|A. J. Petrucci|
|Professional wrestling career|
|Ring name(s)||Super Destroyer #1
|Trained by||Tony Altomare|
A. J. Petrucci is an American professional wrestler. He was one half of the Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) tag team The Super Destroyers as Super Destroyer #1 with his partner Doug Stahl, who was known as Super Destroyer #2.
Professional wrestling career
Petrucci started training in 1984 at the World Wrestling Federation's wrestling school in Orange, Connecticut under Tony Altomare. Three months into training he had his first match in Phillipsburg, New Jersey against B. Brian Blair. In 1985, Petrucci, as the Masked Assassin, and The Spoiler lost a match against Barry Windham and Mike Rotunda at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
In 1988, he and Ron Shaw formed the Executioners and made their way to Jim Crockett's National Wrestling Alliance to work against the New Breed (Chris Champion and Sean Royal). In 1991 he formed The Super Destroyers tag team with partner Doug Stahl and manager Hunter Q. Robins III in Eastern Championship Wrestling, which was later renamed to Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW). While in ECW, the Super Destroyers were crowned the first ECW Tag Team Champions. Both Petrucci and Stahl left the company in 1994, after holding the title twice. Petrucci's father was diagnosed with lung cancer, causing Petrucci to take time off and stay close to home.
In 1996, Petrucci began to train his cousin and Gene Snitsky and Robb Harper. At this time he also formed the tag team The Darkside Demons, alternating between Snitsky and Harper until he felt they were ready to wrestle on their own. After the passing of his father and the signing of Snitsky to World Wrestling Entertainment, Petrucci returned to wrestling in 2005 with NWL/HOPWL. Petrucci has won the Heavyweight, Television and Tag Team titles with this promotion. In 2005 he was also awarded the Most Inspirational Wrestler of the Year. July 2012 the Super Destroyers, A J Petrucci and Doug Stahl, were inducted in the IPWA hall of fame. Returned to the DWF/LOCO wrestling promotion in New Jersey and Pa. to win the tag team championship titles, which they defended in March. August 3 the Super Destroyers won the tag team titles at Super Star wrestling in Dillsburg Pa. making them the unifyed Pa. tag team champions.
Petrucci graduated from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania with a B.S. in Criminal Justice. When he is not wrestling, he works as a counselor for troubled and runaway clients. He was just recognized, for 10 years of service at Valley Youth House as a counselor.
Championships and accomplishments
- National Wrestling League / House of Pain Wrestling Federation
- World Wrestling Association
- WWA Tag Team Championship (1 time) - with Doug Stahl
[DWF/LOCO wrestling] tag team championship.