Anthony Durante

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Anthony Durante
Anthony Durante.jpg
Born July 26, 1967
Hammonton, New Jersey
Died September 25, 2003(2003-09-25) (aged 36)
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Pitbull #2
Pitbull Spike
Mad Bull Buster
Colossus[1]
Billed height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Billed weight 250 lb (110 kg; 18 st)
Trained by Larry Sharpe
Debut September 1988

Anthony Durante (July 26, 1967 – September 25, 2003) was a professional wrestler best known as "Pitbull #2" as one half of the tag team The Pitbulls, with "Pitbull #1" Gary Wolfe.

Career[edit]

World Wrestling Federation[edit]

Durante got his start in the WWF in 1989, competing as a jobber under his real name (Tony Durante). Durante would face WWF stars such as Rick Rude, the then-Intercontinental Champion The Honky Tonk Man, and The Barbarian. He, along with tag team partner Gary Wolfe (then going by Gary Wolf) also tag-teammed against The Hart Foundation and The Fabulous Rougeau Brothers on the WWF's weekend show "Superstars".[2] Typically Durante's matches in the WWF were squash matches, lasting three minutes or less.

Extreme Championship Wrestling[edit]

Durante was best known as being one half of the tag team The Pitbulls in ECW, along with Pitbull #1, Gary Wolfe. The Pitbulls won the ECW World Tag Team Championship on September 16, 1995 from Raven and Stevie Richards after interference from their manager, Francine.

On May 11, 1996, at A Matter of Respect, Durante faced off against Raven in a losing effort for the ECW World Championship, in a match that also involved The Sandman.

On June 1, 1996, at Fight the Power, Durante defeated Shane Douglas to win the ECW World Television Championship.

On April 13, 1997, at the first ECW pay-per-view, Barely Legal, Durante faced Shane Douglas in a losing effort for the ECW World Television Championship.

Jersey All Pro Wrestling[edit]

The first JAPW Heavyweight Champion was Joe Rules, who won the title on October 31, 1997. He eliminated Durante in a 20 man battle royal to become the champion. But later in the evening Durante would defeat Joe Rules for the title. His reign would last until December 5, 1997 when he would be stripped due to injury.

Death[edit]

Durante died on September 25, 2003 along with his girlfriend, Dianna Hulsey, both from drug overdose of fentanyl.[3] He and his girlfriend were found after lying in their home dead for days, all while their two small children, a 21-month-old boy and 8-month-old girl, were apparently alone in the house among the bodies.[4][3]

In wrestling[edit]

  • Managers
    • Francine
    • Lance Wright
    • Terri Runnels
    • Rick Rude
    • Jason Knight
    • Tod Gordon
    • Cassy Strayter
    • Robert Fuller

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

  • Allied Powers Wrestling Federation
    • APWF Tag Team Championship (1 Time) - with Pitbull #1[5]
  • Grande Wrestling Alliance
    • GWA Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Pitbull #1
  • High Risk Championship Wrestling
    • HRCW Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Pitbull #1

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Exposed! Pro Wrestling's Greatest Secrets". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2010-02-01. 
  2. ^ TheHistoryOfWWE.com: WWF Superstars, 1986-97, matches from 1989
  3. ^ a b Hardcore History: The Extremely Unauthorized Story of ECW By Scott E Williams, George Tahinos, Shane Douglas p. 211
  4. ^ Poole, Robert Jr. (2003-11-07). "Wrestling Deaths Becoming Serious Concern: What can the sport do to save itself from tragedy ?". AllSports.com. Retrieved 2007-04-17. 
  5. ^ http://www.cagematch.de/?id=2&nr=757&view=erfolge#erfolge
  6. ^ Johnson, Vaughn (June 12, 2014). "Shane Douglas, The Blue Meanie among newest inductees into ECW Arena Hall of Fame". www.philly.com. Retrieved 12 October 2014. 

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