The Valiant Brothers
|The Valiant Brothers|
6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
|492 lb (223 kg) (Jimmy & Johnny)|
|Billed from||New York City|
The Valiant Brothers were a professional wrestling tag team of storyline brothers "Handsome" Jimmy Valiant, "Luscious" Johnny Valiant, and "Gentleman" Jerry Valiant. The team wrestled for the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA), the World Wide Wrestling Federation / World Wrestling Federation (WWWF/WWF) and the World Wrestling Association (WWA).
Jimmy and Johnny (1973 - 1978)
World Wrestling Association (1973-1974)
Jimmy Valiant and Johnny Valiant formed a tag team in World Wrestling Association as storyline brothers. They began wrestling together as heels. They debuted as a team on 5 January 1974 when they defeated Dick the Bruiser and Bruno Sammartino to win the WWA World Tag Team Championship. The titles were held up after a match against Bruiser and Sammartino on 25 January. On 7 February, they defeated Bruiser and Sammartino in a rematch to win the titles a second time. Despite being heels, who usually are hated by the crowd, the Valiant Brothers were cheered by the audience during their second reign. Their tenure with WWA ended after they lost the tag titles to Wilbur Snyder and Pepper Gomez on 4 May.
World Wide Wrestling Federation (1974–1975)
Jimmy and Johnny signed with Vincent J. McMahon's World Wide Wrestling Federation (WWWF) in May 1974 and debuted there around soon after. Their biggest success as a tag team came when they defeated Tony Garea and Dean Ho to win the WWWF World Tag Team Championship on the 8 May 1974 edition of All Star Wrestling. The Valiants quickly became a dominant heel tag team as they went on to successfully defend their titles for over a year before losing them to Dominic DeNucci and Victor Rivera on 13 May 1975. This made the Valiant Brothers the longest reigning champions of their era with a reign of 370 days. The record was broken fourteen years later by Demolition (Ax and Smash), who reigned as tag team champions for 470 days. After losing the titles, the Valiants battled against the likes of Tony Garea, Dean Ho, Chief Jay Strongbow and Haystacks Calhoun.
National Wrestling Alliance (1976–1978)
In 1976, Jimmy and Johnny left WWWF and joined the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) where they toured various NWA territories. They debuted in Georgia Championship Wrestling (GCW) in the summer of 1976. On 16 July 1976, they defeated Dean Ho and Ken Mantell to win the NWA Georgia Tag Team Championship. On 10 September, they lost the titles to Porkchop Cash and Tom Jones. They joined San Francisco, California-based NWA San Francisco where they defeated the Royal Kangaroos (Jonathan Boyd and Norman Frederick Charles III) on 4 December 1976. They lost the titles to Pat Patterson and Pepper Gomez on 9 February 1977. Later that same year, they joined Championship Wrestling from Florida (CWF). In January 1978, they were awarded the NWA Florida United States Tag Team Championship. On 25 January 1978, they lost the titles to Florida natives Mike Graham and Steve Keirn.
Jerry and Johnny (1978 - 1980)
World Wide Wrestling Federation / World Wrestling Federation (1978–1979)
In 1978, the Valiant Brothers returned to WWWF but Jimmy retired and was replaced by "brother" Jerry Valiant. Jerry and Johnny began wrestling in the tag team division while Jimmy became their manager. In March 1979, the promotion was renamed the World Wrestling Federation, dropping 'Wide' from the name. On the 24 March 1979 edition of Championship Wrestling, Jerry and Johnny defeated Larry Zbyzsko and Tony Garea to win the WWF Tag Team Championship. This second version of the Valiant Brothers was also successful, but Jerry could not achieve the popularity which Jimmy had achieved.
On 13 July 1979, they retained the championship in a match against The Jaguar of Colombia and Tito Santana. Jerry and Johnny lost the titles to Ivan Putski and Tito Santana on 22 October. After unsuccessful attempts in winning back the titles from Putski and Santana, the Valiant Brothers broke up in 1980, putting an end to the team.
Jimmy and Johnny were inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame class of 1996 by Owen Hart and "The British Bulldog" Davey Boy Smith. All three Valiant Brothers have reunited on the independent circuit during the 2000s.
Jerry died on 10 March 2010 in Indianapolis after a battle with advanced Alzheimer's on set by post-concussion syndrome, while Johnny died on 4 April 2018 after being involved in a pickup truck crash in Ross Township, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, thereby ending any possibility of a reunion. Jimmy still wrestles for independent shows.
Championships and accomplishments
Jimmy and Johnny Valiant
- Championship Wrestling from Florida
- Georgia Championship Wrestling
- NWA San Francisco
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated
- PWI Tag Team of the Year award in 1974
- World Wrestling Association (Indianapolis)
- World Wide Wrestling Federation / World Wrestling Federation
Jerry and Johnny Valiant
- "Valiant Brothers Profile". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved 29 June 2008.
- "W.W.A. World Tag Team Title (Indiana)". The Great Hisa's Puroresu Dojo. Retrieved 29 August 2008.
- "WWWF Show Results 1974". The History of WWE. Retrieved 7 September 2008.
Jimmy & Johnny Valiant defeated WWWF Tag Team Champions Dean Ho & Tony Garea to win the titles
- "World Tag Team Championship official title history". WWE. Retrieved 7 September 2008.
- "WWWF Show Results 1975". The History of WWE.com. Retrieved 7 September 2008.
Victor Rivera & Dominic DeNucci defeated WWWF Tag Team Champions Jimmy & Johnny Valiant to win the titles
- "WWE World Tag Team Championship". Complete WWE. Archived from the original on 3 August 2008. Retrieved 7 September 2008.
- "WWWF Show Results 1975". The History of WWE. Retrieved 28 April 2015.
- "NWA Georgia Tag Team Title History". Solie's Title Histories. Retrieved 7 September 2008.
- "N.W.A. World Tag Team Title (San Francisco)". The Great Hisa's Puroresu Dojo. Retrieved 7 September 2008.
- "N.W.A. United States Tag Team Title (Florida)". The Great Hisa's Puroresu Dojo. Retrieved 7 September 2008.
- "WWF Show Results 1979". The History of WWE. Retrieved 28 April 2015.
Johnny & Jerry Valiant (w/ Capt. Lou Albano & Jimmy Valiant) defeated WWWF Tag Team Champions Larry Zbyzsko & Tony Garea to win the titles at 10:54 when Johnny pinned Zbyzsko after Jerry and Zbyzsko collided and Jimmy pulled Jerry to the floor, allowing Johnny to take his place in the ring.
- "La Leyenda Viva de la Lucha Libre". El Jaguar de Colombia. 9 August 2011. Retrieved 31 March 2015.
- "WWF Show Results 1979". The History of WWE. Retrieved 28 April 2015.
Ivan Putski & Tito Santana defeated WWF Tag Team Champions Johnny & Jerry Valiant at 13:39 to win the titles when Santana pinned Johnny, the illegal man, with a crossbody after the champions collided in the ring, with Jerry being knocked to the floor.
- "Valiant Brothers' Bio". WWE. Archived from the original on 31 March 2008. Retrieved 7 September 2008.
Johnny & Jimmy Valiant were rewarded with the highest honor: induction into the WWE Hall of Fame in 1996. Fittingly, they were inducted by British Bulldog & Owen Hart, who were the reigning World Tag Team Champions at the time
- "World Wrestling Entertainment Hall of Fame". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved 7 September 2008.
The Valiant Brothers' history is covered in a chapter dedicated to the team in the book The Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame: The Tag Teams:
- Greg Oliver and Steve Johnson (2005). "Territorial Era (1960s – 1980s): The Valiant Brothers". The Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame: The Tag Teams. ECW Press. ISBN 978-1-55022-683-6.CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)