UPDATE: The family of DeNucci has issued the following statement (via TMPT Empire) on his condition, confirming the WrestleZone report from earlier this afternoon:
Domenic [sic] was admitted to the hospital on Friday after experiencing some very minor health issues, including fatigue. After test concluded that DeNucci had slight stenosis of his aorta, the doctors decided to perform a routine heart catheterization to insert a stent into the narrowed artery. That procedure was successfully performed earlier today and Domenic is resting comfortably. His daughter and son-in-law, Danielle & George Kassel, are with him and report that he is in great spirits and feeling much better. They asked that their heartfelt thanks be extended to all of Domenic’s friends and fans around the world.
Legions of professional wrestling fans have followed Domenic [sic] DeNucci’s legendary career for decades and he has long been regarded as one of the squared circle’s most talented ambassadors. But for those of us who grew up in Pittsburgh, DeNucci was a mainstay on WIIC-TV’s (WPXI) “Studio Wrestling” every Saturday night at 7 PM. Hosted by another Pittsburgh legend, “Chilly Billy”- Bill Cardille, “Studio Wrestling” boasted the biggest names in professional wrestling, including DeNucci, “Haystacks” Calhoun, the “Valiant Brothers”, “Superstar” Billy Graham, “Jumping” Johnny DeFazio, and of course, Pittsburgh’s own “Living Legend” Bruno Sammartino. In addition to his numerous singles and tag-team world championships, Domenic is also a member of the Cauliflower Alley Club’s Hall of Fame and is set to be honored again by them this September, in Las Vegas, with the Cauliflower Alley Trainer’s Award. DeNucci has trained numerous students over the years, including Cody Michaels, Brian Hildebrand (Mark Curtis), the “Franchise” Shane Douglas, and WWE Hall of Fame inductee Mick Foley.
It was reported yesterday that wrestling legend Dominic DeNucci was hospitalized after suffering an unknown health scare and now we have more information on his current situation.
WrestleZone has learned that the 88-year-old DeNucci is currently dealing with a minor heart issue. It was noted that DeNucci had a stent placed after a cardiac catheterization procedure and some adjustments will be made in his lifestyle, in addition to treating it with medication.
Last night, Bobby Fulton took to Twitter and announced that DeNucci is in the hospital, but didn’t provide any other details at the time.
The former two-time WWE Tag Team Champion DeNucci has trained several established talents which include WWE Hall of Famer Mick Foley, Shane Douglas, Cody Michaels and the late Brian Hildebrand (aka WCW official Mark Curtis). Due to his influence on the wrestling world, The Cauliflower Alley Club is planning to honor DeNucci with their Trainer’s Award at this year’s 55th Cauliflower Alley Club Reunion. The event was originally going to take place this past April in Las Vegas but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it has currently been rescheduled to the weekend of September 21 at The Gold Coast Casino. Other legends set to be honored are Madusa, Rey Mysterio Jr. & Jim Londos.
We all here at WrestleZone would like to wish Dominic a healthy and speedy recovery!