|Birth name||Victor Jovica|
November 26, 1945 |
|Professional wrestling career|
|Ring name(s)||Victor Jovica|
Victor Jovica is a Croatian-born semi-retired professional wrestler and promoter. Along with Carlos Colón, he is the co-founder and promoter of Capitol Sports Promotions, now known as the World Wrestling Council (WWC), which, since the 1970s, has been one of the dominant promotion on the island of Puerto Rico.
Professional wrestling career
Jovica made his professional wrestling debut in 1971, working primarily in the Canadian Stampede Wrestling promotion. By 1974 he had relocated to Puerto Rico where he, along with Carlos Colón and Victor Quinones, founded Capitol Sports Promotions (later renamed World Wrestling Council; WWC). In December 1976, Jovica and tag team partner Hercules Ayala won the NWA North American Tag Team Championship (Puerto Rico/WWC version) from Heigo Hamaguchi and Gordon Nelson. They held it for 21 days before losing it to Los Super Médicos (Super Médico I and Super Médico II). In November 1977, Jovica won the North American tag Team Championship for a second time, this time teaming up with Carlos Colón to defeat The Wild Samoans (Afa and Sika). Just over a month later they team were defeated by the Hollywood Blonds ("Dynamite" Jack Evans and "Pretty Boy" Larry Sharpe. On February 8, 1983 Jovica appeared to have defeated Ric Flair to win the NWA World Heavyweight Championship, being announced as the champion after the match. Three days later the NWA Championship commission announced that the title change had been over turned as they declared that Jovica has his feet on the rope during the pin and thus Jovica was never officially a champion. This was a common tactic used in the days when the NWA champion was a traveling champion, allowing the local contender to look good, send the fans home happy and then allow the recognized champion to continue to tour. By the 1990s Jovica wrestled less and less, focusing on the promotional aspects of wrestling instead, appearing as part of storylines, especially a long running feud over control of the WWC.
Championships and accomplishments
- National Wrestling Alliance
- World Wrestling Council
- Meltzer, Dave and Bret Hart (2004). Wrestling Observer Tributes II: Remembering More of the World's Greatest Professional Wrestlers. Sports Publishing LLC. pp. 116–117. ISBN 1-58261-817-8.
- Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2006). "Puerto Rico: WWC North American Tag Team Title". Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4.
- Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2006). "National Wrestling Alliance World Heavyweight Title". Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4.
- Hornbaker, Tim (2007). National Wrestling Alliance: The Untold Story of the Monopoly That Strangled Professional Wrestling. ECW Press. ISBN 9781554902743.