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Johnny Valentine (born John Theodore Wisniski, September 22, 1928 – April 24, 2001) was an American professional wrestler with a career spanning almost three decades. He has been inducted into four halls of fame for his achievements in wrestling. Wisniski was the father of professional wrestler Greg Valentine.

He held numerous world champion and regional titles, including the NWA United States Championship. He had long running rivalries with Bobo Brazil, Pat O'Connor, Buddy Rogers, Antonio Rocca, Lou Thesz, Harley Race, The Sheik, Wahoo McDaniel, Fritz von Erich, Bruno Sammartino, Johnny Powers, Antonio Inoki and Jack Brisco & Jerry Brisco. He alternated between being a villain and a hero (babyface) during the Golden Era in the 1940s through 1960s of wrestling.

In 1975, he was injured in a plane crash; he suffered a broken back and was forced to retire from wrestling. He worked briefly as a manager before retiring altogether. He suffered from several health problems during his career, which worsened considerably after a fall in 2000. He died the following year.

  • NWA International Tag Team Championship (Japan version)
  • NWA United National Championship
  • NWA United States Tag Team Championship (Northeast version)
  • WWWF United States Tag Team Championship
  • NWA Brass Knuckles Championship (Florida version)
  • NWA Florida Heavyweight Championship
  • NWA Southern Heavyweight Championship (Florida version)
  • NWA Southern Tag Team Championship (Florida version)
  • L&G Promotions Caribbean Heavyweight Championship
  • International Wrestling Association (Chicago) International Heavyweight Championship
  • International Wrestling Association (Montreal) International Heavyweight Championship
  • NWA International Tag Team Championship (Toronto version)
  • NWA United States Heavyweight Championship (Toronto version)
  • NWA Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Championship
  • NWA United States Heavyweight Championship (Mid-Atlantic version)
  • NWA Georgia Heavyweight Championship
  • NWA United States Heavyweight Championship (Detroit version)
  • NWA United States Television Championship
  • NWA "Beat the Champ" Television Championship
  • NWA Hawaii Tag Team Championship
  • NWA World Tag Team Championship (Minneapolis version)
  • NWA North American Heavyweight Championship (Amarillo version)
  • National Wrestling Federation Heavyweight Championship
  • National Wrestling Federation North American Heavyweight Championship
  • NWA Brass Knuckles Championship (Texas version)
  • NWA American Heavyweight Championship
  • NWA American Tag Team Championship
  • NWA Texas Heavyweight Championship
  • NWA Texas Tag Team Championship
  • NWA United States Heavyweight Championship (Texas version)
  • NWA Missouri Heavyweight Championship
  • NWA Canadian Heavyweight Championship (Calgary version)

See Also

National Wrestling Alliance

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