Sunday, April 9, 2017

The Many Champions of "Captain" Lou Albano



It has been debated for years as to who is the greatest wrestling manger of all time.  Both Jim Cornette and Paul Heyman, both outstanding managers themselves, have said that Bobby "The Brain" Heenan is.  And while I don't disagree with that sentiment however, an argument could be made that "Captain" Lou Albano is the greatest of all time.

Dubbed "The Guilding Light" Albano mentored thirteen different tag teams to a combined 15 WWWF/WWF Tag Team Championships.  He also was the man who brought Ivan Koloff in to challenge and defeat Bruno Sammartino for his WWWF World Championship ending Sammartino's near 8 year reign as champion.  Also he seconded both Magnificent Muraco and Greg "The Hammer" Valentine when they captured the WWF Intercontinental Championship.


Albano himself is a former WWWF United States Tag Team Champion winning the title on July 10, 1967 with partner Tony Altimore as The Sicilians.  It has been credited to Bruno Sammartino and Vince McMahon Sr for pushing Albano toward becoming a manager.  They both felt that his in ring work was lacking whereas his gift of gab made him stand out among his peers.

Let's breakdown who is chargers were and when they won the championship:

WWWF World Heavyweight Championship



Ivan Koloff
January 18, 1971 Madison Square Garden defeated Bruno Sammartino

WWF Intercontinental Championship



Magnificent Muraco
January 22, 1983 Madison Square Garden defeated Pedro Morales


Greg "The Hammer" Valentine
September 24, 1984 London, Ontario defeated Tito Santana

WWWF/WWF World Tag Team Championships



"Crazy" Luke Graham & Tarzan Tyler
June 3, 1971 New Orleans, LA defeated Dick The Bruiser & The Sheik in a tournament final to become the first ever champions


Baron Mike Scicluna & King Curtis Iaukea
February 1, 1972 Philadelpha, PA defeated Karl Gotch & Rene Goulet


The Valiant Brothers: Jimmy & Johnny
May 8, 1974 Hamburg, PA defeated Tony Garea & Dean Ho


The BlackJacks: BlackJack Lanza & BlackJack Mulligan
August 26, 1975 Philadelphia, PA defeated Dominic DeNucci & Pat Barrett


The Executioners: 1 & 2
May 11, 1976 Philadelphia, PA defeated Louis Cerdan & Tony Parisi


The Yukon Lumberjacks: Yukon Eric & Yukon Pierre
June 26, 1978 New York, NY defeated Dino Bravo & Dominic DeNucci


The Valiant Brothers: Jerry & Johnny
March 6, 1979 Allentown, PA defeatead Tony Garea & Larry Zbyszko


The Wild Samoans: Afa & Sika
April 12, 1980 Philadelphia, PA defeated Ivan Putski & Tito Santans
September 9, 1980 Philadelphia, PA defeated Tony Garea & Rene Goulet in tournament final


The Moondogs: King, Rex, & Spot
March 17, 1981 Allentown, PA defeated Tony Garea & Rick Martel
Rex & King won the titles 45 days into the reign Spot replaced King on the team as champion


Mr. Fuji & Mr. Saito
October 13, 1981 Allentown, PA defeated Tony Garea & Rick Martel


The Wild Samoans: Afa & Sika
March 8, 1983 Allentown, PA defeated Chief Jay & Jules Strongbow


The U.S. Express: Mike Rotundo & Barry Windham
January 21, 1985 Hartford, CT defeated The North-South Connection: Adrian Adonis & Dick Murdoch


The British Bulldogs: Dynamite Kid & Davey Boy Smith
April 7, 1986 WrestleMania 2 Rosemont, IL defeated The Dream Team: Brutus Beefcake & Greg "The Hammer" Valentine


The Headshrinkers: Samu & Fatu
April 26, 1994 Burlington, VT defeated The Quebecers: Pierre & Jacques

WWWF/WWF International Tag Team Championships



The Mongols: Bepo & Geeto
June 15, 1970 New York, NY defeated Bruno Sammartino & The Battman
Albano bought The Mongols contract from Tony Angelo after they had won the titles

Albano's resume of champions is extremely impressive and I believe that no other manger has managed so many different champions as the Captain.  Whether this qualifies him as the greatest of all time or not, I'm not sure, but you cannot overlook what an outstanding accomplishment this is.

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2 comments:

  1. One of my favorite elements to your blog is how you present information that is normally lost in history. I hadn’t the slightest idea that Captain Lou managed so many different champions. I mean, just scrolling through the pictures you see so many Hall of Famers it’s incredible!

    Being thirty-three, I’ve seen a heck of a lot more of Bobby Hennan, Jim Cornette, and Paul Heyman than I’ve ever saw of Lou Albano. And despite my love for all of those guys, I think it’s hard to argue with the pedigree of champions that Lou managed. He may not be the most entertaining or best manager ever, but his resume is incredible and something I doubt I ever would have seen outside of your blog.

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    1. Thank you for the kinds words. That's really what I shoot for with my blog is being unique and original.

      When I started this post I had no recollection of his managing Valentine and Muraco.

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