Dino Bravo (2)

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Dino Bravo (1)

Title History

  •  (Montreal) Grand Prix Wrestling Tag Team titles w/Gino Brito (1973);
  • NWA (Los Angeles) Americas Heavyweight title (1974);
  • NWA (Los Angeles) Americas Tag Team titles w/Victor Rivera defeating Raul Reyes & Tony Rocco (October 25, 1974);
  • NWA (Mid Atlantic) World Tag Team titles w/Tim Woods defeating Ole & Gene Anderson (May 5, 1976);
  • NWA Mid Atlantic Tag Team titles w/Tim Woods defeating Micheal Dubois & Rene Goulet in a tournament (November 3, 1976);
  • NWA Mid Atlantic Tag Team titles w/Tiger Conway Jr. defeating Buddy Roberts & Jerry Brown (April 10, 1977);
  • WWWF Tag Team titles w/Dominic DeNucci defeating Mr. Fuji & Toru Tanaka (March 14, 1978);
  • NWA (Toronto) Canadian Heavyweight title defeating Gene Kiniski (December 17, 1978);
  • NWA (Toronto) Canadian Heavyweight title defeating Greg Valentine (June 3, 1979);
  • AWA Canadian Heavyweight title Awarded (September 1979);
  • IWA (Montreal) International Heavyweight title (1980);
  • IWA (Montreal) International Heavyweight title defeating Micheal Dubois (June 20, 1981);
  • IWA (Montreal) International Heavyweight title defeating Sailor White (1982);
  • IWA (Montreal) International Heavyweight title defeating Billy Robinson (March 7, 1983);
  • IWA (Montreal) International Tag Team titles w/Tony Parisi defeating Frenchy Martin & Pierre Lefebvre (Febuary 20, 1984);
  • IWA (Montreal) International Heavyweight title defeating King Tonga (Febuary 11, 1985);
  • IWA (Montreal) International Heavyweight title defeating King Tonga for vacant title (May 28, 1985);
  • WWF Canadian Heavyweight title Awarded (August ??, 1985);

Career History

Wrestling Legend in Montreal:

  • The name “Dino Bravo” was taken from a wrestler from the late 50s, who was the Original Dino Bravo (Pepe DiPasquali)..
  • 1970: Dino Bravo began his wrestling career in Montreal, where he would eventually become a legendary sport figure..
  • Dino Bravo was initially billed as the cousin of Gino Brito, his tag partner, in Montreal’s Grand Prix promotion..
  • 1970s: Dino Bravo wrestled in the Los Angeles and Mid-Atlantic territories to gain exposure and experience..
  • 1977: Dino Bravo went to work for the World Wide Wrestling Federation, but later quit and returned to Canada..
  • 1978: Dino Bravo won the inaugural tournament for Frank Tunney’s NWA Canadian title which was presented by Whipper Watson..
  • 1980s: Dino Bravo was the lead wrestler and co-promoter (along with Gino Brito & Frank Valois) of the Montreal promotion..

World Wrestling Federation:

  • 1985: Dino Bravo rejoined the World Wrestling Federation..
  • January 1986: A rumored incident occured when a WWF Montreal show with Hogan vs Bravo was advertised was cancelled..
  • ~~~This was at the last minute with 20,000 fans in their seats simply because the WWF did not want Hulk Hogan booed..
  • March 1987: Dino Bravo reinvented himself as a bleeched blonde heel managed by Frenchy Martin..
  • April 1987: Dino Bravo formed a tag team with Greg “the Hammer” Valentine, called Dream Team II..
  • Royal Rumble 1988: Dino Bravo successfully bench pressed “715 pounds” with Jesse Ventura spotting (and obviously helping)..
  • Dino Bravo began calling himself “The World’s Strongest Man” but later downgraded to “Canada‘s Strongest Man”..
  • January 6, 1989 – WWF in Montreal: Hulk Hogan & Jim Duggan & Ron Garvin defeated The Rougeaus & Dino Bravo by DQ..
  • ~~~Dino Bravo was disqualified for not releasing the Bearhug on Hulk Hogan, who was taken away from the ring on a stretcher!
  • October 10, 1989 – WWF: Dino Bravo defeated Bret “Hitman” Hart in a match that took place in the United Kingdom..
  • Vince from the UK wrote: Hi i am a wrestling fan who was there for that event with my brother, just thought that i’d let you know that the Dino Bravo vs Bret Hart match did end with Bravo pinning Bret. During the break only in the arena the referee reversed the decision and awarded the match to Bret via DQ. I hope I have been of help. Cheers Vince.
  • 1990-91: Dino Bravo joined forces with Earthquake (John Tenta) and went after The Ultimate Warrior..
  • December 1992: WWF scheduled a retirement show for Dino Bravo at the Montreal Forum but it was cancelled.

The Death of Dino Bravo:

  • March 11, 1993: Adolfo Bresciano (age 44) was murdered by gunshot due to rumored involvement with organized crime in Montreal.
  • ~~~Dino Bravo’s execution (seven gunshots, at least two to the head) was reportedly linked to a cigarette smuggling cartel..