Pedro Morales (born October 22, 1942) is a retired Puerto Rican professional wrestler. He began his wrestling career as a teenager in 1959 and continued through the late 1980s. Morales was the first man in wrestling history to win all three major men's titles in the World Wrestling Federation: the WWWF Heavyweight Championship, the Intercontinental Championship and the WWF World Tag Team Championship. Morales was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 1995.
As a babyface, Morales could not be expected to feud with fellow face Bruno Sammartino for his WWWF World Heavyweight Championship belt. Opportunity knocked on January 18, 1971 when Ivan Koloff ended Sammartino's seven-year reign. Three weeks later, on February 8, Morales wrestled Koloff for the belt at Madison Square Garden and won the match to become the fourth Heavyweight Champion in WWWF history. When he won the WWWF World Championship, the United States Championship became vacant.
Morales proved to be a popular champion, especially among New York's Puerto Rican community. Like Sammartino before him, Morales was an ethnic champion. He became known for his scientific wrestling ability and endurance, as well as a "fiery Latin temper" that emerged during matches. During his reign as champion, Morales feuded with the now-heel Freddie Blassie, who was the number one contender for his title.
On September 1, 1972, however, he wrestled Bruno Sammartino in the main event of Showdown at Shea - it was the first WWWF title match to ever pit two fan favorites against each other. After several near pins, the two men wrestled to a seventy-five minute draw. After the match, the fans were noticeably angry, and some jumped into the dugouts to shake their fists at the wrestlers.
During his reign, Morales worked an angle with the then-heel Larry Hennig. After a title reign of almost three years, Morales dropped the title to Stan Stasiak on December 1, 1973. He soon faded from the WWWF.
The WWF Intercontinental Championship was now the only major men's title that Morales had never won in the promotion. On December 8, 1980, however, he became the first man to complete the federation's Triple Crown with a victory over Ken Patera at Madison Square Garden. Morales feuded with "Magnificent" Don Muraco during 1981, losing the belt to him on June 20 but reclaiming it on November 23. With this win, Morales became the first man to hold the Intercontinental title twice, and he held it for fourteen months, the longest reign up until that point. During his second reign, Morales defended the title against Don Muraco and "Superstar" Billy Graham. It was Muraco, however, who ultimately ended Morales' second Intercontinental title reign on January 22, 1983.
Morales never won another title and had reached an advanced stage in his career by the time of Vince McMahon Jr.'s national expansion of the WWF in the mid-1980s. He competed in the 1985 King of the Ring tournament, defeating Johnny Valiant and receiving a bye to advance to the third round before losing to Don Muraco. The following year, he defeated Rudy Diamond, Mike Rotundo and Nikolai Volkoff before losing the final match to Harley Race. Morales made his only WrestleMania appearance in 1986 when he was a part of a 20-man invitational battle royal at WrestleMania 2. He wrestled in a WWF ring for the final time in late 1987.
Wipo Publishes Patent of Aesculap, Christian Huber and Pedro Morales for "Surgical Handgrip and Surgical Tubular Shaft Instrument with a Surgical Handgrip" (German Inventors)
Jun 10, 2013; GENEVA, June 10 -- Publication No. WO/2013/079340 was published on June 6.Title of the invention: "SURGICAL HANDGRIP AND SURGICAL...
Wipo Publishes Patent of Dieter Weisshaupt, Andreas Elisch, Peter Kleine, Dominik Seyfried, Robert Vogtherr, Aesculap and Pedro Morales for "Telescopic Retractor Holder" (German Inventors)
May 04, 2013; GENEVA, May 4 -- Publication No. WO/2013/060581 was published on May 2.Title of the invention: "TELESCOPIC RETRACTOR...
Wipo Publishes Patent of Aesculap, Thomas Beck, Bernd Blender, Andreas Elisch, Theodor Lutze, Robert Vogtherr, Jurgen Wegmann, Dieter Weisshaupt and Pedro Morales for "Atraumatic Sternal Plate" (German Inventors)
May 15, 2013; GENEVA, May 15 -- Publication No. WO/2013/064354 was published on May 10.Title of the invention: "ATRAUMATIC STERNAL...