The “Guiding Light” led thirteen different teams to sixteen reigns as WWWF International
and WWWF/ WWF World Tag Team Champions.  Albano went to the University of
Tennessee where he excelled at football.  He began initially as a wrestler in a tag team
with Tony Altimore known as the Sicilians.

In 1970, Albano bought the contract of the Mongols, Bepo and Gito, from Tony Angelo
and began to manage.  The Mongols were the WWWF International Tag Champs at the
time.  On January 18, 1971, Albano led Ivan Koloff to upset and end Bruno Sammartino’s
astonishing reign as WWWF World Champion in New York City.  Pedro Morales
dethroned Koloff in early February in Madison Square Garden.  While awarding a trophy
to the Mongols in Boston, Albano was attacked by Sammartino and needed 18-stitches to
close an open wound.  

During the 1970s, Albano’s tag teams dominated the organization.  His teams had eight
championship victories in that decade.  Lou became a fan favorite in the 1980s and was
involved in the huge “Rock and Wrestling” era in the WWF.  On December 28, 1984,
Albano was attacked by Roddy Piper during a special ceremony in which he was
supposed to have received an award presented by Cyndi Lauper, Dick Clark and the
WWF President, Jack Tunney.  The Madison Square Garden watched Piper take the
award and bash it over Albano’s head.  Hulk Hogan ran out and made the save.

Albano appeared in Lauper’s video, “Girls Just Want to Have Fun,” which was a favorite
on MTV.  He also in the “She Bop” video, starring once again as Lauper’s father.  In
1994, Albano returned as a special advisor for the Headshrinkers.

Captain Lou Albano was inducted to the WWE’s Hall of Fame in November 1996 in New
York City.

TEAMS LED TO TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS:

A sixteen-time manager of thirteen WWWF/WWF International/World Tag Team
Champions
       -The Mongols (1970) bought contract
       -Luke Graham and Tarzan Tyler (1971)
       -King Curtis and Baron Mikel Scicluna (1972)
       -Jimmy and Johnny Valiant (1974-’75)
       -Blackjack Lanza and Blackjack Mulligan (1975)
       -The Executioners (1976)
       -The Yukon Lumberjacks (1978)
       -Jerry and Johnny Valiant (1979)
       -The Wild Samoans (1980)
       -The Wild Samoans (1980)
       -The Moondogs (1981)
       -Mr. Fuji and Mr. Saito (1981-’82)
       -Mr. Fuji and Mr. Saito (1982)
       -The Wild Samoans (1983)
       -Adrian Adonis and Dick Murdoch (1984)
       -Mike Rotundo and Barry Windham (1985)





Research by Tim Hornbaker
Captain Lou Albano Wrestling History