James J. Dillon

James J. Dillon

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Career Highlights
Jim Dillon and Johnny Valentine 1958

My first involvement in the wrestling business was as the President of the Johnny Valentine Fan Club.  That's me standing with Johnny after his match in the Trenton (New Jersey) Armory.

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High school graduation photo 1960

This is my senior picture taken at Trenton Central High School.  I graduated in June, 1960.

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Jim refereeing a match in the WWWF 1960

In 1960, I was refereeing matches in the WWWF.  Here I am in the ring when Argentina Apollo had the best of Frank Hickey.

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Before my first match July 11, 1962

This photo was taken before my first "professional" match at the Vineland Speedway in Vineland, New Jersey.  I thought so much of Johnny Valentine that I wrestled as Jim Valence that night.

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Cowboy Jim Dillon, June 1969 June 1969

I made what I consider to be my "real" wrestling debut on December 6, 1968 in Dayton, Ohio TV.  Ron Sanders and I lost to Ron and Chris Dupree, the Hells Angels.  This photo was taken in June 1969, six months later.

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In the ring on Pittsburgh TV April 25, 1970

I started working Pittsburgh TV on a somewhat regular basis at this time.  I was a weekend warrior for the rest of 1970.

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Posed photo taken in Charlotte May 3, 1971

My first full-time territory was Charlotte.  I made my debut at the Charlotte Park Center against Gene Anderson.

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Newspaper ad from October 12, 1971 October 12, 1971

This was my second of three matches that I had during my first trip to Florida.

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Publicity photo taken in the Maritimes 1973

Rudy Kay invited me to wrestle in the New Brunswick/Nova Scotia territory.  I was featured on top as Nature Boy Dillon until the season ended in October.

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Program from El Paso, March 8, 1974 November 1, 1973

I debuted in Amarillo, Texas against Les Thornton.  This would be the first of three long runs I made for the Funks in the West Texas territory.  This program was sold in El Paso arenas on March 8, 1974.

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Magazine article from Japan, 1974 January 4 through January 30, 1974

My first tour of Japan.

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Roger Kirby and Jim Dillon February 4, 1975

I made my first full-time trip to the Florida territory.  On my first night there, Dick Slater and I wrestled Dominic Denucci and Tony Parisi in Tampa, Florida.  During this run, I held the Florida Tag Team Title with Roger Kirby.

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Manager J.J. Dillon November 10, 1975

Red Bastien, who was booking for Fritz von Erich, brought me into Texas to manage The Mongolian Stomper (Archie Gouldie).  I later managed Lonnie "Moondog" Mayne.

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Atlanta Ringsider arena program September 18, 1976

I arrived in Atlanta, Georgia to manage the Stomper and later, Abdullah the Butcher.

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JJ Dillon in New Zealand June 1977 to January 1979

I spent a lot of this time in the Amarillo territory, along with trips to Japan, Australia, and New Zealand.  The photo was taken in New Zealand.  Note the dark hair!

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JJ Dillon in New Zealand November 13 to December 17, 1980

I wrestled in Germany as Cowboy Jim Dillon.  The photo is of the promoter, Nico Selenkowitsch (center), flanked by Bob Geigel and myself.  The photo was taken in Kansas City in 1981 when Nico visited the U.S.

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King James and Jimmy Garvin 1983-1984

After spending more than eight months booking the Kansas City territory, I returned to Florida and stayed there until May 6, 1984.  This photo with Jimmy Garvin was taken after I was crowned "King" James Dillon.

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Madison Square Garden, April 23, 1984 April 23, 1984

I always had three dreams about the wrestling business.  One of them was to wrestle in Madison Square Garden.  I fulfilled that dream on that night when I wrestled Tito Santana.

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Holding the International Title May 7, 1984

I returned to Nova Scotia took book the territory and was the International Heavyweight Champion.

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Ron Bass and JJ Dillon August 2, 1984

My family and I moved to Charlotte to work in the office as Dusty Rhodes' assistant.  It was the beginning of a 5-year run.  During that time, I managed Ron Bass (pictured at left) and Black Bart, the Long Riders.

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The Four Horsemen 1985

The Four Horsemen are formed!

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JJ and Willie Nelson, March 24, 1991 February 13, 1989

I begin working with the WWF as an in-house agent.  I had this photo taken with Willie Nelson at Wrestlemania 7 on March 24, 1991.

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JJ and Jay Leno September 1996

I return to Atlanta, Georgia, to work for Eric Bischoff and WCW.  I was with the company until they closed the doors over five years later.   The photo with Jay Leno was taken at Sturgis on August 8, 1998 when Jay teamed up with Diamond Dallas Page against Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff.

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Trading card April 2001 to March 25, 2003

Except for the two dates listed below, I was out of the wrestling business and working as Chief Financial Officer for Jerry Jarrett's Jarrett Construction.

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JJ and his daughter, Pam February 12 and 19, 2003

I made two on-air appearances — both in Nashville — for TNA as their Commissioner.

The photo of my daughter Pam and me was taken in Marietta, Georgia.

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December, 2004 February 19, 2003

I officially retired from wrestling.   This photo was taken in December, 2004.

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