1963 was the
first year of the WWWF as Vince McMahon Sr. &
Toots Mondt broke away from the NWA.
Buddy Rogers was
selected as the first WWWF Champion. Rogers defended
his title against Bobo Brazil, Miguel Perez, Buddy
Austin, Ed Carpentier & Killer Kowalski.Rogers
was defeated by Bruno Sammartino on May 17, 1963.
Sammartino held the title until 1971.
The 3 main
challengers to Bruno Sammartino in 1963 were Hans
Mortier, Killer Buddy Austin & The Shadow.
Others who had
title shots were Gorilla Monsoon, Killer Kowalski
& Skull Murphy & Brute Bernard.
The year started
with the Skull Murphy & Brute Bernard as the Tag
In November one
of the WWWF greatest Tag Teams Gorilla Monsoon &
Killer Kowalski won the titles from Murphy &
In December the
Tolos Brothers won the Tag Team titles.
WWWF Wrestlers of 1963
2. Buddy Rogers
6. Bobo Brazil
7. Hans Mortier
9. Dory Dixon
10. Buddy Austin
Fantasy card from 1963
(All matches did
take place but not in the same evening)
Klondike Bill vs
Graham vs Argentina Apollo
Pedro Morales vs
vs Bobo Brazil
Dory Dixon vs
Pete Sanchez vs
vs Chet Walik
Buddy Austin vs
Buddy Rogers vs
vs Hans Mortier
Pa. area had its own TV show called Studio Wrestling
and the Pittsburgh office had a number of local
stars who included Johnny Defazio, Ace Freeman,
Hurricane Hunt, Frank Holtz, TNT Napolitean, &
Dory Dixon who
was the WWWA Champion competed in the WWWF during
1963 and had a very good year.
Maurice & Johnny Barrend were an entertaining
mid level Tag Team in 1963, Maurice turned on
Barrend and they started a feud. They did team
up for a match in Pittsburgh in August because
Pittsburgh fans didn't get the weekly WWWF show and
had no idea they had a feud earlier in the year.