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Salvatore Bellomo (June 18, 1951 – February 9, 2019) was a Belgian professional wrestler with a career spanning more than three decades.
|Born||June 18, 1951|
|Died||February 9, 2019(aged 67)|
|Professional wrestling career|
|Ring name(s)||Salvatore Martino|
The Italian Stallion
Super Destroyer #3
|Billed height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Billed weight||290 lb (130 kg)|
|Billed from||Racalmuto, Sicily, Italy|
|Retired||November 25, 2006|
Working in North America under various ring names of Italian derivation, Bellomo started out portraying a mild-mannered, clean-cut fan favorite with respectable technical wrestling skill. In later years, Bellomo would portray a wildman in the ring, thought to be unpredictable and/or brutal by wrestling audiences. The list of titles he held over the years is almost as colorful and includes everything from the NWA Canadian Tag Team Championship to the WXW Heavyweight Championship.
World Wrestling Federation (1983–1987)Edit
Bellomo's in-ring work landed him a stint in the World Wrestling Federation, who put him over the likes of Johnny Rodz, Tony Colon and Butcher Vachon. He wrestled former heavyweight champion Bob Backlund at the Philadelphia Spectrum on August 4, 1984, jobbing to Backlund in the latter's last WWF match of the decade. Bellomo was otherwise a jobber on WWF programming through the mid-1980s, including a clean loss to Bobby "The Brain" Heenan in a match at Madison Square Garden in November 1984. During one Piper's Pit segment, Bellomo made an "unscheduled" appearance, inspiring host Rowdy Roddy Piper to quip, "What are you doing here? I didn't order a pizza."
Eastern Championship Wrestling (1993–1994)Edit
Bellomo was an early performer for NWA Eastern Championship Wrestling in 1993, wrestling in the first-ever ECW Championship match (losing to Jimmy Snuka). His final matches came at the May 13, 1994 TV tapings, winning over Don E. Allen and Billy Firehawk.
Although retiring at BWS: Collision Detected on November 25, 2006, Bellomo continued to be active in the business up to his death, working as a trainer for the Belgian Wrestling School located in Terhagen and Flémalle (Belgium). He often tried to send his kids home with his trademarked expression of saying "Cha Cha!".
On February 9, 2019, the cousin of Bellomo's wife tweeted that Bellomo had died from cancer. He was 67.
Championships and accomplishmentsEdit
- NWA All-Star Wrestling
- NWA Canadian Tag Team Championship (Vancouver version) (2 times) - with Mike Sharpe (1) and Bill Cody (1)
- NWA Pacific Coast Heavyweight Championship (Vancouver version) (1 time)
- NWA Hollywood Wrestling
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated
- Raned No. 276 of the 500 best singles wrestlers of the PWI 500 in 1992
- World Xtreme Wrestling
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- Former WWF and ECW Star Salvatore Bellomo Passes Away at 67