This is a series of articles where we shall look back into the history of World Wrestling Entertainment and talk about some of the great forgotten superstars of the company. WWE always produced lots of talents, some succeeded with WWE, and some succeeded elsewhere. The company has a long history of evolution since 1952, the year Capitol Wrestling Corporation was founded by Roderick James McMahon and Joseph Raymond Mondt. We can say that it was first form of WWE. In 1963, McMahon and Mondt formed World Wide Wrestling Federation and Buddy Rogers was awarded the World Wide Wrestling Federation championship. In 1979, the word ‘Wide’ has been removed from WWWF and it became WWF, World Wrestling Federation. The Golden Era of WWF begins in 1980 which continued till 1992 and in 1993 announced the beginning of the new generation era which was followed by the best era of WWE the attitude era in 1997, after the end of attitude era in 2002, Brand Extension era started and continued till 2007, and finally the PG era started in 2008. In this series of articles we shall look back look back some of the forgotten names from the seventy years history of World Wrestling Entertainment. In this part of this article, we shall discuss about the former World Wrestling Federation World Tag team champion Ivan Putski.
Józef Bednarski was a Polish born professional wrestler who migrated to united States of America at a very young age to make a career in professional wrestling.
Bednarski began his career under National Wresting Alliance where he was given a ring name that is Ivan Putski. He won achieved his first championship in 1973 which was the NWA Texas Tag Team championship with Jose Lothario.
In 1974, Putski went to American Wrestling Association and spent a small time. In that small amount of time he had some good feuds with big names.
On the same year, Putski went to World Wide Wrestling Federation and spent six years with the company. He feuded with some big names such as Bruiser Body, Stan Hansen, Ivan Koloff, Baron Mikel Scicluna, Johnny Rodz etc. On October 22, 1979, he defeated Johnny Valiant and Jerry Valiant along with Tito Santana to win the World Wrestling Federation tag team championship.
Putski left WWF in 1980 and wrestled in different promotions and accomplished various championship belts.
Putski was inducted into WWF hall of fame class of 1995. In 1997, he returned to wrestle Jerry Lawler and Brian Christopher along with his son Scott Putski. After that, he joined the independent circuit and spent some times there.
Putski made sporadic appearances in different promotions. He retired from regular wrestling in the 90s.