Steve DiSalvo
DiSalvo, c. 1988
Birth nameStephen DiSalvo
Born (1949-04-07) April 7, 1949 (age 74)[1]
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.[2]
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)Billy Jack Strong[1]
Indian Warrior[1]
Mighty Yankee[1]
Minotaur[1]
Sadistic Steve[1]
Steve DiSalvo[1]
Steve Strong[1]
Strangler DiSalvo[1]
Billed height6 ft 2 in (188 cm)[2]
Billed weight290 lb (132 kg)[2]
Billed fromLos Angeles, California, U.S.
Trained byBilly Anderson[2]
Red Bastien[1]
Ross Hart[2]
Bruce Hart[2]
Debut1985
Retired2001

Stephen DiSalvo (born April 7, 1949) is an American retired professional wrestler.

Professional wrestling career

Early career

DiSalvo broke into professional wrestling in the mid-1980s following a career in powerlifting. He was initially trained by Billy Anderson and Red Bastien.[3]

Canada (1986–1989)

Wrestling as Steve Strong in the 1980s, he was a performer in Montreal-based International Wrestling. He was managed by Eddy Creatchman.

DiSalvo previously had made a one-off appearance for the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) in 1987, wrestling twice on a house show event in Quebec (losing to Tito Santana via countout and defeating Outback Jack later in the night).[4]

Moving on to Stampede Wrestling, he was known as "Strangler" Steve DiSalvo. Here, he feuded with Phil LaFleur over who had the better physique. DiSalvo smashed a trophy over LaFleur's head on TV, leading to several matches between the two. DiSalvo also helped Don Muraco win the Stampede North American Title from Mahkan Singh.

World Wrestling Council (1989)

DiSalvo moved on to the World Wrestling Council (WWC) promotion in Puerto Rico in 1989, where he again was known as "Sadistic" Steve Strong but this time with a satanic gimmick. He had brawls with Abdullah the Butcher, TNT, and Invader #1. He also won the WWC World Tag Team Championship teaming with Jason the Terrible. He also feuded with "El Acrobata de Puerto Rico" Carlos Colon. He won the WWC Universal Heavyweight Championship in a Texas Death match by defeating Colon on May 27, 1989. He had a successful reign of 133 days until Colon defeated him at The Aniversario 1989 in a Barbed Wire match in October 7. The feud ended when DiSalvo lost against Colon in a Retirement match for the WWC Universal Heavyweight Championship on November 23, 1989.

Various promotions (1989–1990)

On February 13, 1990, he received a tryout match with the WWF at a WWF Superstars taping losing to The Red Rooster. He next made an appearance on a March 18 house show in Calgary, Alberta, defeating Buddy Rose. The following month, he competed on a joint house show tour with the WWF and Arena Wrestling Alliance, tagging with Mano Yanez on three events against The Pitbulls.[5]

World Championship Wrestling (1990–1991)

Two weeks later, DiSalvo received a tryout match for World Championship Wrestling (WCW) on April 23, 1990.[6] He was signed to the company later that year and given the gimmick of "The Minotaur". DiSalvo made his first televised appearance on the January 5, 1991 episode of WCW Saturday Night, defeating Man Mountain Bailey. He began a house show series against The Juicer and was undefeated, and later faced The Junkyard Dog.[7]

Late career (1991–2001)

DiSalvo also appeared in the American Wrestling Association, where he wrestled as Billy Jack Strong. He became Steve DiSalvo again and drifted around the independent circuit before retiring in 2001.

Championships and accomplishments

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Saalbach, Axel. "Steve Strong". WrestlingData.com. Retrieved August 29, 2022.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Kreikenbohm, Philip. "Steve DiSalvo". Cagematch.net. Retrieved August 29, 2022.
  3. ^ Oliver, Greg (December 5, 2007). "Wrestling well in the past for Steve DiSalvo". SlamWrestling.net. Archived from the original on August 30, 2021. Retrieved August 29, 2022.
  4. ^ "1987". thehistoryofwwe.com. January 16, 2023.
  5. ^ "1990". thehistoryofwwe.com. January 16, 2023.
  6. ^ "WCW 1990". thehistoryofwwe.com. January 16, 2023.
  7. ^ "WCW 1991". thehistoryofwwe.com. January 16, 2023.
  8. ^ a b Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2000). Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4.
  9. ^ "North American Heavyweight Title (Calgary Stampede)". Puroresu Dojo. 2003.
  10. ^ "W.W.C. Universal Heavyweight Title". Puroresu Dojo. 2003.
  11. ^ "W.W.C. World Tag Team Title". Puroresu Dojo. 2003.