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[Don Muraco Gallery]
Wrestler: "Magnificent" Don Muraco
Real Name: Don Muraco
Birthday: September 10, 1949
Hometown: Sunset Beach, Hawaii
Marital Status:
Height & Weight: 6'3" - 270 lbs
Trained by:
Debut:
Previous Gimmicks: Magnificent M -masked-
Don "The Rock" Muraco
Finishing Move: Reverse Piledriver
Asian Spike
Favorite Moves:
Notable Feuds: Bob Backlund
Jimmy Snuka
Tito Santana
Ricky Steamboat
One Man Gang
Dino Bravo
Ted DiBiase
Cactus Jack
Brian Blair
Steve Williams
Sandman

  • Florida Heavyweight title defeating "The Raging Bull" Manny Fernandez (March 1980);
  • WWF Intercontinental title defeating Pedro Morales (June 20, 1981);
  • WWF Intercontinental title defeating Pedro Morales (January 22, 1983);
  • Stampede North American title defeating Mukhan Singh (December 1988);
  • ECW Eastern Championship Wrestling) World Heavyweight title defeating Jimmy Snuka (October 12, 1992);
  • ECW Eastern Championship Wrestling) World Heavyweight title defeating Sandman (April 3, 1993);


  • In The Beginning:
  • Don Muraco first gained recognition while in the Florida territory of the National Wrestling Alliance..
  • March 1980: Don Muraco captured the Florida title by defeating "The Raging Bull" Manny Fernandez..
  • ~~~~Don Muraco would lose the Florida title to Bugsy McGraw five months later.....

    World Wrestling Federation:
  • 1980: Don Muraco signed a contract with the World Wrestling Federation and debuted with heel manager Lou Albano..
  • June 20, 1981: Don Muraco defeated Pedro Morales to capture the intercontinental title in Philadelphia, PA..
  • Don Muraco held the IC belt for five months before Morales regained it in New York at the famed Madison Square Garden..
  • Don Muraco took time off from the WWF a short time after dropping the IC championship..

    World Wrestling Federation:
  • January 22, 1983: Don Muraco defeated Pedro Morales to become a 2-time Intercontinental champion..
  • Don Muraco had a classic steel cage match with Jimmy Snuka that was one of the most historic matches in history..
  • ~~~Muraco miraculously retained his Intercontinental title after Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka accidentally knocked him out..
  • ~~~Snuka would drag Muraco back in, and delivered his "Superfly Leap" finisher from the top of the cage onto Muraco!
  • February 1984: Tito Santana defeated Don Muraco to end Muraco's 1-year title reign and win the IC championship..

    World Wrestling Federation - "Magnificent" Don Muraco:
  • Don Muraco fired Lou Albano and took Mr. Fuji as his manager and began a feud with Ricky Steamboat..
  • 1985: Don Muraco started subbing for Jesse Ventura regularly on his "Body Shop" talk segment..
  • 1986: Adrian Adonis began his "Flower Shop" segment, and Don Muraco began teaming with Adonis' bodyguard Bob Orton..
  • March 1, 1986 - SNME: Hulk Hogan defeated "Magnificent" Don Muraco by DQ to retain the WWF title..
  • ~~~King Kong Bundy interfered, causing the DQ, and revealing a setup orchestrated by Muraco, Bundy & Bobby Heenan..
  • ~~~Muraco held Hogan chest first into the corner while King Kong Bundy delivered an Avalanche and broke his ribs!
  • March 1987 - Wrestlemania 3: The Can-Am Connection (Rick Martel & Tom Zenk) defeated Don Muraco & Bob Orton..
  • ~~~The Muraco/Orton team broke up on WWF Superstars TV and had a match with Muraco (face) pinning Orton (heel)..

    World Wrestling Federation - Don "The Rock" Muraco:
  • Don Muraco proclaimed that he was finished with tag team partners, and managers, thus dumping Mr. Fuji..
  • Fall 1987: Don Muraco formed a friendship with returning WWF legend "Superstar" Billy Graham..
  • ~~~Billy Graham suffered a career-ending assault at the hands of Butch Reed and One Man Gang..
  • ~~~Don Muraco came to Superstar Billy Graham's aid..
  • 1988 - Wrestlemania IV: Don Muraco defeated Dino Bravo in the first round of the 16-Man WWF Title Tournament..
  • ~~~SECOND ROUND: "Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase (eventual finalist) defeated Don Muraco..
  • August 1988: Don Muraco left the World Wrestling Federation..

    Stampede Wrestling - Don "The Rock" Muraco:
  • Don Muraco went to work for Stu Hart in Calgary for the Stampede Wrestling promotion..
  • December 1988: Don Muraco defeated Makhan Singh to win the Stampede North American title..
  • April 1989: Davey Boy Smith defeated Don Muraco to win the Stampede North American title..

    Universal Wrestling Federation - Don "The Rock" Muraco:
  • Don Muraco signed with Herb Abram's Universal Wrestling Federation promotion..
  • The Rock had matches with Cactus Jack, Brian Blair and Steve Williams while with this promotion until it folded..

    Eastern Championship Wrestling - Don "The Rock" Muraco:
  • Don Muraco signed with Eastern Championship Wrestling later known as Extreme Championship Wrestling..
  • October 12, 1992: Don Muraco defeated Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka for the ECW Heavyweight title..
  • November 16, 1992: Sandman defeated Don Muraco to capture the ECW Heavyweight title..
  • April 3, 1993: Don Muraco defeated Sandman to reclaim the ECW Heavyweight title..
  • August 8, 1993: Tito Santana defeated Don Muraco to win the ECW Heavyweight title..

    Independent Wrestling - Don Muraco:
  • Don Muraco left ECW and continued to work the independent circut..
  • May 23, 1993 - WCW Slamboree: Legends Reunion: Don Muraco participated in a Legends Six-Man Match..
  • ~~~Jimmy Snuka & Don Muraco & Dick Murdoch vs Blackjack Mulligan & Wahoo McDaniel & Jim Brunzel (NO CONTEST)..
  • 1996: Don Muraco presented a WWF Hall of Fame award to former enemy Jimmy Snuka as part of WWF Hall of Fame ceremony..
  • June 2003: Don Muraco lauched his very own promotion called Hawaiian Championship Wrestling (HCW)..
  • March 13, 2004 - WWE: Don "The Rock" Muraco is inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame during a ceremony in New York City!
  • March 14, 2004 - Wrestlemania XX: Don Muraco is honored with all the other Hall of Fame inductees during the Pay Per View..
  • July 9 & 10, 2004--Afa's wXw Show: Don Muraco appeared on a pair of wXw shows managed his son -- Joe Muraco..
  • February 1, 2005--WWE Super Show in Hawaii: The Coach did a special interviewed Don Muraco..
  • August 27, 2005--WrestleReunion: Don & Joe Muraco defeated Bob & Brad Armstrong..
  • March 31, 2007 - Hall of Fame: Mr. Fuji was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame by his protege Don Muraco in Detroit, Michigan..