The WWE Universe has lost another icon today as Pedro Morales, former WWE (then-WWWF) Champion, has died.
Morales did everything you could in professional wrestling, holding WWE’s Tag Team, Intercontinental, and U.S. Heavyweight, and Heavyweight Championships. That made him the first Latino man to hold pro wrestling’s world championship, made him WWE’s first triple crown winner, and made him a Hall of Fame inductee way back in 1995. Morales did wonders promoting the WWWF product to the Puerto Rican and Latino audiences until his retirement in 1987.
The news was first broken by announcer Hugo Savinovich on Tuesday afternoon, which you can watch below.
“We regret to inform you that the WWE Hall of Fame member and the first Triple Crown Champion in WWE history, Don Pedro Morales, died today at 76 years of age. Our deepest sympathies to your family and rest in peace. Thanks for so much Don Pedro!”
We of course send our deepest condolences out to Morales’ family, friends, and fans. If you aren’t familiar with Morales’ work, we’ve included a few videos down below to help you familiarize yourself. Rest in peace to one of the most important and iconic WWE Heavyweight Champions to ever step foot in the squared circle.