On Thursday, August 12, 2021, the wrestling world sadly lost one of the legends of the territory era in Dominic DeNucci.
A tag team champion in the territory that preceded today's WWE, Dominic DeNucci. is perhaps best known for being the trainer of Shane Douglas and Mick Foley.
Many in wrestling have reacted to the news of Dominic DeNucci passing away. You can see some of the reactions below:
WWE is saddened to learn that Dominic DeNucci passed away at the age of 89.
Born in Venice, Italy, DeNucci blazed a trail in wrestling that spanned the globe. From early career beginnings in Canada, Australia, Japan and the midwestern United States, DeNucci debuted in New York City for WWE in 1967. A formidable pairing with Bruno Sammartino saw the two Italian-born wrestlers capture the WWE International Tag Team Championship in 1971. DeNucci would later win the WWE World Tag Team Championship alongside both Victor Rivera and Dino Bravo. He would go on to challenge inaugural Intercontinental Champion Pat Patterson multiple times before the end of his 15-year run with WWE.
After retiring from competition, DeNucci transitioned into a role as a well-renowned trainer. DeNucci notably trained Mick Foley, Moondog Spot, Shane Douglas and others.
WWE extends its condolences to DeNucci’s family, friends and fans.
We've received the sad news that wrestling Legend Dominic DeNucci has passed away at the age of 89. 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 pic.twitter.com/TFTZymkI9r— CauliflowerAlleyClub (@CACReunion) August 13, 2021
AEW joins the wrestling world in mourning the passing of a true legend, Dominic DeNucci. Our thoughts are with his family, his friends and his fans. pic.twitter.com/2nNiMFLsIl— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) August 13, 2021
Very sad to hear that local and international legend Dominic DeNucci has passed away.— Enjoy Wrestling (@EnjoyWrestle) August 13, 2021
While Dom was a tremendous star for Jim Barnett in Australia, we’ll always remember him as an integral piece to the fabric of Pittsburgh wrestling.
Thanks for the decades of entertainment. https://t.co/qYXYNKTJjG
We are saddened to learn that wrestling legend Dominic DeNucci has passed away at the age of 89. His legacy lives on through the amazing stars he trained such as Mick Foley and countless others. We send our condolences to his family, friends, and many fans the world over. pic.twitter.com/6uVVyPnzDw— IGNITE Wrestling (@IGNITEWrestling) August 13, 2021
RIP Dominic Denucci.— Black Label Pro (@BLabelPro) August 13, 2021
All time legendary wrestler and trainer.
Thank you for all your contributions to the sport of professional wrestling.
Sad to hear of Dominic DeNucci’s passing. I just sat and spoke with him a few weeks ago at The Hamburg FanFest.— Jim Molineaux (@jimmolineaux) August 13, 2021
Godspeed, Dominic DeNucci. Thank you for your kindness during our brief interactions. Rest well, sir. --— Adam Pearce (@ScrapDaddyAP) August 13, 2021
Rest In Peace Dominic DeNucci. A wealth of knowledge passed down to ones like my dad.— Dewey Foley (@DeweyHaveTo) August 13, 2021
Life’s crazy. Think about the domino effect. If Dominic doesn’t train my dad, my life probably doesn’t exist. Life’s moments are unique.
My condolences to Mr. DeNucci’s family and loved ones. pic.twitter.com/6GNfRZZdRD
RIP Dominic DeNucci.