Blackjack Lanza

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Blackjack Lanza
Birth name John Lanza
Born (1935-10-14) October 14, 1935 (age 81)
Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S.
Residence Laredo, Texas, U.S.
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Blackjack Lanza
Jack Lanza[1]
Billed height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Billed weight 245 lb (111 kg)
Trained by Verne Gagne
Debut 1962

John Lanza (born October 14, 1935)[2] is an American retired professional wrestler, better known by his ring name, Blackjack Lanza. Lanza was one-half of the tag team The Blackjacks with Blackjack Mulligan in the American Wrestling Association (AWA) and World Wide Wrestling Federation (WWWF). He is currently a producer in WWE. He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2006.

Professional wrestling career[edit]

Lanza started his career in 1962.[3] In the American Wrestling Association (AWA), he teamed with Bobby Duncum and was managed by Bobby Heenan.[3] During his time in the company, his gimmick was that of a Western cowboy.[1] The duo won the AWA World Tag Team Championship on July 23, 1976.[4]

The Blackjacks[edit]

In the 1970s, Lanza and Mulligan teamed up to form The Blackjacks. Lanza was a main-eventer when the duo began teaming together.[1] They were managed by Bobby Heenan.[3]

In 1975, they joined the WWWF.[1] On August 26, 1975, The Blackjacks defeated Dominic DeNucci and Pat Barrett for the WWWF World Tag Team Championship.[5] The match was a two-out-of-three falls match, and the Blackjacks won the match by winning the first and third falls.[1] As part of his tenure in WWWF, Vince McMahon promised Lanza that he would receive one World singles title shot a month.[1]


Following his career, Lanza worked for the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) as a road agent. He is still in that capacity today.

Lanza inducted his longtime manager Bobby Heenan into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2004.[3] On April 1, 2006, Lanza, along with his former partner, Blackjack Mulligan, were inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame by their former manager, Bobby Heenan.[3]

Personal life[edit]

His nephew is former WWE Champion John "Bradshaw" Layfield.[6]

In wrestling[edit]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f David Chappell. "Blackjack Mulligan interview". Mid-Atlantic Gateway. Archived from the original on 2008-04-22. Retrieved 2008-04-10. 
  2. ^ WWE Legends by Brian Solomon; page 185
  3. ^ a b c d e "Hall of Fame: The Blackjacks". Archived from the original on 2007-07-03. Retrieved 2007-08-17. 
  4. ^ "AWA World Tag Team Title History". Retrieved 2007-08-17. 
  5. ^ "World Tag Team Title History". WWE. Retrieved 2007-08-17. 
  6. ^ "Jack Lanza's Profile". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved 2007-08-17. 
  7. ^ "PROFESSIONAL WRESTLING HALL OF FAME MOVING FROM UPSTATE NEW YORK TO TEXAS". PWInsider. November 20, 2015. Retrieved 2015-11-20. 

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