Arriba! WWE Hall of Famer Tito Santana
is a former two-time WWE Intercontinental Champion and former two-time Tag Team Champion. He was inducted into
the WWE Hall of Fame 2004 Class by Shawn Michaels. He wrestled briefly in the National Wrestling Alliance
(NWA) and the American Wrestling Association (AWA) beginning in 1976 until he joined the World Wrestling Federation in 1979.
He had his first taste of success in 1979 when he teamed with Ivan Putski to defeat Johnny Valiant and Jerry Valiant for the
WWF Tag Team Championship at Madison Square Garden in October 1979.
In 1983, he engaged in a lengthy feud with Intercontinental Champion Magnificent Muraco. Santana finally
won the title on February 11, 1984, becoming the first Mexican-American wrestler to win the WWF Intercontinental Championship.
He quickly entered into a feud over the Intercontinental Championship with Greg "The Hammer" Valentine. Valentine
captured it from Santana in September 1984 in London, Ontario. In July 1985, Tito Santana regained the Intercontinental
Title in a steel cage match in Baltimore, Maryland.
In August 1987, Tito Santana formed a tag team with former
AWA World Champion Rick Martel named Strike Force. The team quickly won the Tag Team championship from The Hart Foundation.
They successfully defended the titles until WrestleMania IV in March 1988 where they lost to Demolition. Santana, along
with only Hulk Hogan, holds the unique distinction of appearing in the first nine WrestleMania's.
This Tocula, Mexico native,
now residing in New Jersey, arrived in the Independent Wrestling Federation in 2006 and wrestles periodically on IWF Live Events, and serves as a Guest Instructor at IWF Wrestling School. Santana also serves as a mentor to Kevin Knight and several
top graduates. With over 30 years of experience having wrestled every top star in the sport, Santana brings his tremendous
knowledge to the IWF to further improve the skills of students and graduates.