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John Hill (wrestler)

John Hill
Birth name John Steele Hill
Born July 8, 1941[1]
Hamilton, Ontario
Died March 11, 2010 (Aged 68)[2]
Indianapolis, Indiana
Residence Indianapolis, Indiana
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Guy Hill
Guy Mitchell
The Stomper
Jerry Valiant
The Masked Strangler
Mr. X (in Vancouver)
The Destroyer
The Assassin
Guy Heenan
Billed height 6'3"
Debut 1959[2]
Retired Mid 1990s

John Steele Hill[3] (July 8, 1941 – March 11, 2010) was a Canadian professional wrestler best known under the ring names Guy Mitchell, The Stomper and "Gentleman" Jerry Valiant. During his career, he held the top singles titles in Australia and Vancouver, and competed in the World Wide Wrestling Federation (WWWF) where he won the WWWF World Tag Team Championship.

Contents

  • Professional wrestling career 1
    • 1960s 1.1
    • 1970s 1.2
  • Personal life 2
  • Championships and accomplishments 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Professional wrestling career

1960s

Hill became a professional wrestler in 1959 after working out for a year at both After wrestling as a heel for four years in Toronto, The Assassin

1970s

While wrestling in the Australian World Championship Wrestling, he used the ring name The Destroyer and wrestled under a mask. On September 3, 1966, he defeated Bearcat Wright to win the IWA World Heavyweight Championship.[4][9] The Destroyer's mask was eventually removed, and he announced to the audience that his name was John Hill.[4] After leaving Australia, he began competing in Toronto, Ontario in 1967 as The Assassin.[5]

Mitchell later wrestled in Indianapolis, where he formed a tag team in the World Wrestling Association (WWA) with Joe Tomasso known as The Assassins.[2] Together, the team won the WWA World Tag Team Championship three times in 1965 and 1966.[2][8] The team was managed by a rookie manager named Bobby Heenan.[2] Although The Assassins were a heel (villain) tag team who wore masks, Mitchell also competed as a face (fan favorite) singles wrestler without a mask. Mitchell also wrestled as Guy Heenan in some areas, where he was a storyline sibling of Heenan.[5]

[7][4].[2] During this feud, The Stomper suffered a kayfabe (storyline) injury when the Kangaroos broke his leg.[2] Because he could not wrestle in Detroit while he was supposedly recovering, Hill wrestled in Japan for several months.[5]

Upon his return to Detroit, The Stomper and Justice continued their feud with the Kangaroos. The teams faced each other in a tournament final for the vacant tag team championship, which the Kangaroos won. The following year, The Stomper and Justice regained the title belts by defeating the Kangaroos. They held the belts for five months, and The Stomper had one last reign as champion when he teamed with Bobo Brazil to win the title for the third time on July 21, 1973. They eventually dropped the belts to Ben Justice and his new partner, Killer Brooks.[4][10]

Hill went to the Vancouver territory, where he held the Canadian tag team title six times.[11]

In 1979, he was brought into the World Wide Wrestling Federation as Jerry Valiant after Jimmy Valiant contracted hepatitis[12] With Johnny Valiant, he held the WWWF World Tag Team Championship.[2] After Jimmy recovered, the three Valiants worked in six-man tag matches, and sometimes eight-man tag matches with manager Lou Albano.[12] After eight months in the WWF, Hill split from the Valiants and left the area. He returned as a solo prelim wrestler and referee in 1984 when the WWF would use his ring at shows in Indiana, Missouri, Michigan and Kansas.[12]

Personal life

Growing up in Ontario Canada Hill had ten siblings, he played hockey and boxed in his youth.[2] He and Carolyn F. Hill "Florist, Past on 3-20-15" were married on April 5, 1964 in Indianapolis.[1] They had a son, Jonathan S Hill.[1] After retiring, Hill owned and operated Hill's Landscaping for 14 years with his son. He enjoyed volunteering as Santa Claus for different organizations in central Indiana[1] Hill died on March 11, 2010 in Indiana after a battle with Alzheimer's set on by Post-concussion syndrome.[2]

Other Facts. [2] In 1962 he was a witness in the stabbing of wrestler Pedro Zappata.

Championships and accomplishments

References

  1. ^ a b c d "Obituary for John Hill". Swartz Family Community Mortuary and Memorial Center. Retrieved 2010-03-13. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n Johnson, Steven (March 12, 2010). "John Hill, man of many faces, dies at 68". SLAM! Wrestling. Retrieved 2010-03-13.  age 68
  3. ^ "Obituary for John Hill". Swartz Family Community Mortuary and Memorial Center. Retrieved 2010-03-13. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g "Wrestler Profiles: "Stomper" Guy Mitchell". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved 2009-01-06. 
  5. ^ a b c d e Johnson, Steven. "The many faces of John Hill". SLAM! Wrestling. Retrieved 2009-01-06. 
  6. ^ "NWA Southern Heavyweight Title (Georgia)". Wrestling Titles. Retrieved 2009-01-06. 
  7. ^ "NWA Southern Tag Team Title (Georgia)". Wrestling Titles. Retrieved 2009-01-06. 
  8. ^ "World Wrestling Association Tag Team Title". Wrestling Titles. Retrieved 2009-01-06. 
  9. ^ "International Wrestling Alliance World Heavyweight Title". Wrestling Titles. Retrieved 2009-01-06. 
  10. ^ a b "National Wrestling Alliance Tag Team Title (Detroit)". Wrestling Titles. Retrieved 2009-01-06. 
  11. ^ Royal Duncan and Gary Will, Wrestling Title Histories, Archeus Communications, 2000, pp. 332-334.
  12. ^ a b c Dave Meltzer, Wrestling Observer Newsletter, March 22, 2010
  13. ^ "W.W.A. World Tag Team Title (Indianapolis)". Puroresu Dojo. 2003. 

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