Milano a hero in black and white - 13th December 2016
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Mario Milano after a victory
kids in the 1960s and 70s, many a Saturday was spent
trying to imitate the Atomic Drop.
to the horror of parents, the move involved picking
up an opponent, turning him upside down then dropping
him on his head.
were the days when the likes of Mario Milano, Mark
Lewin, Spiros Arion, Skull Murphy, King Curtis and
Brute Bernard were heroes of the living room as Australians
tuned into the black and white screenings of World
many the blood, the sleeper hold, the claw hold and
the brain buster were real. And one of the men who
made it look so convincing was Milano, who died last
Friday at the age of 81.
Italian was a popular figure, a classic goodie
although there was a time
when he went over to the dark side.
and heavily built, Milano, real name Mario Bulfone,
was also popular with Italian Australians.
with the Golden Greek, Arion, they were heroes to
the large migrant communities of the times.
was born in Trieste, Italy, before moving to Venezuela,
where he grew up and where he started his wrestling
career before moving to the US in 1962.
was convinced to move to Australia in 1967 and once
he arrived, he never went back.
wrestled into the late 1970s before retiring.
had three children from his first marriage and two
children from his second marriage.