Antonino Rocca was famous for stating “I will still be wrestling when I’m 75 years old and will be living to 150.” He did neither..
Antonino Rocca’s body was viewed at the Campbell’s Funeral Home at 81st & Madison in New York City..
~~~However, the body was cremated and the ashes kept by the family instead of buried..
Michelle Steiner sent in these comments: He and Miguel Perez were the first recognized tag team champions in the ancestry of the WWE/WWF/WWWF, back in the days of Capitol Wrestling. Their most notable feud was with Jerry and Eddie Graham. Rocca was also involved in the Madison Square Garden riot of (I think; I may be a year or so off) 1957; this riot made the cover of LIFE magazine.
Eric Rocca wrote (2011): I just wanted to say thank you for such a great article on a great man….my father. I’m so proud to see that he is STILL held in such regard all these years later. Not a day goes by that we, his family, don’t miss him. An athlete in the true sense of the word. Thank you.
April 13, 1927 - March 15, 1977
Height and Weight
5'10" 220 lbs
1942 in South America
Airplane Spin Backbreaker
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