Anthony Durante

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Anthony Durante
Anthony Durante.jpg
Born July 26, 1967
Hammonton, New Jersey
Died September 25, 2003(2003-09-25) (aged 36)
Westerly, Rhode Island
Cause of death Heart attack
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Pitbull #2
Pitbull Spike
Mad Bull Buster
Billed height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Billed weight 250 lb (110 kg; 18 st)
Billed from Winnipeg, MB
Trained by Larry Sharpe
Rowdy Roddy Piper
Debut 1988

Anthony Durante (July 26, 1967 – September 25, 2003) was an American professional wrestler best known under the ring name "Pitbull #2" as one half of the tag team The Pitbulls, with "Pitbull #1" Gary Wolfe. The team is best known for their time in Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW), where Durante also achieved success briefly as a singles competitor, challenging for the ECW World Heavyweight Championship on a few occasions while holding the ECW World Television Championship one time and the World Tag Team Championship once.

Early life

Durante grew up in Hammonton, New Jersey.

Professional wrestling career

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 teamed against The Hart Foundation and The Fabulous Rougeau Brothers on the WWF's weekend show "Superstars".[2] 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 May 11, 1996, at A Matter of Respect, Durante faced off against Raven in a losing effort for the ECW World Championship, in a match that also involved The Sandman.

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.

On April 13, 1997, at the first ECW pay-per-view, Barely Legal, Durante faced Shane Douglas in a losing effort for the ECW World Television Championship.

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 a Fentanyl-induced overdose. 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.[3][4]

Championships and accomplishments

See also


  1. ^ "Exposed! Pro Wrestling's Greatest Secrets". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2010-02-01. 
  2. ^ WWF Superstars, 1986-97, matches from 1989
  3. ^ Hardcore History: The Extremely Unauthorized Story of ECW By Scott E Williams, George Tahinos, Shane Douglas p. 211
  4. ^ Poole, Robert Jr. (2003-11-07). "Wrestling Deaths Becoming Serious Concern: What can the sport do to save itself from tragedy ?". Archived from the original on 2006-04-26. Retrieved 2007-04-17. 
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  7. ^ Johnson, Vaughn (June 12, 2014). "Shane Douglas, The Blue Meanie among newest inductees into ECW Arena Hall of Fame". Retrieved 12 October 2014. 

External links

  • 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
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