[Greg Valentine Gallery]

Wrestler: Greg "The Hammer" Valentine
Real Name: John Wisniski, Jr.
Birthday: September 10, 1951
Hometown: Seattle, Washington
Marital Status: Married to Julie
Height & Weight: 6'0" - 243 lbs
Trained by: Johnny Valentine
Stu Hart
The Original Sheik
Debut: 1968
Previous Gimmicks: Tokyo Joe -masked- (L.A.)
Baby Face Nelson
Johnny Fargo (WWA)
Johnny Valentine Jr
Blue Knight (Survivor Series 93)
Finishing Move: Figure Four Leg Lock
Favorite Moves: Elbow
Notable Feuds: "Rowdy" Roddy Piper
Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka
Tito Santana
Don Muraco
British Bulldogs
Ronnie Garvin

  • NWA United States Heavyweight title (3);
  • NWA (Mid Atlantic) World Tag Team titles w/Ric Flair (2);
  • NWA (Mid Atlantic) World Tag Team titles w/Baron von Raschke ();
  • NWA (Mid Atlantic) World Tag Team titles w/Ray Stevens ();
  • Mid Atlantic Tag Team titles ();
  • Mid Atlantic Television title ();
  • NWA Canadian title ();
  • WWF Intercontinental title defeating Tito Santana (September 24, 1984);
  • WWF World Tag Team titles w/Brutus Beefcake defeating The U.S. Express ();
  • WCW United States Tag Team titles ();
  • AWF (American Wrestling Federation) Tag Team titles w/Tommy Rich ();
  • IWCCW title ();

  • In The Beginning:
  • Greg Valentine is the son of the late, great, Johnny Valentine..

    Getting into the Business:
  • Greg Valentine began his career wrestling as "Johnny Fargo" a memeber of the Fabulous Fargos family..
  • 1972: Johnny Fargo & Don Fargo captured the NWF Tag Team titles together..
  • Greg was also sometimes announced as Johnny Valentine's younger brother (to de-emphasize the elder Valentine's age)..

    Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling:
  • 1976: Greg Valentine arrived in the Mid-Atlantic area after his father had been severely injured in a plane crash..
  • 1976: Valentine immediately won the Mid-Atlantic Television title and formed a tag team with Ric Flair..
  • 1976: Greg Valentine & Ric Flair began a year-long feud against the Anderson Brothers, Ole & Gene Anderson..
  • 1977: Greg Valentine & Ric Flair defeated Gene & Ole Anderson to capture the NWA World Tag Team titles..
  • 1977: Greg Valentine had a brutal feud against Wahoo McDaniel over the Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight title..
  • ~~~This feud included Greg Valentine wearing his infamous "I BROKE WAHOO'S LEG" t-shirt..
  • 1977: Greg Valentine & Baron von Raschke captured the Mid-Atlantic Tag Team titles..
  • 1979: Greg Valentine won the NWA Canadian title..
  • 1980: Greg Valentine defeated Ric Flair for the NWA United States Heavyweight title..

    World Wide Wrestling Federation:
  • Greg Valentine was a top contender to Bob Backlund's WWWF title..
  • Greg Valentine also feuded with Chief Jay Strongbow and broke his leg, just as he did to Wahoo McDaniel..

    National Wrestling Alliance:
  • Greg Valentine later went back to the National Wrestling Alliance..
  • 1979: Greg Valentine won the NWA Canadian Title, as the Mid-Atlantic promotion's roster also competed in Toronto..
  • 1980: Greg Valentine won another World Tag Team title with Ray "The Crippler" Stevens..
  • 1980: Greg Valentine turned against Ric Flair (who had become a fan-favorite) in a tag team match and broke his nose..
  • July 1980: Greg Valentine defeated Ric Flair for the NWA United States title but he lost it back to Flair in November..
  • 1981: Greg Valentine formed a tag team with Roddy Piper, and continued his feud with Ric Flair..
  • Greg Valentine swapped the Television title with Sweet Ebony Diamond (Rocky Johnson)..

    World Wide Wrestling Federation:
  • 1981: Greg Valentine re-entered the WWWF and was managed by the Grand Wizard..
  • 1981: Greg Valentine apparently won the WWWF title from Bob Backlund when the referee erroneously raised the Valentine's arm
  • ~~~The WWWF title was announced as being held up (only in New York) until Backlund defeated Valentine in a rematch..

    National Wrestling Alliance:
  • 1982: Greg Valentine renewed his feud against Wahoo McDaniel, this time with the United States title at stake..
  • 1983: Greg Valentine began feuding with Roddy Piper, and engaged in a series of dog collar matches on the Great American Bash tour!
  • 1983: Roddy Piper took the US belt from Valentine, but Valentine soon regained it by destroying Piper's ear..
  • 1983 - Starrcade: Roddy Piper beat Greg Valentine in a Dog Collar match but it was a non-title match..
  • 1983: Greg Valentine actually became a fan-favorite when he was betrayed by Bob Orton Jr. and Dick Slater..
  • 1984: Greg Valentine finally left the NWA and began his eight-year stint in the World Wrestling Federation..

    World Wrestling Federation:
  • Greg Valentine returned to the WWF and was managed by Lou Albano..
  • September 24, 1984: Greg Valentine defeated Tito Santana to win the WWF Intercontinental Title..
  • July 6, 1985: Tito Santana defeated Greg Valentine in a thrilling steel cage match to recapture the Intercontinental title..
  • Greg Valentine moved to Tag Team division, teaming with Brutus Beefcake as The Dream Team managed by Lucious Johnny V..
  • August 24, 1985: The Dream Team won the WWF Tag Team titles from The US Express (Mike Rotunda & Barry Windham)..
  • April 7, 1986 - Wrestlemania II: The Dream Team were defeated by the British Bulldogs for the Tag Team titles..
  • The Dream Team eventually broke up, and Brutus was replaced by Dino Bravo and the team was renamed The Dream Team II..
  • Greg Valentine later formed a tag team with Honky Tonk Man, known as Rhythem & Blues managed by Jimmy Hart..

    World Championship Wrestling & The Indy Circuit:
  • Early 1990s: Greg Valentine wrestled in the WCW and won the United States Tag Team titles with Terry Taylor..
  • Greg Valentine toured the indy circut, managed by a character that went by "the King", a fake Elvis..
  • Survivor Series 1993: Greg Valentine appeared under a mask, as the Blue Knight on a team led by Shawn Michaels..
  • Late 1990s: Greg Valentine had a brief stint in WCW with loses to Randy Savage & The Giant and a win over Billy Kidman..
  • Greg Valentine was a minority owner of the XWF (Xtreme Wrestling Federation) along with Brian Knobbs and Jimmy Hart..
  • February 22, 2002 - XWF House Show: Greg "The Hammer" loses a bloody match to Terry Funk..
  • March 12, 2004--East Coast Pro Wrestling: Viscera defeated Greg Valentine by Disqualification..
  • March 13, 2004 - WWE: Greg "The Hammer" Valentine is inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame during a ceremony in New York City!
  • March 14, 2004 - Wrestlemania XX: Greg Valentine is honored with all the other Hall of Fame inductees during the Pay Per View..
  • August 27, 2004--EWF: The Tonga Kid defeated Greg Valentine..
  • October 23, 2004--Rice Pro Wrestling: Brutus Beefcake & Greg Valentine vs Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson ended in a DOUBLE CO..
  • January 29, 2005 - WrestleReunion: Greg "The Hammer" Valentine won a Battle Royal for the IWA Championship!
  • February 12, 2005--NEPW: Greg Valentine defeated Aaron Andrews..
  • February 18, 2005--American Pro Wrestling: Greg Valentine defeated Johnny Eagle..
  • February 19, 2005--Exodus Wrestling: Jay Eagle defeated Greg Valentine in a Strap match..
  • March 5, 2005: Jimmy Snuka defeated Greg Valentine in a cage match with Mick Foley as referee...
  • March 11, 2005--Exodus Wrestling Alliance: Greg "The Hammer" Valentine defeated Shane Austin..
  • March 12, 2005--Carolina Championship Wrestling: Greg Valentine defeated George South Jr...
  • July 26, 2005--Buckeye Pro Wrestling: Koko Ware defeated Greg "The Hammer" Valentine..
  • July 30, 2005--Retro Wrestling Alliance: Greg Valentine vs Larry Zbyszko ended in a draw
  • August 6, 2005--Hoosier Pro Wrestling: Greg Valentine defeated Scotty Lovins..
  • August 27, 2005--WrestleReunion: Tito Santana defeated Greg Valentine to win the IWA title...
  • September 10, 2005--Wrestle Reunion: Greg Valentine beat Tito Santana to win the IWA title when Jimmy Hart threw in Brass Knux..
  • October 3, 2005 - WWE Homecoming: Greg Valentine participated in a Legends Ceremony which included roughly 24 Legends..
  • October 8, 2005--Carolina Championship Wrestling: Greg "The Hammer" Valentine defeated Jay Eagle..
  • October 17, 2005 - HEAT: Rob Conway defeated Greg Valentine by DQ when Eugene interfered (Valentine turned on Eugene)..
  • November 11, 2005--Ted DiBiase's Power Wrestling Alliance: Tito Santana & Jim Duggan beat Greg Valentine & Brutus Beefcake..
  • November 19, 2005--CCW Tribute to Starrcade: Greg "The Hammer" Valentine defeated Jay Eagle in a Dog Collar Chain match..
  • December 3, 2005--Carolina Championship Wrestling: Greg Valentine defeated Doug Gilbert in Conway, South Carolina..
  • December 10, 2005--Queen City Clash: Greg "The Hammer" Valentine defeated The Barbarian in Charlotte, North Carolina ..
  • January 20, 2006--Patriotic Pro Wrestling: Operation Liberty (Patriots #1 & #2) beat Brutus Beefcake & Greg Valentine by DQ..
  • February 11, 2006--Southern Wrestling Alliance: Greg 'the Hammer' Valentine defeated Chase Stevens..
  • March 4, 2006--Southern Championship Wrestling: Rick Steiner defeated Greg Valentine to win SCW title..
  • March 5, 2006--World Wrestling Legends PPV: "Superfly" Jimmy Snuka defeated Greg "The Hammer" Valentine w/Jimmy Hart..
  • May 4, 2006--Carolina Classic Wrestling: Greg "The Hammer" Valentine defeated Rick Steiner to retain the CCW title.
  • May 5, 2006--National Wrestling Superstars: The Patriot defeated Greg Valentine by DQ when Johnny Candido interfered..
  • May 6, 2006--National Wrestling Superstars: The Patriot & Balls Mahoney defeated Greg Valentine & Johnny Candido..
  • May 13, 2006--FEW: Victor Creed & Bam Bam Mancuso defeated Brutus Beefcake & Greg Valentine by Disqualification..
  • May 26, 2006--Pro Wrestling Legends: Greg "The Hammer" Valentine defeated The Barbarian............
  • May 28, 2006--Empire Wrestling Federation: Greg Valentine & Black Metal beat T.J. Perkins & Syrus.......
  • June 10, 2006--Southern Championship Wrestling: Tito Santana beat Greg "The Hammer" Valentine...
  • September 16, 2006--Brew City Wrestling: Dysfunction defeated Greg "The Hammer" Valentine by DQ..
  • September 23, 2006--Powerhouse Wrestling: Greg "The Hammer" Valentine defeated Gino Martino in a Dog Collar Match
  • October 7, 2006--WCWA: Tito Santana w/Tammy Sytch vs Greg "The Hammer" Valentine ended in a Double Countout..
  • October 14, 2006--AWA Supreme: Greg "The Hammer" Valentine defeated "Sweet" William Valentine by Submission
  • January 27, 2007--Pro Wrestling Xtreme: Greg Valentine defeated Reck in St Thomas, Ontario ..
  • January 28, 2007--Pro Wrestling Xtreme: Greg Valentine defeated P.D. Skillz in Tillsonburg, Ontario...
  • February 9, 2007--Brew City Wrestling: Greg "The Hammer" Valentine vs Steve Corino ended in a No Contest..
  • ~~~MAIN EVENT: Steve Corino & Greg "The Hammer" Valentine beat Dinty Moore & Mickie McCoy in a tag match..
  • February 11, 2007--Cleveland All-Pro Wrestling: Greg Valentine & Jason Bane defeated Tracy Smothers & J.T. Lightning.
  • February 17, 2007--Extreme Wrestling Federation: Osyris defeated Greg Valentine to retain the EWF Heavyweight title..

  • Greg teamed w/ Flair (NWA), Beefcake (WWF), Honky (WWF), Terry Taylor (WCW), Dick Slater (WCW), Tommy Rich (AWA)..