|Birth name||Anthony Durante|
July 26, 1967|
Hammonton, New Jersey
September 25, 2003 36) (aged|
Westerly, Rhode Island
|Cause of death||Heart Attack|
|Professional wrestling career|
Mad Bull Buster
|Billed height||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Billed weight||250 lb (110 kg; 18 st)|
|Billed from||Winnipeg, MB|
Rowdy Roddy Piper
Durante grew up in Hammonton, New Jersey.
World Wrestling Federation
Durante got his start in the WWF in 1989, competing as a jobber under his real name (Tony Durante). Durante would face WWF stars such as Rick Rude, the then-Intercontinental Champion The Honky Tonk Man, and The Barbarian. He, along with tag team partner Gary Wolfe (then going by Gary Wolf) also tag-teammed against The Hart Foundation and The Fabulous Rougeau Brothers on the WWF's weekend show "Superstars". Typically Durante's matches in the WWF were squash matches, lasting three minutes or less.
Extreme Championship Wrestling
Durante was best known as being one half of the tag team The Pitbulls in ECW, along with Pitbull #1, Gary Wolfe. The Pitbulls won the ECW World Tag Team Championship on September 16, 1995 from Raven and Stevie Richards after interference from their manager, Francine.
On June 1, 1996, at Fight the Power, Durante defeated Shane Douglas to win the ECW World Television Championship. He would shortly lose the title to Chris Jericho in a match at Hardcore Heaven on June 22, 1996.
Jersey All Pro Wrestling
The first JAPW Heavyweight Champion was Joe Rules, who won the title on October 31, 1997. He eliminated Durante in a 20-man battle royal to become the champion. But later in the evening Durante would defeat Joe Rules for the title. His reign would last until December 5, 1997 when he would be stripped due to injury.
Durante died on September 25, 2003 along with his girlfriend, Dianna Hulsey, both from heart attack. He and his girlfriend were found after lying in their home dead for days, all while their two small children, a 21-month-old boy and 8-month-old girl, were apparently alone in the house among the bodies.
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Championships and accomplishments
- Allied Powers Wrestling Federation
- Catch Wrestling Association
- Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre
- Extreme Championship Wrestling
- Grande Wrestling Alliance
- GWA Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Pitbull #1
- High Risk Championship Wrestling
- HRCW Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Pitbull #1
- Jersey All Pro Wrestling
- Mid-Eastern Wrestling Federation
- MEWF Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- National Wrestling Alliance
- NWA United States Tag Team Championship (New Jersey version) (2 Times) - with Pitbull #1
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated
- PWI ranked him # 76 of the 500 best singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 1997
- "Exposed! Pro Wrestling's Greatest Secrets". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2010-02-01.
- TheHistoryOfWWE.com: WWF Superstars, 1986-97, matches from 1989
- Poole, Robert Jr. (2003-11-07). "Wrestling Deaths Becoming Serious Concern: What can the sport do to save itself from tragedy ?". AllSports.com. Retrieved 2007-04-17.
- Johnson, Vaughn (June 12, 2014). "Shane Douglas, The Blue Meanie among newest inductees into ECW Arena Hall of Fame". www.philly.com. Retrieved 12 October 2014.
- Anthony "Pitbull II" Durante (Archived 2009-10-25)
- Accelerator's Wrestling Rollercoaster contains a summary of his pay-per-view television appearances
- Anthony Durante at the Online World of Wrestling
- December 30th, 2008 Interview with Anthony Durante's Partner Pitbull #1 Gary Wolf