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Dino Bravo
Ring name(s) Dino Bravo
Billed height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Billed weight 265 lb (120 kg)
Born August 6, 1948(1948-08-06)
Died March 11, 1993 (aged 44)[1]
Laval, Quebec, Canada
Billed from Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Trained by Gino Brito
Debut 1970
Retired 1992

Adolfo Bresciano[1] (August 6, 1948 – March 11, 1993) was an Italian-born Canadian professional wrestler, best known for his work as Dino Bravo, self-proclaimed as "Canada's Strongest Man".


Professional wrestling career


Bresciano began wrestling in 1970, taking the "Dino Bravo" moniker from a wrestler from the early 1960s who had teamed with Dominic DeNucci as the Bravo brothers, Dino and Dominic. He was trained by Gino Brito and often worked in a tag team with his mentor, billed as Brito's cousin. Bravo worked in a number of other tag teams, partnering with, among others, "Mr. Wrestling" Tim Woods and DeNucci. Dino's actual height was 5'11" tall and he weighed in around 255 pounds.

Bravo held the Jim Crockett Promotions version of the NWA World Tag Team Championship with Woods, winning the title from Gene and Ole Anderson and eventually losing the title to the Andersons. Bravo also had a major program with Blackjack Mulligan, pinning Mulligan twice in a televised non-title match to set up a series of matches for Mulligan's United States title. Bravo did not win the U.S. title from Mulligan, but did receive several shots at NWA World Champion Harley Race during his tenure with Crockett.

By the late 1970s, Bravo had become a big enough draw to get a singles push in the Montreal territory. In December 1978, he defeated Gene Kiniski in Toronto to win the new Canadian heavyweight title as recognized in that area

World Wrestling Federation

With Dominic DeNucci, Bravo captured the WWF World Tag Team Title in March 1978 from Professor Tanaka and Mr. Fuji.[2] Three months later in June, The Yukon Lumberjacks defeated Bravo and DeNucci for the title.[2]

In the early 1980s, Bravo and King Tonga (later known as Haku) formed a tag team for a brief while, but never got much of a push. Bravo was scheduled to headline a card against Hulk Hogan in 1986, but the match was canceled on short notice, with Bravo leaving the company shortly thereafter; the rumor was that the company did not want the Montreal crowd to cheer Bravo, the hometown hero, over Hogan, and that Bravo quit after finding out. Bravo returned to the WWF the next year, with his hair dyed blond and working as part of Lucious Johnny Valiant's stable with Greg "The Hammer" Valentine and Brutus Beefcake. Beefcake was kicked out of the stable at WrestleMania III and Bravo took his place in The Dream Team tag team with Valentine.[3]

Bravo returned to singles competition after a few months and began a strongman gimmick. At the 1988 Royal Rumble, Bravo (who was legitimately strong and was said to be able to press more than 500 pounds) attempted to bench press what he claimed was 715 pounds, which would have been a world record at the time. Commentator Jesse "The Body" Ventura helped lift the bar at one point, but Bravo played the lift as a success and began billing himself as the "World's Strongest Man." In this gimmick, Bravo feuded with Don Muraco, Ken Patera, Jim Duggan, and Ron Garvin.

He played up his Québécois indentity wearing the Fleur-de-lis and was managed by Frenchy Martin; who often toted around a sign reading USA is not OK.[4] In March 1988, Bravo lost in the first round of the WWF Championship tournament at WrestleMania IV against Don Muraco.[3] During a rematch at SummerSlam in August, Martin distracted Bravo's opponent Muraco to allow Bravo to get the victory.[5] In October at the King of the Ring, Martin managed Bravo in a win over Jim Duggan in a flag match. At the Royal Rumble in January 1989, Bravo, accompanied by Martin, teamed with The Fabulous Rougeaus (Jacques and Raymond) but lost a two out of three falls match against Jim Duggan and The Hart Foundation (Bret Hart and Jim Neidhart).[6]

After Frenchy Martin's departure, Bravo joined Jimmy Hart's stable and often teamed up with Earthquake, and Bresciano would often display his strength by doing push ups while the 460 lb. Earthquake sat on his back (although Tenta kept his feet on the floor, so not all of his weight was on his partner). The team of Earthquake and Bravo would have a lengthy feud with Hulk Hogan and The Ultimate Warrior.


Following a WrestleMania VII loss to Kerry Von Erich, he disappeared from WWF TV for several months before having a short run on several Canadian house shows as a babyface in matches against "The Mountie". Bresciano left the WWF and retired from active competition following a tour in Britain in April 1992. After his retirement, he helped train wrestlers in Montreal.


On March 11, 1993, Bresciano was found shot to death.[1] He was 44 years old. Bresciano was thought to have been shot up to 17 times in the back of the head -the bullet wounds forming a circle- by a gunman while watching hockey in his Vimont, Laval, Quebec mansion. It is widely believed that his alleged role in illegal cigarette smuggling in Canada led to his murder after he is said to have crossed the Mafia. According to Bret Hart's autobiography Hitman: My Real Life in the Cartoon World of Wrestling, right before his death Bresciano had confided to close friends that he knew his days were numbered.

He is entered into rest at Notre Dame des Neiges Cemetery in Montreal, Quebec

In wrestling

Championships and accomplishments


  • Shields, Brian (4th Edition 2006). Main Event: WWE in the Raging 80s. Pocket Books. pp. 174–177. ISBN 9781416532576.  


  1. ^ a b c d e "Dino Bravo". SLAM! Wrestling. Retrieved 2009-02-28.  
  2. ^ a b "Worlg Tag Team title history". World Wrestling Entertainment. Retrieved 2009-02-28.  
  3. ^ a b Oliver, Greg (March 26, 2001). "A 10-bell salute for the late WrestleManiacs". SLAM! Wrestling. Retrieved 2009-02-28.  
  4. ^ Miedzian, Myriam (2002). Boys Will Be Boys: Breaking the Link Between Masculinity and Violence. Lantern Books. p. 214. ISBN 1590560353.  
  5. ^ Shields, Brian. Main Event: WWE in the Raging 80s, 176.
  6. ^ "Royal Rumble 1989 official results". World Wrestling Entertainment. Retrieved 2008-06-12.  
  7. ^ "Finishing Moves List". Other Arena. Retrieved 2009-08-28.  
  8. ^ "Jimmy Hart profile". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved 2009-09-04.  

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Dino Bravo
Ring name(s) Dino Bravo
Billed height6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Billed weight265 lb (120 kg)
BornAugust 6, 1948(1948-08-06)
DiedMarch 11, 1993 (aged 44)
Laval, Quebec, Canada
Billed fromMontreal, Quebec, Canada
Trained byGino Brito

Adolfo Bresciano (August 6, 1948March 11, 1993) was a Itailian-born Canadian professional wrestler better known by his ring name Dino Bravo. He is best known for wrestling in World Wrestling Federation (WWF)[1].

He was the only WWF Canadian Champion in WWF/WWE history and was a 1-time WWWF World Tag Team Champion.

On March 11, 1993, Bravo was shot in the back of the head 17 times while watching hockey in his apartment.


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