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Chief Jay Strongbow
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Wrestler Facts

Wrestler Name: Chief Jay Strongbow
Hometown: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Height: 6'0''
Weight: 265lb
Finishers: Tomahawk Chop, Indian Deathlock
Previous Gimmicks: "Joltin'" Joe Scarpa

Title History (3)

[4 Times]:WWE World Tag Team Champion
01/Jun/1962:NWA World Tag Team (Georgia) Champion -
29/Mar/1962:NWA World Tag Team (Florida) Champion -

Biography/Additional Facts

Real Name: Joe Luke Scarpa


Strongbow's career started in 1947, using his given name Joe Scarpa. Scarpa was a standout in the Georgia and Florida territories of the National Wrestling Alliance throughout the '50s and '60s, winning several championships and becoming a solid fan favorite. By 1970, he was working for Vincent J. McMahon's World Wide Wrestling Federation and was now known as Chief Jay Strongbow. Strongbow's greatest success was found in the tag team ranks of the WWWF. Strongbow held the World Tag Team Championship on four occasions. The first came on May 22, 1972, when Strongbow partnered with Sonny King to take the titles from the team of Baron Mikel Scicluna and King Curtis Iaukea. Strongbow & King held the titles for about a month.

Four and a half years later, on December 7, 1976, Strongbow again won the World Tag Team Championship, this time with partner Billy White Wolf. The team won the titles in a three-team tournament, defeating The Executioners and Nikolai Volkoff & Tor Kamata. The team of Strongbow and White Wolf was one of the most popular of the era, but their reign was cut short in 1977 when the belts were vacated due to White Wolf suffering a neck injury at the hands of Ken Patera's Swinging Full Nelson.

Strongbow's last two World Tag Team title reigns came with his "brother", Jules Strongbow. On June 28, 1982, the Strongbows won the titles from Mr. Fuji and Mr. Saito in New York City's Madison Square Garden. The match was controversial at the time; special guest referee Ivan Putski counted the winning fall, but did not see Fuji's foot draped over the bottom rope. Fuji and Saito would regain the titles a short time later, but would lose them back to the Strongbows on October 26.

The Chief also had a storied singles career in the WWWF. He feuded with the likes of "The Golden Greek" Spiros Arion, "Handsome" Jimmy Valiant, and "Superstar" Billy Graham. His most famous feud was against Greg Valentine, who broke Strongbow's leg in 1979. The two waged war all over the WWF circuit, most famously in a violent "Indian Strap Match" in Madison Square Garden, on July 30, 1979.

Strongbow also competed for The Sheik's Big Time Wrestling promotion in Detroit. He had a memorable feud with "Bulldog" Don Kent, which culminated in a bizarre "shark cage match" in 1977. Strongbow and Kent fought inside of a small shark cage, with the first man to escape being declared the winner. With an assist from fellow fan favorite Mark Lewin, Strongbow was able to escape the shark cage victorious.

Strongbow retired in 1985, but would still step back into the ring from time to time, most notably for a legends battle royal in East Rutherford, New Jersey in 1987. In retirement, Strongbow became a WWF road agent and worked in the company's front office. He also participated in a 1993 storyline in which he mentored Tatanka, in his feud with Irwin R. Schyster. Chief Jay Strongbow was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame, by his protege Tatanka, in 1994.

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