Steve DiSalvo (born April 7, 1949) is a retired American professional wrestler, best known for his appearances with World Championship Wrestling as The Minotaur and for his main event runs in Calgary and (as Sadistic Steve Strong) in Montreal and Puerto Rico.
Professional wrestling career
DiSalvo was trained by Billy Anderson. DiSalvo's career has taken him to the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada.
Fighting as Steve Strong in the 1980s, he was a main-event performer in Montreal-based Lutte Internationale, managed by Eddy Creatchman and brawling with the likes of Abdullah the Butcher and Rick Martel.
Moving on to Stampede Wrestling, he was known as "Strangler" Steve DiSalvo and was the top heel in the territory. Here, he feuded with Phil LaFleur over who had the better physique. DiSalvo would end up smashing a trophy over LaFleur's skull on TV, leading to several matches between the two. In time though, the Stampede fans would rally behind DiSalvo in his battles against the hated Makhan Singh, and when Don Muraco arrived at Stampede, DiSalvo would help Muraco win the Stampede North American Heavyweight Championship from Singh.
DiSalvo moved onto the World Wrestling Council (WWC) promotion in Puerto Rico, where he again was known as "Sadistic" Steve Strong. Again, he had bloody brawls with Abdullah the Butcher, as well as company owner, Carlos Colón. Strong would win the WWC Universal Heavyweight Championship from Colón, only to lose it back to him soon after.
DiSalvo returned to the United States, this time for World Championship Wrestling, where he was named The Minotaur. DiSalvo has also had brief stay with the World Wrestling Federation, and also in the American Wrestling Association, where he wrestled as Billy Jack Strong. He became Steve DiSalvo again and drifted around the independent circuit before retiring.
DiSalvo now sells homes for a living.
Championships and accomplishments
- California Pro Wrestling
- CPW (California Pro Wrestling) Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- CPW Brass Knuckles Championship(2 times)
- Stampede Wrestling
- World Wrestling Council
- Americas Wrestling Federation
- AWF World Heavyweight Championship (1 time, first)