Don Muraco – American Professional Wrestler

Don Muraco is also known as “The Magnificant Muraco” and “The Rock” was born on September 10 1949 and he is an American Professional Wrestler. Muraco wrestled regularly from 1970 to 1988. Muraco have the following achievements:

  • Two-time WWF Intercontinental Champion
  • Two-time ECW Heavyweight Champion
  • One-time Stampede North American Champion 

Don Muraco was first WWF King of the Ring in 1985.

Don Muraco’s Career

U.S. and Canada (1970-1981)

Don Muraco was Huawei State Amateur champion in 1967 and he choose wrestling over Football. Muraco started his career by learning all about wrestling in Los Angeles, Florida and Portland, when Muraco started Wrestling Don Tag teamed with Jimmy Snuka against Larry Hennig, Ivan Koloff and Dusty Rhodes.

Don Muraco moved to Championship Wrestling from Florida (CWF) in 1974. Don Muraco returned to California in 1975  and won his first singles title as well as the NWA Americas Heavyweight Championship. After that Don Muraco won the San Francisco version of the NWA World Tag Team Championship.

Don Muraco shuttled several more times between Florida and San Francisco. In 1979, a masked villain called “The Magnificent M” appeared in wrestling. It was no surprise that he is Muraco but People were shocked to see his bald head when he unmasked.

World Wrestling Federation (1981-1988)

Don Muraco debuted in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) in 1981, where he had great success and his manager was The Grand Wizard,  he captured the Intercontinental Championship from Pedro Morales and after some time he lost it back to Morales in a Texas Deathmatch. Muraco wrestled WWF World Champion Bob Backlund several times in the same year, with a 60-minute draw on October 24.

Don Muraco had bloody feuds with Bob Backlund during his two Intercontinental title reigns, which was Tony Atlas and Rocky Johnson. He is portrayed as an arrogant villain who angrily demanded respect, while his behaviour was also disrespectful, in one match, he brought a submarine sandwich to the ring and ate it while dominating his outmatched opponent. After some time, he would preface his matches by dedicating his impending finishing move, the piledriver, to either the heel commentator or whomever he was feuding with at the time. Audiences regularly mocked Muraco and his Hawaiian origins with derisive chants of “beach bum”.

Muraco was fired in late 1988. He defeated Makhan Singh to win the North American Heavyweight title in Stampede Wrestling.

Eastern Championship Wrestling (1992-1993)

Muraco became one of the first to hold the ECW Championship in 1992 before it was renamed Extreme Championship Wrestling. While he was there, he rekindled old feuds with Jimmy Snuka and Tito Santana. During his career, Don Muraco often wrestled as a villain in New York and Philadelphia.

Wrestle Association R (1994)

Muraco debuted for Wrestle Association-R, as Aka Oni, on August 25, 1994, where he defeated Takashi Ishikawa. He played twelve more matches with the promotion, where he lost a tag to Animal Hamaguchi and Ryuma Go which was in December.


Don Muraco returned to Hawaii after retiring from Wrestling. In 2003, Don was the co-founder of  Hawai’i Championship Wrestling with local TV producer Linda Bade, from 2003 to 2008.

Don Muraco was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame by Mick Foley in 2004, Which is a huge reward.

Muraco’s son named joe was in WXW where he managed him, and he teamed with Joe to defeat another father and son team, Bob and Brad Armstrong which was at WrestleReunion 2. Don Muraco had a long and Promising career with many victories and defeats.

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