GUEST ARTICLE: “Angelo Savoldi: Wrestler, Promoter, Agent, Gentleman” by Greg Oliver

savoldi280Editor’s note: This column originally appeared on http://slam.canoe.ca and was written by Greg Oliver.

Angelo Savoldi, who will be laid to rest Wednesday after 99 years of full life, was billed as the brother of the legendary “Jumping” Joe Savoldi, but it was his real brother who got him into professional wrestling.

It’s a great story.

Sit back and enjoy.

Mario Louis Fornini Sr., was born on April 21, 1914, in Castrocielo, Italy, near Naples, and arrived in the United States in 1919, settling in Hoboken, New Jersey, where a childhood friend was reportedly a skinny kid named Frank Sinatra.

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Angelo Savoldi passes away at 99 years of age

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ANGELO SAVOLDI PASSES AWAY AT 99

April 21, 1914 – September 20, 2013

Angelo Savoldi, an honored guest at a number of CAC reunions, passed away on Friday, September 20, 2013.  By all accounts the oldest living wrestler at 99 years of age, this grand old gentleman occupied a special place in the hearts of all who knew him.  He began wrestling in 1937, and had a long career that saw him hold the NWA Junior Heavyweight Championship on three different occasions.  Nearing ring retirement, he became an agent and promoter with Capital Sports, the parent company of the WWWF, and remained involved in promotion with his sons for many years beyond the normal retirement age.

We’ll have a larger story in the next few days, in recognition of Angelo’s long association with our sport.

Rest in peace Angelo…