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Vito LoGrasso
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Ring name(s) Skull Von Krush
The Skull
Vito LoGrasso
Big Vito
Vito
Santa Claus
Billed height 6 ft. 5 in. (196 cm.)
Billed weight 284 lb. (129 kg.)
Born June 18, 1969 (1969-06-18) (age 38)
Staten Island, New York
Billed from Little Italy, Manhattan, New York
Trained by Johnny Rodz
Debut 1990

Vito LoGrasso (born June 18, 1969), is an American professional wrestler, of Italian origin, best known for his work in World Championship Wrestling as Big Vito and more recently World Wrestling Entertainment and working for their "farm territory" Ohio Valley Wrestling and Deep South Wrestling as Vito. Image File history File links Question_book-3. ... is the 169th day of the year (170th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1969 (Stargate SG-1) episode. ... This article is about the borough in New York City. ... Food vendors line the streets of Little Italy. ... Johnny Rodriguez is a former professional wrestler. ... Year 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar). ... is the 169th day of the year (170th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1969 (Stargate SG-1) episode. ... For the video game, see Pro Wrestling (video game). ... For the Australian professional wrestling promotion, see World Championship Wrestling (Australia). ... World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. ... A farm team, or farm club, generally refers to a minor league baseball league in the United States which are at a lower pay level and play in smaller cities and towns than do Major League Baseball, and which are under the control of the two major leagues and are... Ohio Valley Wrestling, LLC is an American independent professional wrestling promotion based in Louisville, Kentucky. ... Deep South Wrestling, or DSW for short, is a professional wrestling promotion located in the south U.S. and features some wrestlers from the 1980s, 1990s and present time wrestlers. ...

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Career

Extreme Championship Wrestling (1990-1999)

Vito LoGrasso started wrestling in 1990. He first made a name for himself in Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) as Skull Von Krush(also appearing as a WWF jobber simply named "Von Krus", a generic big wrestler who began with a subtly "evil foreigner" gimmick who never rose above jobber to the stars category. Later he changed his name to Vito "The Skull" LoGrasso and becoming a member of "Da Baldies" stable, who claimed to be an offshoot of a real life New York street gang, and as such took issue with New Jack calling himself a "Gangsta" and began a feud with him. Vito worked a couple of shows with the now defunct LIWF with Billy Alaimo and was on the Junkyard Dog memorial show in a casket match at The Elks Lodge in Queens N.Y- Billy Alaimo gave him a run for His money, but Vito moved on to (ECW). Year 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar). ... This article is about the independent promotion from 1992-2001. ... In professional wrestling, a gimmick is a wrestlers personality, behavior, attire and/or other distinguishing traits while performing. ... A job is professional wrestling slang referring to a performer who loses a match. ... Da Baldies was a stable in ECW from 1999 to ECWs death in 2001. ... In professional wrestling, a stable is a group of wrestlers within a promotion who have a common element -- friendships, either real or storyline, a manager who manages all of them, or a common storyline, which puts them together as a unit (recent examples include Evolution, La Résistance, The Cabinet... In professional wrestling, kayfabe (pronounced KAY-fayb; IPA: ) refers to the portrayal of events within the industry as real, that is the portrayal of professional wrestling as not staged or worked. ... -1... Jerome Young (born January 3, 1963) is an American professional wrestler, better known by his stage name, New Jack. ... New Jack of the Gangstas Mustapha of the Gangstas The Gangstas was the tag team of New Jack & Mustapha Saed in ECW & Smoky Mountain Wrestling. ... A professional wrestling feud is a staged disagreement between two wrestlers or factions of wrestlers over a purported slight or insult. ... The nicknames Junkyard Dog & JYD may also refer to former pro-basketball player Jerome Williams, Saint Louis University swimmer Scott Dewlen, or Australian Football coach Dean Laidley. ...


World Championship Wrestling (1999-2001)

In 1999 Vito left ECW for World Championship Wrestling (WCW) where he teamed with Johnny the Bull as The Mamalukes (also known as "The Paisains" for a short time). Managed by Tony Marinara The Mamalukes captured the WCW Tag Team title (twice), and were (kayfabe) jointly awarded the Hardcore title. For the Australian professional wrestling promotion, see World Championship Wrestling (Australia). ... A professional wrestling tag-team consists of two or occasionally three wrestlers who are working together as a team. ... John Hugger (born April 20, 1977 in Atlanta, Georgia) is a professional wrestler who is best known for his work in World Championship Wrestling and World Wrestling Entertainment under the ring name Johnny The Bull Stamboli. ... The Mamalukes Big Vito & Johnny the Bull The Mamalukes was a professional wrestling tag team in World Championship Wrestling. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The World Championship Wrestling (WCW) World Tag Team Championship was the major tag team title in World Championship Wrestling from 1991 to 2001. ... In professional wrestling, kayfabe (pronounced KAY-fayb; IPA: ) refers to the portrayal of events within the industry as real, that is the portrayal of professional wrestling as not staged or worked. ... The WCW Hardcore Championship belt. ...


After being awarded the Hardcore title Vito and Johnny were forced to face one and other in a match to crown one champion, which Vito won.


In 2001 when The World Wrestling Federation purchased WCW Vito was one of the wrestlers who was lost in the shuffle, neither becoming a part of The Invasion nor taking one of the large ticket buyouts offered. World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. ... The Invasion was a professional wrestling storyline in the World Wrestling Federation that began shortly after the WWFs purchase of World Championship Wrestling. ...


Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (2004)

He had a brief run in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling in late-2004 with Glenn Gilberti, Trinity and Johnny Swinger as the "New York Connection". His only feud was with "Irish" Pat Kenney, in which they exchanged victories. Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) is an American professional wrestling promotion founded by Jeff Jarrett and his father Jerry Jarrett in May 2002. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Stephanie Finochio (born December 1, 1971) is an Italian American stuntwoman and professional wrestler/valet better known by her ring name Trinity. ... Joseph Robert Joe Dorgan (born July 3, 1975) is an American professional wrestler. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


World Wrestling Entertainment

2005

In Early 2005 Vito worked dark matches for the now renamed World Wrestling Entertainment and signed a contract with them in July. He was assigned to their Ohio Valley Wrestling developmental territory for several months until he was ready to be called up to the main roster. World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. ... Ohio Valley Wrestling, LLC is an American independent professional wrestling promotion based in Louisville, Kentucky. ...


Vito made his debut on WWE television on the August 6 episode of WWE Velocity, where he helped Nunzio win the WWE Cruiserweight Championship from Paul London. Together Vito and Nunzio reformed the Full Blooded Italians stable, acting mostly as a tag team together on Velocity with scattered appearances on SmackDown!. is the 218th day of the year (219th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... WWE Velocity, also known as simply Velocity, was a professional wrestling television program for World Wrestling Entertainment , that replaced two syndicated WWE shows, Jakked and Metal. ... James Maritato[1] (born March 12, 1972 in Howard Beach, New York) better known by the ring names Little Guido Maritato and Nunzio, is an Sicilian-American professional wrestler currently signed to World Wrestling Entertainment wrestling on its ECW brand. ... The World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Cruiserweight Championship is a professional wrestling championship in World Wrestling Entertainment. ... Paul Sanchez-Garcia London[6] (born April 16, 1980) is an American professional wrestler currently signed to World Wrestling Entertainment performing on its RAW brand. ... The Full Blooded Italians (or F.B.I.) was a professional wrestling stable that previously wrestled in World Wrestling Entertainments ECW brand. ... For the video game series based on the show, see WWE SmackDown! (video game series). ...


2006-2007

Vito and Nunzio turned heel once again (after a short flirtation with being faces with a brief feud against Gregory Helms) in March 2006 under an angle in which Vito announced that he wanted to be recognized as a "Godfather" and he would wear a blazer and glasses. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... In professional wrestling, a heel is a villain character. ... In professional wrestling, a face or babyface is a character who is portrayed as heroic relative to the heel wrestlers, who are analagous to villains. ... Gregory Shane Helms (July 12, 1974) is an American professional wrestler from Smithfield, North Carolina, who is currently working for World Wrestling Entertainment on its SmackDown! brand. ...


Beginning in May various wrestlers such as Orlando Jordan and Paul Burchill began approaching Nunzio in backstage situations and spreading rumors that they had (kayfabe) seen Vito in public places in various forms of cross-dress. Nunzio originally wouldn't hear of any such thing until the June 2nd SmackDown! when Vito came down the ramp, in a dress, to collect Nunzio after losing a match. The next week, after arguing about Vito's clothing choices, the two former friends faced each other in a match which Vito won after hitting Nunzio with The Code of Silence. Not long after, Nunzio joined the ECW brand, leaving Vito on SmackDown! alone. In professional wrestling, kayfabe (pronounced KAY-fayb; IPA: ) refers to the portrayal of events within the industry as real, that is the portrayal of professional wrestling as not staged or worked. ... This articles is about cross-dressing in general, that is the act of wearing the clothing of another gender for any reason. ... is the 153rd day of the year (154th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... In professional wrestling a DDT is any move in which the wrestler falls down or backwards to drive a held opponents head into the mat. ... This article is about the WWE brand. ...


The idea for the gimmick (which came from Vito himself) seemed to originate on The Sopranos, who also had a character named Vito who had recently been outed as a homosexual (though he was never seen in women's clothing). In professional wrestling, a gimmick is a wrestlers personality, behavior, attire and/or other distinguishing traits while performing. ... This article is about the television series. ... Vito Spatafore, Sr. ... Since its coinage, the word homosexuality has acquired multiple meanings. ...


Regardless of his passion for cross dressing, Vito continually explained that he was a straight man; including one instance of asking Diva Ashley Massaro out on a date while wearing a dress, to which she agreed. After this he began to "have more fun" during his matches, running around and waving his dresses and otherwise interacting with the fans, turning him once again face. As the gimmick took off various people began (kayfabe) voicing problems with a man wrestling while wearing a dress, including color commentator JBL (who refused to do commentary with him) and wrestlers Montel Vontavious Porter and William Regal (who (kayfabe) threatened SmackDown General Manager Theodore Long with a sexual harassment lawsuit after a match with Vito). At the same time, WWE began to "censor" any incidents of Vito's dress raising and exposing his (bethonged) buttocks. Despite his detractors, once he started wearing a dress Vito began an undefeated streak which didn't end until over four months later when he was defeated by Elijah Burke after interference from his partner Sylvester Terkay. One version of a Heterosexuality symbol Heterosexuality is sexual or romantic attraction between opposite sexes, and is the most common sexual orientation among humans. ... Victoria, who has been in WWE since 2000 but made her debut on the main roster in 2002, is a two time Women’s Champion Diva is a term used by the professional wrestling promotion World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) to refer to its female talent. ... Ashley Marie Massaro (born May 26, 1979) is an American model and professional wrestler who has been signed to World Wrestling Entertainment, wrestling on its SmackDown! brand. ... In professional wrestling, a face or babyface is a character who is portrayed as heroic relative to the heel wrestlers, who are analagous to villains. ... In professional wrestling, kayfabe (pronounced KAY-fayb; IPA: ) refers to the portrayal of events within the industry as real, that is the portrayal of professional wrestling as not staged or worked. ... “John Hawk” redirects here. ... Alvin Burke, Jr. ... Darren Kenneth Matthews (born May 10, 1968) better known by his ring name William Regal, is an English professional wrestler. ... // This is a list of authority figures, people who have (kayfabe) power, in selective professional wrestling promotions or brands within North America. ... Theodore Robert Rufus Long (born September 15, 1955) is a former professional wrestling referee and manager, and is currently working on World Wrestling Entertainments SmackDown! brand as its General Manager. ... Sexual harassment is harassment or unwelcome attention of a sexual nature. ... See Thong for other meanings. ... Elijah Samuel Burke[1] (born May 24, 1978) is an American professional wrestler currently signed to World Wrestling Entertainment wrestling on its ECW brand. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


On November 2 WWE.com announced that Vito would be posing (non-nude) for the April 2007 edition of Playgirl. is the 306th day of the year (307th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Playgirl is a monthly lifestyle magazine published in the United States that features seminude or fully nude men. ...


DSW

Vito defeated champion Bradley Jay and Ryan O'Reilly in a three-way round robin match to win the DSW Heavyweight Championship on January 25, 2007. After winning the title he was removed from the WWE.com SmackDown! roster page. Almost immediately upon winning the title he underwent a gimmick change, losing the dress and instead adopting martial arts-style trunks, a headband, and wrestling without shoes. [1] When asked on DSW TV he announced that he changed his style of dress because his opponents were citing it as a distraction and claiming his clothing was the reason they were losing to him. He held the title until February 22, when he lost it back to Bradley Jay. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The Deep South Heavyweight Championship is the major championship in World Wrestling Entertainments developmental territory, Deep South Wrestling, LLC. Current champion The current Deep South Heavyweight Champion is Derek Neikirk, who defeated Mike Mizanin for the championship on December 22, 2005. ... is the 25th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ...


OVW

Deep South Wrestling talent were sent to Ohio Valley Wrestling following the end of DSW's relationship with WWE. On May 15, 2007 WWE.com announced that Vito had been released from his WWE contract. is the 135th day of the year (136th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ...


TNA

He was backstage at TNA's PPV Hard Justice. [2] Kurt Angle has indicated that Vito is one of TNA's future prospects. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Kurt Steven Angle (born December 9, 1968) is an American professional wrestler and former Olympic amateur wrestler. ...


Wrestling facts

In professional wrestling a DDT is any move in which the wrestler falls down or backwards to drive a held opponents head into the mat. ... In professional wrestling a DDT is any move in which the wrestler falls down or backwards to drive a held opponents head into the mat. ... Attacking maneuvers in the kayfabe of professional wrestling are mainly used to wear down an opponent for a submission hold or as a set up for a throw. ... -1... Attacking maneuvers in the kayfabe of professional wrestling are mainly used to wear down an opponent for a submission hold or as a set up for a throw. ... Aerial techniques are used in professional wrestling to show off the speed and agility of a wrestler. ... Aerial techniques are used in professional wrestling to show off the speed and agility of a wrestler. ... Sean Waltman performs a leg drop on Shark Boy A Leg drop or Legdrop refers to an attack used in professional wrestling in which an attacking wrestler will jump and land his leg across a fallen opponents chest, throat or face. ... Attacking maneuvers in the kayfabe of professional wrestling are mainly used to wear down an opponent for a submission hold or as a set up for a throw. ... In professional wrestling, a manager is a character who is paired with a wrestler. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Stephanie Finochio (born December 1, 1971) is an Italian American stuntwoman and professional wrestler/valet better known by her ring name Trinity. ... James Maritato[1] (born March 12, 1972 in Howard Beach, New York) better known by the ring names Little Guido Maritato and Nunzio, is an Sicilian-American professional wrestler currently signed to World Wrestling Entertainment wrestling on its ECW brand. ...

Championships and accomplishments

Deep South Wrestling, or DSW for short, is a professional wrestling promotion located in the south U.S. and features some wrestlers from the 1980s, 1990s and present time wrestlers. ... The Deep South Heavyweight Championship is the major championship in World Wrestling Entertainments developmental territory, Deep South Wrestling, LLC. Current champion The current Deep South Heavyweight Champion is Derek Neikirk, who defeated Mike Mizanin for the championship on December 22, 2005. ... The Deep South Heavyweight Championship is the major championship in World Wrestling Entertainments developmental territory, Deep South Wrestling, LLC. Current champion The current Deep South Heavyweight Champion is Derek Neikirk, who defeated Mike Mizanin for the championship on December 22, 2005. ... International Wrestling Associations logo The International Wrestling Association (IWA) is a wrestling promotion in Puerto Rico. ... The IWA Intercontinental Heavyweight Championship is a secondary professional wrestling title defended in the Puerto Rican International Wrestling Association. ... The IWA Intercontinental Heavyweight Championship is a secondary professional wrestling title defended in the Puerto Rican International Wrestling Association. ... For the Australian professional wrestling promotion, see World Championship Wrestling (Australia). ... The WCW Hardcore Championship belt. ... This is a list of wrestlers who held the WCW Hardcore Championship. ... John Hugger (born April 20, 1977 in Atlanta, Georgia) is a professional wrestler who is best known for his work in World Championship Wrestling and World Wrestling Entertainment under the ring name Johnny The Bull Stamboli. ... The World Championship Wrestling (WCW) World Tag Team Championship was the major tag team title in World Championship Wrestling from 1991 to 2001. ... This is the title history of the WCW World Tag Team Championship World Championship Wrestling Categories: | ...

Personal life

Every Christmas, Vito provides gifts to underprivileged children in the Staten Island area. For other uses, see Christmas (disambiguation). ...


When working under the cross dressing gimmick it was not unusual for LoGrasso to be seen in public wearing dresses.


Has designed trademark tattoos on his arms, back and stomach.


He has helped raised money for Autism Speaks in his own time. Autism Speaks was founded in February, 2005 by Bob Wright and his wife Suzanne, to help find a cure for autism, a year after their grandson, Christian, was given the diagnosis. ...


Is now considering a run in MMA.


He is currently dating actress Marisa Tomei. He was previously married to Kathy, with whom he had four children. The marriage ended in divorce, but they remained friends. Kathy died of cancer on September 1, 2007[3]. Marisa Tomei (born December 4, 1964) is an Academy Award-winning American film and stage actress. ... is the 244th day of the year (245th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ...


References

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