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Domenic Denucci

      

Real NameDomenic Nucciarone
Birthdate - 1/23/??
6’3” 245 lbs. - Montreal, QUE

Athletic BackgroundWrestling

Teacher(s)Tony Lanza

Professional BackgroundMontreal(`55-`58), Detroit(`59), Columbus(`60), Toronto(`60), Buffalo(`61), Calgary(`62-`63), AWA[San Francisco](`63-`65), Australia(`64-`66), Los Angeles(`64), All-Star[Vancouver](`66-`67), San Francisco(`67), WWWF(`67-`69), JWA(`68), Australia(`68), Montreal(`69-`70), Toronto(`69-`70), Australia(`70), WWWF(`71), NWF(`71-`72), NWF(`74), Florida(`74-`75), WWWF(`75), Montreal(`76), Detroit(`76), WWA[Indianapolis](`76,`78), WWF(`78-`83), Indies(`83-`88)

AliasesMasked Marvel, Dominic Bravo, Dom DeNucci, Black Death

Peak Years`64 -`70

Place in HistoryTo a generation of WWWF fans, Domenic Denucci was an underneath talent who worked an old-school babyface style and played buddy to Bruno Sammartino in his heyday.  What most of those fans did not know was that ten years prior, Domenic Denucci was the top babyface in Australia when that country was one of the biggest pro-wrestling hot beds in the world.  Ten years before that, he was cutting his teeth in the undercards in Montreal and as the “brother” of the original Dino Bravo in Detroit.  His legacy is largely tied to the later part of his active career, his years promoting small shows when he broke in Mick Foley and Shane Douglas.  That period is hardly “hall of fame” worthy, but his career was so much more noteworthy than that.  By the mid-60s, Denucci was in his prime as a very entertaining babyface who worked top programs with legends like Killer Kowalski, Ray Stevens and Killer Karl Kox.  His run in Australia has been a bit forgotten as more colorful and over-the-top characters followed him.  The country had a substantial Italian population and he was the first Italian babyface to be followed by others including partners Antonio Pugliese and Mario Milano.  This model was also used with the Greek demographic and Spiros Arion.  His program with Kowalski made him the long-running draw in the country and made Jim Barnett’s promotion into a cultural phenomenon during that time period.  Denucci largely did tag team wrestling when he settled back in North America, partnering with a wide variety of establish babyfaces and up-and-comers.  He mainly focused his efforts in the Northeast and became a mentor to a great number of wrestlers whether he was tagging with them or working against them.  The true legacy of Dom Denucci is that of a hardworking classic babyface who could be reliably pushed in that role anywhere, especially in those areas where Italians lived.  Furthermore, he was a natural teacher and mentor and he gave back to the business more than many of his peers.

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