[Gorilla Monsoon Gallery]
||June 4, 1937
||Married with children
|Height & Weight:
||6’5 - 400
WWWF United States Tag Team Titles (1963, 1965);
Gorilla Monsoon broke in to wrestling in the early 1960s, wrestling under the name Gino Marella..
Gorilla Monsoon debuted in Pedro Martinez’ promotion based in Rochester, New York where he wrestled Baron Gatoni..
Gorilla Monsoon was introduced as hailing from Manchuria, China..
Gorilla Monsoon formed a friendship with Vince McMahon Sr. and became a shareholder in the World Wide Wrestling Federation..
Gorilla Monsoon owned 1/6 of the WWWF and controlled bookings in several WWWF territories..
Gorilla Monsoon once picked up Mohummad Ali and applied the Airplane Spin in a very memorable WWWF moment..
Gorilla Monsoon received several WWWF title shots at then champion Bruno Sammartino in Madison Square Garden but never won it..
Gorilla Monsoon & Bruiser Brody allegedly had a backstage fight, which lead to Brody being blackballed from the WWF..
Gorilla Monsoon challenged then WWF IC champion, Ken Patera, to a title match, saying if he didn't win the title, he would retire..
~~~The match was stopped after Gorilla Monsoon suffered a cut on his face, and true to his word, Gorilla Monsoon retired..
March 1, 1980: Gorilla Monsoon wrestles his final match defeating Mikel Scicluna..
Gorilla Monsoon moved into a commentary position where he hosted MSG cards, as well as being a top booker and road agent..
Gorilla Monsoon came out of retirement once, to substitute for Andre the Giant at an MSG event..
Gorilla Monsoon teamed with Rick Martel & Tony Garea to defeat Stan Hansen, Lou Albano & Moondog Rex..
Gorilla Monsoon was defeated by Ken Patera and later said that Patera had "put the nail in the coffin of my career"..
Vince Sr. requested that Vince Jr. would to take financial care of certain employees/friends who worked alongside Vince Sr. for years..
Vince Jr. took over the WWF, Gorilla Monsoon sold his shares to him and in return, Monsoon was insured lifetime employment..
1983: Gorilla Monsoon was one of the first to accept Big John Studd's ‘bodyslam’ challenge..
Gorilla Monsoon & Jesse Ventura became the announcing team for most WWF pay per views in the 1980s..
Gorilla Monsoon & Jesse Ventura formed one of the most legendary commentary teams in the industry..
Gorilla Monsoon also hosted WWF TV shows Wrestling Challenge, Prime Time Wrestling, & All-American Wrestling..
Gorilla Monsoon also formed one of the most entertaining on-air partnerships with his real life friend Bobby Heenan..
Gorilla Monsoon created the "Gorilla Position" - the entrance way, which separates the ‘inside’ of the arena from ‘backstage’..
1993: Gorilla Monsoon steps down from being lead ppv announcer to a Colliseum Home Video commentator..
1993: Gorilla Monsoon & Bobby Heenan start a feud which resulted in Monsoon kicking Heenan out of the WWF!
June 9, 1994: Gorilla Monsoon is inducted into the WWF Hall of Fame..
1994: Gorilla Monsoon's son, referee Joey Marella, dies in a car accident..
Gorilla Monsoon fills in as a commentator in King of the Ring ‘94 and Survivor Series ‘94..
1995: Gorilla Monsoon becomes Interim President of the WWF when President Jack Tunney retires..
January 1996: Gorilla Monsoon suspends Vader, and is attacked and VaderBombed on RAW..
WrestleMania XII: Gorilla Monsoon is officially announced as WWF President..
1997: Gorilla Monsoon steps down from his position as WWF President due to illness..
1998: Gorilla Monsoon joins the WWF International broadcast team..
Gorilla appears on a WWF Attitude commercial featuring WWWF alumni Fred Blassie, Ernie Ladd, Pat Patterson, Killer Kowalski..
WrestleMania XV: Gorilla Monsoon makes his final public appearance as the third judge for the Butterbean/Bart Gunn Brawl 4 All bout..
~~~Gorilla Monsoon receives an enormous standing ovation from the crowd..
Gorilla Monsoon was known as ‘Gino’ to his fellow colleagues/friends for many years in the WWWF/WWF..
~~~At times his fellow announcers would openly acknowledge him as Gino on TV..
October 6, 1999: Gorilla Monsoon dies of heart failure after a long battle with illness..
Gorilla Monsoon was one of the most knowledgeable and wittiest commentators who mastered both play-by-play & color roles..
~~~His voice will forever be remembered and will always represent the nostalgic and the glorious era of the 1980s..