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WWF Veteran Was Shot Dead 27 Years Ago Today, Real Story Behind His Death

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• ON THIS DAY IN WWF HISTORY (March 10, 1990) – WWF Superstars of Wrestling

On this day in 1990, the World Wrestling Federation aired an episode of their weekly TV show ‘WWF Superstars of Wrestling’.

This episode was pre-taped at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix, Arizona and featured matches & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WWF WrestleMania VI’ PPV.

Here’s the card:

1. The Honky Tonk Man & Greg Valentine vs. Frankie Valdez & Gary Sabaugh

2. The Big Boss Man vs. “Iron” Mike Sharpe

3. Rick Martel vs. Louie Spicolli

4. Akeem vs. Ricky Ataki

• WWF Veteran Was Shot Dead 27 Years Ago Today, Real Story Behind His Death

27 Years ago today, Old School WWF Veteran Dino Bravo was shot dead. He was 44 years old.

Below is the real story behind the murder of Dino Bravo, as told by fellow wrestler Rick Martel:

“Dino tried to stay in the [WWF] but he just couldn’t…Vince didn’t wanna have him back. I remember I called Pat Patterson and I suggested that I team up with Dino – because I liked Dino.

I said, ‘I’ll take the bumps and [do] all the moving around and he can do the strong stuff…I’m sure we can make it work, you know?’ He said, ‘No, no…we just think that Dino doesn’t fit anymore in our plans…’

Dino had kind of painted himself in a corner. Dino liked the high lifestyle…he had a sports Mercedes, he had a big home, you know…and [suddenly] wrestling was over. Dino couldn’t be a 9 to 5 guy…he didn’t have any business experience of any kind.

Wrestling was his whole life. And back then, WWF was the only game in town. So if he couldn’t do it for the WWF, what could he do? His uncle [by marriage] was the head of the mafia in Montreal. And he was always saying, ‘Dino, come work for me…’

I remember we were in Europe and he confided in me. ‘Rick…I know I could go into crime and do really good money…but I don’t wanna go that route…I know myself and I know what kind of guy I am…’

Dino was the kind of guy who [always wanted] more and more [but not when to stop]. He knew himself and he knew his demons. But then his [debts] and lifestyle got too much…and all of a sudden the revenue [wasn’t] coming in.

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