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Johnny Valentine (1929-2001)

      

Real Name - Johnathan Anthony Winkiski 
Lifespan - 9/22/29 - 4/24/01
6'3" 255 lbs. - Dallas, TX

Athletic Background - Boxing

Teacher(s) - n/a

Professional Background - Florida(`50), Texas(`54-`58), Minneapolis(`57), Calgary(`56-`59), New York(`58-62), Toronto(`62-`63), Detroit(`64), WWWF(`66), JWA(`66-`73), Florida(`67-`68), Georgia(`68), Texas(`69-`73), Memphis(`70), Montreal(`72), NWF(`72-`73), St. Louis(`72-`73), Detroit(`73), Florida(`73), Hawaii(`73), Texas(`74), Mid-Atlantic(`74-`75), AWA(`75)

AliasesRocky Valentine, Big O

Groups - none

Peak Years - `62-`74


Finisher(s) - 
Elbowdrop

Favorites - 
Forearm Smash
Sleeper
Jumping Elbow
- Kick
Gut Punch


Ringwork Rating - 

 Move Set
 Science
 Aerial
 Power
 Strikes 10 



Intangibles Rating - 

 Entertainment
 Selling
 Bumping
 Carrying
 Heat
 Legacy



  
Place in History - Johnny Valentine was never the most liked wrestler around, but he was well-respected as he was a world class prankster outside of the ring and one of the most brutal competitors in the ring. He and men like Wahoo McDaniel, Red Bastien, Paul Jones, and all the great NWA World champions that he challenged had intense battles that were excellent in their day. Like Buddy Rogers, Ray Stevens, and Harley Race, Johnny Valentine had the sort of style that was often imitated, but never duplicated. His was of a tough brawling big man who despite being a heel could mix it up with even the best faces. It was very much ahead of its time in many ways. This approach lasted throughout the "Golden Age" on to the early 80s. Harder-hitting than his peers, Valentine left little to the imagination, so much so that people who disputed wrestling's realism need not do more than look at Johnny Valentine in action. He's often credited as the greatest talent to never wear a world title along with the likes of Ray Stevens, Fritz Von Erich and more contempararily Ted DiBiase. Valentine was a top star wherever he went because he was one of the best at what he did and the fans always responded to him. One of the true greats of the Golden Age, Johnny Valentine is one of pro-wrestling most legendary characters.
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