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Joseph Novo (September 3, 1948 – September 6, 2009) was an American professional wrestler who appeared in Championship Wrestling from Florida, IWA Australia, World Wide Wrestling Federation and Stampede Wrestling. He appeared in many territories during his career.
|Born||September 3, 1948|
Cream Ridge, New Jersey
|Died||September 6, 2009(aged 61)|
|Professional wrestling career|
|Ring name(s)||Butcher Brannigan|
|Billed height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Billed weight||290 lb (130 kg)|
Professional wrestling careerEdit
Novo made his wrestling debut in 1970. In the summer of 1972 he went to Japan to work for Japan Wrestling Association
World Wide Wrestling Federation (1971-1972)Edit
In 1971 he made his debut as in the New York for the World Wide Wrestling Federation as Joe Nova who worked as a jobber. He would have matches against Gorilla Monsoon, Jimmy Valaint, and Chuck O'Connor.
Championship Wrestling from Florida (1972-1973)Edit
World Class Championship Wrestling (1973)Edit
In 1973 he went to Fritz Von Erich's World Class Championship Wrestling in Texas. He wrestled as Butcher Brannigan. He scored a victory over the Khosrow Vaziri on October 23 who later became known the Iron Sheik.
Return to World Wide Wrestling Federation (1973-1975)Edit
He would return to the Northeast as Butcher Brannigan and later Butcher Nova. He feuded with Spiros Arion. He wrestled at Madison Square Garden on April 14, 1975 as he lost to Édouard Carpentier. He left the company later that year.
Stampede Wrestling (1975-1976)Edit
Return to World Class Championship Wrestling (1977)Edit
WCW Australia (1977-1978)Edit
He went to wrestle for World Championship Wrestling in Australia in 1977. This would be the peak of his career. Teaming with Bugsy McGraw and defeated Rick Martel and Larry O'Dea for the NWA Austra-Asian Tag Team Championship. Dropped the titles to O'Dea and Ron Miller on May 2, 1977. He would feud with O'Dea and Mario Milano. Afterwards he won the titles three more times with Killer Karl Krupp, Les Roberts, and Ox Baker.
In August 1978 he and Les Roberts won a tournament to win the vacated tag titles in Papua New Guinea. They dropped the belts to Larry O'Dea and Mario Milano on October 1. Then on October 27 found a new partner Ox Baker and defeated O'Dea and Milano. They dropped the titles to Andre the Giant and Ron Miller becoming the last champions on December 8. The promotion folded at the end of the year.
He went to wrestle for NWA Hollywood between 1978 and 1980. Later on he wrestled as Buck Branngian. From 1979 to 1982 he wrestled for Georgia Championship Wrestling. In 1980 he returned to Championship Wrestling from Florida as a jobber. Also made appearances for Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling in 1982.
In 1982 he went to England to wrestle for Joint Promotions as Crusher Brannigan.
In 1983 once again won the NWA (New Zealand) British Empire/Commonwealth Heavyweight title.
He died just a few days after his 61st birthday on September 7, 2009 of kidney failure and heart disease.
Championships and accomplishmentsEdit
- Dominion Wrestling Union
- NWA British Empire/Commonwealth Championship – (2 times)
- NWA Hollywood Wrestling
- World Championship Wrestling (Australia)