By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Thomas Sullivan, who was named by his stage name Johnny Valiant in the wrestling community, died on Wednesday morning. He was hit as he crossing the road in McKnight Road in Ross Twp., Pa. when he was hit.
According to the law enforcement authorities, he was hit by a white pickup when he was crossing the road – but was not in the cross walk when he was hit – around 5 am Wednesday. He was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Valiant, was also nicknamed “Luscious.” He was 71-years-old. He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 1996, as The Valiant Brothers, along with his storyline brother “Handsome” Jimmy.
According to the WWE website, The Valiant Brothers were two of the biggest names in the business for more than two decades. Their website also said that the duo were the premier tag team of the 1970s.
Valiant competed in the World Wide Wrestling Federation before it became the World Wrestling Federation during the time he competed with the promotion. He was the World Tag Team Champion twice with the promotion.
The first-time he was tag team champions was on May 8, 1974 when he and his storyline brother Jimmy Valiant defeated Tony Garea and Dean Ho for the belt. The second-time around, he and his other storyline brother Jerry Valiant defeated Tony Garea and Larry Zbyszko on March 6th, 1979.
Following the completion of his competition career, he was a successful manager. He managed WWE Hall of Famer Hulk Hogan when he was a face in the AWA promotion in the early 1980s before he moved to WWF to manager Brutus Beefcake.
Beefcake, with Valiant as his manager, appeared at the first WrestleMania, where he competed against David Sammartino. The match was ruled a double disqualification after Valiant slammed Sammartino onto the floor.
Valiant was then attacked by Bruno Sammartino, who then threw him back into the ring. There, all four of the competitors continued to fight each other.
His last appearance as a manager was at the 1987 Survivor Series. He was then phased out as the New Dream Team manager before becoming a wrestler once again. He then left the company in March 1988.
After leaving the wrestling business, Valiant was an actor and a comedian. He was on The Sopranos and Law & Order.
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