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Former WWE superstar Miss Elizabeth Passing Away — THE REAL CAUSE OF HER DEATH — AUTOPSY

The world of sports entertainment provides us with treasured memories and an escape from everyday stress. That doesn’t mean its stars – like Miss Elizabeth – are immune from troubles of their own.

On July 30th, 1985, a sequined shadow was cast across the WWE. The managers of the time were in contention to offer their services to one of the biggest stars in the company, Macho Man Randy Savage (AKA Randall Poffo). When he announced his choice, an unknown woman made her way to the ring who was so beautiful, Bruno Sammartino remarked that she must be “some sort of movie star”. Miss Elizabeth had arrived.

She was beautiful. She was desired. She was 42 years old when she died.

Miss Elizabeth

Her role as Macho Man’s manager was the formal introduction of Elizabeth Ann Hulette to the world of professional wrestling. Hulette and Poffo had met years before on the independent circuit and were married in December 1984, but this wouldn’t be acknowledged until the infamous “Match Made in Heaven” kayfabe wedding in 1991 at Madison Square Garden. Hulette’s soft-spoken demeanor was an unconventional – but successful – balance to Macho Man’s larger than life personality.

Miss Elizabeth WWF

No other woman in WWE history would be more polarizing than the self-proclaimed, “First Lady of Wrestling.” During her career in WWE that ran from 1985 to 1992, Miss Elizabeth was the catalyst for feuds between Macho Man and George “The Animal” Steele, The Honky Tonk Man, Ric Flair, and most notably, Hulk Hogan. Hulette and Poffo divorced in 1992 and other than a brief mention in WWF Magazine the dissolution was never featured as an angle in any of Savage’s future matches.

Miss Elizabeth

A brief stint in WCW saw Miss Elizabeth aligning with such powerful factions as The Four Horseman, the New World Order, and the short-lived Team Package (Ric Flair and Lex Luger). It was during this time she and Luger began a relationship which continued after they both left the company in 2000. This toxic romance (which included at least one domestic violence incident) would ultimately lead to her death.

The Autopsy of Miss Elizabeth
Miss Elizabeth

Some time during the late evening of April 30th, 2003, Hulette stopped breathing. Luger dialed 911 and she was rushed to a nearby hospital in Marietta, Georgia where she was pronounced dead the next day.

The official cause of death was listed as a mixture of painkillers, nausea medication, tranquilizers, and alcohol. Her blood alcohol level was recorded as 0.29. A BAC at or above 0.08 is legally impaired and anything above 0.25 is considered alcohol poisoning.

Miss Elizabeth

A search of their home led to Luger’s arrest on 13 counts of felony drug possession after police discovered steroids, synthetic growth hormones, testosterone, oxycotin, and xanax. He pled guilty to all charges and was subsequently fined, ordered to undergo periodic drug testing, and placed on five years probation. Luger was never charged in connection with Hulette’s death which was ultimately ruled “accidental”.

Miss Elizabeth

Despite still being prominently featured in promotional packages as well as having an active profile on WWE.com, Miss Elizabeth is not a member of the company’s Hall of Fame. She won a Slammy Award in 1987 for “Woman of the Year” and has appeared as a non-playable character in the WWE 2K14 and 2K16 video games. The circumstances of her death have undoubtedly played a part in this noticeable – and unfortunate – absence.

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WWE NEWS: Miss Elizabeth Passing Away — THE REAL CAUSE OF HER DEATH — AUTOPSY

Miss ElizabethThe world of sports entertainment provides us with treasured memories and an escape from everyday stress. That doesn’t mean its stars – like Miss Elizabeth – are immune from troubles of their own.

 

 

On July 30th, 1985, a sequined shadow was cast across the WWE. The managers of the time were in contention to offer their services to one of the biggest stars in the company, Macho Man Randy Savage (AKA Randall Poffo). When he announced his choice, an unknown woman made her way to the ring who was so beautiful, Bruno Sammartino remarked that she must be “some sort of movie star”. Miss Elizabeth had arrived.

She was beautiful. She was desired. She was 42 years old when she died.

Miss Elizabeth

Her role as Macho Man’s manager was the formal introduction of Elizabeth Ann Hulette to the world of professional wrestling. Hulette and Poffo had met years before on the independent circuit and were married in December 1984, but this wouldn’t be acknowledged until the infamous “Match Made in Heaven” kayfabe wedding in 1991 at Madison Square Garden. Hulette’s soft-spoken demeanor was an unconventional – but successful – balance to Macho Man’s larger than life personality.

Miss Elizabeth WWF

No other woman in WWE history would be more polarizing than the self-proclaimed, “First Lady of Wrestling.” During her career in WWE that ran from 1985 to 1992, Miss Elizabeth was the catalyst for feuds between Macho Man and George “The Animal” Steele, The Honky Tonk Man, Ric Flair, and most notably, Hulk Hogan. Hulette and Poffo divorced in 1992 and other than a brief mention in WWF Magazine the dissolution was never featured as an angle in any of Savage’s future matches.

Miss Elizabeth

A brief stint in WCW saw Miss Elizabeth aligning with such powerful factions as The Four Horseman, the New World Order, and the short-lived Team Package (Ric Flair and Lex Luger). It was during this time she and Luger began a relationship which continued after they both left the company in 2000. This toxic romance (which included at least one domestic violence incident) would ultimately lead to her death.

The Autopsy of Miss Elizabeth
Miss Elizabeth

Some time during the late evening of April 30th, 2003, Hulette stopped breathing. Luger dialed 911 and she was rushed to a nearby hospital in Marietta, Georgia where she was pronounced dead the next day.

The official cause of death was listed as a mixture of painkillers, nausea medication, tranquilizers, and alcohol. Her blood alcohol level was recorded as 0.29. A BAC at or above 0.08 is legally impaired and anything above 0.25 is considered alcohol poisoning.

Miss Elizabeth

A search of their home led to Luger’s arrest on 13 counts of felony drug possession after police discovered steroids, synthetic growth hormones, testosterone, oxycotin, and xanax. He pled guilty to all charges and was subsequently fined, ordered to undergo periodic drug testing, and placed on five years probation. Luger was never charged in connection with Hulette’s death which was ultimately ruled “accidental”.

Miss Elizabeth

Despite still being prominently featured in promotional packages as well as having an active profile on WWE.com, Miss Elizabeth is not a member of the company’s Hall of Fame. She won a Slammy Award in 1987 for “Woman of the Year” and has appeared as a non-playable character in the WWE 2K14 and 2K16 video games. The circumstances of her death have undoubtedly played a part in this noticeable – and unfortunate – absence.

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Miss Elizabeth Passing Away — THE REAL CAUSE OF HER DEATH — AUTOPSY

The world of sports entertainment provides us with treasured memories and an escape from everyday stress. That doesn’t mean its stars – like Miss Elizabeth – are immune from troubles of their own.

On July 30th, 1985, a sequined shadow was cast across the WWE. The managers of the time were in contention to offer their services to one of the biggest stars in the company, Macho Man Randy Savage (AKA Randall Poffo). When he announced his choice, an unknown woman made her way to the ring who was so beautiful, Bruno Sammartino remarked that she must be “some sort of movie star”. Miss Elizabeth had arrived.

She was beautiful. She was desired. She was 42 years old when she died.

Miss Elizabeth

Her role as Macho Man’s manager was the formal introduction of Elizabeth Ann Hulette to the world of professional wrestling. Hulette and Poffo had met years before on the independent circuit and were married in December 1984, but this wouldn’t be acknowledged until the infamous “Match Made in Heaven” kayfabe wedding in 1991 at Madison Square Garden. Hulette’s soft-spoken demeanor was an unconventional – but successful – balance to Macho Man’s larger than life personality.

Miss Elizabeth WWF

No other woman in WWE history would be more polarizing than the self-proclaimed, “First Lady of Wrestling.” During her career in WWE that ran from 1985 to 1992, Miss Elizabeth was the catalyst for feuds between Macho Man and George “The Animal” Steele, The Honky Tonk Man, Ric Flair, and most notably, Hulk Hogan. Hulette and Poffo divorced in 1992 and other than a brief mention in WWF Magazine the dissolution was never featured as an angle in any of Savage’s future matches.

Miss Elizabeth

A brief stint in WCW saw Miss Elizabeth aligning with such powerful factions as The Four Horseman, the New World Order, and the short-lived Team Package (Ric Flair and Lex Luger). It was during this time she and Luger began a relationship which continued after they both left the company in 2000. This toxic romance (which included at least one domestic violence incident) would ultimately lead to her death.

The Autopsy of Miss Elizabeth
Miss Elizabeth

Some time during the late evening of April 30th, 2003, Hulette stopped breathing. Luger dialed 911 and she was rushed to a nearby hospital in Marietta, Georgia where she was pronounced dead the next day.

The official cause of death was listed as a mixture of painkillers, nausea medication, tranquilizers, and alcohol. Her blood alcohol level was recorded as 0.29. A BAC at or above 0.08 is legally impaired and anything above 0.25 is considered alcohol poisoning.

Miss Elizabeth

A search of their home led to Luger’s arrest on 13 counts of felony drug possession after police discovered steroids, synthetic growth hormones, testosterone, oxycotin, and xanax. He pled guilty to all charges and was subsequently fined, ordered to undergo periodic drug testing, and placed on five years probation. Luger was never charged in connection with Hulette’s death which was ultimately ruled “accidental”.

Miss Elizabeth

Despite still being prominently featured in promotional packages as well as having an active profile on WWE.com, Miss Elizabeth is not a member of the company’s Hall of Fame. She won a Slammy Award in 1987 for “Woman of the Year” and has appeared as a non-playable character in the WWE 2K14 and 2K16 video games. The circumstances of her death have undoubtedly played a part in this noticeable – and unfortunate – absence.

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The feud that kept Bruno Sammartino away from Wrestling for 25 years

Bruno Sammartino actBruno Sammartino was one of the wrestlers who helped bring the WWF to relevance. When he passed away following multiple organ failure, the organization was the one to announce it.

 

 

 

Yet, there was a 25-year stretch when Sammartino and Vince McMahon were enemies as “The Living Legend” went from famed performer to outspoken critic.

Sammartino’s ring days were essentially done in the late ’80s, but he was still connected to the WWF as a commentator and through guest roles.

But Sammartino grew disgusted with the infiltration of steroids that appeared to take over the sport and the outlandish storylines McMahon turned to during the infamous Attitude Era.

Bruno Sammartino

“I’m hoping some wrestling-minded people will come back into the scene and perhaps start back from basics, get some good-looking athletes, get away from the steroid crap and painted faces,” Sammartino told Lee Banaka in a 1991 interview, via Bleacher Report.

Sammartino had a sporadic role with WWF’s main competition, WCW, and squared off with McMahon in several public forums including “Donahue” and “Larry King Live.”

Bruno Sammartino and Vince Mcmahon

As Sammartino stayed away, McMahon oversaw WWF’s skyrocketing popularity. Stars like “Stone Cold” Steve Austin carried the sport to a ratings goliath. Beer drinking, sexual innuendos and middle fingers became the norm for telecasts.

“I didn’t care for Steve Austin because of his mouth,” Sammartino said. “He was a very, very vulgar individual and anybody who is like that I can never be a fan of. So, any of his positives were overshadowed by the negatives.”

After years of rebuffing WWF — now WWE — Sammartino accepted a spot in the Hall of Fame in 2013. Ironically, it was Triple H who initially came to prominence as the leader of DX — the faces of the Attitude Era — who convinced him to return. Leading up to his induction, Sammartino said he had yet to speak to McMahon.

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“Now, yes, as you said he is the boss, so I feel that from my conversations with Paul Levesque (Triple H) and the agreements we’ve come to and so forth, I do believe he had to speak to Vince, and Vince of course had to agree,” Sammartino told Bleacher Report in 2013.

“But as far as myself, I will see him for the first time at Madison Square Garden at the Hall of Fame. But I have not talked to him, and as far as I know, there aren’t any plans for us to talk until we meet in person at that time.

So when that time comes, we shall meet in person and if he wants to bury the hatchet as the old saying goes, I commend him for the changes that he made.

Bruno-Sammartino-WWE-Network-Collection-

“I criticized him before, and I will give him credit because these changes could not have taken place without his approval. So, you know, I have to be fair too here.

So, when I meet him I will shake his hand and I will tell him, ‘Hey, I’m willing to bury the hatchet, I didn’t like what you did before, but I like a lot of what you have done since, so I’m willing to put our past behind us.’”

Levesque, who is McMahon’s son-in-law and an executive vice president for WWE, had convinced Sammartino that they had implemented stricter steroid testing and that the changes were evident.

Bruno Sammartino act

“When he contacted me, I was curious, wasn’t convinced, but after a while he started telling me about not only about the drug program and how strict they were, but he started talking about how they were making it more family friendly by doing away with the nudity and vulgarity and the profanity and all that,” Sammartino said.

McMahon and Sammartino would reunite before his induction and the hatched was, in fact, buried. Sammartino told “The NB Show” that the two embraced during a private meeting and both were satisfied with the direction of the sport. When Sammartino died at the age of 82, McMahon had nothing but kind words for one of wrestling’s pioneers.

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The feud that kept Bruno Sammartino away from Wrestling for 25 years

Bruno Sammartino actBruno Sammartino was one of the wrestlers who helped bring the WWF to relevance. When he passed away following multiple organ failure, the organization was the one to announce it.

 

 

 

Yet, there was a 25-year stretch when Sammartino and Vince McMahon were enemies as “The Living Legend” went from famed performer to outspoken critic.

Sammartino’s ring days were essentially done in the late ’80s, but he was still connected to the WWF as a commentator and through guest roles.

But Sammartino grew disgusted with the infiltration of steroids that appeared to take over the sport and the outlandish storylines McMahon turned to during the infamous Attitude Era.

Bruno Sammartino

“I’m hoping some wrestling-minded people will come back into the scene and perhaps start back from basics, get some good-looking athletes, get away from the steroid crap and painted faces,” Sammartino told Lee Banaka in a 1991 interview, via Bleacher Report.

Sammartino had a sporadic role with WWF’s main competition, WCW, and squared off with McMahon in several public forums including “Donahue” and “Larry King Live.”

Bruno Sammartino and Vince Mcmahon

As Sammartino stayed away, McMahon oversaw WWF’s skyrocketing popularity. Stars like “Stone Cold” Steve Austin carried the sport to a ratings goliath. Beer drinking, sexual innuendos and middle fingers became the norm for telecasts.

“I didn’t care for Steve Austin because of his mouth,” Sammartino said. “He was a very, very vulgar individual and anybody who is like that I can never be a fan of. So, any of his positives were overshadowed by the negatives.”

After years of rebuffing WWF — now WWE — Sammartino accepted a spot in the Hall of Fame in 2013. Ironically, it was Triple H who initially came to prominence as the leader of DX — the faces of the Attitude Era — who convinced him to return. Leading up to his induction, Sammartino said he had yet to speak to McMahon.

Bruno Sammartino age

“Now, yes, as you said he is the boss, so I feel that from my conversations with Paul Levesque (Triple H) and the agreements we’ve come to and so forth, I do believe he had to speak to Vince, and Vince of course had to agree,” Sammartino told Bleacher Report in 2013.

“But as far as myself, I will see him for the first time at Madison Square Garden at the Hall of Fame. But I have not talked to him, and as far as I know, there aren’t any plans for us to talk until we meet in person at that time.

So when that time comes, we shall meet in person and if he wants to bury the hatchet as the old saying goes, I commend him for the changes that he made.

Bruno-Sammartino-WWE-Network-Collection-

“I criticized him before, and I will give him credit because these changes could not have taken place without his approval. So, you know, I have to be fair too here.

So, when I meet him I will shake his hand and I will tell him, ‘Hey, I’m willing to bury the hatchet, I didn’t like what you did before, but I like a lot of what you have done since, so I’m willing to put our past behind us.’”

Levesque, who is McMahon’s son-in-law and an executive vice president for WWE, had convinced Sammartino that they had implemented stricter steroid testing and that the changes were evident.

Bruno Sammartino act

“When he contacted me, I was curious, wasn’t convinced, but after a while he started telling me about not only about the drug program and how strict they were, but he started talking about how they were making it more family friendly by doing away with the nudity and vulgarity and the profanity and all that,” Sammartino said.

McMahon and Sammartino would reunite before his induction and the hatched was, in fact, buried. Sammartino told “The NB Show” that the two embraced during a private meeting and both were satisfied with the direction of the sport. When Sammartino died at the age of 82, McMahon had nothing but kind words for one of wrestling’s pioneers.

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The feud that kept NWA Legend Bruno Sammartino away from wrestling for 25 years

Bruno Sammartino actBruno Sammartino was one of the wrestlers who helped bring the WWF to relevance. When he passed away following multiple organ failure, the organization was the one to announce it.

 

 

 

Yet, there was a 25-year stretch when Sammartino and Vince McMahon were enemies as “The Living Legend” went from famed performer to outspoken critic.

Sammartino’s ring days were essentially done in the late ’80s, but he was still connected to the WWF as a commentator and through guest roles.

But Sammartino grew disgusted with the infiltration of steroids that appeared to take over the sport and the outlandish storylines McMahon turned to during the infamous Attitude Era.

Bruno Sammartino

“I’m hoping some wrestling-minded people will come back into the scene and perhaps start back from basics, get some good-looking athletes, get away from the steroid crap and painted faces,” Sammartino told Lee Banaka in a 1991 interview, via Bleacher Report.

Sammartino had a sporadic role with WWF’s main competition, WCW, and squared off with McMahon in several public forums including “Donahue” and “Larry King Live.”

Bruno Sammartino and Vince Mcmahon

As Sammartino stayed away, McMahon oversaw WWF’s skyrocketing popularity. Stars like “Stone Cold” Steve Austin carried the sport to a ratings goliath. Beer drinking, sexual innuendos and middle fingers became the norm for telecasts.

“I didn’t care for Steve Austin because of his mouth,” Sammartino said. “He was a very, very vulgar individual and anybody who is like that I can never be a fan of. So, any of his positives were overshadowed by the negatives.”

After years of rebuffing WWF — now WWE — Sammartino accepted a spot in the Hall of Fame in 2013. Ironically, it was Triple H who initially came to prominence as the leader of DX — the faces of the Attitude Era — who convinced him to return. Leading up to his induction, Sammartino said he had yet to speak to McMahon.

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“Now, yes, as you said he is the boss, so I feel that from my conversations with Paul Levesque (Triple H) and the agreements we’ve come to and so forth, I do believe he had to speak to Vince, and Vince of course had to agree,” Sammartino told Bleacher Report in 2013.

“But as far as myself, I will see him for the first time at Madison Square Garden at the Hall of Fame. But I have not talked to him, and as far as I know, there aren’t any plans for us to talk until we meet in person at that time.

So when that time comes, we shall meet in person and if he wants to bury the hatchet as the old saying goes, I commend him for the changes that he made.

Bruno-Sammartino-WWE-Network-Collection-

“I criticized him before, and I will give him credit because these changes could not have taken place without his approval. So, you know, I have to be fair too here.

So, when I meet him I will shake his hand and I will tell him, ‘Hey, I’m willing to bury the hatchet, I didn’t like what you did before, but I like a lot of what you have done since, so I’m willing to put our past behind us.’”

Levesque, who is McMahon’s son-in-law and an executive vice president for WWE, had convinced Sammartino that they had implemented stricter steroid testing and that the changes were evident.

Bruno Sammartino act

“When he contacted me, I was curious, wasn’t convinced, but after a while he started telling me about not only about the drug program and how strict they were, but he started talking about how they were making it more family friendly by doing away with the nudity and vulgarity and the profanity and all that,” Sammartino said.

McMahon and Sammartino would reunite before his induction and the hatched was, in fact, buried. Sammartino told “The NB Show” that the two embraced during a private meeting and both were satisfied with the direction of the sport. When Sammartino died at the age of 82, McMahon had nothing but kind words for one of wrestling’s pioneers.

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Pedro Morales Dead At 76: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know About Morales’ Life & Death

Pedro Morales DeadPedro Morales, the former WWE Champion, has died at the age of 76 following a battle with Parkinson’s disease. Reporter Hugo Savinovich was the first to report that Morales, a one-time champion of the WWWF, had passed away on February 12. Morales spent over 1,000 days as the company’s champion between 1971, after he defeated Ivan Koloff, until 1973, when he would drop the belt to Stan Stasiak.

 

 

During his career, Morales also held the Intercontinental title and the tag-team titles, alongside Bob Backlund. This made him the first Triple Crown Champion in the company’s history. Some of those who would follow him in this regard include Bret Hart, Steve Austin and Shawn Michaels.

Here’s what you need to know:


1. Morales Was ‘Arguably’ Puerto Rico’s Greatest Ever Wrestler

WWE Hall of Famer Pedro Morales Dies
WWE Hall of Famer Pedro Morales Dies

Morales was a native of Puerto Rico who grew up in Brooklyn. Morales has been referred to in the past as, “Arguably the greatest wrestler to ever come out of Puerto Rico.” In his storied career wrestled for World Wrestling Associates, New Japan Pro Wrestling, Mid-Pacific Promotions and NWA San Francisco.

In retirement, Morales, his wife, Karen, and their son Pedro Junior, settled in the Woodbridge Township of New Jersey where he adopted a less hazardous hobby in gardening.


2. Morales Was at the Center of What Many Wrestling Fans Believe Was the 1st ‘Face v Face’ Feud

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Morales will forever be remembered by fans for his battles with Stan Stasiak, Larry Henning and Mr. Fuji, during the 1970s. During one battle, alongside Bruno Sammartino, with Mr. Fuji and Professor Tanaka at Shea Stadium, a misunderstanding between the two “good guys” led to what many believe to be the first feud between two “good guys” in professional wrestling.


3. Morales Was Inducted Into the WWE Hall of Fame in 1995 & the Wrestling Observer Hall of Fame in 2017

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Morales was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 1995. More recently, in December 2017, Morales was inducted into the Wrestling Observer Hall of Fame. According to his official profile on the WWE website, Morales made his professional wrestling debut in 1959 when he was still a teenager. That bio describes him as a “workmanlike” wrestler who adopted the Boston Crab as his finisher. It goes on to say that his conditioning would often seem him outwork his opponents.

The final paragraph of that tribute reads, “Because Morales was a soft-spoken man who didn’t do outrageous things, he is sometimes overlooked when the names of the all-time greats are mentioned. However, in addition to being one of the greatest to ever set foot in a ring, Morales was loved by the public and well-respected by his peers.”


4. Some Viewed Morales as ‘Never Clicking’ With Fans While He Was WWE Champion

 

Bruno Sammartino and Pedro Morales
Bruno Sammartino and Pedro Morales

In April 2018, one of Morales’ contemporaries, Bruno Sammartino, died. A Ringer tribute to him mentioned that Morales was the “paradigm of the scientific wrestler.” The same piece mentions that the reason Morales run at the top wasn’t very long was because he didn’t “click” with audiences in the same manner as Sammartino.


5. Morales’ Death Has Led to an Outpouring of Emotion Among Wrestling Stars Past & Present

 

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WWE Hall of Famer Pedro Morales Dies

As news of Morales tragic passing spread, many current and former professional wrestling stars took to Twitter to pay tribute to the legend. Here are some of the most poignant messages:

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The Life of Pedro Morales and the Legacy He Left Behind…

Pedro Morales is deadLet’s take a look back at the storied career of WWE legend Pedro Morales!

Recently, the world of professional wrestling was informed of the tragic news that former WWWF (World) Heavyweight Champion Pedro Morales passed away on February 12, 2019, at the age of 76.

 

Pedro was an incredible talent who had a career that lasted for 28 years! Not only was he the first Latino WWE Champion, but he was also the first Triple Crown Champion (World Champion, Tag Team Champion, and Intercontinental Champion), and stayed the only Triple Crown Champion in WWE for 12 years. Pedro was a true inspiration to many, especially to all of the Hispanic wrestlers. Today, I take a look into the life of Pedro and the legacy he left behind.

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Pedro made his debut in 1959 in New York City in a winning effort against Howard LaVine. Throughout the next few years, Pedro toured around the East Coast and even teamed with inaugural WWE Tag Team Champions Miguel Pérez Jr. and Argentina Apollo. Pedro’s career started to pick up in 1965 when he started to wrestle full-time for Worldwide Wrestling Associates (WWA) based out of California.

 

He defeated many credible challengers before winning the WWA World Heavyweight Championship from Dick Beyer on March 12, 1965, just months after his WWA debut. Pedro continued to pick up a lot of consecutive victories, including a rematch against Dick Beyer within the next few months. On July 23, 1965, Morales dropped the WWA Championship to Luke Graham before winning it back on October 17, 1965. During his WWA Title reign, Pedro claimed his first of four WWA World Tag Team Championship with Luis Hernandez. On August 5, 1966, Pedro dropped the World Championship to Buddy Austin. After dropping the WWA World Heavyweight Championship, Pedro stayed in the midcard and tag team division for his remaining two years in the WWA.

In late-1968, Pedro started with Mid-Pacific Promotions. He started on a roll by quickly winning the Hawaii Heavyweight Championship in 1969. He also won the Hawaii Tag Team Championship three times with Ed Francis twice and Bing Ki Lee once.

Pedro Morales made his first full-time debut with the WWWF in November 1970.

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WWE Hall of Famer Pedro Morales Dies at age 76

Pedro made his first full-time debut with the WWWF in November 1970 by teaming with Chief Jay Strongbow against The Mongols, a match that ended in a draw. On January 7, 1971, Pedro defeated Freddie Blassie to win the vacant WWWF United States Heavyweight Championship (not to be confused with the current WWE United States Championship, this title was deactivated in 1976) This title reign didn’t last very long though, because Pedro won the WWWF World Heavyweight Championship a month and one day later. On February 8, 1972, Pedro defeated Ivan Koloff in Madison Square Garden to become the WWWF World Heavyweight Champion, the first Latino Superstar to claim such an honor.

 

Unfortunately, Pedro lost the right to be able to call himself “World Champion” after the WWWF rejoined the NWA hours later and the NWA forced the WWWF to drop the “World” from the title, making him the WWWF Heavyweight Champion. He went onto hold the title for 1,027 days.

 

Bob Backlund and Pedro Morales
Bob Backlund and Pedro Morales

Pedro’s reign included defenses against George Steele and an incredible defense against Bruno Sammartino in a match that last over an hour at the 1972 Showdown at Shea event. Eventually, Pedro’s amazing reign came to an end when Stan Stasiak defeated him on December 1, 1973. Through the next year-and-a-half, Pedro stayed dominating through the upper-midcard before eventually leaving the WWWF in March of ’75.

 

Throughout the next five years, Pedro Morales went to San Francisco, Florida, Canada, Japan, and minor stints throughout the entire world. In San Francisco, Pedro won the NWA San Francisco Tag Team Championship. In Florida, he won the NWA World Tag Team Championship. Pedro toured the world, usually winning, the only notable loses he had was the multiple times he challenged for the NWA Worlds Heavyweight Championship, losing each time. If anybody didn’t know who Pedro Morales was before his world tour, they did now.

Pedro Morales passes away
Pedro Morales passes away at age 76

In 1980, Pedro returned to the WWF (The WWF dropped the second W, “Wide”) and quickly won the WWF World Tag Team Championship with WWF Heavyweight Champion Bob Backlund, although due to Backlund being Heavyweight Champion, Morales and Backlund had to vacate the titles. On December 8, 1980, Pedro won the WWF Intercontinental Championship from Ken Patera, making himself the first Triple Crown Champion in WWE history.

 

Pedro had a long on-and-off rivalry with Don Muraco for the title through the next two-and-a-half years, which included two title changes, Muraco winning the belt, and Pedro winning it back, making him the first two-time Intercontinental Champion. On January 22, 1983, Muraco got the last laugh when he won the Intercontinental Title from Pedro, and Pedro never took it back.

Bruno Sammartino and Pedro Morales
Bruno Sammartino and Pedro Morales

Throughout the next five years, Pedro spent a lot of time doing international tours for the WWF, most notably in Puerto Rico and in New-Japan Pro Wrestling. He stayed in the upper-midcard for the next five years, his only WrestleMania match was at WrestleMania 2 in the WWF vs. NFL Battle Royal. His final match was a Battle Royal on November 16, 1987.

Pedro was a part of the Class of 1995 WWE Hall of Fame.

 

Pedro was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 1995. He moved away from pro wrestling in the 2000s, blaming the over-characterization of today’s content as the reason. Pedro lives on forever in the hearts of every wrestling fan. He left his legacy as the first Latino WWE Champion, and the first WWE Triple Crown Champion. He is an incredible inspiration to many Latino (and just in-general) Superstars in this business.

Pedro Morales

To Pedro: You were a man who turned a dream into a reality, a reality into a lifestyle, a lifestyle into a legacy, and a legacy into something to aspire to be. You will be missed by everyone who ever laid their eyes on you. May you forever Rest in Peace.

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WWE Hall of Fame Wrestler Who Passed Away At 79 After Suffering Kidney Failure — See All You Need To Know About This Legend

George The Animal SteeleWho was WWE Hall of Fame wrestler who died at 79 – all you need to know about him

The wrestler died from kidney failure at the age of 79 and was a fan favourite during the end of his time at WWF

WRESTLING legend George Steele has sadly passed away at the age of 79 due to kidney failure.

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Nicknamed ‘The Animal’ he became a WWE Hall of Famer in 1995, before also embarking as an actor, author and school teacher.


George ‘The Animal’ Steele has sadly passed away after suffering from kidney failure:
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Who was George “The Animal” Steele?

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Steele, real name William James Myers was born in 1937 in Detroit, Michigan.

At high school he showed promise as a budding sports star, excelling in baseball, basketball, football and track running – a knee career ended hope of a football career after he enrolled as Michigan State University.

It was there he gained a bachelor of science degree and a master’s degree from Central Michigan University, where he became a teacher, and a wrestling and football coach at Madison High School in Michigan.

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Along with with being dyslexic, he was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease in 1988 – he had three children with his wife Pat who he married in 1956.

What was George Steele best known for?

He was scouted by the World Wrestling Federation champion Bruno Sammartino after his strength shone when wrestling in Detroit.

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Famed for his hairy torso and green tongue, he played the wildman character to perfection, regularly tearing up the turnbuckle’s with his teeth and using the stuffing as a weapon.

He was a villain for nearly 20 years and had a famous feud with ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage after they both fought for the attention of ‘Miss Elizabeth.’

After retiring in 1988 due to Crohn’s disease, he made his acting debut as Tor Johnson in Ed Burton’s ‘Ed Wood.’

What awards/championships did Steele win during his career?

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In 1995, he was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame, a huge achievement given it was only established two years prior. Ten years later George “The Animal” Steele was honoured as a member of the professional Wrestling Hall of Fame.

He never won the WWE title during his career despite coming close on occasions, but did win a Slammy award in 1987 for the ‘Best Performance by an Animal.’

Steele was a one-time NWF North American Heavyweight Champion with the National Wrestling Federation and a GWA Heavyweight Champion with the Grande Wrestling Alliance.

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WWE Hall of Fame Wrestler Who Passed Away At 79 After Suffering Kidney Failure — All You Need To Know About Him

George The Animal SteeleWho was WWE Hall of Fame wrestler who died at 79 – all you need to know about him

The wrestler died from kidney failure at the age of 79 and was a fan favourite during the end of his time at WWF

WRESTLING legend George Steele has sadly passed away at the age of 79 due to kidney failure.

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Nicknamed ‘The Animal’ he became a WWE Hall of Famer in 1995, before also embarking as an actor, author and school teacher.


George ‘The Animal’ Steele has sadly passed away after suffering from kidney failure:
Here’s everything you need to know about the veteran wrestler…

Who was George “The Animal” Steele?

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Steele, real name William James Myers was born in 1937 in Detroit, Michigan.

At high school he showed promise as a budding sports star, excelling in baseball, basketball, football and track running – a knee career ended hope of a football career after he enrolled as Michigan State University.

It was there he gained a bachelor of science degree and a master’s degree from Central Michigan University, where he became a teacher, and a wrestling and football coach at Madison High School in Michigan.

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Along with with being dyslexic, he was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease in 1988 – he had three children with his wife Pat who he married in 1956.

What was George Steele best known for?

He was scouted by the World Wrestling Federation champion Bruno Sammartino after his strength shone when wrestling in Detroit.

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Famed for his hairy torso and green tongue, he played the wildman character to perfection, regularly tearing up the turnbuckle’s with his teeth and using the stuffing as a weapon.

He was a villain for nearly 20 years and had a famous feud with ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage after they both fought for the attention of ‘Miss Elizabeth.’

After retiring in 1988 due to Crohn’s disease, he made his acting debut as Tor Johnson in Ed Burton’s ‘Ed Wood.’

What awards/championships did Steele win during his career?

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In 1995, he was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame, a huge achievement given it was only established two years prior. Ten years later George “The Animal” Steele was honoured as a member of the professional Wrestling Hall of Fame.

He never won the WWE title during his career despite coming close on occasions, but did win a Slammy award in 1987 for the ‘Best Performance by an Animal.’

Steele was a one-time NWF North American Heavyweight Champion with the National Wrestling Federation and a GWA Heavyweight Champion with the Grande Wrestling Alliance.