June 21, 1955|
|Died||September 2, 1985
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
|Professional wrestling career|
|Ring name(s)||Jay Youngblood
Steven Nicolas Romero (June 21, 1955 – September 2, 1985) 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 Florida Championship Wrestling and the American Wrestling Association.
Professional wrestling career
Romero started wrestling in 1975 in Amarillo under a mask and calling himself "Silver Streak". He then moved on to Pacific Northwest Wrestling under the name of Jay Youngblood (a Native American gimmick). He wrestled in the National Wrestling Alliance's Jim Crockett Promotions (JCP) in a regular tag team with Ricky Steamboat. Also in JCP, he was known as "The Renegade".
In 1982, Steamboat and Youngblood were feuding with Boris Zhukov, Don Kernodle, and their manager Sgt. Slaughter. Zhukov, then known as Private Jim Nelson, later betrayed his team in favor of Youngblood and Steamboat. The rivalry culminated in a match that attended by 15,000 people, where Slaughter and Kernodle faced Steamboat and Youngblood. In June 1982 in Maple Leaf Wrestling, Youngblood defeated The Destroyer to win the NWA Canadian Television Championship. He was later defeated by Private Jim Nelson for the title. Steamboat and Youngblood also feuded with the Brisco brothers.
He went to Florida Championship Wrestling in September 1984 where he and Mark Youngblood captured the Florida version of the United States Tag Titles. In 1985 Jay also wrestled in Memphis, Mexico and for Pro Wrestling USA.
Steven was the son of wrestler Ricky Romero. On September 2, 1985, Youngblood died in Melbourne, Australia, while touring in the South Pacific. He may have ruptured his spleen in a match and had a series of heart attacks when rushed to the back, where he died. He is buried at Llano Cemetery by Cox Funeral Home at Amarillo, Texas, beside his parents Ricky and Stella Marrujo Romero. He was the brother of wrestlers Chris and Mark Youngblood. He was married at the time of his death and had a daughter, named Ricca.
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" (Team Third Generation Wrestlers) 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 (formerly known as West Texas Wrestling Legends) held the second annual two night 2007 Jay Youngblood Memorial Tag Team Cup Tournament event that was 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 also crowned the first-ever PWF Tag Team Champions.
Championships and accomplishments
- NWA Canadian Tag Team Championship (Vancouver version) (1 time) – with Joe Ventura
- NWA Pacific Coast Heavyweight Championship (Vancouver version) (1 time) (last)
- NWA Western States Tag Team Championship (1 time) - with Ricky Romero
- PWI ranked him # 19 of the 100 best tag teams of the PWI Years with Ricky Steamboat in 2003
- Wrestling Observer Newsletter awards
- Tag Team of the Year (1983) with Ricky Steamboat
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- "Jack Briscoe chat". SLAM! Wrestling. October 16, 2001. Retrieved 2009-09-15.