One of the most sadistic
wrestlers in the WWWF. The Sheik competed twice, once during the
60's and then again during Bruno's title run in the 70's. The Sheik
was known for throwing fireballs in the ring On TV a big X was put
on the screen after The Sheik threw his fire. The Sheik died in
Chief Jay Strongbow
The WWWF had Indian wrestlers in the 60's but
none of them had the staying power and popularity of Chief Jay Strongbow.
Strongbow started in 1970 and became an instant hit with the fans.
He held the WWWF Tag Titles twice during the 70's. Had his leg
broken by Greg Valentine in 1979 which was one of the most exciting
matches of the year.
Chief Jay Strongbow died in 2012
A former WWWF Heavyweight
Champion, Stasiak only held the title for a number of days in 1973 but he
was a force from 1972 to 1978. Stasiak was known for his Heart Punch
which few wrestlers got up from in the early and mid 70's, by the late
70's many top wrestlers had a counter move for it and Stasiak's status
went to mid card at best. Stan Stasiak died in 1997.
Started his career as Beppo
Mongol and was one of the best tag team wrestlers of the the early
70's. Changed his name to Nicolai Volkoff in 1974 and under the
direction of Fred Blassie worked many main events between 1974-79.
Held the WWWF Tag Team Titles 3
different times with 3 different partners during the 1970's. Garea
competed in the WWWF from 1971 - 1979.
Started his career in the WWWF
as Antonio Pugliese, Bruno Sammartino's Cousin. Held the Tag
Team Titles twice in his career, first in the late 60's and again in the
late 70's. Worked the Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Buffalo areas a lot in
the early 70's. Tony Parisi died in 2000.
Competed in the WWWF from 1963 -
1974. Gained popularity in Pittsburgh wrestling as The Battman.
He was Bruno Sammartino's Number 2 babyface in 1966 & 67. Held
the WWWF Tag Title in the late 60's. Wrestled mid card status into
the early 70's.
Another rough & tough
martial arts wrestler from Japan, held the Tag Team Title twice during the
Trained by Bruno Sammartino in
the early 70's Zbyszko worked 2 years around Pittsburgh and then became
the WWWF Rookie of the Year for 1974. Competed in the WWWF
from 1971 - 1979. Held the Tag Team Title in the late 70's.
Superstar Billy Graham
A former WWWF Heavyweight
Champion, Superstar Billy Graham was one of the most popular champions
even wrestling as a heel. Graham competed for 5 years between
1975-1979 and defeated Bruno Sammartino in 1977 to win the title.
Graham took on all challengers and worked some tag matches with Ivan
Koloff as well.
A former WWWF Champion, Bob
Backlund was the most scientific of all the champions. Despite being
a babyface Backlund was not always cheered. Backlund only competed
for a couple of years in the WWWF debuting in 1977 and defeating George
Steele on TV you knew something big was going to happen and it did.
Backlund defeated Superstar Billy Graham for the title in 1978 and had
feuds with Peter Maivia, Greg Valentine, Spiros Arion and others.
Competed in the WWWF for almost 16 years,
Altimore was a solid mid card wrestler in the 60's and held the WWWF Tag
Titles in the late 60's. By the 70's Altimore was getting up in age
but he competed each year of the 70's mainly in a prelim status.
Tony Altimore died in 2003.
Andre The Giant
Competed in the WWWF off an on
between 1973 - 1979. Used always as a special attraction Andre the
Giant never got any title shots in the 70's in the WWWF. Andre
mainly took on other big wrestlers like Ernie Ladd, Don Leo Jonathan,
Blackjack Mulligan and Hulk Hogan.
Andre The Giant died in 1993.
Started his career as John L
Sullivan and was a low to mid card babyface from 1966 - 1973. Turned
heel in Pittsburgh and then went to Detroit and became Johnny
Valiant. He held the WWWF Tag Titles twice during the 70's, first
with Jimmy Valiant and then later with Jerry Valiant.
Was a major force in the WWWF in
the early 70's. Earned title matches against Bruno Sammartino &
Pedro Morales. Held the WWWF Tag Team Title in the mid 70's.
Competed for about 6 years in the WWWF.
Mainly a low to mid card
wrestler in the 60's and 70's, Skaaland competed just about all 16 years
as a wrestler. Held the Tag Team Title in the late 60's.
Became manager of Bruno Sammartino in the late 60's & stayed with
Sammartino & Bob Backlund throughout the WWWF years. Won
manager of the year in 1978. Arnold Skaaland died in 2007.
In the 60's was a mid card
babyface and sometimes wrestled under the name Louis Cerdan. For a
short time in the 70's Cerdan was a heel. In the mid 70's held the
Tag Team Title with Tony Parisi.
Big star of the 1960's Johnny Valentine switched
from heel to babyface quite often. Feuded with Bruno Sammartino
& Johnny DeFazio in the 60's. Returned to the WWWF for a short
stint in 1972. Valentine's career was ended when he was in a plane
crash in 1975. Johnny Valentine was the father of WWWF star Greg
Valentine. Johnny Valentine died in 2001.
A superb heel wrestler in the 60's & early
70's, Blassie challenged both Bruno Sammartino & Pedro Morales.
Blassie retired from wrestling in 1974 and became one of wrestling finest
managers. Fred Blassie died in 2003.
Nobody could get out of this guy's full nelson
hold. Mortier was a big star in the WWWF from 1963 - 1965 and again
a stint in the late 60's. Mortier had a great body and could roll
the muscles in his stomach like they were waves in the ocean. Hans
Mortier died in 2010.