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Birth name  John Lanza
Name  Blackjack Lanza
Billed height  6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Role  Professional wrestler

Billed weight  245 lb (111 kg)
Trained by  Verne Gagne
Debut  1962
TV shows  AWA All-Star Wrestling
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Born  October 14, 1935 (age 80) Albuquerque, New Mexico (1935-10-14)
Ring name(s)  Blackjack Lanza Jack Lanza
Residence  Laredo, Texas, United States

Blackjack Lanza Runs Into The Microphone While Talking About Bobby Heenan

John Lanza (born October 14, 1935) is an American retired professional wrestler, better known by his ring name, Blackjack Lanza. Lanza was one-half of the tag team The Blackjacks with Blackjack Mulligan in the American Wrestling Association (AWA) and World Wide Wrestling Federation (WWWF). He is currently a producer in WWE. He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2006.


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Professional wrestling career

Lanza started his career in 1962. In the American Wrestling Association (AWA), he teamed with Bobby Duncum and was managed by Bobby Heenan. During his time in the company, his gimmick was that of a Western cowboy. The duo won the AWA World Tag Team Championship on July 23, 1976.

The Blackjacks

In the 1970s, Lanza and Mulligan teamed up to form The Blackjacks. Lanza was a main-eventer when the duo began teaming together. They were managed by Bobby Heenan.

In 1975, they joined the WWWF. On August 26, 1975, The Blackjacks defeated Dominic DeNucci and Pat Barrett for the WWWF World Tag Team Championship. The match was a two-out-of-three falls match, and the Blackjacks won the match by winning the first and third falls. As part of his tenure in WWWF, Vince McMahon promised Lanza that he would receive one World singles title shot a month.


Following his career, Lanza worked for the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) as a road agent. He is still in that capacity today.

Lanza inducted his longtime manager Bobby Heenan into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2004. On April 1, 2006, Lanza, along with his former partner, Blackjack Mulligan, were inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame by their former manager, Bobby Heenan.

Personal life

His nephew is former WWE Champion John "Bradshaw" Layfield.

In wrestling

  • Finishing moves
  • Brainbuster
  • Clawhold
  • Managers
  • Bobby Heenan
  • Lou Albano
  • Nicknames
  • "Cowboy" Jack Lanza
  • Championships and accomplishments

  • American Wrestling Association
  • AWA World Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Bobby Duncum
  • AWA British Empire Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
  • Georgia Championship Wrestling
  • NWA Georgia Television Championship (1 time)
  • NWA Big Time Wrestling
  • NWA American Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
  • NWA American Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Blackjack Mulligan
  • NWA Brass Knuckles Championship (Texas version) (3 times)
  • Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame
  • Class of 2016 - Inducted as a member of The Blackjacks
  • World Wrestling Association
  • WWA World Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Blackjack Mulligan
  • World Wide Wrestling Federation / Entertainment
  • WWE Hall of Fame (Class of 2006)
  • WWWF World Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Blackjack Mulligan
  • Pro Wrestling Illustrated
  • PWI ranked him # 338 of the 500 best singles wrestlers during the "PWI Years" in 2003.
  • References

    Blackjack Lanza Wikipedia

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