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Dino Bravo

Dino Bravo would debut at MLG back in 1973 appearing mostly in tags with partners including Gino Brito and Nick DeCarlo. After a brief run with the WWWF Tag Titles in 1978 (w/Dom Denucci) Bravo returned to the area.

One of his first matches would be in a tag with WWWF Champ Bob Backlund against the AWA Tag Champs Pat Patterson and Ray Stevens. He would also form a popular team with Ricky Steamboat both here and in the Mid Atlantic area.

In December 1978, Tunney would re-launch the Canadian Championship Title and Bravo would beat former World Title holder Gene Kiniski to become the first holder of the newly revived title.

In one of his first matches after the win, Bravo would recieve a title shot against AWA champ Nick Bockwinkel. Dino would get the win on a dq. and elevate the prestige of the Cdn belt.

In Feb 1979, Bravo would face rising star Ric Flair and pin him in an exciting match. During this time the Cdn Champ would also appear regularly throughout the Carolina's in tags and singles.

After a feud with Greg Valentine, Bravo would drop the belt to "The Hammer" on April 8 1979. In Greensboro on April 22, Bravo would face NWA Champ Harley Race and begin the climb back to the championship.

June would see Bravo regain the belt from Valentine in a lumberjack match and go on to sucessfully defend the belt against Flair and Ken Patera among others before missing the August 19th card and being stripped of the title.

After leaving the area, Dino would begin a run with the AWA and also show up on George Cannon's Superstars taped out of Windsor, Ontario. After a brief return in 1982, Bravo would leave the area again untill returning with the WWF in 1985.

For more on Bravo see
Canadian Pro Wrestling Page of Fame
Cdn Title Reigns - Dino Bravo
T.O. Tidbits - Bravo In Winnipeg


Notable Canadian Matches

72/02/2 Quebec City
Dino Bravo is defeated by Angelo Mosca

72/11/20 Verdun
Bravo & Gino Brito beat Killer Kowalski & Gilles Poisson for the Grand Prix Tag Titles

72/02/2 Quebec City
Dino Bravo is defeated by Angelo Mosca

72/11/20 Verdun
Bravo & Gino Brito beat Killer Kowalski & Gilles Poisson for the Grand Prix Tag Titles

73/04/1 Toronto
Bravo & Brito vs Mad Dog & Butcher Vachon ends in a draw

78/12/17 Toronto
Bravo beats Gene Kiniski to win the new Cdn. title

79/01/14 Toronto
Bravo beats AWA champ Nick Bockwinkel by dq.

79/02/4 Toronto
Cdn champ Bravo beats Ric Flair

79/06/3 Toronto
Cdn Champ Bravo beats Greg Valentine to regain the belt

79/12/6 Winnipeg
Bravo beats AWA champ Nick Bockwinkel in a non title bout

82/08/12 Winnipeg
Bravo & Rick Martel lose to AWA Tag Champs Greg Gagne & Jim Brunzell by count-out

84/03/12 Montreal
Bravo against Rick Martel ends when both are counted out

84/08/14 Quebec City
Bravo retains his Intn'l Title beating King Tonga

85/05/7 Montreal
Bravo teams with Martel to defeat Abdullah the Butcher & Crusher Jerry Blackwell

* Results from
Gary Will's Toronto Wrestling History
Canadian Results Archive

main pic & side pic middle with belt - G. Henderson Coll.


    

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