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Pedro Morales

      

Real Name - Pedro Morales
Birthdate - 11/3/42
5'11" 230 lbs. - Culebra, PR

Athletic Background - n/a

Teacher(s) - Barba Rojo

Professional Background - Capitol(`59-`6?), Los Angeles(`64-`68), San Francisco(`68), Hawaii(`69-`70), WWWF(`70-`74), San Francisco(`75-`76), Florida(`77), Mid-Atlantic(`78), Puerto Rico, WWF(`80-`87), WWC(`83-`84)

AliasesJohnny Ricco

Groups - none

Peak Years - `65-`72



Finisher(s) - 
Boston Crab
Flying Bodypress
Small Package

Favorites - 
- Backbreaker 
- Bodyslam 
- Shoulder Block 
- Punch 

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Place in History - One of the few wrestlers in history whose instant rise to fame was after his best years. After years as an acrobatic prelim wrestler, Pedro Morales finally got a big push out West, which was even bigger when he was Bruno Sammartino's successor in the East. While bigger than Bruno in New York, Morales was far behind in outside markets, namely Boston. After losing the belt his stock dropped even more quickly causing him to roam North America with semi-regular returns to the WWWF. Neck-and-neck with Carlos Colon as the biggest Puerto Rican star, Morales was a huge draw in New York and Colon never got off the island. Morales was never a top flight worker or an entertainer on the caliber of Sammartino or Hogan, but he had his place and did well for himself in the 70s.
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