Steve DiSalvo

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For the wrestler Steve Strong who competed in Hawaii and California during the 1970s and 1980s, see Stephen Cepello.
Steve DiSalvo
Ring name(s) Billy Jack Strong
Indian Warrior
Sadistic Steve
Steve DiSalvo
Steve Strong
Strangler DiSalvo
The Minotaur
Billed height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Billed weight 310 lb (140 kg)
Born (1949-04-07) April 7, 1949 (age 65)
Boston, Massachusetts
Resides Edina, Minnesota
Trained by Billy Anderson
Ross Hart
Bruce Hart
Debut 1985

Steve DiSalvo (born April 7, 1949) is a retired American professional wrestler, best known for his appearances with World Championship Wrestling as The Minotaur and for his main event runs in Calgary and (as Steve Strong) in Montreal and Puerto Rico.

Professional wrestling career[edit]

DiSalvo was trained by Billy Anderson. DiSalvo's career has taken him to the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada.

Fighting as Steve Strong in the 1980s, he was a main-event performer in Montreal-based International Wrestling, managed by Eddy Creatchman and brawling with the likes of Abdullah the Butcher and Rick Martel.

Moving on to Stampede Wrestling, he was known as "Strangler" Steve DiSalvo and was the top heel in the territory. Here, he feuded with Phil LaFleur over who had the better physique. DiSalvo would end up smashing a trophy over LaFleur's skull on TV, leading to several matches between the two. In time though, the Stampede fans would rally behind DiSalvo in his battles against the hated Mahkan Singh, and when Don Muraco arrived at Stampede, DiSalvo would help Muraco win the Stampede North American Title from Singh.

DiSalvo moved onto the World Wrestling Council (WWC) promotion in Puerto Rico, where he again was known as "Sadistic" Steve Strong. Again, he had bloody brawls with Abdullah the Butcher, as well as company owner, Carlos Colón. Strong would win the WWC Universal Championship from Colón, only to lose it back to him soon after.

DiSalvo returned to the United States, this time for World Championship Wrestling, where he was named The Dinosaur. DiSalvo has also had brief stays with the World Wrestling Federation, and also in the American Wrestling Association, where he wrestled as Billy Jack Strong. He became Steve DiSalvo again and drifted around the independent circuit before retiring. He now sells homes for a living.

In wrestling[edit]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

  • California Pro Wrestling
    • CPW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)[1]
    • CPW Brass Knuckles Championship (2 times)[1]
  • Other titles
    • AWF World Heavyweight Championship


  1. ^ a b Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2000). Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  2. ^ "North American Heavyweight Title (Calgary Stampede)". Puroresu Dojo. 2003. 
  3. ^ "W.W.C. Universal Heavyweight Title". Puroresu Dojo. 2003. 
  4. ^ "W.W.C. World Tag Team Title". Puroresu Dojo. 2003. 

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