1973 was a busy year as Pedro
Morales Started the year as champion but would be
defeated late in the year.
Morales took on some tough
competition in 1973 such as Moondog Mayne, Mr.
Fuji, George Steele, Fred Blassie & Professor
Stan Stasiak defeated Morales
on Dec. 1, 1973. Stasiak had only one title
defense against Chief Jay Strongbow.
Bruno Sammartino defeated
Stasiak on Dec. 10th to regain the title he held a
few years earlier.
Sammartino had title defenses
against The Sheik & Johnny Valiant in 1973.
started with Professor Tanaka & Mr. Fuji as
the WWWF Tag Team Champions.
On May 30th the team of
Haystacks Calhoun & Tony Garea defeated the
team of Fuji & Tanaka.
On September 11 Fuji &
Tanaka won back the belts from Calhoun & Garea.
In November Tony Garea &
Dean Ho defeated the Japanese duo to win the WWWF
Tag Team Titles.
Top 10 WWWF
Wrestlers of 1973
2. Bruno Sammartino
3. Stan Stasiak
4. Andre The Giant
5. Dean Ho
6. Chief Jay Strongbow
7. Haystacks Calhoun
8. Victor Rivera
9. King Curtis
10. George Steele
card from 1973
did take place but not in the same evening)
Buddy Wolfe vs
Mr. Fuji vs
& Killer Kowalski vs Tony Parisi & Gino
vs Dory Funk Sr.
Erich vs Baron Scicluna
Strongbow vs Moondog Mayne
Monsoon vs King Curtis
vs Fred Blassie
Calhoun vs Professor Tanaka
Sammartino vs Ray Stevens
Misc 1973 WWWF
Stasiak defeated Pedro Morales the announcement
that Stasiak was champ was made only on TV, not at
the arena, there was a fear of a riot.
Some future WWWF
stars were being groomed in Pittsburgh as John L
Sullivan (Johnny Valiant), Larry Zbyszko &
Bill Eadie (Masked Superstar) were all competing.