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Mikel Scicluna
Ring name(s) Mike Valentino
Baron Mikel Scicluna
Billed height 6 ft 3 in
Billed weight 256 lb
Born 1929
Resides Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Billed from Isle of Malta
Debut 1950s
Retired 1984

Mikel Scicluna (nicknamed "Baron" Mike Scicluna) is a retired professional wrestler from the Isle of Malta, who now lives in Pennsylvania, who gained his fame during the 1960s and '70s.

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Career

Scicluna started wrestling during the 1950s, [1] and used the name Mike Valentino early in his career. Scicluna worked primarily in Canada until 1965, when he ventured to the World Wide Wrestling Federation, using his most famous moniker "Baron" Mikel Scicluna.

Scicluna was famous for entering the ring with a royal blue cape over his shoulders, indicating that he was of Maltese royal descent. Scicluna was also known for being a master of the "foreign object", mainly utilizing a roll of coins to bash opponents out of sight of the referee. He enjoyed success as a tag team wrestler, winning the WWWF United States Tag Team Championship with Smasher Sloan on September 22, 1966 in Washington, D.C. (eventually losing the belts in the same city to Spiros Arion & Antonio Pugliese), then the World Tag Team Championship with King Curtis Iaukea on February 1, 1972 in Philadelphia.

In singles competition, Scicluna defeated Spiros Arion for Australia's IWA World Championship on June 15, 1968, and would challenge Bruno Sammartino and Pedro Morales for the WWWF Championship from time to time. One of his biggest career wins was pinning Waldo Von Erich (who was also a heel) in 6 minutes at Madison Square Garden, prior to two Garden title matches with Bruno Sammartino. In the first match at MSG vs. Bruno he was disqualified; Sammartino scored the pin in a rematch. Scicluna went on to lose a series of matches to Spiros Arion. In June 1976, Scicluna found himself part of history, as the opponent for Gorilla Monsoon on the night Monsoon engaged in an impromptu tussle with boxing great Muhammad Ali. Scicluna was wrestling Monsoon in a televised match, and was sent over the top rope to the floor after receiving a Manchurian Chop. Scicluna waved off his opponent and walked off, taking a countout loss. From there, Ali entered the ring from the audience and tried to jab at Monsoon. Monsoon responded by dropping Ali with an airplane spin. This angle was a part of the buildup toward Ali's infamous boxer vs. wrestler match with Antonio Inoki later in the month.

Scicluna retired from active competition in 1984. He was inducted into the WWF Hall of Fame in 1996. He currently lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Championships and accomplishments

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References

  1. ^ Baron Mikel Scicluna. Record Book. (Retrieved on January 31, 2009.)
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