Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Mario Milano

Mario Milano
Ring name(s)Mario Milano

Black Diablo
Billed height6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Billed weight265 lb (120 kg)
BornTrieste, Italy

Mario Bulfone,[1] better known by his ring name Mario Milano is a former professional wrestler and the current Commissioner of Professional Championship Wrestling in Victoria, Australia. Milano got his start in wrestling in Venezuela and later competed in the United States and Australia.


[edit] Career

[edit] Early career

Bulfone began wrestling in Caracas, Venezuela at age 18. A curfew prohibited anyone under 19 from being out after 9 o'clock, so he had to hide his identity to avoid trouble with the police. He wore a mask and wrestled as Black Diablo.[2] After he turned 20, he wrestled without the mask under his real name.[1]

[edit] Tennessee

Bulfone moved to the United States to wrestle. A promoter felt that Americans would be unable to remember his name, so he gave Bulfone the name Mario Milano, naming him after Milan, Italy. He lived in Nashville, Tennessee,[1] where he competed for the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA). He won his first championship, the Mid-America version of the NWA Southern Tag Team Championship, on November 5, 1963.[3] After holding the title belts for one month, they dropped them to Tojo Yamamoto and Ivan Malenkov but regained them the following day.[3]

On March 2, 1965, Milano teamed with Fargo to win the Mid-America version of the NWA World Tag Team Championship.[4] He also teamed with Len Rossi to win the Mid-America version of the NWA Southern Tag Team Championship five more times.[3]

[edit] Australia

In 1967, Milano was offered a three-month stint wrestling in Australia for promoter James Barnett. His stay was then extended, after which he was offered a contract and moved to Austalia permanently.[1] Wrestling in the Australian World Championship Wrestling promotion, he teamed with Red Bastien to win the IWA World Tag Team Championship three times that year.[4][5] He also had two reigns in 1967 as IWA World Heavyweight Champion after defeating Killer Kowalski and Ripper Collins.[6]

He uses the finisher Atomic Drop and did an angle where used it on a 400 pound wrestler.

Mario appeared on Australian TV for IWA (International Wrestling Australia)on their series Main Event Wrestling on the Aurora/Foxtel cable channel in 2008. He featured in 6 shows in an angle with resident heel champion Mark Mercedes.

[edit] Personal life

Bulfone was born in Trieste, Italy and later moved to Venezuela.[4] He now lives in Australia.[4] Bulfone has five children.[2]

[edit] In wrestling

[edit] Championships and accomplishments

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