May 25, 1944 |
|Professional wrestling career|
|Billed height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Billed weight||236 lb (107 kg)|
|Billed from||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico
- For the Episcopalian bishop, see Victor Manuel Rivera.
Víctor Rivera was a Puerto Rican professional wrestler. Between 1967 and 1981, he held the NWA Americas Tag Team Championship 12 times, the NWA Americas Heavyweight Championship five times, the WWF International Tag Team Championship, and numerous other titles.
Professional wrestling career
In the late 1960s, Rivera wrestling in Los Angeles' Worldwide Wrestling Associates (which later became NWA Hollywood Wrestling in 1968), where he won the WWA World Tag Team Championship with Pedro Morales.
In December 1969, Rivera teamed with Tony Marino at Madison Square Garden to win the WWWF International Tag Team Championship in 2 straight falls from Professor Toru Tanaka and Mitsu Arakawa. Rivera and Marino defended the belts successfully against teams like Killer Kowalski & Waldo Von Erich, as well as Kowalski & Krippler Karl Kovacs. They lost the championship against another undefeated team, The Mongols (Bepo and Geto Mongol) on June 15, 1970, 2 falls to 1 at Madison Square Garden. On May 13, 1975, Rivera and Dominic DeNucci won the WWWF World Tag Team Championship from The Valiant Brothers. That same year, he also teamed with a rookie Dino Bravo to challenge The Mongols (Geto & Bolo Mongol) for the IWA World Tag Team Championship.
After leaving the WWF, he feuded with Pedro Morales in Hawaii and California. In 1978 Rivera returned to the WWWF as a heel under manager "Classy" Freddie Blassie and challenged Bob Backlund for the WWWF title in several cities, including at the Philadelphia Spectrum. Rivera left the WWWF again in 1979, never to return, although as time has gone on he's been confused with Mac Rivera, aka Jose Luis Rivera, who wrestled in the WWF from 1982 - 1987. In 1980, Rivera was once again wrestling in Los Angeles. In the National Wrestling Alliance, he won the NWA World Tag Team Championship with Enforcer Luciano. Johnny Rivera, who wrestled in the WWWF from 1975 - 1977 and again as Invader III from 1983 - 1984.
Championships and accomplishments
- All-California Championship Wrestling
- ACCW Heavyweight Championship (3 times)
- California Pro Wrestling
- NWA Hollywood Wrestling
- NWA World Tag Team Championship (Los Angeles version) (1 time) - with Enforcer Lusciano
- NWA Americas Heavyweight Championship (5 times)
- NWA Americas Tag Team Championship (12 times)
- Western States Alliance
- World Wrestling Federation
- "World Tag Team Championship official title history". WWE. Retrieved 2008-09-07.
- "Hall of Fame: High Chief Peter Maivia". WWE.com. February 2008. Archived from the original on 2008-03-02. Retrieved 2008-02-27.
- Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2000). Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4.