Young and talented,
Jack Brisco was one of the most popular and successful wrestlers of the 1970s and 1980s. The Oklahoma native gained fame, respect and various titles throughout the wrestling world due to his hard-working attitude, professionalism, and most importantly, a vast knowledge of wrestling maneuvers including his famous trademark "Figure Four."
The fans loved him for his youthful good looks, sportsmanlike approach to the sport, and his overwhelming skill inside the ring. Promoters loved him because he drew big crowds (especially during his two NWA World title reigns) and because of his professionalism. Other wrestlers liked working with Jack because, quite simply, he was one of the best wrestlers in the business.
Jack attended Oklahoma State University and after growing up in the Sooner state he would then go on to become
the NCAA national amateur wrestling champion his senior year and
a two-time NCAA All-American. Once he entered the pro ranks, his success followed him. Among the many championships through out his career there were four NWA Southern titles, five NWA Florida Heavyweight championships, two NWA Missouri Heavyweight titles, and five NWA Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight championships. But Jack is truly remembered for winning one championship in particular...twice.
NWA World Heavyweight wrestling title came when he defeated Harley Race in Houston, TX on July 20,
1973. Once word spread throughout the many territories of the NWA that Jack was the new "Champ," the young athlete found himself in huge demand across the world. As the new NWA World Heavyweight Champion, Jack wrestled 5 to 6 nights a week defeating the best wrestlers in countries all over the world. However, after 6 months, Jack lost his title to the "Japanese Giant Baba" in December of 1974 only to triumph over Baba one week later to regain his reign as champion.
His second World Title reign turned out to be even more successful than the first. Jack was a true "fighting champion," and his popularity was enormous! But eventually, he, like every other great champion, would go down in defeat when the NWA decided it was time for someone else to hold the title. His last day as "Champ" came in December, 1975, when he was defeated by Terry Funk. This was yet another in the years long feud between "The Funks and The
Jack would rebound, winning numerous regional titles and forming a highly successful tag team with his brother Jerry. The team's exceptional wrestling skill and knowledge proved to be very successful, leading them to be known as one of the best in the world. Winning nearly twenty tag team championships, Jack and Jerry's family feud with Dory and Terry Funk was one of wrestling's most heated, bitter, and longest running feuds of all time. For years the two teams battled for supremacy and family pride all across the globe.
Jack now resides in Florida, where he owns a very successful auto body shop business. Having retired, fans remember Jack Brisco as one of the sport's greatest natural grapplers ranking among the elite champions of the sport. Jack was widely regarded as perhaps the single most talented, gifted and knowledgeable wrestler of his era. Having virtually no equals during his prime as a professional
wrestler, Jack has been cited many times by his co-workers as the best pure wrestler of his day.