Johnny Valiant (1946 – 2018) - All Access Sporting News


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Johnny Valiant  (71)  WWE Hall of Fame wrestler was known as "Luscious."

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Johnny Valiant (71)

WWE Hall of Fame wrestler was known as "Luscious."

November 25, 1946 - April 4, 2018 

    WWE Hall of Fame wrestler, “Luscious” Johnny Valiant, died April 4, 2018, after being hit by a pickup truck in Pennsylvania, according to multiple news sources. He was 71 years old. 

Valiant was running across a busy street in Ross Township, Pennsylvania when he was hit by a truck. 

Valiant, whose real name is Thomas Sullivan, began his wrestling career in 1969. He won the World Tag Team Championship in 1974 and 1975 with his partner James Fanning. They were called The Valiant Brothers. 

He then became partners with “Gentleman” Jerry Valiant (John Hill) and they won the World Tag Team Championship in 1979. 

Later in his career, he managed Hulk Hogan and the “Dream Team” of Greg Valentine and Brutus Beefcake, leading them to a World Championship in 1985. 

He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 1996. 

After retiring, he became an actor, appearing on “Law & Order” and “The Sopranos.” 

Wrestler Luke Gallows tweeted a tribute:

"R.I.P Luscious Johnny Valiant....Always kind to me and very helpful early in my career."


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