Pedro Morales

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Pedro Morales (born October 22, 1942)[1] is a retired Puerto Rican professional wrestler. He began his wrestling career as a teenager in 1959 and continued through to the late 1980s. Morales was the first man in wrestling history to win all three major men's titles in the World Wrestling Federation: the WWWF Heavyweight Championship, the Intercontinental Championship and the WWF World Tag Team Championship.[4] Morales was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 1995.

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Career

Morales debuted in 1959 at the Sunnyside Gardens, beating Buddy Gilbert.[1] He wrestled on the West Coast during the 1960s,[2] taking on regional stars of the day such as Fred Blassie and The Destroyer, the latter from whom he took the World Wrestling Association's World Heavyweight Championship on March 12, 1965.[2] Morales lost the title on July 23 to "Crazy" Luke Graham,[2][5] but took it back from him on October 17.[1] He held the title for nine months before being defeated by Buddy Austin on August 5, 1966.[6] Morales then concentrated on tag team wrestling, co-holding the WWA tag belts four times during 1966-68, with four different partners: Luis Hernandez, Mark Lewin, Victor Rivera, and Ricky Romero.[1][2] During a stint in the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA), Morales held the Hawaiian U.S. title for two months in 1969.[7]

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