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Mario Galento (1915-1989)


Real NameBonnie "Butch" Boyette

Lifespan - 6/17/15 - 1/6/89

6'2" 250 lbs. - Alamo, TN


Athletic Background - n/a

Teacher(s)Al "Spider" Galento

AliasesButch Boyette, Masked Flash

Peak Years - `56-`65

Place in HistoryMario Galento is one of the notorious heels of the Southern rasslin' and he was in his forties when he caught his first big break. Growing up dirt poor, Butch Boyette road the rails before finding a place in the US Navy. After starting pro-wrestling in Tennessee to feed his family, Boyette traveled down to Alabama, where he first found career success. After floundering at first, he took the last name "Galento" from "Spider" Galento who had lifted the name from legendary boxing character and pro-wrestler Tony "Two Ton" Galento. Mario adopted a New York personality, although he was just as country as the fans that hated him. Wearing his longish hair slicked back, earrings and some distinct outfits - Mario Galento was instant money in Alabama. He had a well-earned reputation as a tough guy and earned the respect of his peers as a result. Although Galento had limitations, he worked stiff and expected the same of his opponents and by getting busted up hardway, everything got over huge. When Galento would work opposite other heels he would usually be cheered by the fans for roughing up men like Eduardo Perez, Rocket Monroe or The Interns. A true credit to his craft, Galento would brutalize or double-cross any babyface unfortunate enough to be paired with him the next time he worked. The only person Mario Galento was loyal to was his "big brother" Al "Spider" Galento and they drew great heat for their illegal tactics and bullying of their "baby brother" Dino. Mario Galento feuded with all the top babyfaces in Alabama - Buddy Fuller (who he goaded out of retirement), Lee Fields (who he would also team with begrudgingly) and Lester Welch and each rivalry drew good houses and good money. Galento's look and rep were matched by his talk, which allowed him to secure bit parts in a couple of Westerns in his heyday. After his prime, Galento continued to truck on into the 1970s and the 1980s, despite being in his sixties. He did his best to stay in good shape, but heart problems and alcoholism wore him down. Mario Galento built a name for himself in the 1950s and 1960s as one of the toughest and most ruthless heels in the Southern United States.


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