|Birth name||Steven Nicolas Romero|
June 21, 1955|
Fontana, California, US
September 2, 1985 (aged 30)|
Parkville, Victoria, Australia
Ricky Romero (father)|
Chris Youngblood (brother)
Mark Youngblood (brother)
|Professional wrestling career|
|Billed height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Billed weight||212 lb (96 kg)|
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 steel cage match on March 12, 1983 in Greensboro, North Carolina that was attended by 15,000 people, where Slaughter and Kernodle lost their NWA World Tag Team Championship to 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 Jack and Jerry Brisco.
He went to Championship Wrestling from Florida in September 1984 where he and Mark Youngblood captured the Florida version of the NWA United States Tag Championship. In 1985 Jay also wrestled in Memphis, Mexico and for Pro Wrestling USA.
Romero was married at the time of his death with a daughter named Ricca, who later married and had two children, Kaleb and Taylor Jonas. Romero also has a son Daniel who is enlisted in the U.S. Army.
During a wrestling tour of the South Pacific, Youngblood was experiencing abdominal pain and went to hospital where he was diagnosed with hemorrhagic pancreatitis. He started to develop abdominal sepsis and kidney failure before suffering a series of heart attacks. He was in a coma for two weeks before dying on September 2, 1985 in Parkville, Victoria, Australia. He is buried at Llano Cemetery by Cox Funeral Home at Amarillo, Texas, beside his parents Ricky and Stella Marrujo Romero.
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
- All Japan Pro Wrestling
- Cauliflower Alley Club
- Championship Wrestling from Florida
- Maple Leaf Wrestling
- Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling
- NWA All-Star Wrestling
- NWA Canadian Tag Team Championship (Vancouver version) (1 time) – with Joe Ventura
- NWA Pacific Coast Heavyweight Championship (Vancouver version) (1 time) (last)
- Pacific Northwest Wrestling
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated
- PWI ranked him # 19 of the 100 best tag teams of the PWI Years with Ricky Steamboat in 2003
- Western States Sports
- Wrestling Observer Newsletter
- Tag Team of the Year (1983) with Ricky Steamboat
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