Ray Stevens

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[Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame]

Title History

  • (Maryland) American Tag Team titles w/Don Stevens defeating Donn & Mark Lewin (March 13, 1956);
  • MWA Ohio Tag Team titles w/Don Stevens defeating Bobo Brazil & Frankie Talaber (May 2, 1956);
  • MWA (Ohio) World Junior Heavyweight title defeating Joe Scarpello (June 14, 1956);
  • NWA Florida Televison title defeating Harry Smith (November 21, 1956);
  • MWA Ohio Tag Team titles w/Ed Francis defeating Leon Graham & Frankie Talaber (August 30, 1957);
  • NWA (Tennessee) Southern Junior Heavyweight title defeating Tor Yamata (November 11, 1957);
  • NWA (Tennessee) Southern Junior Heavyweight title defeating ?????? (June ??, 1958);
  • NWA (Tennessee) Southern Junior Heavyweight title defeating Corsica Jean (October ??, 1958);
  • AWA (Indiana) World Tag Team titles w/Roy Shires defeating Dick Afflis & Gene Kiniski (April 9, 1960);
  • AWA (San Francisco) United States Heavyweight title defeating Bobo Brazil (November ??, 1960);
  • AWA (San Francisco) United States Heavyweight title defeating Bob Ellis (May ??, 1961);
  • AWA (Indiana) World Tag Team titles w/Art Neilson defeating Red & Lou Bastien (May 12, 1961);
  • AWA (San Francisco) United States Heavyweight title defeating Pepper Gomez (Febuary 23, 1963);
  • AWA (San Francisco) United States Heavyweight title defeating Wilbur Snyder (June 29, 1964);
  • AWA (San Francisco) United States Heavyweight title defeating Dominic DeNucci (Febuary 29, 1964);
  • AWA (San Francisco) World Tag Team titles w/Dan Manoukian defeating Jose Lothario & Pepper Gomez (November ??, 1964);
  • IWA (Australia) World Heavyweight title defeating Dominic DeNucci (January ??, 1965);
  • AWA (San Francisco) World Tag Team titles w/Pat Patterson defeating Billy Red Lyons & The Destroyer (April 17, 1965);
  • IWA (Australia) World Tag Team titles w/Art Nelson defeating George & Sandy Scott (November 19, 1966);
  • IWA (Australia) World Heavyweight title defeating Sprios Arion (December 2, 1966);
  • AWA (San Francisco) World Tag Team titles w/Pat Patterson defeating Mongolian Stomper & Cyclone Negro (January 21, 1967);
  • AWA (San Francisco) United States Heavyweight title defeating Bill Watts (March 11, 1967);
  • NWA (Hawaii) United States Heavyweight title defeating Jim Hady (May 15, 1968);
  • AWA (San Francisco) United States Heavyweight title defeating Curtis Iaukea (September 14, 1968);
  • NWA (San Francisco) United States Heavyweight title defeating Cutis Iaukea (June 7, 1969);
  • NWA (San Francisco) World Tag Team titles w/Pepper Gomez defeating Masa Saito & Kinji Shibuya (October ??, 1969);
  • NWA (San Francisco) United States Heavyweight title defeating Pat Patterson (July 11, 1970);
  • AWA World Tag Team titles w/Nick Bockwinkel defeating Crusher Lisowski & Red Bastien (January 20, 1972);
  • NWA Florida Tag Team titles w/Nick Bockwinkel defeating Tim Woods & Hiro Matsuda (July 20, 1972);
  • AWA World Tag Team titles w/Nick Bockwinkel defeating Billy Robinson & Vern Gagne (January 6, 1973);
  • AWA World Tag Team titles w/Nick Bockwinkel defeating Billy Robinson & Crusher Lisowski (October 24, 1974);
  • NWA (Amarillo) Brass Knuckles title defeating ????? (July ??, 1975);
  • NWA (Amarillo) Brass Knuckles title defeating Johnny Starr (July 31, 1975);
  • NWA (San Francisco) World Tag Team titles w/Moondog Mayne defeating Kurt & Karl Von Steiger (November 12, 1977);
  • AWA World Tag Team titles w/Pat Patterson Awarded (September 23, 1978);
  • NWA Florida Tag Team titles w/Mike Graham defeating Mr. Sakurada & Mr. Hito (October 9, 1979);
  • NWA Mid Atlantic Heavyweight title defeating Jim Brunzell (November 25, 1979);
  • NWA (Mid Atlantic) World Tag Team titles w/Greg Valentine defeating Jay Youngblood & Ricky Steamboat (March 29, 1980):
  • NWA (Mid Atlantic) World Tag Team titles w/Jimmy Snuka defeating Jay Youngblood & Ricky Steamboat (June 22, 1980);
  • PWI (Pro Wrestling Illustrated) Magazine Tag Team of the Year w/Jimmy Snuka (1980);
  • NWA (Mid Atlantic) World Tag Team titles w/Ivan Koloff defeating Masked Superstar & Paul Jones (Febuary 22, 1981);
  • NWA Florida Televison title defeating Eric Embry (January 16, 1982);

Career Highlights

In The Beginning:

  • Ray Stevens formed a tag team with Don Fargo, and they were known as Ray & Don Stevens..
  • Late 50s: Ray Stevens formed a team with Roy Shire, and they were known as Ray & Roy Shire in the Indianapolis promotion..
  • Ray Stevens later formed a long-time partnership with Pat Patterson in California, before moving to the AWAtogether..

Roy Shire’s San Francisco Territory:

  • April 4, 1967: Pepper Gomez & Pedro Morales defeated Pat Patterson & Ray Stevens to win the World Tag Team titles..

American Wrestling Association:

  • Ray Stevens joined Bobby Heenan’s The Heenan Family and formed a tag team with Nick Bockwinkel..
  • Sept 1, 1972–Soldiers Field: Nick Bockwinkel & Ray Stevens beat Billy Robinson & Wilbur Snyder to retain the AWA Tag titles..
  • Sept 7, 1974–Comiskey Park: The Crusher & Larry Hennig & Ivan Putski b Nick Bockwinkel & Billy Graham & Ray Stevens..

American Wrestling Association:

  • Ray Stevens’ finisher (the Bombs Away) was barred after he came off the top rope and broke the leg of Doctor X (Dick Beyer)..
  • ~~~This incident, a TV Angle/Storyline, also earned Ray Stevens his “Crippler” moniker..
  • June 6, 1979: Verne Gagne & Mad Dog Vachon defeated Pat Patterson & Ray Stevens for the AWA Tag Team titles..

World Wrestling Federation:

  • July 16, 1978 – Toronto: Verne Gagne & Jim Brunzell defeated Pat Patterson & Ray Stevens to retain AWA Tag Team titles..
  • November 19, 1978 – Toronto: Bob Backlund & Dino Bravo defeated Ray Stevens & Pat Patterson by DQ..
  • November 18, 1979 – Toronto: Ray Stevens defeated Ronnie Sexton..
  • December 9, 1979 – Toronto: Ric Flair defeated Ray Stevens..
  • December 30, 1979 – Toronto: Jimmy Snuka & Ray Stevens defeated Dewey Robertson & Ric Flair..
  • January 13, 1980 – Toronto: Dewey Robertson & Ric Flair defeated Jimmy Snuka & Ray Stevens..
  • November 6, 1982 – Allentown: Ray Stevens defeated Curt Hennig..

American Wrestling Association:

  • September 28, 1985 – AWA SuperClash: Greg Gagne/Scott Hall/Curt Hennig beat Ray Stevens/Nick Bockwinkel/Larry Zbysko..
  • May 2, 1987 – AWA SuperClash II: Ray Stevens & Shawn Michaels & Marty Jannetty b Buddy Wolfe & Doug Sommers & Kevin Kelly..
  • April 16, 1988 – AWA Rage in a Cage II: Soldat Ustinov & Teijo Khan b Ray Stevens & Baron Von Raschke..
  • May 3, 1996: Ray Stevens passed away after suffering a heart attack at his home in Fremont, California..

Retirement:

  • 1991: Ray Stevens worked in the office of the Global Wrestling Federation promotion..
  • May 3, 1996: Ray “The Crippler” Stevens passes away of a Heart Attack at the age of 60..