History of the WWWF
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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 Team Champions.
In November one of the WWWF greatest Tag Teams Gorilla Monsoon & Killer Kowalski won the titles from Murphy & Bernard.
In December the Tolos Brothers won the Tag Team titles.
Top 10 WWWF Wrestlers of 1963
1. Bruno Sammartino
2. Buddy Rogers
3. Killer Kowalski
4. Edouard Carpentier
5. Gorilla Monsoon
6. Bobo Brazil
7. Hans Mortier
8. Argentina Apollo
9. Dory Dixon
10. Buddy Austin
WWWF Fantasy card from 1963
(All matches did take place but not in the same evening)
Klondike Bill vs Tony Nero
Dr. Jerry Graham vs Argentina Apollo
Pedro Morales vs Magnificent Maurice
Gorilla Monsoon vs Bobo Brazil
Dory Dixon vs Killer Kowalski
Pete Sanchez vs Pat Barrett
Johnny DeFazio vs Chet Walik
Buddy Austin vs The Shadow
Buddy Rogers vs Ed Carpentier
Bruno Sammartino vs Hans Mortier
Misc 1963 WWWF
The Pittsburgh 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, & Jim Grabmire.
Dory Dixon who was the WWWA Champion competed in the WWWF during 1963 and had a very good year.
The Magnificent 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.
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