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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 Tanaka.
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.
The year 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
1. Pedro Morales
WWWF Fantasy card from 1973
(All matches did take place but not in the same evening)
Buddy Wolfe vs Sonny King
Mr. Fuji vs Tony Garea
George Steele & Killer Kowalski vs Tony Parisi & Gino Brito
Victor Rivera vs Dory Funk Sr.
Waldo Von Erich vs Baron Scicluna
Chief Jay Strongbow vs Moondog Mayne
Gorilla Monsoon vs King Curtis
Pedro Morales vs Fred Blassie
Haystacks Calhoun vs Professor Tanaka
Bruno Sammartino vs Ray Stevens
Misc 1973 WWWF
When Stan 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.
Johnny DeFazio & Geeto Mongol phased out their version of the Tag Team Title as they only had one match in 1973 against the Kangaroos.
The Pittsburgh territory was being run by Geeto Mongol & later Pedro Martinez, many old time stars wrestled only in Pittsburgh during 1973. Waldo Von Erich, Dom DeNucci, Killer Kowalski, Tony Parisi, Eric The Red & Dr. Bill Miller.
Dory Funk Sr. dies at the age of 54, he appeared in the WWWF just months prior to his death wrestling Victor Rivera.
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