| John Lanza|
6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
| 245 lb (111 kg)|
AWA All-Star Wrestling
| October 14, 1935 (age 80)
Albuquerque, New Mexico (1935-10-14) |
Laredo, Texas, United States
Blackjack Lanza Wikipedia
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.
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.
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.
His nephew is former WWE Champion John "Bradshaw" Layfield.Finishing moves
"Cowboy" Jack Lanza
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.