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Henry Faggart (May 17, 1938 - June 24, 2013) known by his ringname Jackie Fargo, was an American professional wrestler who competed in Southeastern regional promotions and the National Wrestling Alliance during the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. A mainstay of NWA Mid-America (later the Continental Wrestling Association), he served as a mentor to Jerry "The King" Lawler and The Fabulous Ones, among other wrestlers in the Memphis area.

Professional wrestling career

Although teaming with numerous wrestlers during his career, Faggart was most successful with Don Fargo who together won the Chicago and Georgia versions of the NWA World Tag Team titles in 1958 and dominated the National Wrestling Alliance during late 1950s; their match against Argentina Rocca and Miguel Perez was witnessed by a record breaking 20,125 people at Madison Square Garden on March 30, 1957. Jim Cornette credits Fargo with popularising wild brawls and the use of tables and chairs in wrestling in the Tennessee area, which he sees as one of the origins of the later 'hardcore' wrestling style.

During the 1960s, Faggart won the NWA Georgia Tag Team title with Joe Fargo and Mario Milano as well as enjoying numerous title reigns capturing the NWA Southern Tag Team title with Don Fargo, Lester Welch, Tex Riley, Mario Milano, Sonny Fargo, Len Rossi, Dennis Hall, Jerry Jarrett, Mr. Wrestling and Lou Thesz.

A longtime mentor to many younger wrestlers in the Memphis area, he later became involved in a feud with former protege Jerry Lawler who defeated Fargo in a handicap match with Jim White for the NWA Southern Tag Team Championship on March 28, 1973. Faggart later teamed with George Gulas and Tojo Yamamoto to capture the NWA Mid-America Tag Team title several times during the early 1970s, becoming the first NWA Six-Man Tag Team Championship along with Gulas and Dennis Hall in November 1973.

Although retiring in 1980, he joined Jerry Jarrett's Memphis promotion to help The Fabulous Ones (Stan Lane and Steve Keirn) in their feud against The Moondogs before their departure in 1984 and retired shortly thereafter. Although presently in retirement, he has appeared on several shows for Jerry Jarrett's NWA-TNA promotion during the early 2000s.

On June 19, 2002, Fargo appeared on the very first NWA TNA Weekly Pay Per View along with other NWA Legends.

Personal life

On January 1, 2012, it was reported that Faggart had been hospitalised with pneumonia.

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