WWE Hall of Famer and first "Triple Crown" winner Pedro Morales died at the age of 76, WWE reported late Tuesday. Born in Puerto Rico, Morales began his wrestling career at the age of 17 when he moved to New York City in 1959.
In 1970, Morales won and established the WWE championship of Ivan Koloff at Madison Square Garden as an icon of Hispanic Americans, especially in New York City and the rest of the northeastern United States.
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. Morales became a wrestling legend in 1972 when he met close friend Bruno Sammartino in Shea Supercard's first-ever showdown at Shea Stadium. 22,000 fans watched the game, which lasted 75 minutes before the referees drew at 23.00 due to the tight spot. Curfew for sporting events.
Morales retained his championship title for nearly three years (to be exact, 1,027 days) until Stan Stasiak finally defeated him in December 1973.
In addition to the WWE Championship, Morales also won the World Tag Team title with Bob Backlund and the Intercontinental Championship, making him the very first ever Triple Crown Champion of the then World Wrestling Federation.
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Morales retired from the ring in 1987, but continued to work with WWE and WCW as a Spanish-speaking commentator.
WWE stars remembered the fallen legend.
"Goodbye to a great friend." The friendliest and wisest wrestlers I've ever known. When I started in WWE, he said to me, "You can not stop the talent." I followed those words for the rest of my career. RIP Pedro Morales, "Bret Hart Tweeted .
The Iron Sheik wrote :" ONE OF THE BEST EVER. THE PEDRO MORALES EXCELLENT WORKER. EXCELLENT BABY FACE. EXCELLENT BUSINESSMAN. EXCELLENT HUMANITY. RIP MY BROTHER.
Sean "X-Pac" Waltman wrote "I can say that I knew him. #RIPPedroMorales #PedroMorales. "
" My friend Pedro Morales, whom I had the honor to work twice! RIP and always for your saying "I'm ready for any kind of." Action, "Ric Flair Tweeted .
The Singh brothers admitted that they had never met Morales yet that he had influenced them greatly – because Bret Hart gave them the same advice that Morales had given him: