Ken Lucas (wrestler)

Ken Lucas (August 20, 1940 – August 6, 2014) was an American professional wrestler who won many tag and singles championships in the southern US National Wrestling Alliance territories between 1960 and 1985, before finishing his career as a jobber in the American Wrestling Association. He trained Ricky Morton to wrestle, and they teamed often in the early 1980s, winning three championships six times.[1] He was from Mesa, Arizona and died at his home in Pensacola, Florida.[2]

Ken Lucas
Ken Lucas 1979.jpg
Lucas in 1979
BornAugust 20, 1940
Arizona
Died(2014-08-06)August 6, 2014 (aged 73)
Pensacola, Florida
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)Ken Lucas
Billed height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Billed weight223 lb (101 kg)
Billed fromMesa, Arizona
Debut1960
Retired1985

CareerEdit

National Wrestling Alliance (1960–1984)Edit

Tucson (1960–1964)Edit

Ken Lucas began his career in 1960 for Monte LaDue's territory in Tucson, Arizona. In May 1962, he won his first title, the NWA Western States Tag Team Championship, with "Iron" Mike DiBiase. He would win two more with Hans Steiner in 1963, before leaving the Tucson area in 1964. During his time in Tucson, he also made stops in Pittsburgh, Hawaii, and Denver.

Texas (1963–1965, 1977)Edit

During his last days in Tucson in 1963, Lucas made a stop in Amarillo, working for Dory Funk, Sr. He remained in the area until 1965. He would also wrestle briefly in Fort Worth. He wouldn't return to the area until 1977.

Tri-State (1964–1979)Edit

In 1964, Lucas went to the Tri-State area of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Oklahoma, working for Leroy McGuirk. He spent fifteen years in the area, before Bill Watts took the reins in 1979. During his tenure there, Lucas held two NWA Louisiana Heavyweight Championships and four NWA Mississippi Heavyweight Championships, among other titles.

Gulf Coast (1964–1984)Edit

Lucas went to the Gulf Coast area in 1964, and competed in the area, on and off, for over two decades. During that time, he would hold eleven NWA Gulf Coast Heavyweight Championships, fifteen NWA Gulf Coast Tag Team Championships with eleven different partners, five NWA Alabama Heavyweight Championships, two NWA City of Mobile Heavyweight Championships, and two NWA United States Junior Heavyweight Championships, among other titles.

Georgia (1965–1966, 1969)Edit

Lucas went down to Georgia Championship Wrestling in 1965. He would spend two years in the area, before leaving in 1967. He would briefly return to the area in 1969.

Mid-America (1968–1981)Edit

Lucas joined the Mid-America area ran by George Gulas in 1968. When Jerry Jarrett broke away from Gulas to form the Championship Wrestling Association in Memphis, he went back and forth between Nashville and Memphis for three years until Gulas's promotion closed in 1980. He won several Tag Team Championships within the area and one NWA Mid-America Heavyweight Championship.

Florida (1976)Edit

Lucas made a stop in Florida in 1976, working for Championship Wrestling from Florida. While there, he held two Tag Team titles with Mike Graham.

Central States (1978)Edit

Lucas made a brief stop in the Central States area in Kansas City in 1978. While there, he held one Heavyweight Championship and one Tag Team Championship with Kevin Sullivan.

Southwest Championship Wrestling (1982–1984)Edit

After wrestling for the NWA for over two decades, Lucas went back to Texas for Southwest Championship Wrestling in 1982. While there, he won two Tag Team Championships with Ricky Morton, whom Lucas trained four years earlier in Tennessee.

American Wrestling Association (1984–1985)Edit

In 1984, Lucas joined the American Wrestling Association in Minneapolis. By this time, Lucas was winding down his career, so he was mainly used as a jobber. After a year with the AWA, Lucas retired after 25 years in the ring.

Retirement and deathEdit

After retiring, Lucas became a fixture at the T&W Flea Market, where he would sell hats and other items. He died at home in Pensacola, Florida on August 6, 2014, aged 73.[citation needed]

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Ken Lucas' profile at WrestlingData.com
  2. ^ Moon, Troy (2014-08-07). "Pensacola wrestler Ken Lucas dies". Pnj.com. Retrieved 2014-08-08.
  3. ^ NWA World Tag Team Title (Central States) history At wrestling-titles.com
  4. ^ Hoops, Brian (January 19, 2019). "Pro wrestling history (01/19): Ric Flair wins WWF title in 1992 Royal Rumble". Wrestling Observer Figure Four Online. Retrieved January 18, 2019.
  5. ^ a b c d Buckler, David (2012-04-21). "Ken Lucas". Onlineworldofwrestling.com. Retrieved 2014-08-08.
  6. ^ NWA United States Tag Team Title (Gulf Coast) history At wrestling-titles.com
  7. ^ Hoops, Brian (January 18, 2019). "Pro wrestling history (01/18): Ivan Koloff defeats Bruno Sammartino for WWWF title". Wrestling Observer Figure Four Online. Retrieved January 18, 2019.
  8. ^ Duncan, Royal; Will, Gary (2006) [2000.]. "(Memphis, Nashville) Tennessee: Southern Tag Team Title [Roy Welsch & Nick Gulas, Jerry Jarrett from 1977]". Wrestling title histories: professional wrestling champions around the world from the 19th century to the present. Waterloo, Ontario: Archeus Communications. pp. 185–189. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4.
  9. ^ "Southern Tag Team Title". Wrestling-Titles. Retrieved January 19, 2020.