Tommy Cairo

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Tommy Cairo
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Tommy Cairo in July 2008.
Birth name Thomas Cairo
Born (1958-02-19) February 19, 1958 (age 59)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States[1]
Residence Tuckerton, New Jersey
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Tommy Cairo
Billed height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)[2]
Billed weight 257 lb (117 kg)[2]
Debut 1988[1][3]
Retired 2001

Thomas "Tommy" Cairo (born February 19, 1958) is an American retired professional wrestler. He is perhaps best known for his 1994 feud with The Sandman in Extreme Championship Wrestling. He is the former co-owner of the New Jersey-based Force One Pro Wrestling promotion and school.

Professional wrestling career[edit]

Cairo was a bodybuilder before training as a professional wrestler. As a bodybuilder he placed 9th place in the AAU Mr. America 1985 Medium group.[4] He debuted in 1988.[5][6]

In 1993, Cairo wrestled several matches with the Japanese UWF International promotion.

Eastern Championship Wrestling/Extreme Championship Wrestling[edit]

Pennsylvania Champion (1993)[edit]

In 1993, Cairo joined Eastern Championship Wrestling, where he used the song "We Will Rock You" by Queen as his entrance music. On May 14, 1993 in Philadelphia, Cairo won a battle royal to become the inaugural NWA Pennsylvania Heavyweight Champion. He held the title until August 7, 1993, when he was defeated by Tony Stetson.

Feuding with The Sandman (1994–1995)[edit]

Cairo was originally an ally of The Sandman, assisting him in his feud with Jason Knight. The alliance crumbled after The Sandman was temporarily blinded following a match and inadvertently struck his wife, Peaches. When The Sandman regained his sight and saw Cairo assisting Peaches to her feet, he attacked Cairo. The Sandman subsequently became estranged from his wife (claiming "life's a bitch, and then you marry one"), and Peaches became the valet of Cairo. After Cairo insinuated that he was sleeping with Peaches, The Sandman stated that Cairo owed him "$25 a romp" and began demanding that Cairo "pay your bills".[5][7]

Following the highly publicised caning of Michael P. Fay in Singapore on May 5, 1994, Cairo and Peaches faced The Sandman and his new manager, Woman, in an intergender "Singapore Caning" match on May 14, 1994. After Cairo and Peaches defeated their opponents, Peaches caned The Sandman's crotch until Woman threw salt in her eyes, enabling The Sandman to regroup and use his cane on both Cairo and Peaches. The feud led to a "Cane on a Pole" match on June 24, 1994 at Hostile City Showdown that The Sandman won after retrieving a second cane from beneath the ring, and a "Dueling Canes" match on July 16, 1994 at Heat Wave 1994 that was also won by The Sandman.[8]

In late 1994, The Sandman was once again "blinded" after a lit cigarette was pushed into his eye during an "I Quit" match with Tommy Dreamer. The Sandman subsequently claimed that he would have to retire as a result, with Dreamer responding by dedicating the remainder of his career to The Sandman. Cairo began mocking The Sandman, which led to Dreamer heavily beating him in a match on November 5, 1994 at November to Remember 1994. During The Sandman's retirement ceremony, The Sandman reconciled with Peaches (Woman had abandoned him upon his blinding) before revealing that he was not in fact blinded and attacking Dreamer. The Sandman later revealed that his "blinding" had been an elaborate ruse concocted to trick Dreamer into hurting Cairo on his behalf.[8]

Cairo (left) with Falcon Coperis and Marty Jannetty in 1997.

Independent circuit[edit]

Cairo left ECW in the mid-1990s. On June 24, 1995 in Williamstown, New Jersey, Cairo defeated Devon Storm in the finals of a tournament for the vacant NWA North American Heavyweight Championship. He was stripped of the title in 1996 after no-showing a defense, due to the birth of his first child. Between 1996 and 1997 Cairo held the Ultimate Championship Wrestling North American Heavyweight Championship, he wrestled in various matches with the likes of Chris Chavis aka "Tatanka", Bruce Hart, Jim Neidhart, Falcon Coperis. Between 1998 and 2000, Cairo operated the Outlaws of Wrestling promotion in Atlantic City, New Jersey.[3] In the same time period, he appeared with USA Pro Wrestling, winning both the Heavyweight and North American championships.[5]

In September 2001, Cairo retired from professional wrestling and began working as an electrician. In 2007, Cairo returned to wrestling when he, former wrestling radio host Phil Varlese, and wrestlers The White Lotus (Pat Di Giacomo), and Diego DeMarco (James Pilman) opened a professional wrestling school and promotion in the Northeastern United States known as Force One Pro Wrestling.[3][9] Force One Pro Wrestling held its inaugural event, "Pledge of Allegiance", on May 19, 2007, in Egg Harbor City, New Jersey, with Cairo, (in his capacity as commissioner) crowning Heavyweight Champion Breaker Morant and Junior Heavyweight Champion White Lotus.[3][10] In late 2009, Cairo resigned from Force One Pro Wrestling as well, turning the promotion over to Diego DeMarco (James Pilman) & former student turned wrestler Johnny Calzone (John Short), who took the promotion in a different direction, renaming the promotion Force 1 Pro, who ran shows in the same venues as the old Force One. Cairo returned to the business in 2011 with Coastal Pro Wrestling (again with former partner Phil Varlese, and with former NWA official Fred "Richards" Rubenstein). Coastal signed on as a National Wrestling Allince affiliate, and eventually a licensee, but broke away a year later due to differences with the ownership of the NWA. Cairo eventually split from Coastal after a 2-year run, and ran several shows under the Global 1 Pro Wrestling banner, before leaving the wrestling business again in 2013.

Personal life[edit]

Cairo is married to his wife Ellen and has two children, Jack and Maria.

In wrestling[edit]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Cairo as UCW North American Heavyweight Champion in 1997.


  1. ^ a b c d e "Tommy Cairo". Archived from the original on November 15, 2007. Retrieved July 23, 2007. 
  2. ^ a b c "Tommy Cairo". Retrieved July 23, 2007. 
  3. ^ a b c d Post, K. (July 23, 2007). "It's been a hard fall for pro wrestlers". The Press of Atlantic City. Archived from the original on September 26, 2007. Retrieved July 23, 2007. 
  4. ^ Cario, Tom
  5. ^ a b c Johnson, M. (April 9, 2007). "Former ECW star Ironman Tommy Cairo announces formation of Force-1 Wrestling, first event next month in Egg Harbor, NJ". Archived from the original on October 8, 2007. Retrieved May 23, 2007. 
  6. ^ Varlese, P. (July 1, 2007). "10 Questions with Tommy Cairo". Retrieved July 23, 2007. 
  7. ^ Thom Loverro (22 May 2007). The Rise & Fall of ECW: Extreme Championship Wrestling. Simon and Schuster. pp. 59–67. ISBN 978-1-4165-6156-9. 
  8. ^ a b c T, J. (June 9, 2005). "All In A Days Workrate: The Definitive History of ECW, part 1". Retrieved July 23, 2007. 
  9. ^ Cairo, T. (February 2007), The Corner Post, MySpace 
  10. ^ a b Ungaro, G. (May 9, 2007). "Pro wrestling coming to Egg Harbor City". The Hammonton News. Archived from the original on May 16, 2007. Retrieved July 23, 2007. 
  11. ^ Johannes Meyer (2013). Join the Revolution: Der inoffizielle ECW Almanach. Books on Demand. pp. 264–267. ISBN 978-3-8482-3782-1. 
  12. ^ a b c d Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2000). Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 

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