Pedro Morales, the first Triple Crown Winner in WWE history and Holl of Famer died on Feb. 12, 2019. He was 76 years old.
Former WWE announcer, Hugo Savinovich, announced the death on Facebook. Even though Morales had Parkinson’s Disease, Savinovich did not state the cause of death.
After moving to New York as a child from Puerto Rico, he was chosen to be a professional baseball prospect. Turning down the opportunity, he decided to make wrestling his career. In 1959 at the age of 17, he wrestled his first match.
Morales joined the WWE in late 1970. Soon after his debut on February 8, 1971, at Madison Square Garden in New York, he defeated the reigning champion Ivan Koloff to become WWE Champion.
Morales held the champion title for 1,027 days until he lost his match in December 1973 to Stan Stasik.
Morales left the WWE in March 1975 and wrestled for NWA San Francisco, New Japan Pro Wrestling, and the American Wrestling Association. Returning to the WWE in 1980, with his partner Bob Backlund, became tag team champion.
From November 1981 to January 1983, Morales held the WWE Intercontinental title for 425 days, which was the second longest reign in WWE history.
Morales ended his career as a wrestler in 1987, and he became a Spanish speaking commentator for the WWE and WCW. In 1995, Morales was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.
Written by Barbara Sobel
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