|Birth name||James Morrison|
|Born||June 26, 1942|
Trenton, New Jersey
|Professional wrestling career|
|Ring name(s)||J.J. Dillon|
James J. Dillon
Jo Jo Dillon
|Billed height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Billed weight||238 lb (108 kg)|
|Trained by||Eddie Graham|
|Debut||December 6, 1968|
|Retired||February 19, 2003|
Professional wrestling career
J.J. Dillon had an extensive wrestling career, winning many championships in many areas of the country. He made his Madison Square Garden debut on April 23, 1984 when he challenged Tito Santana for the WWF Intercontinental Heavyweight Championship, losing by pinfall after a flying elbow by Santana.
He is most remembered as a manager in pro wrestling. He guided many wrestlers to singles and tag titles in the NWA. Dillon achieved his greatest success as the manager of the Four Horsemen which consisted of Nature Boy Ric Flair, Tully Blanchard, Arn Anderson , Ole Anderson, Lex Luger and Barry Windham. After leaving WCW in February 1989, Dillon served as a front office executive for the WWF until 1997. On April 21, 1997, he returned to WCW as an on-camera commissioner, which he lasted until fall 1998. In 2003, Dillon had a short stint as an NWA representative in TNA.
In 2009, he made a one-night appearance at Deaf Wrestlefest 2009 to team with "Beef Stew" Lou Marconi and "Handsome" Frank Staletto in a six-man tag team match against "Franchise" Shane Douglas, Dominic Denucci and Cody Michaels.
On December 29, 2019, Dillon joined the Board of Directors of the International Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame.
Championships and accomplishments
- Cauliflower Alley Club
- Other inductee (2007)
- Central States Wrestling
- Championship Wrestling from Florida
- Eastern Sports Association
- George Tragos/Lou Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame
- Lou Thesz Award (2016)
- NWA Western States Sports
- NWA International Heavyweight Championship (Amarillo version) (1 time)
- NWA Western States Television Championship (1 time)
- Georgia Championship Wrestling
- Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated
- PWI Manager of the Year (1982, 1983, 1988)
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- Meltzer, Dave (2012-12-10). "Mon. update: Major Spike announcement tomorrow, Aces & 8s identity, TNA injury updates, Hall of Fame inductions announced, WWE two PPVs this weekend, Jericho schedule, Amateur wrestling hits MSG first time ever". Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Retrieved 2012-12-10.
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