Wrestling - The 1970's
1970's started with Bruno Sammartino still the Wwwf
Koloff was the main challenger of Bruno Sammartino
in 1970 along with the likes of Crusher Verdu,
Waldo Von Erich, Joe LeDuc, George Steele, Eric the
Red, Baron Scicluna, & Karl Kovacs.
tag team wrestling The Mongols were unstoppable,
this was probably the best working team of heels
since the Wwwf started. Bruno Sammartino used
many different partners to take on the Mongols
Monsoon & Dr. Bill Miller were now full time
babyfaces. Monsoon was in his prime while bill
Miller was in the final years of his career.
Denucci, Victor Rivera, The Battman, Chief Jay
Strongbow, Bobo Brazil & Tony Parisi were all
top line babyfaces behind Bruno.
years of travel and the hectic schedule was starting
to catch up with Bruno Sammartino. In January
of 1971 Bruno & Dom Denucci took on George
Steele & Baron Scicluna at the Civic Arena.
During that match George Steele hit Bruno's shoulder
with a steel chair which caused an injury to Bruno.
In a match just a few days later in Madison Square
Garden Ivan Koloff made a clean center of the ring
pin of Bruno Sammartino and became the new Wwwf
losing the title Bruno continued to wrestle in
Pittsburgh but only appeared once in Madison Square
didn't hold the belt long, Pedro Morales beat Koloff
just a few weeks after Koloff beat Bruno.
Morales took on many of the top heels of the day
including Blackjack Mulligan, King Curtis, Fred
Blassie, Killer Kowalski, George Steele, Don Leo
Jonathan, Bulldog Brower, The Wolfman, Beautiful
Bobby, Tarzan Tyler, Luke Graham, Jimmy Valiant,
& Stan Stasiak.
Stasiak was recognized as the North American
champion and nearly lost the title to Billy Red
Lyons on Studio Wrestling in 1971.
Sanchez was given a push in the Pittsburgh area as
was Johnny Rodz using the Java Ruk gimmick.
Zbyszko debuted in Pittsburgh in 1972 and it was
announced that he had been trained by Bruno
Sammartino. John L Sullivan is showing signs
of turning heel and finally does so at the end of
little more than a year later he is in the Wwwf as
1972 The Mongols, Bepo & Geeto have split up.
Geeto has turned babyface after an altercation with
Lou Albano. Geeto teams with Johnny DeFazio
and they defeat Tarzan Tyler & Luke Graham on Tv
to win what we all thought was the Wwwf tag titles.
In reality they won a local title as Rene Goulet
& Karl Gotch were the actual Wwwf tag team title
holders. It is rumored that Gotch & Bruno
didn't get along so Gotch never appeared on the
1972 Studio Wrestling left the air on WIIC Tv.
Wpgh Channel 53 picked it up and the shows
originated from Erie.
also saw the return of some favorites of the past
such as Chief White Owl, Johnny Valentine, Smasher
Sloan, Dan Miller, Tony Altimore & Gino Brito.
Sammartino wrestled Pedro Morales at Shea Stadium to
a draw after the two had a misunderstanding during a
tag team match.
Fargo Brothers, The Miller Brothers, The Kangaroos
& the team of Denucci & Mosca were all
popular in 1972.
Mosca turned on Dom Denucci during a tag match and
those two feuded. Mosca also faced Bruno
Sammartino at the Civic Arena. Bruno wrestled
quite a bit at many regular Wwwf house shows outside
of the best tag matches in the early 70's from the
Civic Arena had Victor Rivera & Gorilla Monsoon
taking on Ivan Koloff & Joe Leduc. Both
teams were terrific in this match, Monsoon even did
flying head scissors on Ivan Koloff.
wrestlers Frank Holtz, Hurricane Hunt, Ron Mattecci
& Frank Durso all continued to complete on the
local cards. Professor X (George Steele's Brother)
and Jim Dillon competed as mid to low card heels in
the Pittsburgh area in the early 70's.
Pittsburgh the Pedro Martinez group were running the
Sammartino still particpated in most of the Civic
Arena cards with the likes of The Executioner, Dick
the Bruiser, Johnny Furr, Baron Scicluna, Lil Abner,
Tony Parisi, Louie Cerdan (Gino Brito), Dr. Bill
Miller & Ricky Cortez.
1973 Pedro Morales continued as Wwwf champion taking
on the likes of Fred Blassie, Moondog Mayne, Buddy
Wolfe, George Steele, Don Leo Jonathan & Mr.
Stasiak defeated Pedro Morales for the Wwwf title in
December of 1973.
Sammartino defeated Stan Stasiak to win the Wwwf
title in December of 73. Stasiak only held the
belt a few days.
late 1973 John L Sullivan changes his name to Johnny
Valiant and is defeated by Bruno Sammartino in
Wrestling from Pittsburgh left the air in late 1974.
The Wwwf syndicated show replaced it.
Zbyszko goes to the Wwwf and is the 1974 rookie of