Paul Jones (wrestler)

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Paul Jones
Birth name Paul Frederick
Born (1942-06-16) June 16, 1942 (age 73)[1][2]
Port Arthur, Texas
Resides North Carolina
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Paul Jones
Al Fredericks
Mr. Florida
Trained by Paul Boesch
Debut Feb 29, 1964
Retired 1991

Paul Jones (born Paul Frederick on June 16, 1942) is a retired professional wrestler and manager. He had success in the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA)'s Mid-Atlantic region, including an NWA World Tag Team title reign with Ricky Steamboat.

Career[edit]

Paul Frederick was born on June 16, 1942 in Port Arthur, Texas. He started wrestling around 1964 in Texas and then in the Mid-Atlantic promotions on the east coast, where he spent most of his career. He was first called "Young" Paul Jones by promoter Paul Boesch because there was an original Paul Jones, who was regarded in the 1960s as an all-time great. Jones acquired his famous "Number One" nickname after winning a "Wrestler Of The Year" contest on Jim Crockett Promtions' "Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling". Fans sent in postcards to vote for their candidate. He became famous in the NWA's Jim Crockett Promotions, both as a babyface and a heel.[3] He defeated Terry Funk for that promotion's United States Heavyweight Title; Funk won the NWA World Heavyweight Championship from Jack Brisco shortly after this loss, setting Jones up as the top contender for the NWA title in the Mid-Atlantic territory.[3] As U.S. champion, Jones' primary foe was Blackjack Mulligan, and he also defended the title successfully against Flair, Angelo Mosca, and Spoiler #2. Ric Flair's first singles title, the Mid-Atlantic TV title, was won in a match with Jones in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Jones was a major drawing card for Crockett Promotions as both a heel and a babyface, winning that promotion's World Tag Team Title and TV Champion titles in both roles.[3] Jones teamed with Wahoo McDaniel to defeat the promotion's first World Tag Team Champions, the Anderson Brothers, in Greensboro, North Carolina.[3] Jones and McDaniel lost the title in a televised rematch known to longtime fans as the "Supreme Sacrifice" match, where Ole Anderson slammed his brother Gene's head into Wahoo's head, knocking both men unconscious.[3] Gene Anderson fell outside the ring and lay almost motionless as Ole covered a stunned Wahoo to regain the titles.[3] Jones also held the promotion's World Tag Title with Baron Von Raschke (as a heel), Masked Superstar (as a babyface), and Ricky Steamboat (babyface).[3] The Mid-Atlantic TV title Jones lost to Flair later became the NWA World TV Title, which Jones held as a heel.[3] Briefly in 1980, Jones wrestled as Mr. Florida, a masked wrestler in Championship Wrestling from Florida.

In the 1980s, he became a heel manager, and he called his stable Paul Jones' Army. It was about this time fans at the cards started chanting "Weasel" at Jones.[3] He was involved in a huge feud with "Boogie Woogie Man" Jimmy Valiant where he ended up having his head shaved. Among the members of his "Army" were Masked Superstar, Rick Rude, Manny Fernandez, Pez Whatley (known as Shaska), Baron Von Raschke, The Barbarian, Teijho Khan, The Mighty Wilbur, Abdullah the Butcher, Superstar Billy Graham, Ivan Koloff and Vladimir Petrov, The Assassins and The Russian Assassins (David Sheldon and Jack Victory).[3] He also managed the Powers of Pain. He left Jim Crockett Promotions around the time Ted Turner bought it and renamed it World Championship Wrestling (WCW).[3]

Jones last competed in the Mid-Atlantic indy promotion South Atlantic Pro Wrestling, where he won its heavyweight championship in 1990. He retired in 1991 and now lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, where he owns the Paul Jones Body Shop.

In wrestling[edit]

Managers

Wrestlers managed[3]
Tag teams managed[3]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

  • Big Time Promotions
    • Big Time Television Championship (1 time)[6]
  • South Atlantic Pro Wrestling
    • SAPW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)

Notes[edit]

1Jones actually won the championship on three occasions. However, only two reigns are officially recognized by World Wrestling Entertainment.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "What Ever Happened To . . . Paul Jones?". Orlando Sentinel. March 17, 2000. Retrieved December 12, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Paul Jones (2)". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved 2013-12-12. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Cawthon, Graham (2013). the History of Professional Wrestling Vol 3:Jim Crockett and the NWA World Title 1983-1989. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. ASIN 149480347X. 
  4. ^ Matt Mackinder (January 17, 2008). "Sir Oliver Humperdink recalls career of yesteryear". SLAM! Wrestling. Retrieved 2008-04-04. 
  5. ^ "House of Humperdink". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved 2009-09-08. 
  6. ^ Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2000). Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4.