Vito Joseph LoGrasso (born
June 18, 1964) is an American professional wrestler, of Italian origin, best
known for his work in World
Championship Wrestling as Big Vito and more
recently World Wrestling
Entertainment and working for their "developmental territories"
Ohio Valley Wrestling and
Deep South Wrestling as
Extreme Championship Wrestling (1990-1999)
LoGrasso started wrestling in 1990. He first made his professional
debut in Extreme
(ECW) as Skull Von Krush (also appearing
as a WWE (then WWF) jobber on early editions of Monday Night
simply named "Von Kruss"), a generic big wrestler who
began with a subtly "evil foreigner" gimmick.
Later he changed his name to Vito "The Skull" LoGrasso and becoming
a member of "Da Baldies
, who, in
, claimed to be an offshoot of a
street gang, and as such took issue with New
calling himself a "Gangsta
and began a feud
worked a couple of shows with the now defunct LIWF with Billy Alaimo and was on the Junkyard Dog memorial show in a casket match at
The Elks Lodge in Queens, New York.
World Championship Wrestling (1999-2001)
In 1999 Vito left ECW for World Championship Wrestling
(WCW) where he teamed
with Johnny the Bull
(also known as "The Paisains" for a short time).
Managed by Tony Marinara
captured the WCW World
Tag Team Championship
twice, and were, in storyline, jointly
awarded the WCW Hardcore
. After being awarded the championship, however,
Vito and Johnny were forced to face each other in a match to crown
one champion, which Vito won.
In December, 2000 the Mamalukes reunited and teamed together until
March, 2001 when WCW was bought out by the WWF.
In 2001 when the
World Wrestling Federation purchased WCW
Vito was one of the
wrestlers who was lost in the shuffle, neither becoming a part of
nor taking one of the large ticket buyouts offered.
Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (2004)
Vito also had a brief run in Total Nonstop Action
in late-2004 with Glenn
as the "New York
Connection". His only feud was with "Irish"
, in which they exchanged victories.
World Wrestling Entertainment (2005-2007)
In early 2005, Vito worked dark matches for the now renamed
and signed a contract with them in July. He was
assigned to their Ohio Valley
developmental territory for several months until he
was ready to be called up to the main roster.
Vito made his debut on WWE television on the August 6 episode of
, where he helped
win the WWE Cruiserweight
from Paul London
Together Vito and Nunzio reformed the Full Blooded
stable, acting mostly as a tag team together on
with scattered appearances on SmackDown!
Vito and Nunzio turned heel
once again (after a short
flirtation with being faces
with a brief feud
against then-heel, Gregory Helms
March 2006 under an angle in which Vito announced that he wanted to
be recognized as a "Godfather" and he would wear a blazer and
Beginning in May, various wrestlers such as Orlando Jordan
and Paul Burchill
began approaching Nunzio in
backstage situations and spreading rumors that they had, in
storyline, seen Vito in public places in various forms of cross-dress
. Nunzio originally wouldn't hear
of any such thing until the June 2 SmackDown!
came down the ramp, in a dress, to collect Nunzio after losing a
match. The next week, after arguing about Vito's clothing choices,
the two former friends faced each other in a match which Vito won
after hitting Nunzio with The Code of
. Not long after, Nunzio joined the ECW
brand, leaving Vito on SmackDown!
The idea for the gimmick
from Vito himself) seemed to originate on The Sopranos
, who also had a character named
who had recently been outed as a
(though he was never seen in
Regardless of his passion for cross dressing, Vito continually
explained that he was a straight
; including one instance of asking Diva Ashley Massaro
out on a date while wearing a dress, to which she agreed. After
this he began to "have more fun" during his matches, running around
and waving his dresses and otherwise interacting with the fans,
turning him once again face
. As the gimmick took off
various people began kayfabe
problems with a man wrestling while wearing a dress, including
color commentator JBL
(who refused to
do commentary with him) and wrestlers Montel Vontavious Porter
threatened SmackDown General
Manager Theodore Long
lawsuit to get
out of a match with Vito. At the same time, WWE began to "censor"
any incidents of Vito's dress raising and exposing his (bethonged
) buttocks. Despite his detractors, once
he started wearing a dress Vito began an undefeated streak which
didn't end until over four months later when he was defeated by
after interference from
his partner Sylvester Terkay
On November 2, 2006 WWE.com announced that Vito would be posing
(non-nude) for the April 2007 edition of Playgirl
. On May 15, 2007, Vito was released from
his WWE contract.
Deep South Wrestling
Vito defeated champion Bradley Jay
three-way round robin match to win the DSW Heavyweight
on January 25, 2007. Almost immediately upon
winning the title he underwent a gimmick change, losing the dress
and instead adopting martial arts-style trunks, a headband, and
wrestling without shoes. When asked on DSW TV he announced that he
changed his style of dress because his opponents were citing it as
a distraction and claiming his clothing was the reason they were
losing to him. The look was briefly shown during the Lumberjack tag
match on Sunday Night Heat
at WrestleMania 23, between
Carlito and Ric Flair against Chavo Guerrero and Gregory Helms,
Vito was grouped with the face lumberjacks. He held the title until
February 22, when he lost it back to Bradley Jay.
Vito formally hosted in 2004 along with Ryan Clark and Matt Boone a
webshow on WrestleZone.com called WZR Radio which still airs today
on WZROnline.com. Vito made a guest appearance on WZR on September
16, 2008 answering Questions from callers he also talked about his
days in ECW and WCW also talking about his dress gimmick on
The Wednesday September 24, 2008 Special edition of WZR Radio Ryan
Clark and Richard Gray reported that Vito had been arrested, Vito
made another guest appearance on the October 21, 2008 edition of
WZR which was a 3 hour show with the first 2 hours talking about
WWE with Richard Gray and Ryan Clark, the 3rd hour Richard left and
was replaced by Matt Boone.
He was previously married to a woman named Kathy, with whom he had
four children. The marriage ended in divorce, but they remained
friends.Kathy died of cancer on September 1, 2007.
September 21, 2008, LoGrasso was arrested and charged with battery
and domestic violence in Tampa, Florida.
Charges were not filed against LoGrasso by
his victim hence he was released.
Championships and accomplishments
- Big Time Wrestling
- BTW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- European Wrestling Promotion
- Ironman Hardcore Knockout Tournament (2002)
- United States Extreme Wrestling
- UXW United States Championship (1 time)