James Valen [1942 - Present]
"Handsome" Jimmy Valiant
"Boogie Woogie Man"
Born in Tennessee, Jimmy Valiant started wrestling in 1964 as Big Jim Valen, which morphed into Handsome Jimmy Valiant when he wrestled for the World Wide Wrestling Federation in the 1970s. He soon formed a dominant tag team with his "brother," Johnny Valiant. One of the dominant wrestlers in Memphis, Valiant feuded with the likes of Jerry Lawler and even recorded a song, "The Ballad of Handsome Jimmy." In the 1980s, Valiant morphed once again into "Boogie Woogie Man" Jimmy Valiant. Today, Valiant runs Boogie's Wrestling Camp in Shawsville, Virginia.
Watching Jimmy and Bobby The Brain in Chicago in the 1970's was when wrestling was at its best. Thanks Jimmy for the memories!
My son like him more than any one. Jimmys the man
I Seen Him Yesterday. He's Gettin Old But He's Still Got It In Em.I Shaked His Hand And We Went On With It.
Jimmy, think alot over the years. I don't know if you remember me Gerald Pepboys South Blvd near Big Mommys Flower Shop. We went to Charleston SC together for your match one night. You taught me respect, family morals and can still have some fun in life. Thank you Jimmy. Love you brother! May God keep Blessing you and your wife she was always nice to me. God Bless 865-292-9656 call me
Met Jimmy at Magic Video in Jefferson, Nc c.2000 He invited me to his camp. DAMN! Shoulda gone! I was 375 lb MONSTER then! LOVE the BWM JV!
I watched him as a heel back in his Mempho days I liked him better than Jerry Lawler I remember the high stepping hair flippin and MERCY DADDY!! Great childhood memories of Saturday mornings hearing Lance Russel say "Another Big Week of Championship Wrestling"
I saw you went I went to burglington I had a fit over you went you kiss me it look real
Jimmy valiant you are my hero I have no family you looks like my uncle only family onlyyou was my heroa pattern my life after you honor being a man straight up country boylet me know how it is a dream to meet you and honor I don't blessing to meet the icon and my herosincerely Joe Fradyaka the breeze
hey Jimmy I was just remembering when you and bruser were in Jesup, Ga back in the 90's . So I just wanted say hello to you two guys. Hope ya'll doing ok.
I loved watch Handsome Jimmy on Channel 18 out of Lexington. It was when he was wrestling with Memphis Wrestling (Lawler, Dundee, Lance Russell on the mic!). I loved watching him prance out to the "Boy from New York City" theme when he was introduced. He has always been one of my favorite wrestlers!
Just wanted to let you know I still have the pictures I took of you from back in the 1980's when you came to Union South Carolina
I watched him on Lexington championship wrestling.
I loved watching him when he was the manager of the Texas Chain gang and others. A great entertainer.
I remember as a very small child sitting in my living room floor fighting over the TV when it came time for the Boogie Woogie Man to wrestle. That was back in the early 80s and I am still watching WWE today. I miss you Boogie Woogie Man!! God Bless and stay safe.
i remember boogie woogie man in the mid atlantic area i had the pleasure of seeing him in person in charlotte nc, and greensboro nc, and his battles with the great kabuki, and paul jones and others i miss those good ol days seemed wrestling was better back then wish we could bring those days back jimmy valiant a true legend of all time
Watched handsom jimmy teamed with john valiant in Chicago 1970-1974 was and is my favorite wrestler of all time. Remember when they had a promotion on channel 26 win a date with the Valiants many many women wrotein. they said they would start their date at the millonairs club and end it at a motel with a little tag team action at 3am. He brought joy to many long live Jimmy Valiant.
Its good to see you are live and well jimmy i worked for jarret welch in the old days haha seems like long ago you , Lawler, Dundee, Lance Russell, Jerry Jarret list goes on and on keep on keeping on Jimmy Miss ya man PS. i use to put the ring up for the matches Butch
When Handsome James used to come to Memphis on Saturday maornings with Lance Russel and Dave Brown,there was not a funnier exhibition in the world. Lance was interviewing him and all of a sudden Jimmy says`Shut up Jack,I`m tired. I just got back in from California,been out there with my old lady`Diana Ross` whoo,mercy daddy, I was late getting back to Mempho because I had to go to New York and see my new squeeze...`Jackie 0`Whoo Daddy,I got so wasted they locked me up at Attica,it was so dangerous,I had to sleep with one eye open and the other shut. He will alaways be the king.
WOOOO MERCY DADDY .... take a ride on the 714 brother what a trip ....Ifs you will.... God where do i start ...one of the first ever to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame .... And i do believe the only one living to not be in a wrestle mania .... please get him in a Wrestle mania ???? but Vince please get him a wrestle-mania in sum way please my friend... if you are ever near Virgina and a true RASSLIN fan please come by and enjoy the B W C HALL OF FAME AND MUSIEM an experience of a lifetime ! anyway jimmy is the best ever and its been a pleasure knowing him over the last 10 -15 years he is like a father to me and a true friend .... love you my friend .... no-one has ever had a carrier to match yours my friend .... I'm rambling but SOMEONE PLEASE GET HIM IN A WRESTLE MANIA.......... JIMMY IS THE MAN ..... Ive been around the Ring for many years Ive talked to everybody in the business and NO-ONE Ive talked to has ever had a bad thing to say about HANDSOME one of the last TRUE greats to ever lace up a pair of boots ..... Love ya brother brother ! you to bruiser
Handsome Jimmy is the man,he is the best talker in the biz.high energy and lots of class. i met him acouple of years ago he and his wife Angel are the nicest people. I love ya brother.
One of the beat tag matches I saw back in the '70s was the WWWF tag team championship match in 1975 with Jimmy and Johnny Valiant against Victor Rivera and Domenic DeNucci. Great match - very rare for that era because it was 2 out of 3 falls, and quite bloody too. Near the end of the second fall Jimmy got opened up, and at the start of the 3rd fall Johnny bit DeNucci's forehead open. The Valiant brothers were champions for over a year and had feuded with several teams, but always seemed to hold on to the belts.
I met Handsome Jimmy when he did some shows for my brother Killer at Mid-South wrestling in Gibson Tennessee. I got to know Jimmy as a friend and that friend ship means so much to me. Boggie love ya Brother' Your friend Jimmy Valentine.
Whooooooooooo Mercy Handsome Jimmy The Best catch phrase every in wrestling. Much better than Hulkamania. You are the man Handsome Jimmy Valiant, truly the boogie woogie man of all time. Love cocoaine katie
I watched Handsome Jimmy for many years, he was the ultimate idea of a great wrestler and performer. Some of the matches he had with Jerry Lawler were legendary and I miss seeing him today. My friends Nicknamed me Handsome Jimmy in junior high because I could talk like him and we wrestled a lot in the backyard. Jimmy will always be my all time favorite wrestler and I wish him the very best. Whereever you are Jimmy I love ya man.
MAN I REMEMBER JIMMY WHEN I USED 2 WATCH HIM ON TV LONG AGO , HE DIDNT HAVE A BEARD AN WAS ABOUT THE BEST LOOKIN GUY I THINK IVE EVER SEEN , BESIDES ELVIS AN THE 2 CLINTS , EASTWWOOD AN WALKER OF CHEYENNE FAME . JIMMY WAS SUMTHIN , HE HAD THE LADIES THROWIN THEMSELVES AT HIM EVERY WEEK , I NEVER SAW ANYTHUNG LIKE IT IN WRESTLIN , THEYD SCREAM N HOLLAR 4 HIM , IT WAS SUMTHIN 2 SEE ! I STILL AM A FAN EVEN 2 THIS DAY AN ID LUV 2 GO 2 HIS CAMP IN VIRGINIA 2 MEET HIM AN SHAKE HIS HAND HE,S STILL MY HERO IN WRESTLEN AN ALWAYS WILL B !
ooh ooh way ooh way ooh ooh ditty talkin bout the boy from new york city....wow i read a post on top ten memphis rapper and someone had him at number 9, lawler was #1 ( i agree with that),but the boogie woogie should be number 2
Jimmy V. wass ripped off by Hulk Hogan, both in look, gimmick and style.