Ultimate History of Pro Wrestling - A Time Line of Every Major Event in Pro Wrestling History - 1960

By: Karl Stern (@wiwcool)

1960

01-26-1960: Roadwarrior Animal (Joe Laurinidas) is born.

03-1960: Eddie Graham returns to wrestling and replaces Johnny Valentine as half of the WWWF U.S. tag team champions with his “brother” Jerry Graham.

04-02-1960: Red Bastien & Lou Bastien (Lou Klein) win the WWWF U.S. tag team titles from Eddie & Jerry Graham in New Haven, CT.

04-11-1960: Shohei “Giant” Baba, who had been playing baseball as a pitcher from the Tokyo Yomiuri Giants, joins the JWA.

04-16-1960: Eddie & Jerry Graham win their third WWWF U.S. tag team championship from Red & Lou Bastien in New Haven, CT.

04-23-1960: Red & Lou Bastien recapture the WWWF U.S. tag team championship from Eddie & Jerry Graham in Chicago, IL.

04-1960: After being contacted by Rikidozan, a seventeen year old Kanji “Antonio” Inoki leaves Brazil where he had been a national track and field star to return to Japan to become a wrestler.

07-21-1960: The Fabulous Kangaroos (Al Costello & Roy Heffernan) managed by Wild Red Berry capture the WWWF U.S. tag team titles from Red & Lou Bastien in Bridgeport, CT.

07-22-1960: Danny Hodge defeats Angelo Savoldi for the NWA World Junior title in Oklahoma City, OK to being his first, of an eventual seven, reigns as champion. Danny Hodge is considered by many to have been the greatest junior heavyweight champion ever.

07-30-1960: Gory Guerrero defeats Rey Mendoza for the NWA lightweight title in Mexico City.

08-08-1960: Red & Lou Bastien win the WWWF U.S. tag team championship in Washington DC from the Fabulous Kangaroos (Al Costello & Roy Heffernan).

08-24-1960: The Fabulous Kangaroos (Al Costello & Roy Heffernan) win the WWWF U.S. tag team titles from Red & Lou Bastien in Bridgeport, CT.

09-30-1960: Antonio Inoki makes his pro wrestling debut in Tokyo, Japan at Taito Ward gym and loses to Kinatro Oki. On the same show Giant Baba made his debut defeated Y. Tanaka via submission.

11-19-1960: Johnny Valentine & Buddy Rogers defeat The Fabulous Kangaroos (Al Costello & Roy Heffernan) in Teaneck, NJ for the WWWF U.S. tag team titles.

11-26-1960: The Fabulous Kangaroos (Al Costello & Roy Heffernan) reclaim the WWWF U.S. tag team titles from Johnny Valentine and his new partner Chief Big Heart, who had replaced Buddy Rogers who refused to drop the titles.

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Eddie & Jerry Graham

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