Former WWE/WWF wrestler Salvatore Bellomo passed away yesterday at the age of 67 years old. Bellomo had a fun babyface run in the 80’s in WWE. Dubbed “The Italian Stallion” (though born in Belgium), he picked up quite a few substantial victories during his time. He was even engaged in a feud with former WWF champion, Bob Backlund. He ended up winning their penultimate match in what turned out to be Backlund’s final match for WWF at the time. He eventually became a jobber – losing a fun match with Bobby Heenan in Madison Square Garden back in 1984.
He left WWF shortly thereafter and began a brief run in ECW – losing the very first ECW match to Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka. He continued to work the indies for years after – finally retiring from the ring in 2006. He even worked for a bit as a wild and unpredictable and brutal style later in life. Take a look at this clip. It’s hard to believe this is the same guy:
I don’t remember him from his year-long ECW run but do remember him well from his WWF run. He really was a lot of fun and he was easy to root for. He was never a muscular guy but he could work the ring with the best of them. For my part, I always kinda liked the fact that he had the physique of the guy who might sit next to you in the arena. He looked like us and that’s part of why we rooted for him. That’s not to say he wasn’t well-conditioned; he absolutely was and he could definitely go in the ring as long as was needed. I always enjoyed his matches and I’m sorry to hear he’d passed.