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Dominic DeNucci passes away at 89 years old

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Dominic DeNucci, a former tag team champion in the WWF who later became a prominent pro wrestling trainer, has passed away at the age of 89.

Cauliflower Alley Club confirmed the news that DeNucci had passed away. 

“We've received the sad news that wrestling Legend Dominic DeNucci has passed away at the age of 89.” they wrote on Twitter. “Known not only for his wrestling, but for training Mick Foley, Shane Douglas and others. We send our sincerest condolences to his family,friends and many fans the world over. R.I.P.”

DeNucci made his pro wrestling debut in 1958 in Montreal, Canada. He had runs both in Australia and Japan. He joined the World Wide Wrestling Federation (later WWF, then WWE) in 1967 and won the WWWF International Tag Team titles with Bruno Sammartino in 1971. He would later hold the WWWF World Tag Team titles with Victor Rivera, and later Pat Barrett.

He left the WWF in 1982 and continued wrestling in Canada, New York, and the independents through 2012, when he wrestled his final match against protege Shane Douglas. That same year, he was inducted into the Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame.

DeNucci later was a trainer of a few wrestlers who later became names in the industry, including Douglas, Mick Foley, Brian Hildebrand, and Moondog Spot.