Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 227 lbs.
Hailing From: Baltimore, Maryland
Finisher: The Diamond Walk
> Honored as an MEWF & MCW original.
Prior MCW Alias
> Dino Casanova
Known MCW Tag Alliances
> 1/2 of Good Fellas with Romeo Valentino.
> Trained by Dave Lehy and Duane Gill.
> Pro debut in April of 1990.
David Mark DiMeglio is 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 asBarry 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.
DiMigleo began wrestling in the Mid-Atlantic region during the late 1980s and eventually began teaming with Rip Sawyer as Cream Team on the Virginia independent circuit. On December 17, 1988, they wrestled The Rock 'n' Roll Express(Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson) for the Virginia Wrestling Association tag team titles losing via countout. A year later, The Cream Team fought The Brothers Superior (Superior & Neil Superior) to decide the first NWL Tag Team Champions.
Appearing at the Mid-Eastern Wrestling Federation's first event, he and Sawyer lost to the Lords of Pain (Pain & Agony) in a match to crown the first MEWF Tag Team Champions on August 2, 1991. Defeating Pain and Bubba Monroe (substituting for an injured Agony) for the title on December 1, the two would continue defending the title for much of 1992 until they began wrestling for the Philadelphia-based Eastern Championship Wrestling. Following their departure, the titles were vacated on October 23.
He and Sawyer made their debut in Eastern Championship Wrestling in late 1992, teaming with Glen Osbourne in a six-man tag team match to defeat Max Thrasher andThe Super Destroyers at the Taber Youth Association in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on October 3. The two later made an unsuccessful bid for the ECW Tag Team Championship weeks later losing to The Super Destroyers at The Chestnut Cabaret in Philadelphia on October 24.
Returning to Maryland, he began teaming with Romeo Valentino as The Goodfellas (or The Goodfellows) eventually winning the WWA Tag Team Championship. They later defended the titles against the Lords of Pain in Essex, Maryland on April 9, 1994. He and Valentino would continue teaming together in the Mid-Atlantic region for the next several years including NWA New Jersey, Pennsylvania Championship Wrestling and the World Wrestling Alliance.
On February 2, 1995, he and Valentino made their WCW debut on WCW Worldwideagainst The Fantastics (Bobby Fulton & Tommy Rogers) at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. Several weeks later, they appeared on WCW Saturday Night in the main event against Stars & Stripes (Marcus Bagwell & The Patriot). This was included as a dark match at SuperBrawl V at the Baltimore Arena in Baltimore, Maryland on February 19, 1995. After confronting Eric Bischoff, 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 was 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 lost to Pillman & Chris Benoit on WCW Saturday Night on December 9 and, several weeks later, he faced Hugh Morris at WCW Main Event on January 7, 1996. Cassanova also won the MEWF LightHeavyweight/Maryland Championship from Mark Schrader on March 17, 1996, but was stripped of the title a month later.
In October 1999, he and Max Thrasher defeated Bad Crew to win the MEWF Tag Team title before losing the title to Ricky Blues & The New Patriot on November 13. The following year, he and Thrasher entered a championship tournament for the vacant MEWF Tag Team title, advancing to the finals before they lost to Jim Christian and Rayne on January 7, 2000.
Teaming with Romeo Valentino, DiMeglio lost to Morgus the Maniac & The Clown at the Harry Grove Stadium in Frederick, Maryland on July 17, 2000 with midget wrestlerDink as special guest referee. The following night at the Summer Sizzler supercard, he and Valentino lost to MEWF Tag Team Champions The Tokyo Terrors after Thrasher attempted to interfere.
During the summer, he made several appearances in NWA New Jersey facing Gillberg inWildwood, New Jersey on July 19 and August 3 before losing to Max Thrasher in a four-way match with Morgus the Maniac and Buzz Stryker in Dundalk, Maryland on September 22, 2000. He later defeated Max Thrasher for the MEWF Heavyweight Championship in late 2000, although he held the title for only a short period before losing it back to Thrasher before the end of the year. The title was later vacated on March 17 and, although he lost to Rayne in a match for the vacant title in Baltimore on April 17, he finally defeated Rayne to regain the MEWF Heavyweight Championship on August 2, 2001. Holding the title for over three months, DiMeglio eventually lost the title to Cat Burglar in Dundalk, Maryland on November 25.
He defeated Max Thrasher for the MEWF Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Championship on January 27, 2001. Losing the title to Morgus the Maniac on March 17, he continued wrestling until his death from a heart attack on March 1, 2002.
Cassanova was MEWF Heavyweight Championship (2 times), MEWF Mid-Atlantic Championship (2 times), MEWF Light Heavyweight Championship (1 time), and MEWF Tag Team Championship (3 times) with Rip Sawyer, Max Thrasher and Chad Bowman.
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