May 15, 2007
ECW Original, Sabu, among Tuesday releasesformer ECW champ and Vito removed from rosters
By JON WALDMAN -- SLAM! Wrestling
Just a few short days after Rob Conway and 2 Cold Scorpio were released by WWE, two more roster cuts were made Tuesday as Sabu and Vito parted ways with the Stamford, CT-based company.
In separate announcements made on wwe.com, the Fed announced that it, "has come to terms on the release," of both wrestlers.
Though Vito had not been seen on WWE TV in many weeks, Sabu, real name Terry Brunk, had been a regular member of the lineup on ECW on Sci-Fi. The former ECW champion, part of the "ECW Originals" faction, had been seen in recent weeks mixing it up alongside Rob Van Dam, The Sandman and Tommy Dreamer against various incarnations of the New Breed, which included Marcus Cor Von, CM Punk, Kevin Thorn, Matt Striker and Elijah Burke.
Sabu's WWE career began just prior to the second One Night Stand (in 2006), as he built to a World Heavyweight Title Match against Rey Mysterio. The two faced off in a match that ended in a no-contest when both men were deemed unable to continue the match following a collision on the outside of the ring.
Soon after the event, Sabu, along with Rob Van Dam, were pulled over by the police while travelling between show dates. Sabu was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and Vicodin while Van Dam was found with posession of illegal substances.
After Van Dam lost the ECW Heavyweight Championship to The Big Show, Sabu became the focus of ECW TV and challenged the new title holder on multiple occasions, though he was never successful in his attempt to regain a title he previously held on two occasions in the original ECW. He was slated to appear at the second ECW pay-per-view, December to Dismember, but, in storyline, was injured before the match.
Following the PPV, Sabu began to battle alongside his fellow ECW alumni against the New Breed and had been embroiled in the feud prior to his release.
Though this tenure was Sabu's first official term with WWE, he had previously appeared in the original ECW Invasion of WWE in 1997 and was also a part of the first One Night Stand pay-per-view in 2005. Aside from his aforementioned tenure in ECW, where he also won the FTW, TV and Tag Team Titles, Sabu also competed in World Championship Wrestling, Xtreme Pro Wrestling and TNA, as well as taking part in several indie federations. Sabu has also competed in Japan.
Vito LoGrasso, also known as Big Vito or simply as Vito, competed for ECW (most notably as a member of Da Baldies) and WCW through much of the 1990s. During his tenure with the Atlanta-based WCW, Vito captured the Hardcore Title and the WCW Tag Team Titles with Johnny The Bull.
After WCW was purchased by WWE, Vito spent time in the independent leagues before being picked up by TNA. His tenure was short-lived, however, as he was soon brought to WWE, first going through their farm system. Vito was paired with Nunzio to re-form the Full Blooded Italians, a tandem that remained together until Nunzio jumped to ECW, returning to his previous moniker of Little Guido. Before the two split, Vito began wearing a dress to the ring, a gimmick he would retain through the rest of his WWE tenure.
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