Pedro Morales

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Pedro Morales
Morales during his reign as the WWWF Champion in the early 1970's
Born (1942-10-22) October 22, 1942 (age 76)
Culebra, Puerto Rico
Lives inNew Jersey
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)Pedro Morales
Johnny Como
Johnny Ricco
John Kilonis
Billed height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Trained byBarba Roja
Debut1959
Retired1987

Pedro Morales (born October 22, 1942) is a Puerto Rican retired professional wrestler. He competed in many different National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) affiliates, Worldwide Wrestling Associates (WWA), and the World Wide Wrestling Federation (WWWF).

While he was in the WWWF, Morales was the first male wrestler in wrestling history to win all three of the major men's titles in the company. He won the WWWF Championship, the Intercontinental Championship, and the WWF World Tag Team Championship.[1] When he won the WWWF United States Championship, Morales became the first wrestler to hold four different titles within the promotion, a distinction which would later became known as a Grand Slam Championship.

Championships[change | change source]

  • American Wrestling Alliance
    • AWA San Francisco World Tag Team Championship (2 times) (with Pepper Gomez)[2]
  • Championship Wrestling from Florida
    • NWA Florida Tag Team Championship (1 time) (with Rocky Johnson)[4]
    • NWA Florida Television Championship (1 time)[5]
    • NWA Southern Heavyweight Championship (Florida version) (1 time)[6]
  • NWA Mid-Pacific Promotions
    • NWA Hawaii Heavyweight Championship (1 time)[7]
    • NWA Hawaii Tag Team Championship (3 times) (with Bing Ki Lee (1) and Ed Francis (2))[8]
    • NWA North American Heavyweight Championship (Hawaii version) (3 times)[9]
  • Pro Wrestling Illustrated
    • PWI Wrestler of the Year (1972)
    • He was ranked #111 of the 500 best singles wrestlers during the PWI Years in 2003.
  • Worldwide Wrestling Associates
    • WWA World Heavyweight Championship (2 times)[11]
    • WWA World Tag Team Championship (4 times) (with Luis Hernandez (1), Mark Lewin (1), Ricky Romero (1), and Victor Rivera (1))[12]
  • World Wrestling Council
  • Wrestling Observer Newsletter awards
    • Most Overrated (1981, 1982)

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "WWE Championship - Pedro Morales (February 08, 1971 - December 01, 1973)". WWE. Retrieved 2015-2-25. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  2. "NWA World Tag Team Title (San Francisco 1960s - 1970s) history". Wrestling-Titles.com. Retrieved 2015-2-26. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  3. "List of CAC Award Winners". Cauliflower Alley Club. Retrieved 2015-2-26. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  4. "Florida Tag Team Title history". Wrestling-Titles.com. Retrieved 2015-2-26. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  5. "NWA Florida Television Title history". Wrestling-Titles.com. Retrieved 2015-2-26. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  6. "NWA Southern Heavyweight Title (Florida) history". Wrestling-Titles.com. Retrieved 2015-2-26. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  7. "Hawaii Heavyweight Title history". Wrestling-Titles.com. Retrieved 2015-2-26. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  8. "Hawaii Tag Team Title history". Wrestling-Titles.com. Retrieved 2015-2-26. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  9. "NWA North American Heavyweight Title (Hawaii) history". Wrestling-Titles.com. Retrieved 2015-2-26. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  10. "Pedro Morales". Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2015-2-26. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  11. "WWA World Heavyweight Title (California) history". Wrestling-Titles.com. Retrieved 2015-2-26. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  12. "WWA World Tag Team Title (California) history". Wrestling-Titles.com. Retrieved 2015-2-26. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  13. "WWC North American Heavyweight Title (Puerto Rico) history". Wrestling-Titles.com. Retrieved 2015-2-26. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  14. "WWC World Tag Team Title (Puerto Rico) history". Wrestling-Titles.com. Retrieved 2015-2-26. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  15. "Intercontinental Championship - Pedro Morales (December 08, 1980 - June 20, 1981)". WWE. Retrieved 2015-2-26. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  16. "Intercontinental Championship - Pedro Morales (November 23, 1981 - January 22, 1983)". WWE. Retrieved 2015-2-26. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  17. "World Tag Team Championships - Bob Backlund & Pedro Morales (August 09, 1980 - August 10, 1980)". WWE. Retrieved 2015-2-26. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  18. "WWWF United States Heavyweight Title history". Wrestling-Titles.com. Retrieved 2015-2-26. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)

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