I attended a wrestling match and it was good entertainment. The event was held at the National Guard Armory in Murfreesboro, TN.
One of the older fans in the crowd told me that he has enjoyed wrestling for the past 70-years. When I asked him who his all-time favorite was he responded, “Johnny Valentine.”
In the Golden Era of wrestling from the 1940’s to the 1960’s, Valentine alternated between being a villain in some matches and a hero in others. His wrestling career ended in 1975 when he broke his back in a plane crash. Valentine died due to health complications in 2001.
The event was part of the Arcadian Wrestling Association, owned by Leah Hulan (former Ms. Tennessee).
“When I was a kid at four years old, that's when I started amateur wrestling with my dad and family. And when that's instilled in you, it never goes away.” - Dwayne Johnson