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Chief Jay Strongbow and Billy White Wolf


Chief Jay Strongbow and Billy White Wolf:

These two “Native Americans” were a successful tag team in the mid 1970’s. On December 7, 1976, they beat The Executioners and Tor Kamata & Nikolai Volkoff in a three team tournament to win World Tag Team Championship. While champions, Ken Patera broke Billy’s neck with the swinging neck breaker forcing them to vacate the tag team titles. This “ended” the career of Billy White Wolf and started a feud between Patera and Strongbow.

Chief Jay Strongbow:

Joe Scarpa was born in 1928 and was trained by Don Eagle. He debuted in 1948 and wrestled under his real name for many years. Chief Jay was really of Italian descent and used the Indian gimmick to gain ring success. His most famous move was his war dance, which was the precursor to Hulk’s Hulking Up. He used the tomahawk chop and the sleeper hold to win many matches during his career.

Chief Jay’s Career Highlights:

In the WWF, he was tag team champions with Sonny King, Billy White Wolf, and his “nephew” Jules Strongbow. In 1973, he won the Pro Wrestling Illustrated most popular wrestler of the year award. He retired from the ring in the early '80s. After retiring, he spent some time working as a road agent for the WWE and could occasionally be seen breaking up on-screen fights between the wrestlers. In 1994, he was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. Eight years later, he passed away at the age of 83.

Billy White Wolf:

Billy was Native American by way of Iraq. He was born Adna Al-Kaissie and was an accomplished amateur wrestler. He was also a childhood acquantice of Sadaam Hussein and would later have his family threatened by the dictator. In 2005, he wrote a book called The Sheikh of Baghdad which details both his in ring career and interesting life outside it.

Career Highlights of Billy Whitewolf:

He started his pro career in the ‘50s and in 1977 his career was “ended” by Ken Patera. A few years later, he began wrestling for the AWA under the name of Sheik Adnan El Kaissey. As a manager, his stable feuded with the Gagne family. Ironically, his AWA career was also “ended” by Ken Patera. In 1990, he entered the WWE as General Adnan where he managed Iraqi sympathizer Sgt. Slaughter to the WWE Title. After leaving the company, he went on to be the co-owner of now-defunct World All-Star Wrestling Alliance with Ken Patera.

WWF Title History:

Jay Strongbow
WWF World Tag Team Championship
5/22/72 – with Sonny King beat King Curtis & Mikel Scicluna
12/7/76 – with Billy White Wolf beat The Exuctioners and Tor Kamata & Nikolai Volkoff
6/28/82 – with Jules Strongbow beat Mr. Fuji & Mr. Saito
10/26/82 - with Jules Strongbow beat Mr. Fuji & Mr. Saito

Sources: PWI Almanac, Onlineworldofwrestling.com, and WWE.com

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