Paul Jones (wrestler)

Paul Jones (wrestler)

Infobox Wrestler
name=Paul Jones
names="Number One" Paul Jones
Al Fredericks
Mr. Florida

birth_date=June 16
birth_place=Port Arthur, Texas
resides=North Carolina

Paul Jones (born Paul Frederick) is a retired professional wrestler and manager. He had success in the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA)'s Mid-Atlantic region, including an NWA World Tag Team title reign with Ricky Steamboat.


Paul Frederick was born on June 16 in Port Arthur, Texas. He started wrestling around 1968 in the Mid-Atlantic promotions on the east coast, where he spent most of his career. He was known as Al Fredericks before changing his ring name to "Number One" Paul Jones.

He became famous in the NWA's Jim Crockett Promotions, where he won the NWA United States Heavyweight title and the NWA World Tag Team titles. His most frequent partners were Ricky Steamboat and the Masked Superstar.

Briefly in 1980, Jones wrestled as Mr. Florida, a masked wrestler in Championship Wrestling from Florida.

In the 1980s, he became a heel manager, and he called his stable Paul Jones' Army. He was involved in a huge feud with "Boogie Woogie Man" Jimmy Valiant where he ended up having his head shaved. Among the members of his "Army" were Rick Rude, Manny Fernandez, Pez Whatley (known as Shaska), Baron Von Raschke, The Barbarian, Teijho Khan, The Mighty Wilbur, Abdullah The Butcher, Superstar Billy Graham, Ivan Koloff and Vladimir Petrov, The Assassins and The Russian Assassins (David Sheldon & Jack Victory). He also managed the Powers of Pain. He left Jim Crockett Promotions around the time Ted Turner bought it and renamed it World Championship Wrestling (WCW).

Jones last competed in the Mid-Atlantic indy promotion South Atlantic Pro Wrestling, where he won its heavyweight championship in 1990. He retired in 1991 and now lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, where he owns the Paul Jones Body Shop.

Wrestler(s) Managed

*Rick Rude
*Jake "The Snake" Roberts
*Tully Blanchard
*Baron Von Raschke
*The Barbarian
*Teijho Khan
*The Mighty Wilbur
*Abdullah the Butcher
*Superstar Billy Graham
*Ivan Koloff
*Vladimir Petrov
*The Assassins
*The Russian Assassins (David Sheldon & Jack Victory)
*The Powers of Pain

Championships and accomplishments

*Championship Wrestling from Florida:*NWA Florida Brass Knuckles Championship (1 time):*NWA Florida Heavyweight Championship (3 times):*NWA Florida Southern Heavyweight Championship (1 time):*NWA Florida Television Championship (2 times)

*Georgia Championship Wrestling:*NWA Georgia Heavyweight Championship (1 time)

*Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling:*NWA Atlantic Coast Tag Team Championship (1 time) - with Nelson Royal:*NWA Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Championship (2 times):*NWA Mid-Atlantic Tag Team Championship (5 times) - with Ricky Steamboat (3), Tiger Conway Jr. (1), and Bob Bruggers (1):*NWA Mid-Atlantic Television Championship (4 times):*NWA Television Championship (1 time):*NWA United States Heavyweight Championship "(Mid-Atlantic version)" (2 times)1:*NWA World Tag Team Championship "(Mid-Atlantic version)" (6 times) - with Ricky Steamboat (1), Masked Superstar (2), Baron Von Raschke (2), and Wahoo McDaniel (1)

*NWA Hollywood Wrestling:*NWA Americas Tag Team Championship (1 time) - with Nelson Royal (First)

*NWA Mid-Pacific Promotions:*NWA Hawaii Heavyweight Championship (1 time)

*Pacific Northwest Wrestling:*NWA Pacific Northwest Heavyweight Championship (1 time)

*"'Pro Wrestling Illustrated
**PWI Tag Team of the Year award in 1978 - with Ricky Steamboat

*Wrestling Observer Newsletter awards:*Worst Manager (1986)

1Jones actually won the championship on three occasions. However, only two reigns are officially recognized by World Wrestling Entertainment.

Finishing Move: Indian Deathlock

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