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JJ Dillon


Real Name - James "Jim" Morrison
Smyrna, DL

Athletic Background - Judo

Teacher(s) - n/a

Professional BackgroundPittsburgh(`60-`70), Detroit(`62,`69), Pittsburgh(`70), Detroit(`70), Pittsburgh(`71), Mid-Atlantic(`71), Florida(`71), ESA [Maritimes](`72), Amarillo(`73), All Japan(`73), ESA[Maritimes](`74), Florida(`75), Dallas(`75), ESA[Maritimes](`75), Georgia(`76), All Japan(`76), Amarillo(`77-`79), Australia(`79), New Zealand(`79), Florida(`80), Germany(`80), Kansas City(`80), Memphis(`82), Florida(`83-`84), AGPW [Maritimes](`84), JCP/NWA(`84-`89), WWF(`89-`96), WCW(`96-`01), NWA-TNA(`03), MLW(`03), Indies(`03)

AliasesJim Valence, Nature Boy Dillon, Jim Dillon, King James, Cowboy Jim Dillon, James J. Dillon

Peak Years - `73-`79

GroupsFour Horsemen, Extreme Horsemen

WrestlersRic Flair, Arn Anderson, Ole Anderson, Tully Blanchard, Lex Luger, Barry Windham [Four Horsemen]; Abdullah the Butcher, The Angel (Frank Morrell), Ox Baker, Ron Bass & Black Bart, Brute Bernard, Bulldog Brower, Jimmy Garvin, Kamala, Buddy Landell, Lonnie Mayne, Missouri Mauler (Larry Hamilton), Angelo Mosca, Kendo Nagasaki, One Man Gang, Butch Reed, The Spoiler (Don Jardine), The Stomper (Archie Gouldie), Big John Studd, Thunderfoot, Kendall Windham; Steve Corino, Justin Credible, Simon Diamond, C.W. Anderson [Xtreme Horsemen]

Place in HistoryJames Dillon had four distinct lives in pro-wrestling, while he is remembered best as the manager of the Four Horsemen in the glory days of Jim Crockett Promotions, he spent the last leg of his career making the largest impact backstage in the WWF and WCW. However, Jim Morrison began as a fan growing up in Trenton, New Jersey in the 1950s. He was the head of a Johnny Valentine fan club, then he sold programs and eventually he became a referee. Eventually, Jim Morrison, the wrestler, was started and he became a weekend warrior for the next couple years. After college, a failed marriage and dull jobs, an opportunity in the Carolinas allowed him to become a full-time pro-wrestler. For the next thirteen years, James Dillon toured all over and was very successful in some smaller territories. He developed into a great selling heel who was top notch on the mic, but just lacked the size to become more. However, Dillon had a great mouth and great mind for pro-wrestling. His first major managerial gig was with The Stomper in Dallas and he honed his skill. From there on Dillon had sporadic wrestling matches and focused on managing a wide variety of talent in most of the territories that he had been as a wrestler. Shortly after that Dillon began booking in Kansas City, the Maritimes and then in Jim Crockett Promotions as it was taking off. There, he served as an assistant to head booker Dusty Rhodes and the manager of the legendary Four Horsemen stable. As business boomed, Dillon was riding high and when things began to falter, he jumped to the WWF. Filling a similar role backstage and never appearing as personality on-camera, James Dillon lasted with the WWF through their lean years in the early 1990s. As they began to rebound, he jumped to WCW, where he worked backstage and eventually appeared as the Commissioner foil to the nWo's Eric Bischoff (the real head of WCW). A soft-spoken authority figure, Dillon became known to a new generation as something very different than what he was to a previous generation. He has resumed that role in several places, but he is neither hated nor loved by fans, so it never worked as it once did. After largely retiring from the business, Dillon wrote his autobiography, Wrestlers Are Like Seagulls, which is a highly regarded work in the age of countless wrestling books.