Introducing Jack Brisco, Professional Wrestler
Jack Brisco is a legendary American professional wrestler who made his name in the sport in the 1970s and 1980s. He was best known for being a two-time World Champion, climbing the ranks of the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) and becoming one of the top professional wrestlers of all-time. Here’s a look at the career of Jack Brisco and why he was so successful.
Brisco was born on September 21, 1941, and began wrestling in his teenage years. He attended Oklahoma State University and went on to become an amateur wrestler, competing in the freestyle division. While wrestling at Oklahoma State, he placed fifth in the NCAA Division I Championships in 1963 and won the gold medal in the Pan American Games in 1965.
The NWA Years
Jack Brisco made his professional wrestling debut in 1965 and moved up to the territorial NWA leagues in 1967. He rose through the ranks of the NWA and joined the World Wide Wrestling Federation in 1972. He soon became the NWA world heavyweight champion on April 27, here he would go on to reign for two years.
Brisco was a master strategist in the ring and an innovator of what wrestling has become today. He often worked tag-team matches with Gerry Brisco and was instrumental in the company’s deep-seeded feuds with the Von Erich Family and Vachon Brothers. He also became a mentor to wrestling stars like Ric Flair and Dusty Rhodes.
Later Career and Induction
Jack Brisco retired from professional wrestling in 1984 and was inducted into both the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame and the Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame. He was also recognized for his accomplishments by being named the Wrestling Observer Newsletter’s Wrestler of the Year in 1975 and Wrestler of the Decade for the 1970s. He had also come close to winning the WWE (then WWF) title in 1983, but lost the title to Hulk Hogan at Madison Square Garden.
Legacy of Jack Brisco
Jack Brisco was one of the greatest professional wrestlers of the 70s and 80s and had an incredible career in the sport. His amazing WrestleMania records, which include eight consecutive NWA World Heavyweight Championship reigns, helped him become an icon of the sport. His technical prowess and strategic acumen in the ring shaped the wrestling careers of many stars, while his mentorship and teaching craft helped others reach their potential. He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2008 and forever cemented his legacy.
- Wrestling Observer Wrestler of the Year (1975)
- Wrestling Observer Wrestler of the Decade (1970s)
- Two-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion (1974-1976)
- Eight-time NWA World Tag-Team Champion
- Inducted into Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame (2004) and WWE Hall of Fame (2008)