“Luscious” Johnny Valiant, a wrestling star of the 1970s and ’80s and a Hall of Famer, died Wednesday of injuries he suffered when he was struck by a pickup truck as he crossed a busy street in Ross Township, Pa.
The wrestler, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1996, began learning the basics of the sport in 1969 and five years later, the Valiant Brothers — “Luscious” Johnny and “Handsome” Jimmy — won the World Tag Team Championship. In 1979, Johnny and “Gentleman” Jerry Valiant won the tandem titles again under the management of Captain Lou Albano.