Angelo Mosca

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Angelo Mosca
Date of birth: (1937-02-13) February 13, 1937 (age 77)
Place of birth: Waltham, Massachusetts
Career information
Status: Retired
CFL status: National
Position(s): DT
Height: 6 ft 4 in (193 cm)
Weight: 275 lb (125 kg)
College: Notre Dame
NFL Draft: 1959 / Round: 30 / Pick: 350
Drafted by: Philadelphia Eagles
Organizations
As player:
1958-1959
1960-1961
1962
1963-1972
Hamilton Tiger-Cats
Ottawa Rough Riders
Montreal Alouettes
Hamilton Tiger-Cats
Career highlights and awards
CFL All-Star: 1963, 1970
CFL East All-Star: 1960, 1963, 1965, 1966, 1970
Honors: 1960, 63, 65, 67, 72 - Grey Cup Champion
Career stats

Angelo Mosca (born February 13, 1937) is a former Canadian Football League player and professional wrestler. He is also known by the wrestling nicknames King Kong Mosca and The Mighty Hercules. Mosca has a son, Angelo Jr., who also wrestled.

CFL career[edit]

Mosca attended the University of Notre Dame and was drafted by the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles in 1959 in the 30th round (350th overall.) He had already decided to play in the CFL, in 1958 for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. He was traded to the Ottawa Rough Riders for Hardiman Cureton on August 15, 1960, and played for the Rough Riders in 1960 and 1961 before joining the Montreal Alouettes in 1962. He played his remaining years, 1963 to 1972 in Hamilton. He was a five-time all star.

Angelo played in nine Grey Cup games, more than any other player in CFL history, tied with his teammate John Barrow. Mosca's teams won five Grey Cup games, one with the Ottawa Rough Riders and four with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. He is infamous for the 51st Grey Cup game out-of-bounds and late hit on B.C. Lions star running back Willie Fleming. With Fleming out of the game, the Tiger-Cats went on to win the Grey Cup and Mosca's reputation as being the meanest CFL player grew. It was a reputation he later promoted as the notorious professional wrestler "King Kong" Mosca.[1]

Wrestling career[edit]

Mosca was brought into wrestling by Montreal promoter Eddie Quinn. He began wrestling in the off-season, and became a full-time wrestler after his retirement from football. He wrestled all across North America, always at or near the top of the card, and almost always as a heel, even in Toronto until the late 1970s, then he became a face, and in the early 1980s, the lead face. He often used a sleeper as his finisher in later years.

Mosca also 1981 in the World Wrestling Federation, but wrestled as a heel, often – in a reversal of his character in Canada – as the promotion's most hated heel due to his brutal style. He became a top challenger to WWF Champion Bob Backlund's World Championship, but was not successful in winning the belt. He also engaged in a feud with Pat Patterson, a part-time wrestler who also did color commentary on the WWF's syndicated programs, after Mosca attacked Patterson at a television taping with a water pitcher; Patterson had grown disgusted with Mosca's rulebreaking tactics and, setting off the attack, publicly thanked a referee for disqualifying Mosca for refusing to pin his jobber opponent.

Mosca retired from wrestling in the mid-1980s and was the colour commentator for the WWF TV tapings in Ontario from August 1984 until January 1985. After being fired by the WWF, Mosca promoted the NWA in Ontario in 1985-87. He and Milt Avruskin hosted a TV show featuring compilations of NWA matches. Mosca organized an NWA card in Hamilton in February 1986 called "Moscamania" that drew an excellent house of 12,000 but the follow-up a year later drew only 3,200.

Mosca's son, Angelo Mosca Jr., had a brief but successful wrestling career, and he left the broadcast booth to manage his son's career.

Personal life[edit]

Mosca has lived in and around Hamilton for many years, and currently lives in St. Catharines, Ontario with his wife, Helen, a real estate agent. He authored a book with Steve Milton called Tell Me To My Face, published by Lulu Canada Inc. The book was released in September 2011.

Mosca appeared on several Canadian TV commercials in the 1970s and 1980s. Mosca still makes PR appearances for the league and the Ticats and for other businesses.

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Professional Football

He was elected to the Hamilton Sports Hall of Fame in 2012.

Professional Wrestling

  • NWA Tri-State
    • NWA Tri-State Brass Knuckles Championship (1 time)

Video clips[edit]

Hamilton Sports Hall of Fame member

References[edit]

  1. ^ Heroes of the Game, A History of The Grey Cup - Stephen Thiele, Moulin Publishing 1997
  2. ^ "Stampede Wrestling Hall of Fame (1948-1990)". Puroresu Dojo. 2003. 

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