We get it. In the world of professional wrestling wins and loss records are only ever acknowledged in special angles and storylines. In the grand scheme of things keeping track of wins and losses of a scripted sport is not only illogical but senseless and meaningless. Just for the fun of it though, we have decided to approach things as if wrestling were a real sport in which victories and defeats do make a difference, where Wins & Losses Matter.
When I was a kid, Jay Youngblood was like a superhero for many of us who grew up with Mid-Atlantic Wrestling. He had so much skill, passion and energy that when he teamed with the equally incredible Ricky Steamboat they changed the game inspiring so many teams who would follow in their footsteps. The pairing was like a lighting storm in the ring and their high profile feud against heels Sgt. Nelson, Don Kernodle and their manager Sgt. Slaughter was all fans could talk about at the time. The rivalry was finally settled in a steel cage match in Greensboro, North Carolina and was witnessed by 15,000 in attendance. The team would go on to have many classic matches with the Brisco Brothers.
Portrayal and Persona
Jay Youngblood played the role of the honourable, downtrodden, valiant hero so well that fans couldn’t help but to throw their support behind him. Teaming with Steamboat served to propel their respective careers to even greater heights.
Youngblood accomplished a lot during his short 10 year career before he tragically passed away. He won the NWA World Tag Team Championships five times with Ricky Steamboat, the NWA Canadian Television Championship once, the NWA Pacific Northwest Heavyweight Championship four times and the NWA United States Tag Team Championship in Florida twice with his real-life brother Mark Youngblood.
Youngblood’s winning percentage certainly illustrates how popular he was as a persona and a performer in the ring. His winning percentage was 62% while his losses were only 30%. That is an impressive legacy for someone who had such a short but impactful and inspiring career in the squared circle.