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A really unhappy story heading into WrestleMania weekend as one of many males who appeared on the very first WrestleMania, legendary WWE Corridor of Famer Johnny Valiant, has died. In accordance with a report from WXPI, the 71-year outdated Valiant — actual identify Thomas M. Sullivan — died on Wednesday after he was hit by a truck whereas crossing at a crosswalk in Ross Township, Pennsylvania.

Ross Township Det. Brian Kohlepp mentioned the next: “We do have witnesses. There was different visitors on McKnight on the time, so we had been capable of converse with individuals who truly witnessed the accident … The driving force of the truck stayed right here on the scene. There’s no indication that this was something aside from a horrible accident at this level, however we’re nonetheless investigating.”

As one half of the Valiant Brothers within the then-WWWF, Johnny Valiant held the Tag Workforce Championship twice — as soon as with Jimmy, as soon as with Jerry — and held variations of the NWA Tag Workforce Championship throughout the nation. He additionally had a really profitable managerial profession, and was inducted into the WWE Corridor of Fame as a part of the category of 1996.

WWE launched the next assertion:

WWE is saddened to be taught that WWE Corridor of Famer “Luscious” Johnny Valiant reportedly handed away this morning on the age of 71.

Valiant started his sports-entertainment profession in 1969 within the Detroit territory owned by WWE Corridor of Famer The Sheik, organising rings, refereeing and competing. After studying the fundamentals within the Motor Metropolis, he spent years competing in additional than 20 territories throughout North America, together with WWE.

In 1974, The Valiant Brothers “Luscious” Johnny and “Good-looking” Jimmy captured the World Tag Workforce Championships and held them for a couple of yr. In 1979, Johnny teamed up with “Gentleman” Jerry Valiant to seize the tandem titles once more, this time managed by WWE Corridor of Famer Captain Lou Albano.

Quickly after, “The Luscious One” adopted in Albano’s footprints and have become a supervisor of tag staff champions himself. After guiding a few of the greatest names within the AWA, Valiant returned to WWE in 1985. “Luscious” Johnny led the Dream Workforce of Greg “The Hammer” Valentine & Brutus Beefcake to the World Tag Workforce Championship with a win over Barry Windham and Mike Rotundo. Canadian strongman Dino Bravo and Demolition had been additionally managed by Valiant for a portion of their WWE tenures.

Valiant proved he was multi-faceted by additionally doing colour commentary for WWE earlier than returning to the AWA in 1989 as a supervisor. In 1996, “Luscious” Johnny and “Good-looking” Jimmy had been immortalized after they had been inducted into the WWE Corridor of Fame.

WWE extends its condolences to Valiant’s household, mates and followers.

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