Saturday, July 5, 2008

Dino Casanova

David Mark DiMeglio (February 8, 1967-March 1, 2002) was an American professional wrestler, best known by his ring name Dino Casanova, who competed in Northeastern independent promotions including the National Wrestling Alliance, Extreme Championship Wrestling and the Mid-Eastern Wrestling Federation, most notably as one half of The Cream Team with Rip Sawyer. He and Sawyer, among others such as Barry Hardy, Duane Gill and Axl Rotten, helped train Ian Rotten during his early career.

He also had a brief stint in World Championship Wrestling with Romeo Valentino during the mid-1990s. As The Goodfellas, they would continue teaming with each other on the independent circuit until his death.

On February 2, 1995,Dino and Valentino made their WCW debut on WCW Worldwide against The Fantastics (Bobby Fulton & Tommy Rogers) at Disneyworld in Orlando, Florida. Several weeks later, they would appear on WCW Saturday Night in the main event against Stars & Stripes (Marcus Bagwell & The Patriot). This would be included as a dark match at SuperBrawl V at the Baltimore Arena in Baltimore, Maryland on February 19, 1995. After confronting Eric Bishoff, WCW World Heavyweight Champion Big Van Vader interfered in the match attacking all four men.

Occasionally appearing in World Championship Wrestling during the next two years, DiMeglio would be seen on WCW Saturday Night facing "Flyin'" Brian Pillman on April 29 and Sting in a match for the WCW United States Heavyweight Championship at the Center Stage Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia on July 11, 1995.

Later that year, he and Frankie Lancaster would lose to Brian Pillman & Chris Benoit on WCW Saturday Night on December 9 and, several weeks later, he would face Hugh Morris at WCW Main Event on January 7, 1996.

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