Johnny Valentine

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Real Name - Johnathan Anthony Winkiski
Lifespan - 9/22/29 - 4/24/01
6'3" 255 lbs. - Dallas, TX

Aliases - Rocky Valentine, Big O

Athletic background - Boxing

Teachers - n/a

Professional background - Florida(`50), Texas(`54-`58), Minneapolis(`57), Calgary(`56-`59), New York(`58-62), Toronto(`62-`63), Detroit(`64), WWWF(`66), JWA(`66-`73), Florida(`67-`68), Georgia(`68), Texas(`69-`73), Memphis(`70), Montreal(`72), NWF(`72-`73), St. Louis(`72-`73), Detroit(`73), Florida(`73), Hawaii(`73), Texas(`74), Mid-Atlantic(`74-`75), AWA(`75)

Peak Years - `62-`74

Career Highlights - n/a

Finisher(s) -
- Elbowdrop

Favorites -
- Forearm Smash
- Sleeper
- Jumping Elbow
- Kick
- Gut Punch


move set - 6
science - 4
aerial - 0
power - 7
strikes - 9

Intangible Rating -
entertainment - 9
selling - 9
bumping - 6
carrying - 6
heat - 7
legacy - 8

Serious Injuries - Heart, Back

Place in History - Valentine was never the most liked wrestler around, but he was well-respected as he was a world class prankster outside of the ring and one of the most brutal competitors in the ring. He and men like Wahoo McDaniel, Red Bastien, Paul Jones, and all the great NWA World champions that he challenged had intense battles that were excellent in their day. Like Buddy Rogers, Ray Stevens, and Harley Race, Johnny Valentine had the sort of style that was often imitated, but never duplicated. His was of a tough brawling big man who despite being a heel could mix it up with even the best faces. It was very much ahead of its time in many ways. This approach lasted throughout the "Golden Age" on to the early 80s. Harder-hitting than his peers, Valentine left little to the imagination, so much so that people who disputed wrestling's realism need not do more than look at Johnny Valentine in action. He's often credited as the greatest talent to never wear a world title along with the likes of Ray Stevens, Fritz Von Erich and more contempararily Ted DiBiase. Valentine was a top star wherever he went because he was one of the best at what he did and the fans always responded to him. One of the true greats of the Golden Age, Johnny Valentine is one of wrestling's great figures for sure.

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