Rufus R. Jones

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Title History

 

  • NWA (Central States) North American Tag Team titles w/Steve Boulas defeating ??????? (????, 1971);
  • NWA (Central States) North American Tag Team titles w/The Stomper defeating Black Angus Campbell & Roger Kirby (October 18, 1972);
  • NWA (Central States) World Tag Team titles w/Bob Geigal defeating Tokyo Joe & Great Togo (????, 1973);
  • NWA (Central States) North American Tag Team titles w/Bob Geigal defeating Harley Race & Roger Kirby (Febuary 1, 1973);
  • NWA (Central States) World Tag Team titles w/Bob Geigal defeating Alfred Hayes & Bob Brown (June ??, 1974);
  • NWA (Mid Atlantic) World Tag Team titles w/Wahoo McDaniel defeating Ole & Gene Anderson (January 27, 1976);
  • NWA Mid Atlantic Television title defeating Greg Valentine (November 30, 1976);
  • NWA Mid Atlantic Television title defeating Greg Valentine (Febuary 15, 1977);
  • NWA Alabama Heavyweight title defeating ???????????? (????, 1979);
  • NWA Georgia Tag Team titles w/Norvell Austin defeating Ivan Koloff & Ole Anderson (April 25, 1979);
  • NWA Central States Tag Team titles w/Bob Brown defeating Killer Karl Kox & Takachiho (August 14, 1980);
  • NWA Central States Television title defeating Bobby Jaggers (May 7, 1981);
  • NWA Central States Tag Team titles w/Dewey Robertson defeating Jerry Brown & Bob Sweetan [Tournament] (October ??, 1981);
  • NWA (Florida) Bahamas Heavyweight title defeating Jim Garvin (December 7, 1982);
  • NWA Mid Atlantic Tag Team titles w/Bugsy McGraw defeating Kelly Kiniski & One Man Gang (July 20, 1983);
  • NWA Mid Atlantic Heavyweight title defeating Dory Funk Jr. (August 5, 1983);
  • NWA Central States Tag Team titles w/Mike George defeating JR. Hogg & Hacksaw Higgins (June 15, 1986);
  • NWA Central States Heavyweight title defeating Bob Brown (May 21, 1987);
  • NWA Central States Heavyweight title defeating Porkchop Cash (July 17, 1987);

 

Career Highlights

 

  • 1970s-80s: Rufus R. Jones competed in the AWA, NWA and Mid-Atlantic, among other regions..
  • December 3, 1971: Rufus Jones won a major battle royal in St Louis, Missouri…
  • Rufus R. Jones wrestled NWA champ Dory Funk to a 60 minute draw once in St. Louis..
  • February 5, 1976: Rufus R. Jones wrestled Terry Funk to a one hour draw in Winston, Salem..
  • July 6, 1976: Rufus R. Jones defeated Terry Funk by DQ in Columbia SC..
  • Famous Quote: “My name is Rufus R. Jones, and the ‘R’ stands for ‘guts.'”
  • 1993: Rufus Jones died from a heart attack while deer hunting at the age of 60..

    Dale Pierce wrote: Rufus Jones died from a heart attack while deer hunting. Jones, a well-liked member of the area masonic lodge, had a wide number of lodge members as well as fans attend his funeral. Masonic rituals were performed at the viewing of the body prior to burial. Jones was buried at the Forrest Hill Cemetery in Kansas City, Kansas.

 

Indie wrestler CC Starr who idolized Jones, once drove all the way from Phoenix to Kansas City in order to work a match with him on a Kansas indy card. Starr heard of his idol’s death in an unpleasant way, while working another job as a card dealer in the saloon of Rawhide Western Theme Park near phoenix a year or two later, when a group of wrestlers went to see him. Out of the blue one remarked, “Oh your pal, Jones died.” It was not the most tactful way to break the news.