1969 saw 2 new
faces that would become big names in the 1970's,
namely Ernie Ladd & Ivan Koloff. Ernie
Ladd was unstoppable in 1969.
Some well known
veterans departed the WWWF in 1969 including Hans
Mortier & Ed Carpentier.
Challengers for Bruno's belt in 1969 were Killer
Kowalski, Professor Tanaka, Waldo Von Erich, The
Sheik, George Steele, Baron Scicluna & Luke
The year started
with Professor Tanaka & Mitsu Arakawa as the Tag
team Champions however they were not recognized in
all the WWWF until June of 1969.
Arakawa beat some top teams such as Victor Rivera
& Haystacks Calhoun, Dr. Bill Miller &
Battman & Victor Rivera & Antonio Pugliese.
Arakawa were defeated by Victor Rivera & Tony
Marino in December of 1969 but Pittsburgh did not
recognize the title. Bruno Sammartino &
Battman defeated Tanaka & Arakawa to claim the
Top 10 WWWF
Wrestlers of 1969
2. Ernie Ladd
5. Dom DeNucci
6. Waldo Von
7. Bobo Brazil
9. Victor Rivera
10. Ivan Koloff
card from 1969
(All matches did
take place but not in the same evening)
Eric The Red vs
& Tony Altimore vs Battman & Antonio
Gene Kiniski vs
Brower vs Luke Graham
Denucci vs Ivan Koloff
Bobo Brazil vs
vs Spiros Arion
vs Victor Rivera
vs Waldo Von Erich
Misc 1969 WWWF
turned babyface after a vicious attack by The Sheik.
Bruno Sammartino made the save & Monsoon then
had a big feud with former partner Killer Kowalski.
Ivan Koloff made
his WWWF debut and was quite impressive. Tony
Angelo started out as his manager.
A young Johnny
Valiant going by the name of John L Sullivan picks
up wins against Bull Ortega, Johnny Rodz & Angel