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Dominic DeNucci
Dominic DeNucci

Dominic Nucciarone (born January 23, 1932), is an Italian-American retired professional wrestler and trainer better known under his ring name of Dominic DeNucci.[2] Former wrestling students include Mick Foley, Shane Douglas, Cody Michaels, and Brian Hildebrand.[3]

Professional wrestling career


DeNucci started out teaming with the original Dino Bravo as Dominic Bravo, a storyline/kayfabe brother as the two worked as a tag team.

On June 18, 1971, DeNucci won his first World Wide Wrestling Federation (WWWF) title, the WWWF International Tag Team Championship, with Bruno Sammartino by defeating The Mongols (Bepo and Geto Mongol).[4] They lost the title to The Mongols three days later.[4] On May 13, 1975, DeNucci and Victor Rivera won the WWWF World Tag Team Championship from Jimmy and Johnny Valiant.[5][6] In June, however, Rivera left the WWF, and Pat Barrett became DeNucci's replacement partner.[5][6] They lost the title approximately three months later to The Blackjacks on August 26.[5] DeNucci became a two-time WWWF World Tag Team Champion when he and his partner Dino Bravo defeated Professor Tanaka and Mr. Fuji on March 14, 1978.[5] They held the title until June 26 when they dropped it to The Yukon Lumberjacks.[5] DeNucci also unsuccessfully challenged inaugural WWF Intercontinental Champion Pat Patterson on a number of occasions for the IC belt. DeNucci also wrestled for Big Time Wrestling out of Detroit; he was very popular in the Michigan/Ohio territory in the early 1970s.

After ending his career as an active professional wrestler, he trained Moondog Spot, Mick Foley, Shane Douglas and Brian Hildebrand among others.[3][7] DeNucci is featured in Mick Foley: "Madman Unmasked", where he is seen training Mick Foley and reminiscing about Foley in the days of his training. He is also featured prominently in the opening chapters of Mick Foley's autobiography, 'Have a Nice Day: A Tale of Blood and Sweatsocks'. A seven-decade man, DeNucci last wrestled April 14, 2012 in Toronto, teaming with his protege Shane Douglas to defeat Lord Zoltan and Shawn Blanchard.[8] DeNucci was profiled on the 4th episode of the popular podcast, Titans of Wrestling.

Personal life


DeNucci can speak in at least four languages: English, French, Spanish, and Italian.[9] He has a son named Tony DeNucci who is also a professional wrestler.

Championships and accomplishments


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