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Joseph Edgar Blanchard (December 7, 1928 – March 22, 2012) was an American football player, professional wrestler and promoter.


He played three seasons for the Edmonton Eskimos in the Canadian Football League. He was the founder and owner of the Southwest Championship Wrestling promotion franchise. His son is former Four Horseman wrestler Tully Blanchard and his granddaughter is Tessa Blanchard. Joe Blanchard was the trainer of wrestling legend Dusty Rhodes.


Joe Blanchard died of squamous-cell carcinoma on March 22, 2012. He was 83.

In wrestling

  • Signature moves
  • Abdominal Stretch
  • Airplane Spin
  • Running Bulldog
  • Nicknames
  • "Joltin'"
  • Wrestlers trained

Championships and accomplishments

  • NWA Hawaii Tag Team Championship (2-times) (with James Blears)
  • NWA Texas Heavyweight Championship
  • WCWA Texas Heavyweight Championship

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