NWA Legend “Number 1” Paul Jones (Paul Frederik) passed away recently at the age of 75, per a new report by the Mid-Atlantic Gateway website, who keeps up with information and photos of the old Mid-Atlantic territory.
Jones is most known for his reign as NWA TV Champion in the 1970s and for his managerial work following his retirement from the ring, managing the likes of a young Rick Rude, Manny Fernandez, Ivan Koloff and The Powers of Pain.
Jones is also known for his long-standing rivalry with Jimmy Vailant that culminated in multiple stipulation matches that were held during the early years of Starrcade in the 1980s.
There is no known cause of death, nor when the actual date of his passing occurred as of this writing.
On behalf of the staff of Wrestleview.com, we send out our condolences to the family and friends of Jones during this tough time.
It is with great sadness that we learned this afternoon of the passing of Paul Jones. He was part of our childhood growing up watching Mid-Atlantic Wrestling and had become our friend. We send condolences to his son Paul Jr. and all of Paul's friends and family. Rest in peace. pic.twitter.com/limS7qVQzW
— Mid-Atlantic Gateway (@magateway) April 19, 2018