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World Wide Wrestling Federation Alumni (1963-1979)

WWWF ALUMNI (1963 – 1979)

Promoters Territory
Vince McMahon Sr. Northeast
Andre The Giant
Bruno Sammartino
Bob Backlund
Gorilla Monsoon
Pedro Morales
Tony Garea
Rick Martel
Ivan Putski
Pat Patterson
Tony Atlas
Rocky Johnson
Jay Strongbow
Billy White Wolf
Rene Goulet
Billy Graham
Ivan Koloff
Jimmy Snuka
Mr Fuji
Mr Saito
Jesse Ventura
Adian Adonis
Ernie Ladd
Ken Patera
Larry Zbyszko
Johnny Rodz
Stan Hansen
Hulk Hogan
Miguel Feliciano
Fabulous Moolah
Peggy Lee
Grand Wizard
Fred Blassie
Lou Albano
Arnold Scaaland
James Dudley
The Executioners (Kowalski, Stuff, & Volkoff)
The Blackjacks (Blackjacks Mulligan & Lanza)
The Wild Samoans (Wild Samoans Afa & Sika)
The Valiant Brothers (Johnny, Jimmy, & Jerry)
The Strongbows (Chief Jay & Jules Strongbow)
  • As NWA champion, Buddy Rogers’ bookings were controlled by Toots Mondt, promoter in the Northeast. The other NWA promoters were dissatisfied because Mondt rarely let Rogers defend the belt outside the Northeast. Mondt and Vince McMahon Sr. wanted to keep Rogers and the NWA title, but Rogers didn’t want to lose his $25,000 deposit on the belt. So Rogers lost the NWA title to Lou Thesz in Toronto on January 24, 1963.
  • Buddy Rogers was not recognized as the first WWWF champion right after losing to Thesz. Instead, Rogers was awarded the WWWF title in mid-April 1963, with the explanation that he has won a (fictitious) tournament in Rio de Janeiro. Buddy Rogers lost the title to Bruno Sammartino a month later on May 17, 1963.
  • 1971-1983, the WWF joined the NWA as a regional promotion and the WWF World title was dropped in status to the WWF title, a regional title.
  • 1979: Changed from WWWF (World Wide Wrestling Federation) to WWF (World Wrestling Federation).
  • Shortly after, the WWF phased out their North American title and replaced it with the Intercontinental title.
  • Vince Sr. passed the company to his son, Vince Jr, who renamed the company to World Wrestling Federation..

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