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Full Blooded Italians

Little Guido and Tony Mamaluke celebrate a victory in Philadelphia's ECW Arena.
Stable
Members Little Guido
Tracy Smothers
Name(s) Full Blooded Italians,
F.B.I.
Former
member(s)
Salvatore Bellomo
Tommy Rich
Davey Piezono
Mabel
J.T. Smith
Sal E. Graziano
Big Guido
Ulf Herman
One Man Gang
Tony Mamaluke
Chuck Palumbo
Johnny Stamboli
Vito
Trinity
Debut 1996
Promotions ECW
WWE
NWE
JAPW

The Full Blooded Italians (or F.B.I.) is a professional wrestling stable and tag team that wrestled for Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) in the late 1990s and for World Wrestling Entertainment during the mid-2000s.

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History

Extreme Championship Wrestling

The original Full Blooded Italians began in Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) in 1996 as a comedy stable that put African American wrestler J.T. Smith with Italian wrestler "Big" Val Puccio, eventually adding two wrestlers from the Southern United States, Tracy Smothers and Tommy Rich, and one more Italian, Little Guido.[1] Guido has been involved in every ECW and/or WWE incarnation of the F.B.I.[2] The running gag of the stable was that most of the wrestlers were obviously not of Italian decent, but they often claimed to be and acted in stereotypical Italian-American ways, including none-too-subtle Mafia references and constant hand gestures.

World Wrestling Entertainment

SmackDown!

After a beating at the hands of Rikishi, Little Guido, known as Nunzio at the time, threatened to bring in his "family" to gain revenge. The next week, Chuck Palumbo and Johnny "The Bull" Stamboli joined with Nunzio to reform the Full Blooded Italians and attacked Rikishi. They initially gained little success, but later had brief feuds with a number of notable wrestlers and tag teams, including Los Guerreros (Eddie and Chavo), Chris Benoit, Rhyno, and the Acolytes Protection Agency (Faarooq and Bradshaw). The F.B.I. was also used by Mr. McMahon to attack The Undertaker and by Jamie Noble (Nunzio's storyline cousin) to attack Rey Mysterio. When the group turned into fan favorites, they grew in popularity, but were disbanded just as they were getting over and Palumbo was sent to the WWE's Raw brand.[3] In November 2004, Palumbo and Stamboli were released.

Vito appeared on the August 6, 2005 episode of Velocity by aiding Nunzio with a blackjack to help him win the Cruiserweight Championship from Paul London. Soon after, a profile of Vito in SmackDown! Magazine "officially" referred to the new twosome as "The F.B.I." and Vito and Nunzio continued to appear in the tag team division of SmackDown! until Nunzio left Vito when he discovered he was a cross-dresser.

ECW

The F.B.I. reunited briefly at the first-ever One Night Stand pay-per-view event in 2005 and again in 2006 when Little Guido, Tracy Smothers, Tony Mamaluke, Big Guido and J.T. Smith appeared together. In 2006, World Wrestling Entertainment launched the ECW brand and Nunzio (once again using the name Little Guido) left the SmackDown! brand and reformed the F.B.I. with Tony Mamaluke, Big Guido, and new member Trinity. After ECW's television debut, Big Guido left the company. Tony Mamaluke was later released from his WWE contract on January 18, 2007.[4]

Nu-Wrestling Evolution

After their release from WWE, Stamboli and Palumbo formed a tag team version of the F.B.I. in the Italy-based Nu-Wrestling Evolution,[5] using the gimmick to make themselves top fan favorites in the company until they left the promotion in 2006.

Jersey All Pro Wrestling

On November 15, 2008, Little Guido and Tracy Smothers formed a version of the F.B.I. in Jersey All Pro Wrestling and defeated The Latin American Xchange in their first match to win the Tag Team Championship. Their success did not last long, as the F.B.I. lost the titles to D-N-A (Dixie and Azrieal) on December 13.

Incarnations

  • Third Incarnation
    • Promotion: WWE (SmackDown! brand)
    • Type: Tag team
    • Active: 2005–2006
    • Members: Nunzio, Vito

In wrestling

  • Signature tag team moves
    • Paisan Elbow (Double elbow drop with Tracy Smothers and Little Guido joining hands before dropping the elbows) – ECW

Championships and accomplishments

See also

References

External links








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