• WWWF Superstar Passes Away
We are saddened to report that Old School WWWF Superstar “Jumping” Johnny De Fazio has passed away at the age of 80.
According to WTAE, De Fazio was battling cancer.
For those who don’t know about him, he was a popular wrestler in the 60s & 70s. He’s a former 6 time WWWF Junior Heavyweight Champion and a former WWWF International Tag Team Champion.
He retired from pro-wrestling in 1984. After that, he got into politics and became the first President of the Allegheny County Council. He held that position for 19 years.
Sad to hear about the passing of “Jumping” Johnny De Fazio!
He was one of Pittsburgh’s Top Babyfaces along with Bruno Sammartino and Dominic Denucci in the 1960s.
He was one of my dads heroes! 😟 pic.twitter.com/oEMZO6RANB
— Sam Adonis (@RealSamAdonis) February 26, 2021
RIP “Jumping” Johnny De Fazio
(November 30, 1940 – February 26, 2021)
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• On This Day In Pro Wrestling History (February 27, 2014) – Old School Wrestling Veteran Passed Away
On this day in 2014, we lost Old School Wrestling Veteran Billy Robinson at the age of 75 due to natural causes.
The British ‘catch wrestling’ specialist had a great career in the United States, Canada, Europe & Japan.
In 1982, he wrestled WWWF World Heavyweight Champion Bob Backlund to a 60-minutes time limit draw.
Billy Robinson has been inducted into several small Pro Wrestling Halls of Fame, but has yet to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame, which is most likely going to happen as part of the annual ‘Legacy Wing’ inductions.
† REST IN PEACE BILLY ROBINSON
September 18, 1938 – March 3, 2014