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Jay Youngblood (1955-1985)

Real Name - Steven Nicholas Romero

Lifespan - 6/21/55 - 9/2/85

6' 200 lbs. - Amarillo, TX


Athletic Background - n/a

Teacher(s) - Ricky Romero; Wahoo McDaniel

Professional Background - Amarillo(`75-`76), Portland(`77-`78), All Japan(`77), Mid-Atlantic(`79), Portland(`80), Vancouver(`80-`81), Mid-Atlantic(`81-`85), All Japan(`82), New Zealand(‘85)

AliasesSilver Streak, The Renegade

Groups - none

Peak Years - `79-`83


Finisher(s) -

- Flying Tomahawk Chop


Favorites -

- Flying Double Axe Handle

- Flying Headlock Takeover

- Jumping Tomahawk Chop

- Dropkick

- Chop


Ringwork Rating - 

 Move Set
 Science
 Aerial
 Power
 Strikes


Intangibles Rating - 

 Entertainment
 Selling
 Bumping
 Carrying
 Heat
 Legacy


Place in History - For a moment in time, Jay Youngblood was on top of the pro-wrestling world.  He and partner Ricky Steamboat formed the quintessential whitemeat babyface tag team and their rivalry with Sgt. Slaughter and Don Kernodle was on fire in Mid-Atlantic.  Youngblood was only in his twenties with only eight years in the sport.  The second son of Southwestern legend Ricky Romero, Steve Romero got his start in 1975.  He eventually took his mother’s maiden name, played up his Apache heritage and got the rub from the legendary Wahoo McDaniel.  Once he had established himself, Jay Youngblood left home for Portland.  Working opposite Buddy Rose, he developed into a premier babyface.  Youngblood was good-looking, but had that baby fat on him that enhanced his image as a young up-and-comer.  He also developed all the facets of a quality babyface - good fire, excellent selling and exciting comebacks.  Wahoo took him over the Japan and then brought him to Mid-Atlantic.  Youngblood worked with a variety of tag partners before hooking up with Ricky Steamboat, who had recently been turned on by Paul Jones.  Although they were quite similar, they complimented each other well.  Youngblood headed back to Portland and Vancouver to rekindle his rivalry with Buddy Rose, this time for the top title in both territories.  When Jay returned to the Carolinas and reformed his team with Steamboat, both men were even better.  The two were established strongly during a feud with Ray Stevens and Jimmy Snuka leading into a perfect matching in Sgt. Slaughter and Don Kernodle.  Following an epic steel cage match in Greensboro, Steamboat and Youngblood transitioned into a lengthy feud with the Brisco Brothers.  Ricky Steamboat announced his retirement, vacated the titles and the partnership between he and Jay came to an abrupt conclusion.  By this time Jay’s younger brother Mark was working and naturally they began teaming.  Sadly, substance abuse had seized Jay Youngblood and he began a rapid decline.  He worked in several different places, usually partnering with Mark, until he died mysteriously at the age of thirty.  Whether it was a ruptured spleen, a heart attack or a drug overdose, Jay Youngblood’s life ended much too soon.  His final years were unfortunate, but Jay Youngblood had a seven year run while still in his twenties that is certainly impressive.  He worked on top in a secondary territory and worked in a prominent tag team and worked some big main events in a major territory.  Furthermore, he was a very good worker and worked up to the level of top-notch heel opposition.  Drugs might have taken him down in the end, but Jay Youngblood left an impressive mark on the pro-wrestling world before his death.
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