Jimmy Valiant - Pro Wrestler Profile

On this page, you find the full wrestling profile of Jimmy Valiant, with his Career History, real name, age, height and weight, the Promotions he worked for, all the Face/Heel turns, the Championship Titles he won, his Finishers, Theme Songs, Tag Teams and Stables, his appearance changes through the years, and more.

James Harold Fanning was born in Tullahoma, Tennessee on August 6, 1942, and he is currently 80 years old.

He is currently a Part Time Wrestler, working for Independent promotions, under the ring name of Jimmy Valiant.

Jimmy Valiant was inducted in the WWE Hall of Fame in 1996 as part of the Groups wing (as a member of The Valiant Brothers).

Profile Info

Gender Male
Real Name James Harold Fanning
Ring Names
  • Jimmy Valiant
  • Boogie Woogie Man
  • Charlie Brown
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
  • 250 lbs (113 kg)
Born August 6, 1942 (age 80)
Birth Place Tullahoma, Tennessee
Billed From
  • New York City
Nicknames Handsome; The Boogie Woogie Man

Career History

  • Part Time Wrestler ( May 14, 2022 - Present)
  • Wrestler ( May 5, 1964 - February 8, 2020)
Companies / Promotions
Promotion INDY March 13, 1989 Present
Promotion National Wrestling Alliance NWA November 1, 1969 June 6, 1988
Promotion American Wrestling Association AWA February 16, 1985 March 31, 1986
Promotion American Wrestling Association AWA January 20, 1973 November 25, 1978
Promotion World Wrestling Entertainment WWF October 21, 1978 December 28, 1979
Promotion All Japan Pro WrestlingAJPW May 21, 1976 June 17, 1976
Promotion World Wrestling Entertainment WWWF May 8, 1974 August 9, 1975
Promotion World Wrestling Entertainment WWWF April 8, 1971 September 25, 1972
Promotion American Wrestling Association AWA August 23, 1969 August 22, 1970
Face / Heel Turns
Apr 1971
Apr 1971

  • Elbow Drop
  • Body Slam
  • Forehead Bite

Titles & Accomplishments

Hall of Fame
  • WWE Hall of Fame - Year 1996, Groups, The Valiant Brothers
Titles Won

World Wide Wrestling Federation

  • 1 WWWF World Tag Team Championship (with Johnny Valiant)

All-American Wrestling

  • 5 AAW Heavyweight Championship

All Pro Wrestling

  • 1 APW Heavyweight Championship

Allied Independent Wrestling Federations

  • 1 AIWF Mid-Atlantic Tag Team Championship (with Rob Mcbride)

American Championship Wrestling

  • 1 ACW Universal Tag Team Championship (with Bob Ross)

Big Time Wrestling (San Francisco)

  • 1 NWA World Tag Team Championship (San Francisco version) (with Johnny Valiant)

Championship Pro Wrestling

  • 1 CPW Heavyweight Championship

Championship Wrestling from Florida

  • 1 NWA Florida Tag Team Championship (with Johnny Valiant)
  • 1 NWA United States Tag Team Championship (Florida version) (with Johnny Valiant)

Georgia Championship Wrestling

  • 1 NWA Georgia Tag Team Championship (with Johnny Valiant)

Maple Leaf Wrestling

  • 2 NWA Television Championship (Toronto version)

Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling

  • 2 NWA Television Championship

North American Wrestling Alliance

  • 1 NAWA Heavyweight Championship
  • 1 NAWA Tag Team Championship (with Hangman Bruce Pobanz)

Northern Wrestling Federation

  • 1 NWF Heavyweight Championship

NWA Mid-America/Continental Wrestling Association

  • 5 AWA Southern Heavyweight Championship
  • 1 AWA Southern Tag Team Championship (with Rocky Johnson)
  • 3 CWA Tag Team Championship (2 with Bill Dundee, 1 with Don Carson)
  • 1 NWA Mid-America Heavyweight Championship
  • 1 NWA Southern Heavyweight Championship (Memphis version)

United States Wrestling Association

  • 2 USWA Unified World Heavyweight Championship
  • 1 USWA Southern Heavyweight Championship

World Wrestling Association

  • 1 WWA World Heavyweight Championship
  • 4 WWA World Tag Team Championship (with Johnny Valiant)
Other Accomplishments
  • WWF Hall of Fame induction (class of 1996 - with Johnny Valiant)
  • NWA Legends Hall of Heroes induction (2016)
  • AIWF Hall of Fame induction (class of 2016)
  • SCW Hall of Fame induction (class of 1997)
  • NWA Cadillac Tournament Winner (1982)
  • AWA Southern Heavyweight Title Tournament Winner (1977)
  • Cauliflower Alley Club's Other honoree Winner (1997)
  • PWI Tag Team of the Year (1974 - with Johnny Valiant)


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