Jay Youngblood (Jay Nicklaus Youngblood)

Jay Youngblood

Jay Youngblood

American professional wrestler better known by his ring name Jay Youngblood. He wrestled in the National Wrestling Alliance‘s Jim Crockett Promotions in a tag team with Ricky Steamboat. In addition, he wrestled with Florida Championship Wrestling and the American Wrestling Association.

Romero started wrestling in 1975 in Amarillo under a mask and calling himself “Silver Streak”. He then moved on to Pacific Northwest Wrestling under the name of Jay Youngblood (a Native American gimmick). He wrestled in the National Wrestling Alliance‘s Jim Crockett Promotions (JCP) in a regular tag team with Ricky Steamboat. Also in JCP, he was known as “The Renegade”.

In 1982, Steamboat and Youngblood were feuding with Boris Zhukov, Don Kernodle, and their manager Sgt. Slaughter. Zhukov, then known as Private Jim Nelson, later betrayed his team in favor of Youngblood and Steamboat. The rivalry culminated in a match that attended by 15,000 people, where Slaughter and Kernodle faced Steamboat and Youngblood. In June 1982 in Maple Leaf Wrestling, Youngblood defeated The Destroyer to win the NWA Canadian Television Championship. He was later defeated by Private Jim Nelson for the title. Steamboat and Youngblood also feuded with the Brisco brothers.

He went to Florida Championship Wrestling in September 1984 where he and Mark Youngblood captured the Florida version of the United States Tag Titles. In 1985 Jay also wrestled in Memphis, Mexico and for Pro Wrestling USA.

Steven was the son of wrestler Ricky Romero. On September 2, 1985, Youngblood died in Melbourne, Australia, while touring in the South Pacific. He may have ruptured his spleen in a match and had a series of heart attacks when rushed to the back, where he died. He is buried at Llano Cemetery by Cox Funeral Home at Amarillo, Texas, beside his parents Ricky and Stella Marrujo Romero. He was the brother of wrestlers Chris and Mark Youngblood. He was married at the time of his death and had a daughter, named Ricca.

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Born

  • June, 21, 1955
  • Amarillo, Texas

Died

  • September, 02, 1985
  • Melbourne, Australia

Cause of Death

  • sufferd a ruptured spleen and a series of heart attacks

Cemetery

  • Llano Cemetery
  • Amarillo, Texas

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