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Pedro Morales

Pedro Morales

Culebra, Puerto Rico
Pedro Antonio Morales
Height & Weight:
235 Ib

Titles Won:

  • WWF Hall of Fame (Class of 1995)
  • WWF Intercontinental Heavyweight Championship (2 times)
  • WWF World Tag Team Championship – with Bob Backlund
  • WWWF United States Championship
  • WWWF World Heavyweight Championship
  • First WWE Triple Crown Champion

He was best known for his appearances in the United States with Worldwide Wrestling Associates and the World Wide Wrestling Federation.

Debuting in 1959, Morales originally came to prominence with Worldwide Wrestling Associates in the 1960s, where he held the WWA World Heavyweight Championship and WWA World Tag Team Championship. In the 1970s, he joined the World Wide Wrestling Federation, winning the WWWF World Heavyweight Championship and WWWF United States Championship.

A second run with the by-now World Wrestling Federation in the 1980s saw him win the WWF Intercontinental Championship and WWF World Tag Team Championship, establishing him as the promotion’s first Triple Crown Champion. Morales retired from professional wrestling in 1987.

A popular champion, Morales enjoyed particular appeal with his native Puerto Ricans and the wider Latino audience. The first Latino to hold a world heavyweight championship, Morales’ combined reign as WWWF World Heavyweight Champion remains among the longest in history.

He also holds the record for most days as Intercontinental Champion. Morales was inducted into the WWF Hall of Fame in 1995 and the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum two decades later.

Notable Feuds

vs. Blackjack Mulligan

vs. Killer Kowalski

vs. Stan Stasiak

vs. Sgt. Slaughter

vs. Don Muraco

vs. Bob Orton, Jr.

Other Notable Achievements

AWA San Francisco World Tag Team Championship (2 times) – with Pepper Gomez

NWA Florida Tag Team Championship – with Rocky Johnson

NWA Florida Television Championship

NWA Southern Heavyweight Championship (Florida version)

NWA Hawaii Heavyweight Championship

NWA Hawaii Tag Team Championship (3 times) – with Bing Ki Lee (1) and Ed Francis (2)

NWA North American Heavyweight Championship (Hawaii version) (3 times)

NWA World Tag Team Championship (San Francisco version) – with Pat Patterson

Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum: Class of 2015

PWI Wrestler of the Year (1972)

WWA World Heavyweight Championship (2 times)

WWA World Tag Team Championship (4 times) – with Luis Hernandez (1), Mark Lewin (1), Ricky Romero (1), and Victor Rivera (1)

WWC North American Heavyweight Championship (2 times)

WWC World Tag Team Championship – with Carlos Colón, Sr.