Requiem for a Champion

To the Editor:

On Feb.12, 2019, Pedro Morales, a distinguished member of the WWF Hall of Fame, went to the great wrestling mat in the sky. His professional conduct in – and out of – the ring – coupled with his strong, unique sense of chivalry and gallantry – made him one of the greatest wrestlers to ever grace the squared-circle. Whenever Pedro Morales wore a wrestling title around his waist, there was an overpowering sense of honor, pride, and dignity that went along with that belt. Pedro Morales proved that it is the “man” who makes the “title,” and not vice-versa.

Pedro Morales was a pioneer in professional wrestling. His positive in-ring attributes; his grace in executing wrestling maneuvers and his overall grappling style, helped to pave the way for many outstanding Latino wrestlers.

Pedro Morales was the first Latino to hold the Heavyweight Championship Title; his combined reign as WWWF Heavyweight Champion remains among the longest in history. Pedro Morales also holds the record for most days as Intercontinental Champion. Pedro Morales also was the very first WWE “Triple Crown Champion.”

Tag Team Championship, Heavyweight Championship, Intercontinental Championship, and United States Championship Titles. . . Pedro Morales held them all. Without doubt, there are very few professional wrestlers who have achieved the level of ring savvy that Pedro Morales had possessed.

Pedro Morales is a tough act to follow. His charisma and popularity made him an exceptional role model for young wrestling fans throughout the local metropolitan area.

Vaya con Dios, Pedro. Wrestle in peace!

John DiGenio

Albert J. Cupo