos Aires, Argentina..
  • January 1, 1950: Buddy Rogers defeated Johnny Valentine in the Finals of a United States Title Tournament..
  • November 1, 1956: Johnny Valentine vs Chet Wallick was stopped due to escessive blood loss in Regina, Saskatchewan..
  • Johnny Valentine formed a tag team with Chet Wallich known as the Atomic Blonds in the National Wrestling Alliance..

Chicago:

  • 1958: Johnny Valentine won a Tournament to capture the NWA United States Television title in Chicago, Illinois..

World Wide Wrestling Federation:

  • November 14, 1959: Jerry Graham chose Johnny Valentine to be his tag team championship partner when Eddie Graham was injured..
  • April 2, 1960: Red & Lou Bastien defeated Johnny Valentine & Jerry Graham to win the United States Tag Team titles!
  • November 19, 1960: Johnny Valentine & Buddy Rogers defeated The Fabulous Kangaroos to win the United States Tag Team titles!
  • November 26, 1960: The Fabulous Kangaroos beat Johnny Valentine & Chief Big Heart (sub for Rogers) for the US Tag Team titles!
  • January 11, 1962: Johnny Valentine & Bob Ellis defeated The Fabulous Kangaroos to win the United States Tag Team titles!
  • July 5, 1962: Buddy Rogers & Johnny Barend defeated Johnny Valentine & Bob Ellis to win the United States Tag Team titles!
  • February 21, 1966: Johnny Valentine & Antonio Pugliese beat Dan Miller & Dr. Bill Miller to win the US Tag Team titles!
  • September 22, 1966: Baron Mikel Scicluna & Smasher Sloan beat Johnny Valentine & Antonio Pugliese for the US Tag Team titles!

Toronto:

  • February 28, 1963: Johnny Valentine & Bulldog Brower beat Whipper Watson & Bruno Sammartino to win the Inter’l Tag Team titles..
  • July 25, 1963: Art Thomas & John Paul Henning beat Johnny Valentine & Bulldog Brower to win the International Tag Team titles..
  • August 1963: Johnny Valentine & The Beast beat Art Thomas & John Paul Henning to win the International Tag Team titles..
  • September 19, 1963: Art Thomas & John Paul Henning beat Johnny Valentine & The Beast for the International Tag Team titles..
  • December 5, 1963: Johnny Valentine & Jim Hady beat Jerry Graham & Bulldog Brower to win the International Tag Team titles..
  • Johnny Valentine left the territory before dropping the titles……

Florida:

  • August 26, 1967: Johnny Valentine defeated Boris Malenko to win the NWA Florida Heavyweight title!
  • December 5, 1967: Joe Scarpa defeated Johnny Valentine to capture the NWA Florida Heavyweight title..
  • December 27, 1967: Johnny Valentine defeated Joe Scarpa to win the NWA Florida Heavyweight title!
  • April 30, 1968: Red Bastien defeated Johnny Valentine to capture the NWA Florida Heavyweight title..
  • June 27, 1968: Johnny Valentine defeated Red Bastien to win the NWA Florida Heavyweight title!
  • September 23, 1968: Nick Kozak defeated Johnny Valentine to capture the NWA Florida Heavyweight title..

Georgia:

  • May 10, 1968: Johnny Valentine (as The Big O) defeated Mr. Wrestling (Tim Woods) for the NWA Georgia Heavyweight title!
  • June 14, 1968: Tarzan Tyler defeated Johnny Valentine to capture the NWA Georgia Heavyweight title!
  • November 8, 1968: Johnny Valentine defeated The Professional (Doug Gilbert) for the NWA Georgia Heavyweight title!
  • November 29, 1968: The Georgia title was held up by referee Joe Louis after a match between Valentine and The Professional..
  • December 6, 1968: The Professional defeated Johnny Valentine in a rematch to win the NWA Georgia Heavyweight title..

Missouri:

  • December 16, 1972: Harley Race’s Missouri Heavyweight title was held up after a match against Johnny Valentine..
  • January 19, 1973: Johnny Valentine defeated Harley Race in the rematch to capture the NWA Missouri Heavyweight title..

Montreal:

  • October 1972: Johnny Valentine defeated Johnny Rougeau to win the International Heavyweight title..
  • January 1973: Johnny Valentine was stripped of the International Heavyweight title after no-showing the rematch..

Japan Wrestling Association:

  • February 22, 1973: Johnny Valentine & Karl Krupp beat Kintaro Ohki & Seiji Sakaguchi to win the International Tag titles..
  • March 2, 1973: Johnny Valentine defeated Seiji Sakaguchi to capture the United National Heavyweight title in Yokohama..
  • March 6, 1973: Kintaro Ohki & Umanosuke Ueda beat Johnny Valentine & Karl Krupp to win the International Tag Team titles..
  • March 8, 1973: Akihisa Takachiho defeated Johnny Valentine to win the United National Heavyweight title..

National Wrestling Federation:

  • September 1, 1972: Johnny Valentine defeated Johnny Powers for the NWF North American Heavyweight title!
  • September 22, 1972: The North American Heavyweight title is held up after a match that saw Powers pin Valentine!
  • October 1972: Johnny Powers defeated Johnny Valentine in the rematch to capture the North American title!
  • October 19, 1972: Johnny Valentine defeated Abdullah the Butcher for the NWF Heavyweight title in Cleveland..
  • ~~~The title was eventually stripped from Valentine following a match against Johnny Powers..
  • November 23, 1972: Johnny Valentine defeated Johnny Powers for the NWF North American Heavyweight title!
  • January 1973: Karl Von Krupp defeated Johnny Valentin to win the North American Heavyweight title!
  • August 1973: Johnny Valentine defeated Jacques Rougeau Sr. for the NWF Heavyweight title!
  • Late 1973: Johnny Powers defeated Johnny Valentine to capture the NWF Heavyweight title..

Mid Atlantic:

  • January 1974: Johnny Valentine was awarded the Mid Atlantic Heavyweight title when Jerry Brisco went to Japan..
  • May 13, 1974: Bearcat Wright defeated Johnny Valentine in a Boxing match by ref stoppage when JV was cut over the eye..
  • October 28, 1974: The Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight title was held up after a match between Valentine and Sonny King..
  • November 4, 1974: Johnny Valentine defeated Sonny King in the rematch to reclaim the Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight title..
  • July 3, 1975: Johnny Valentine defeated Harley Race to capture the United States Heavyweight title..
  • October 4, 1975: Johnny Valentine was involved in a plane crash with Ric Flair, Bob Bruggers and “Mr. Wrestling” Tim Woods..
  • ~~~The accident left Johnny Valentine permanently disabled and effectively ended his wrestling career..
  • ~~~Due to this ending of his career, Johnny Valentine was forced to forfiet the United States title..

Retirement:

  • April 24, 2001: Johnny Valentine passed away at the age of 72..
  • Johnny Valentine was cremated. His widow Sharon keeps his urn in their bedroom..