1972 was the first full year with Pedro
Morales as the WWWF Champion.
Morales defended the title against
Professor Tanaka, Stan Stasiak, Fred Blassie, Baron Scicluna,
The Spoiler, & King Curtis.
The big news of the year was Pedro
Morlaes vs Bruno Sammartino match. This match came about
when Bruno & Morales took on Fuji & Tanaka. The
oriental team threw salt in Pedro & Bruno's eyes and
they began to fight each other. The match went over an hour
and was declared a draw.
Bruno Sammartino stayed very active as
he defeated the likes of George Steele, Waldo Von
Erich, Stan Stasiak, Ernie Ladd & Professor Tanaka.
The year started with
Karl Gotch & Rene Goulet as the WWWF Tag Team Champions.
The Pittsburgh territory did not
recognize Gotch & Goulet as champs, in Pittsburgh Geeto
Mongol & Johnny Defazio were the tag champs. Geeto &
Defazio defeated Tyler & Graham on TV in Pittsburgh.
During their run they took on some tough teams such as
Blackjack Mulligan & Waldo Von Erich, George Steele
& Angelo Mosca, The Kangaroos & Mr. Sato & Mitsu
Baron Scicluna & King Curtis
defeated Gotch & Goulet in February and lost the title
to Sonny King & Chief Jay Strongbow in May of 1972.
Professor Tanaka & Mr. Fuji
defeated Strongbow & Sonny King in the summer of 1972.
Tanaka & Fuji had successful title
defenses against Gorilla Monsoon & El Olympico, Jack
Brisco & Fred Curry & Gorilla Monsoon & Sonny
Top 10 WWWF Wrestlers of
1. Pedro Morales
2. Bruno Sammartino
3. Victor Rivera
4. Chief Jay Strongbow
5. Professor Tanaka
6. Bobo Brazil
7. Fred Blassie
8. Stan Stasiak
9. Dom DeNucci
10. Gorilla Monsoon
WWWF Fantasy card from
(All matches did take
place but not in the same evening)
Jimmy Valiant vs Fred
Waldo Von Erich vs Dr.
Geeto Mongol &
Johnny DeFazio vs Mr. Sato & Mitsu Arakawa
Angelo Mosca vs Dom
Karl Gotch & Rene
Goulet vs Baron Scicluna & King Curtis
Chief Jay Strongbow vs
Gorilla Monsoon &
Jack Brisco vs Professor Tanaka & Mr. Fuji
Bobo Brazil vs Fred
Victor Rivera vs Stan
Bruno Sammartino vs
Misc 1972 WWWF
1972 saw the return of
some stars of the 1960's such as Johnny Valentine, Chief
White Owl & Smasher Sloan.
Angelo Mosca had turned on
Dom DeNucci and a big feud was started.
An early Civic Arena match
from Pittsburgh had Victor Rivera & Gorilla Monsoon
facing Ivan Koloff & Joe LeDuc. This was one of the most
exciting matches of the year. Monsoon actually did leap
frogs & flying head scissors.
During 1972 Geeto Mongol & Johnny
Defazio were the WWWF Tag Champs in the Pittsburgh Pa
territory. Bruno & Karl Gotch never got along so Gotch
was never booked in Pittsburgh, this was a way to promote
local star Johnny DeFazio.