Name: Jack Brisco
Year Inducted: 2005
Induction Category: Television Era

Jack Brisco

Jack Brisco is one of only three men to win the NCAA wrestling championship and the National Wrestling Alliance World Heavyweight Championship. Brisco was born in Blackwell, Oklahoma on September 21, 1941. While in high school, he became one of the few athletes to ever win three Oklahoma State wrestling titles. Brisco turned down a football scholarship from Bud Wilkinson at powerhouse Oklahoma to accept a wrestling scholarship at Oklahoma State. Brisco lost only one match as a collegian while winning the NCAA championship and becoming a two-time NCAA All American. Brisco made his professional debut in 1965 by beating Ronnie Garvin on Leroy McGuirk's Championship Wrestling television show.

Brisco's incomparable wrestling ability and natural charisma made him a star quickly and he had tours of Australia and Japan early in his career. In 1969, he settled in Florida, where he beat Japanese Olympic star and future AWA World heavyweight champion Masa Saito for the Florida heavyweight title. This led to a great series of matches in the1970Ős with Brisco's chase of Dory Funk, Jr. and Harley Race for the NWA World title. Jack fulfilled the destiny many felt was inevitable when he captured the NWA World Heavyweight Championship from Race in Houston on July 20,1973. This title shift led to another incredible series of title bouts with Brisco defending against Race and the Funk brothers. Shohei "Giant" Baba captured the title from Jack on December 2, 1974 in Kagoshima, Japan. Brisco then became a two-time NWA World champion after he regained the belt a week later from Baba in Toyohashi, Japan.

Brisco held nine singles championships a total of twenty-four times. In addition to the two world title reigns, Brisco is a two-time Missouri champion when it was considered the most important regional title in wrestling. He was also National champion, Eastern states champion, four-time Mid-Atlantic champion, five-time Southern champion, five-time Florida champion, three-time Florida television champion, and Florida Brass Knuckles champion.

Jack and his brother Jerry are one of only two brother combinations to hold both individual NWA World championships and combine for the World tag team championship. The Brisco Brothers won three World tag team championships. A great feud with Ricky Steamboat and Jay Youngblood culminated at the first Starrcade. The Brisco Brothers also teamed for two North American championships, five United States championships, a record eight Florida championships, and two Georgia championships. Jack also held Florida tag title with Ciclon Negro and Jimmy Garvin.

Jack Brisco retired in 1984 to his adopted home state of Florida. As successful entrepreneurs, Jack and Jerry Brisco established the Brisco Brothers Body Shop in Tampa and their business has become one of the best-known body shops in the Southeast. His biography, "Brisco", is currently available and chronicles his incredible amateur and professional career.

- Chris Sokol and Mark Nulty



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