Tino Sabbatelli

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Tino Sabbatelli
Sabbatelli Axxess 2018.jpg
Sabbatelli in April 2018
Birth name Sabatino Piscitelli
Born (1983-08-24) August 24, 1983 (age 35)
Boca Raton, Florida, United States
Residence Orlando, Florida, United States
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Anthony Sabbatelli
Sabatino Piscitelli
Tino Sabbatelli
Billed height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)[1]
Billed weight 240 lb (110 kg)[1]
Billed from Boca Raton, Florida[1]
Trained by WWE Performance Center
Debut April 4, 2015

Sabatino Piscitelli[2][3] (born August 24, 1983) is an American professional wrestler and former American football safety. He is currently signed to WWE's developmental territory NXT, where he performs under the ring name Tino Sabbatelli. He is currently on hiatus recovering from surgery.

Prior to joining WWE, Piscitelli played six years in the NFL. He was originally drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the second round (64th overall) of the 2007 NFL Draft. He also played for the Cleveland Browns and Kansas City Chiefs. He played collegiately at Oregon State.

Early life[edit]

Piscitelli began his football career at Boca Raton High School. He began playing as a junior in high school, playing both defensive back and wide receiver. He received second team all-state honors as a senior, and received four letters as an outfielder for the school's baseball team.[4]

College football career[edit]

Sabby Piscitelli
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Piscitelli in 2011.
No. 21, 28, 48, 42
Position: Safety
Personal information
Born: (1983-08-24) August 24, 1983 (age 35)
Boca Raton, Florida
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight: 221 lb (100 kg)
Career information
High school: Boca Raton (FL)
College: Oregon State
NFL Draft: 2007 / Round: 2 / Pick: 64
Career history
Career highlights and awards
  • 2× Honorable mention All-Pac-10 (2004, 2005)
  • First Team All-Pac-10 (2006)
Career NFL statistics
Tackles: 188
Interceptions: 5
Pass deflections: 15
Player stats at NFL.com
Season GP T AT TFL FF FR PD INTs TDs
2002° 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2003[5] 13 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
2004[6] 12 42 12 3 1 1 9 5 0
2005[7] 11 39 14 3 0 2 12 4 1
2006[8] 14 54 21 3 0 0 16 5 0

GP – Games Played, T – Tackles, AT – Assisted Tackles, TFL – Tackles for Loss, FF – Forced Fumbles, FR – Fumbles Recovered, PD – Passes Defensed, INTs – Interceptions, TDs – Touchdowns
° Redshirted
† All-Pac 10 Honourable Mention [9]
‡ All-Pac 10 First Team [9]

Professional football career[edit]

Tampa Bay Buccaneers[edit]

Piscitelli received an invitation to attend the NFL Combine due to his outstanding performance in his last year at Oregon State University. He posted the fastest pro agility time of 2006, ran a 4.44 second 40-yard dash, and bench pressed 225 lbs for 19 reps.[10] He was selected by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the second round of the 2007 NFL Draft. In his rookie season, he broke his right foot and was placed on the injured reserve.[11] On November 30, 2010 the Buccaneers released him.

Cleveland Browns[edit]

Piscitelli was signed by the Cleveland Browns on December 1, 2010. He became a free agent after the season.

Kansas City Chiefs[edit]

Piscitelli signed with the Kansas City Chiefs on August 4, 2011.

Career statistics[edit]

[12]

Season Team GP ST AT FF PD INTs TDs
2007 Tampa Bay 3 2 1 0 0 0 0
2008 Tampa Bay 15 40 8 1 8 2 0
2009 Tampa Bay 16 66 14 1 5 2 0
2010 Tampa Bay 11 19 0 0 1 1 0
2010 Cleveland 5 3 1 0 0 0 0
2011 Kansas City 16 28 6 1 1 0 0

GP – Games Played, ST – Solo Tackles, AT – Assisted Tackles, FF – Forced Fumbles, PD – Passes Defensed, INTs – Interceptions, TDs – Touchdowns

Professional wrestling career[edit]

Sabbatelli (right) with regular tag team partner Riddick Moss in 2018

In October 2014, Piscitelli signed a developmental contract with WWE and began training to become a professional wrestler at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida.[13] He made his in-ring debut for WWE's developmental territory, NXT, at a live event on April 4, 2015, competing unsuccessfully in a battle royal.[14] After ten months of training, he suffered a concussion during an NXT live event.[15] In October 2015, he was given the ring name Anthony Sabatelli, later tweaked to Tino Sabbatelli. He was featured on an exclusive TV show on the WWE Network called Breaking Ground, which featured his NXT training.

Sabbatelli made his televised debut on the October 12, 2016, episode of NXT, teaming with Riddick Moss in a loss to TM-61 in the first round of the 2016 Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic. He made a further appearance on the January 4, 2017, episode of NXT, again teaming with Moss in a defeat to The Revival. Sabbatelli appeared again on the May 10 episode of NXT, teaming with Moss in a loss to DIY. He had his first televised singles match on the September 20 episode of NXT, losing to Johnny Gargano.[16] Sabbatelli and Moss had their first televised victory on the October 25 episode of NXT, defeating the team of Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch. In early 2018, Sabbatelli and Moss entered the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic losing to Sanity in the first round. After a string of losses, Sabbatelli turned on Moss. He suffered a torn pectoral muscle at the end of April and underwent surgery.[17]

Personal life[edit]

Piscitelli is of Italian descent.[18] He has a sister named Sabrina and a brother named Sean, an independent wrestler who performs under the ring name Sean Swag.[4][19]

In April 2018, during an interview with former WWE ring announcer Lilian Garcia, it was revealed that Piscitelli was dating fellow wrestler Amanda Saccomanno, better known as Mandy Rose.[20]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Tino Sabbatelli". WWE. 
  2. ^ "WWE Breaking Ground debut episode: behind the scenes at NXT". 26 October 2015. 
  3. ^ "NFL owners won't run hurry-up offense vs. players". 2 March 2011. 
  4. ^ a b Hatch, Brooks (4 Aug 2002). "A far-fetched recruiting tale for OSU". Corvallis Gazette-Times. Retrieved 3 July 2018. 
  5. ^ http://www.osubeavers.com/fls/30800/Football/FB%20Stats/2003/teamcume.htm?DB_OEM_ID=30800#TEAM.DEF Archived 2015-09-11 at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ http://www.osubeavers.com/fls/30800/Football/FB%20Stats/2004/teamcume.htm?DB_OEM_ID=30800#TEAM.DEF Archived 2016-03-05 at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ http://www.osubeavers.com/fls/30800/Football/FB%20Stats/2005/teamcume.htm?DB_OEM_ID=30800#TEAM.DEF Archived 2015-09-22 at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ http://www.osubeavers.com/fls/30800/Football/FB%20Stats/2006/teamcume.htm?DB_OEM_ID=30800#TEAM.DEF Archived 2016-03-05 at the Wayback Machine.
  9. ^ a b "Sabby Piscitelli". www.osubeavers.com. 
  10. ^ "Sabby Piscitelli - Oregon State, SS : 2007 NFL Draft Scout Player Profile". www.nfldraftscout.com. 
  11. ^ "Piscitelli ready to compete". Retrieved 2008-08-20. [dead link]
  12. ^ "Sabby Piscitelli". NFL.com. 
  13. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-10-28. Retrieved 2014-10-27. [unreliable source?]
  14. ^ WWE NXT Rookies Get Ring Time[unreliable source]
  15. ^ Breaking Ground S01 E01. WWE. 
  16. ^ "Johnny Gargano def. Tino Sabbatelli". 
  17. ^ Namako, Jason (May 8, 2018). "NXT star out for several months with torn pectoral, WWE to be featured on "Undercover Boss"". WrestleView. Retrieved May 8, 2018. 
  18. ^ Mushnick, Phil (21 Dec 2008). "ITALIAN-AMERICANS STILL FAIR GAME FOR CHEAP LAUGHS". New York Post. Retrieved 2 July 2018. 
  19. ^ Middleton, Marc (29 June 2016). "Brother Of WWE NXT Star Works TV Match, WWE Announcer Filming Movie This Summer, Attendance". Wrestling Inc. Retrieved 2 July 2018. 
  20. ^ "Lilian is Live from Wrestlemania 34!". PodcastOne. 9 April 2018. Retrieved 30 June 2018. 
  21. ^ "Pro Wrestling Illustrated (PWI) 500 for 2017". The Internet Wrestling Database. Retrieved September 1, 2017. 

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