posted on Jun, 27 2004 @ 01:56 PM
Few Superstars have ever enjoyed the kind of lengthy tenure in WWE that Tito Santana did. From the late 1970s to the early 1990s, Santana was one of
the company's top competitors. No matter how times changed, he always found a way to keep himself in the mix. He first made his name by winning the
World Tag Team Championship with Hall of Famer Ivan Putski in 1979, but that was just the beginning. During WWE's mainstream renaissance in the
mid-1980s, Santana was right there as one of the company's most popular Intercontinental Champions ever.
In January 1984, he ended the yearlong reign of Don Muraco, and even managed to regain the gold from Greg Valentine after being dethroned later in the
year. Santana and Hulk Hogan are the only individuals to have competed at each of the first nine WrestleManias, and his battles included wars with the
likes of the Funk Brothers, the Hart Foundation, Demolition,"The Mountie" Jacques Rougeau and Shawn Michaels.
In 1987, he and Rick Martel teamed up to form Strike Force and win the World Tag Team Championship. At the beginning of the 1990s, he would breathe
new life into his career by adopting the persona of "El Matador," entertaining a whole new generation of WWE fans. Whether it was WWE's regional days
in the Northeast, the "Rock 'n' Wrestling Era," or the 90s "New Generation," Tito Santana was there.
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