John Hill (wrestler)
John Steele Hill was a Canadian professional wrestler best known under the ring names Guy Mitchell, The Stomper and "Gentleman" Jerry Valiant. During his career, he held the top singles titles in Australia and Vancouver, competed in the World Wide Wrestling Federation where he won the WWWF World Tag Team Championship. Hill became a professional wrestler in 1959 after working out for a year at both Al Spittles's and Jack Wentworth's gyms in Canada, he traveled to the United States in 1960 in the hopes of making more money. At the beginning of his career, Hill wrestled under the ring name Guy Hill. While wrestling for Georgia Championship Wrestling in 1961, however, a news reporter accidentally referred to him as Guy Mitchell, Hill was forced to take on the new name. Under his new identity, Mitchell held the Georgia version of the NWA Southern Heavyweight Championship for one week. Shortly thereafter, he teamed with Bob Rasmussen to win the Georgia version of the NWA Southern Tag Team Championship.
Mitchell wrestled in Indianapolis, where he formed a tag team in the World Wrestling Association with Joe Tomasso known as The Assassins. Together, the team won the WWA World Tag Team Championship three times in 1965 and 1966; the team was managed by a rookie manager named Bobby Heenan. Although The Assassins were a heel tag team who wore masks, Mitchell competed as a face singles wrestler without a mask. Mitchell wrestled as Guy Heenan in some areas, where he was a storyline sibling of Heenan. While wrestling in the Australian World Championship Wrestling, he used the ring name The Destroyer and wrestled under a mask. On September 3, 1966, he defeated Bearcat Wright to win the IWA World Heavyweight Championship; the Destroyer's mask was removed, he announced to the audience that his name was John Hill. After leaving Australia, he began competing in Ontario in 1967 as The Assassin. After wrestling as a heel for four years in Toronto, The Assassin feuded with The Sheik, losing a death match in July 1971.
The Sheik removed The Assassin's mask, revealing him to be Guy "Stomper" Mitchell. While wrestling as a heel in Toronto, Hill competed as a babyface in Detroit, Michigan; because the name Mitchell was being used by another wrestler, WWA owner Dick the Bruiser gave him the ring name The Stomper. The Stomper teamed with Ben Justice and won the Detroit version of the NWA World Tag Team Championship; the team feuded with The Fabulous Kangaroos. During this feud, The Stomper suffered a kayfabe injury; because he could not wrestle in Detroit while he was recovering, Hill wrestled in Japan for several months. Upon his return to Detroit, The Stomper and Justice continued their feud with the Kangaroos; the teams faced each other in a tournament final for the vacant tag team championship, which the Kangaroos won. The following year, The Justice regained the title belts by defeating the Kangaroos, they held the belts for five months, The Stomper had one last reign as champion when he teamed with Bobo Brazil to win the title for the third time on July 21, 1973.
They dropped the belts to Ben Justice and his new partner, Killer Brooks. Hill went to the Vancouver territory. In 1979, he was brought into the World Wide Wrestling Federation as Jerry Valiant after Jimmy Valiant contracted hepatitis With Johnny Valiant, he held the WWWF World Tag Team Championship. After Jimmy recovered, the three Valiants worked in six-man tag matches, sometimes eight-man tag matches with manager Lou Albano. After eight months in the WWF, Hill left the area, he returned as a solo prelim wrestler and referee in 1984 when the WWF would use his ring at shows in Indiana, Missouri and Kansas. Growing up in Ontario Canada Hill had ten siblings, he boxed in his youth, he and Carolyn F. Hill "Florist, Past on 3-20-15" were married on April 1964 in Indianapolis, they had Jonathan S Hill. After retiring, Hill operated Hill's Landscaping for 14 years with his son, he enjoyed volunteering as Santa Claus for different organizations in central Indiana Hill died on March 10, 2010 in Indiana after a battle with Advanced Alzheimer's on set by Post-concussion syndrome.
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Victoria, British Columbia
Victoria is the capital city of the Canadian province of British Columbia, located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island off Canada's Pacific coast. The city has a population of 85,792, while the metropolitan area of Greater Victoria has a population of 367,770, making it the 15th most populous Canadian metropolitan area. Victoria is the 7th most densely populated city in Canada with 4,405.8 people per square kilometre, a greater population density than Toronto. Victoria is the southernmost major city in Western Canada, is about 100 kilometres from British Columbia's largest city of Vancouver on the mainland; the city is about 100 km from Seattle by airplane, ferry, or the Victoria Clipper passenger-only ferry which operates daily, year round between Seattle and Victoria, 40 kilometres from Port Angeles, Washington, by ferry Coho across the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Named after Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom and, at the time, British North America, Victoria is one of the oldest cities in the Pacific Northwest, with British settlement beginning in 1843.
The city has retained a large number of its historic buildings, in particular its two most famous landmarks, Parliament Buildings and the Empress hotel. The city's Chinatown is the second oldest in North America after San Francisco's; the region's Coast Salish First Nations peoples established communities in the area long before non-native settlement several thousand years earlier, which had large populations at the time of European exploration. Known as "The Garden City", Victoria is an attractive city and a popular tourism destination with a thriving technology sector that has risen to be its largest revenue-generating private industry. Victoria is according to Numbeo; the city has a large non-local student population, who come to attend the University of Victoria, Camosun College, Royal Roads University, the Victoria College of Art, the Canadian College of Performing Arts, high school programs run by the region's three school districts. Victoria is popular with boaters with its rugged beaches.
Victoria is popular with retirees, who come to enjoy the temperate and snow-free climate of the area as well as the relaxed pace of the city. Prior to the arrival of European navigators in the late 1700s, the Victoria area was home to several communities of Coast Salish peoples, including the Songhees; the Spanish and British took up the exploration of the northwest coast, beginning with the visits of Juan Pérez in 1774, of James Cook in 1778. Although the Victoria area of the Strait of Juan de Fuca was not penetrated until 1790, Spanish sailors visited Esquimalt Harbour in 1790, 1791, 1792. In 1841 James Douglas was charged with the duty of setting up a trading post on the southern tip of Vancouver Island, upon the recommendation by George Simpson a new more northerly post be built in case Fort Vancouver fell into American hands. Douglas founded Fort Victoria on the site of present-day Victoria in anticipation of the outcome of the Oregon Treaty in 1846, extending the British North America/United States border along the 49th parallel from the Rockies to the Strait of Georgia.
Erected in 1843 as a Hudson's Bay Company trading post on a site called Camosun known as "Fort Albert", the settlement was renamed Fort Victoria in November 1843, in honour of Queen Victoria. The Songhees established a village across the harbour from the fort; the Songhees' village was moved north of Esquimalt. The crown colony was established in 1849. Between the years 1850-1854 a series of treaty agreements known as the Douglas Treaties were made with indigenous communities to purchase certain plots of land in exchange for goods; these agreements contributed to a town being laid out on the site and made the capital of the colony, though controversy has followed about the ethical negotiation and upholding of rights by the colonial government. The superintendent of the fort, Chief Factor James Douglas was made the second governor of the Vancouver Island Colony, would be the leading figure in the early development of the city until his retirement in 1864; when news of the discovery of gold on the British Columbia mainland reached San Francisco in 1858, Victoria became the port, supply base, outfitting centre for miners on their way to the Fraser Canyon gold fields, mushrooming from a population of 300 to over 5000 within a few days.
Victoria was incorporated as a city in 1862. In 1865, the North Pacific home of the Royal Navy was established in Esquimalt and today is Canada's Pacific coast naval base. In 1866 when the island was politically united with the mainland, Victoria was designated the capital of the new united colony instead of New Westminster – an unpopular move on the Mainland – and became the provincial capital when British Columbia joined the Canadian Confederation in 1871. In the latter half of the 19th century, the Port of Victoria became one of North America's largest importers of opium, serving the opium trade from Hong Kong and distribution into North America. Opium trade was legal and unregulated until 1865 the legislature issued licences and levied duties on its import and sale; the opium trade was banned in 1908. In 1886, with the completion of the Canadian Pacific Railway terminus on Burrard Inlet, Victoria's position as the commercial centre of British Columbia was irrevocably lost to the city of Vancouver, British Columbia.
The city subsequently began culti
John Tolos, nicknamed "The Golden Greek", was a Greek-Canadian professional wrestler, professional wrestling manager. John was born on September 18, 1930 in Hamilton, Ontario to Greek parents and Evangelia Tolos. During the 1950s and 60s, Tolos was part of the Canadian Wrecking Crew with his brother Chris Tolos. On December 28, 1963, John and Chris captured the WWWF United States Tag Team Championship in Teaneck, New Jersey in two straight falls from Gorilla Monsoon and Killer Kowalski. While both teams were heels at the time, the Tolos Brothers did a television interview prior to the title match, "looking forward" to seeing all of their fans in Teaneck; that night, they were cheered throughout. As a vicious heel known as the "Golden Greek", Tolos engaged in a long time rivalry with "Classy" Freddie Blassie in the LeBell family's Los Angeles territory feuding over the Americas Championship. Tolos had a run in Herb Abrams' Universal Wrestling Federation from 1990 to mid-1991, managing Cowboy Bob Orton, Cactus Jack and The Power Twins as well as serving as color commentator on the UWF's Fury Hour program.
Tolos joined the World Wrestling Federation for a brief stint in mid-1991 as Coach, managing The Beverly Brothers and "Mr. Perfect" Curt Hennig, replacing Hennig's former manager Bobby "The Brain" Heenan, moving into a full-time broadcaster's role; when a back injury sidelined Hennig for more than a year, Tolos was replaced by The Genius as The Beverly Brothers' manager and departed the WWF. Tolos would return to Abrams' UWF as color commentator from 1992 through the promotion's final show in 1994. Tolos died in Los Angeles, California on May 29, 2009, his death was from kidney failure following a series of heart strokes. 50th State Big Time Wrestling NWA Hawaii Heavyweight Championship NWA North American Heavyweight Championship NWA Hawaii Tag Team Championship - with Steve Strong Big Time Wrestling NWA World Tag Team Championship - with Chris Tolos California Pro Wrestling CPW Heavyweight Championship Cauliflower Alley Club Golden Potato Award Championship Wrestling from Florida NWA World Tag Team Championship - with Chris Tolos Heart of America Sports Attractions NWA North American Tag Team Championship – Baron von Helsinger Maple Leaf Wrestling NWA International Tag Team Championship - with Chris Tolos National Wrestling Alliance NWA Hall of Fame NWA All-Star Wrestling NWA Canadian Tag Team Championship - with Tony Borne, Chris Tolos, Black Terror, Dutch Savage, Don Leo Jonathan NWA Pacific Coast Heavyweight Championship NWA World Tag Team Championship - with Tony Borne and Chris Tolos NWA Hollywood Wrestling NWA Americas Heavyweight Championship NWA Americas Tag Team Championship - with Great Kojika, Louie Tillet, Rock Riddle, Chavo Guerrero, The Assassin NWA "Beat the Champ" Television Championship NWA Brass Knuckles Championship NWA United National Championship NWA Los Angeles NWA International Television Tag Team Championship - with Gene Kiniski NWA San Francisco NWA Pacific Coast Tag Team Championship - with Chris Tolos NWA Western States Sports NWA Western States Tag Team Championship - with Mr. Sato Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum Class of 2007 - Inducted as a member of the Canadian Wrecking Crew Stampede Wrestling NWA International Tag Team Championship - with Chris Tolos Southwest Sports, Inc.
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Vancouver is a coastal seaport city in western Canada, located in the Lower Mainland region of British Columbia. As the most populous city in the province, the 2016 census recorded 631,486 people in the city, up from 603,502 in 2011; the Greater Vancouver area had a population of 2,463,431 in 2016, making it the third-largest metropolitan area in Canada. Vancouver has the highest population density in Canada with over 5,400 people per square kilometre, which makes it the fifth-most densely populated city with over 250,000 residents in North America behind New York City, San Francisco, Mexico City according to the 2011 census. Vancouver is one of the most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities in Canada according to that census. 30% of the city's inhabitants are of Chinese heritage. Vancouver is classed as a Beta global city. Vancouver is named as one of the top five worldwide cities for livability and quality of life, the Economist Intelligence Unit acknowledged it as the first city ranked among the top-ten of the world's most well-living cities for five consecutive years.
Vancouver has hosted many international conferences and events, including the 1954 British Empire and Commonwealth Games, UN Habitat I, Expo 86, the World Police and Fire Games in 1989 and 2009. In 2014, following thirty years in California, the TED conference made Vancouver its indefinite home. Several matches of the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup were played in Vancouver, including the final at BC Place; the original settlement, named Gastown, grew up on clearcuts on the west edge of the Hastings Mill logging sawmill's property, where a makeshift tavern had been set up on a plank between two stumps and the proprietor, Gassy Jack, persuaded the curious millworkers to build him a tavern, on July 1, 1867. From that first enterprise, other stores and some hotels appeared along the waterfront to the west. Gastown became formally laid out as a registered townsite dubbed Granville, B. I.. As part of the land and political deal whereby the area of the townsite was made the railhead of the Canadian Pacific Railway, it was renamed "Vancouver" and incorporated shortly thereafter as a city, in 1886.
By 1887, the Canadian Pacific transcontinental railway was extended westward to the city to take advantage of its large natural seaport to the Pacific Ocean, which soon became a vital link in a trade route between the Orient / East Asia, Eastern Canada, Europe. As of 2014, Port Metro Vancouver is the third-largest port by tonnage in the Americas, 27th in the world, the busiest and largest in Canada, the most diversified port in North America. While forestry remains its largest industry, Vancouver is well known as an urban centre surrounded by nature, making tourism its second-largest industry. Major film production studios in Vancouver and nearby Burnaby have turned Greater Vancouver and nearby areas into one of the largest film production centres in North America, earning it the nickname "Hollywood North"; the city takes its name from George Vancouver, who explored the inner harbour of Burrard Inlet in 1792 and gave various places British names. The family name "Vancouver" itself originates from the Dutch "Van Coevorden", denoting somebody from the city of Coevorden, Netherlands.
The explorer's ancestors came to England "from Coevorden", the origin of the name that became "Vancouver". Archaeological records indicate that Aboriginal people were living in the "Vancouver" area from 8,000 to 10,000 years ago; the city is located in the traditional and presently unceded territories of the Squamish and Tseil-Waututh peoples of the Coast Salish group. They had villages in various parts of present-day Vancouver, such as Stanley Park, False Creek, Point Grey and near the mouth of the Fraser River. Europeans became acquainted with the area of the future Vancouver when José María Narváez of Spain explored the coast of present-day Point Grey and parts of Burrard Inlet in 1791—although one author contends that Francis Drake may have visited the area in 1579; the explorer and North West Company trader Simon Fraser and his crew became the first-known Europeans to set foot on the site of the present-day city. In 1808, they travelled from the east down the Fraser River as far as Point Grey.
The Fraser Gold Rush of 1858 brought over 25,000 men from California, to nearby New Westminster on the Fraser River, on their way to the Fraser Canyon, bypassing what would become Vancouver. Vancouver is among British Columbia's youngest cities. A sawmill established at Moodyville in 1863, began the city's long relationship with logging, it was followed by mills owned by Captain Edward Stamp on the south shore of the inlet. Stamp, who had begun logging in the Port Alberni area, first attempted to run a mill at Brockton Point, but difficult currents and reefs forced the relocation of the operation in 1867 to a point near the foot of Dunlevy Street; this mill, known as the Hastings Mill, became the nucleus. The mill's central role in the city waned after the arrival of the Canadian Pacific Railway in the 1880s, it remained important to the local economy until it closed in the 1920s. The settlement which came to be called Gastown grew around
Vernon, British Columbia
Vernon is a city in the Okanagan region of the Southern Interior of British Columbia, Canada. It is 440 km northeast of Vancouver, British Columbia. Named after Forbes George Vernon, a former MLA of British Columbia who helped establish the Coldstream Ranch in nearby Coldstream; the City of Vernon was incorporated on December 30, 1892. The City of Vernon has a population of 40,000, while its metropolitan region, Greater Vernon, has a population of 58,584 as of the Canada 2011 Census. With this population, Vernon is the largest city in the North Okanagan Regional District. A resident of Vernon is called a "Vernonite". In 2005, on an episode of The Early Show, Vernon was ranked as one of the top six most desirable communities to retire to in North America by Consumer Reports; the site of the city was discovered by the Okanagan people, a tribe of the Interior Salish people, who named the community Nintle Moos Chin, meaning "jumping over place where the creek narrows". This name refers to a section of the Swan Lake that passes through Downtown Vernon, the community's central business district.
Some of these were part of the Okanagan Indian Band, a First Nations government part of the Okanagan Nation Alliance. This was followed by Priest's Valley, which serves as an Indian reserve, its present name, in honour of Forbes George Vernon, a pioneer member part of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia for Yale; the Okanagan people settled around the city's two lakes, Okanagan Lake and Swan Lake, obtaining seasonal sources of food. In that same decade, a section of a road near Fort Kamloops became its first road. Pleasant Valley Road, north of that street, was historically developed. In 1811, fur traders began travelling around the area. After one of these, David Stuart, began working with the Pacific Fur Company, bought out by the North West Company. However, the North West Company was forced to merge with the Hudson's Bay Company in 1821. Fur traders decided to camp in Vernon, which started to develop in 1863, following a gold discovery at the Cherry Creek, Monashee Mountains, Mission Creek and the east side of Okanagan Lake.
After the development began, numerous ranches were constructed. Centreville, the community's original central business district, was formed in 1885; that same year, a post office, general store, school house was constructed. A Hudson's Bay Company store was established in a rough wooden structure. A major economic hub destination in the Okanagan, Vernon was home to many cattle ranches and fruit orchard areas, attracting British families. Vernon's growth accelerated beginning in 1891, after the Canadian Pacific Railway was opened in the Okanagan and Shuswap regions of the British Columbia Interior, connecting in Sicamous, a town in the Shuswap area. Shortly after, the stern-wheeler S. S. Aberdeen was launched by the Canadian Pacific Railway for use on Okanagan Lake in 1893 connecting Vernon to Penticton at the south end of Okanagan Lake, points between. Fruit trees were planted in Vernon, which first grew by the early 1890s, while water supplies were shipped to the community by canal in 1906 for use at local orchard or farm areas.
In 1908, the Okanagan Mounted Rifles military program was formed in it, thus bringing a number of people to the area during World War I and World War II for lessons. Vernon was incorporated as a city on December 30, 1892, with a city hall formed in 1903 for the governing body, which included a fire hall and a public reading space; the following year, it was declared the largest municipality in the Okanagan and first of which to contain a bank and telephone. As population expanded, more services were made available at Vernon, while its city centre switched from Coldstream Road to 30th Avenue. A school and Vernon Jubilee Hospital were public services made available in 1909. Despite a growth drop during World War I, citizens voted to open a new high school, sports stadium, a shopping mall, Village Green Centre, library, in the city. Three provincial highways connect Vernon: Highway 97. In recent years, each of these highways has undergone major renovations, including a new $22-million interchange system and four lane expansion at the Highway 97 and Highway 6 junction.
The City of Vernon, in conjunction with the District of Coldstream and the North Okanagan Regional District, operates Vernon Regional Transit through BC Transit. This transit system is responsible for all local full-service and handyDART public bus transportation. Greyhound Canada serves Vernon for out-of-town destinations from their downtown bus terminal. Vernon is served by the Vernon Regional Airport in the Okanagan Landing area; the airport has no scheduled air service, is used by civilian aircraft. The Greater Vernon area is served by Kelowna International Airport, located 40 kilometres south on Hwy 97. Numerous airlines provide scheduled passenger and cargo services to points throughout British Columbia and Alberta, areas beyond such as Toronto and Seattle. Vernon has a humid continental climate. Vernon is served by School District 22 Vernon, a school district that includes 14 elementary schools and 5 high schools; the high schools are: Vernon Secondary School, Kalamalka High School, Clarence Fulton High School, W.
L. Seaton Secondary, Charles Bloom Secondary. Vernon Secondary School is in the neighborhood of East Hill. Thi
Eugene Nicholas Kiniski was a Canadian athlete who played football for the Edmonton Eskimos and was a successful professional wrestler recognized as a multiple-time World Heavyweight Champion. "Canada's Greatest Athlete", as he billed himself for promotional purposes, was born in Edmonton, Alberta. Like Bronko Nagurski before him, Kiniski was one of the first World Champions in professional wrestling to have a previous background in football, he is the father of professional wrestler Kelly Kiniski and international amateur/professional wrestler Nick Kiniski. One of six children of local politician Julia Kiniski, who emigrated from Poland, Kiniski grew up in Edmonton. At the age of seventeen he was over six feet tall. Kiniski played football at St. Joseph's High School. In March 1947, he entered the annual Edmonton School's Boxing and Wrestling Tournament at Westglen gymnasium. Due to his size, he was the lone heavyweight competing. Kiniski captured the attention of Annis Stukus, a scout for the Edmonton Eskimos, of the Western Interprovincial Football Union in 1949.
Along with Kiniski, wrestlers Al Oeming and Stu Hart were at the training camp as well. Two of his Eskimos teammates were future wrestlers Wilbur Joe Blanchard. Kiniski secured himself a spot on the defensive line and his play earned him a scholarship to the University of Arizona, he was enrolled there from September 18, 1950 to January 26, 1952 and played on the defensive line for Bob Winslow. Rod Fenton recruited Kiniski into professional wrestling in Arizona in 1952. Kiniski returned to Edmonton to play football for the Eskimos, he suffered a torn kneecap in the team's first game against Saskatchewan in August 1952, he retired from football in 1953 to resume wrestling full-time. After retiring from football, Kiniski trained with Dory Funk and Tony Morelli for a wrestling career making his pro debut on February 13, 1952 in Tucson, where he defeated Curly Hughes. Kiniski's first exposure on television was in Southern California in 1954 alongside other wrestlers such as Wilbur Snyder and Bobo Brazil.
One year he teamed up with John Tolos to win his first major championship, the International TV Tag Team title, in Los Angeles challenged NWA World Champion Lou Thesz in November 1954. As an emerging talent, Kiniski got the opportunity to wrestle Lou Thesz at the Olympic Auditorium on November 3, 1954. Kiniski lost in two straight falls. From there, Kiniski ventured to San Francisco and teamed with Lord James Blears to win the territory's version of the NWA World Tag Team title three times in 1955. Kiniski began wrestling in his native Canada for the first time in November 1956, debuting for Toronto's Maple Leaf Wrestling, his first main-event match in the territory took place at Maple Leaf Gardens in January 1957, when he teamed with Buddy Rogers against Whipper Billy Watson and Pat O'Connor and saw the beginning of a lengthy feud with Watson that spanned across Canada. He challenged NWA World Heavyweight titleholders Watson and Dick Hutton for the title on several occasions between 1955 and 1957.
In 1957, Kiniski competed in Toronto. His feuds with Whipper Billy Watson, Yukon Eric, Édouard Carpentier, Pat O'Connor pushed his career further. Gene captured the British Empire title from O'Connor on May 2, 1957, the Montreal version of the world title from Carpentier on June 12, 1957. Kiniski headlined a wrestling card at Delormier stadium in Montreal, where he dropped the Montreal world title to Killer Kowalski on July 17, 1957 in front of 21,000 fans. In 1959, Kiniski teamed with Don Leo Jonathan, "The Mormon Giant" to win the Canadian Open Tag Team Championship. Kiniski joined the American Wrestling Association in 1960 and defeated AWA World Champion Verne Gagne to win the title on July 11, 1961 capturing the AWA World Tag Team title twice with Hard Boiled Haggerty; the title reign lasted less than a month. Kiniski won another title in West Texas a year later. In 1962, Kiniski began what became the peak period of his career when he went to Vancouver to join NWA: All-Star Wrestling. Early on, he won the NWA British Empire Heavyweight title twice and the Pacific Coast Tag Team title three times, he challenged again for the NWA World title, taking on Rogers in a main event at Empire Stadium in Vancouver on July 30, 1962, Thesz in 1963.
He made Vancouver his home base while making appearances in other promotions throughout North America and in Japan a lengthy stint in the World Wide Wrestling Federation in 1964. Kiniski wrestled Sammartino on November 1964 at Madison Square Garden. Thinking that he had pinned Sammartino in the second fall, Kiniski left the ring. Despite being counted out, Kiniski kept the title until a rematch on December 14 settled the matter of, the real champion, he went to Dick the Bruiser's Indianapolis-based World Wrestling Association in December 1965 and captured its World Heavyweight title, holding it for four months. A few weeks Kiniski earned the opportunity to contend for the National Wrestling Alliance World Heavyweight title; the pinnacle of Kiniski's career came on January 7, 1966, when he defeated Thesz to win the NWA World Heavyweight Championship in St. Louis, Missouri in front of 11,612 fans at the Kiel Auditorium in St. Louis. Co
Steven Nicolas Romero was an American professional wrestler better known by his ring name Jay Youngblood. He wrestled in the National Wrestling Alliance's Jim Crockett Promotions in a tag team with Ricky Steamboat. In addition, he wrestled with the American Wrestling Association. Romero started wrestling in 1975 in Amarillo under a mask and calling himself "Silver Streak", he moved on to Pacific Northwest Wrestling under the name of Jay Youngblood. He wrestled in the National Wrestling Alliance's Jim Crockett Promotions in a regular tag team with Ricky Steamboat. In JCP, he was known as "The Renegade". In 1982, Steamboat and Youngblood were feuding with Boris Zhukov, Don Kernodle, their manager Sgt. Slaughter. Zhukov known as Private Jim Nelson betrayed his team in favor of Youngblood and Steamboat; the rivalry culminated in a steel cage match on March 12, 1983 in Greensboro, North Carolina, attended by 15,000 people, where Slaughter and Kernodle lost their NWA World Tag Team Championship to Steamboat and Youngblood.
In June 1982 in Maple Leaf Wrestling, Youngblood defeated The Destroyer to win the NWA Canadian Television Championship. He was defeated by Private Jim Nelson for the title. Steamboat and Youngblood feuded with Jack and Jerry Brisco, he went to Championship Wrestling from Florida in September 1984 where he and Mark Youngblood captured the Florida version of the NWA United States Tag Championship. In 1985 Jay wrestled in Memphis and for Pro Wrestling USA. Romero was the son of wrestler Ricky Romero, he was the brother of Mark Youngblood. Romero was married at the time of his death with a daughter named Ricca, who married and had two children and Taylor Jonas. Romero has a son Daniel, enlisted in the U. S. Army. During a wrestling tour of the South Pacific, Youngblood was experiencing abdominal pain and went to hospital where he was diagnosed with hemorrhagic pancreatitis, he started to develop abdominal sepsis and kidney failure before suffering a series of heart attacks. He was in a coma for two weeks before dying on September 2, 1985 in Parkville, Australia.
He is buried at Llano Cemetery by Cox Funeral Home at Amarillo, beside his parents Ricky and Stella Marrujo Romero. In April 2006 at local Amarillo indy-wrestling promotion West Texas Wrestling Legends, Jay's nephew "Radical" Ricky Romero III and Mike DiBiase teamed up as "Team 3G" and went on to become the first-ever WTWL Jay Youngblood Memorial Tag Team Cup Tournament winners at "The Legacy of Legends" show. On April 27 and 28, 2007 Amarillo's Professional Wrestling Federation held the second annual two night 2007 Jay Youngblood Memorial Tag Team Cup Tournament event, won by "The Ruthless One" WidowMaker and Mosh Pit Mike of "Pain Inc." after they defeated Jay's nephew "Radical" Ricky Romero III and "The Hooligan" Austin Riley in the final round of the tournament. As winners of the Jay Youngblood Memorial Cup, WidowMaker and Mosh Pit Mike were crowned the first-ever PWF Tag Team Champions. All Japan Pro Wrestling World's Strongest Tag Determination League New Wave Award – with Ricky Steamboat Cauliflower Alley Club Family Wrestling Award – with Ricky Romero, Mark Youngblood, Chris Youngblood Championship Wrestling from Florida NWA United States Tag Team Championship – with Mark Youngblood Maple Leaf Wrestling NWA Canadian Television Championship Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling NWA Mid-Atlantic Tag Team Championship – with Porkchop Cash, Jake Roberts, Johnny Weaver and Ricky Steamboat NWA World Tag Team Championship - with Ricky Steamboat NWA All-Star Wrestling NWA Canadian Tag Team Championship – with Joe Ventura NWA Pacific Coast Heavyweight Championship Pacific Northwest Wrestling NWA Pacific Northwest Heavyweight Championship NWA Pacific Northwest Tag Team Championship – with Joe Lightfoot Salem City Tournament Pro Wrestling Illustrated PWI ranked him # 19 of the 100 best tag teams of the PWI Years with Ricky Steamboat in 2003 Western States Sports NWA Western States Tag Team Championship - with Ricky Romero Wrestling Observer Newsletter Tag Team of the Year with Ricky Steamboat List of premature professional wrestling deaths