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Baron Mikel Scicluna
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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.
Scicluna started wrestling during the 1950s,  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
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
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,