As announced by former commentator Hugo Savinovich, WWE Hall of Famer Pedro Morales has died today (Feb. 12, 2019) at the age of 76. He suffered from Parkinson’s disease.
In February 1971, only months after debuting in Vince McMahon Sr’s WWWF, he won the World Heavyweight title from Ivan Koloff. After his reign, he partnered with and competed against McMahon’s top face Bruno Sammartino, including a famous draw at Shea Stadium in 1972 which was dubbed “The Match of the Century”.
After leaving to work for NWA on the West Coast, he returned in 1980, and with a tag title win alongside Bob Backlund at Shea and an Intercontinental victory in a feud with Ken Patera, Morales became the first man to win the then-WWF’s Triple Crown. He also held their United States title. At various times in his career, Morales had success wherever he worked, which was at various times in his career NWA territories, Japan, the AWA, and his native Puerto Rico.
An extremely popular babyface, Morales also had a sterling reputation with his peers and competitors like Terry Funk and Stan Hanson have been known to sing his praises. He was also a trailblazer for Latino and Hispanic wrestlers in the United States.
Morales was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 1995, the Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2015 and the Wrestling Observer Hall of Fame in 2017.
On behalf of the entire Cageside Seats community, we send out best to family and friends saying goodbye to Morales today.
Source:: Daily times