Greg Valentine

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Real Name - Johnathan Anthony Winkiski Jr.
Birthdate - n/a
5'11" 238 lbs. - Tampa, FL

Aliases - Baby Face Nelson, Johnny Valentine Jr., Johnny Fargo, Blue Knight

Athletic background - n/a

Teachers - n/a

Professional background - ???(`69), Ohio(`72), Amarillo(`73), Los Angeles(`75), Tri-State(`76), Mid-Atlantic(`76-83), WWWF(`7?-`81), Canada(`79), Georgia(`81), Toronto(`81), Florida(`82-`83), WWF(`84-`91), Puerto Rico(`91-) Indies(`91-), Dallas(`94-`95), WCW(`96), XWF(`01)

Groups - Hart Family

Peak Years - `75-`83

Career Highlights -
- Wins his first of three NWA United States titles from Ric Flair
- Is given the WWF title after a match with Bob Backlund and the title is held up afterwards
- Fights Roddy Piper in a Dog Collar match at Starrcade `83
- Defeats Tito Santana for the WWF Intercontinental title
- Teams with Brutus Beefcake to win the WWF Tag titles from Mike Rotundo & Barry Windham

Finisher(s) -
- Figure-Four Leglock

Favorites -
- Shoulderbreaker
- Vertical Suplex
- Sidebreaker
- Elbowdrop
- Chop

Ringwork Rating -
move set - 6
science - 6
aerial - 1
power - 8
strikes - 7

Intangible Rating -
entertainment - 6
selling - 7
bumping - 6
carrying - 7
heat - 6
legacy - 4

Serious Injuries - Leg

Place in History - One of the top wrestlers of the 70s and early 80s, Greg Valentine competed about everywhere in North America and carved a niche for himself in history. Being the son of a legendary wrestler, Greg tried the "junior" route initially, but his still-active father not wanting to look like an old man had the gimmick scrapped. So, Johnny Jr. became Johnny Fargo, Jackie's brother. The two, known as the "Fabulous Fargo Brothers," were a successful tag team in the early 70s. Valentine moved around, competing successful as a single and a tag team wrestler before hitting his best years. In several territories where his father's matches were legendary, Greg Valentine made a name for himself on his own accord. Mid-Atlantic, WWWF and Florida provided for the best stomping ground for Valentine. In these places, he enjoyed title reigns, main event programs and big feuds. Finally he settled in the WWF, where he was able to make good money and work a easier matches. Valentine's game slowly declined as road schedule was grueling and he did it longer than most. His signature methodical matches, where he could make almost anyone look good left him in the late 80s. After that, Valentine was seemingly useless and did little of note after the 90s rolled in. Still active, primarily as a mentor, Valentine's outdated style is not going to be obviously inherited by anyone. He was more a master in his day, whose later days are what the masses remember and as a result his name is not associated with his once impressive ability. However, Greg "the Hammer" Valentine was able to shake the legacy of his great father and build a similar reputation as tough and very able competitor.

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