AfroSquad Exclusive Interview:
Gino Galento, Professional Wrestler and Actor
Gino, can you give us a quick bio on yourself?
Sure brother, I was born in Miami, Florida on July 1rst 1969 at Mercy Hospital in Dade County. After my parents divorced in 1974, my Mom took me to Santiago, Chile, South America where I was raised.
My life has had a lot of ups and downs.. In the 80s, I was a roadie and had a band that almost signed a contract with BMG, but in 1992 I was burned out and willing to have a fresh start, so I moved back to the States and gave up on Heavy Metal to start a new life.
here was always the need to do something with the entertainment industry. But where or what? I didn’t know! I had a lot of hints, but I never thought that in 2001 I would be joining a wrestling school. Skull Crushers to be exact, which was a school owned and operated by Exotic Adrian Street.
Due to his throat cancer he was gracious enough to let me train at the Pensacola Wrestling Academy, which was owned and operated by a former WWE wrestler Bobby Doll. When I found out that Sika, The Wild Samoan was running a school in Pensacola I went there and finished my training with his blessings at The Wild Samoan training Center.
Who is Gino XL and how does he differ from Fabian Graham?
Let me start with a little history here, shall we? It all began with my first gimmick which was called “Cajun Gator” which was a technical wrestler with a bad temper, however Sika wanted me to become flamboyant so I was given the moniker of Fabulous Fabio a few years later I changed it to the short lived Fabulous Fabian
I added Graham to honor Superstar Billy Graham and Doctor Jerry Graham among the rest of the Graham clan, I even had the bleached blond hair back then.
Then I changed my name to Gino Galento (XL) to honor the Galento wrestling family.
Why are you known as “XL?”
XL stands for Xtra Large. The fans know that I’m bigger and stronger than the common man!
What do you know about Sika and his crew?
Sika is currently retired and spending quality time with his immediate family and living large and in charge in a beautiful big house in Gulf Breeze, Florida. Well, about his crew, they are busy bees on a lot of good projects, including me, I was always a part of his crew!
What do you think of Ultimate Wrestling?
Ultimate Wrestling has a lot of potential! They are new to the game and pack on a few good ideas plus they seem to have a good time at it! I had a great time there.
Can you tell us about your acting career?
My acting career is expanding, I now have an agent and she’s getting auditions for me to speaking roles and I have performed a few stunt fights on Film!
I’m also being groomed in the movie biz as a character actor the likes of Danny Trejo, who has always played tough guy and bad guy in the movies. My agent and casting directors love big guys for those roles and they see a lot potential in me.
What do you think about all the drama in indy wrestling?
Some things never seem to change around Indy Wrestling, it is the nature of the beast.
I believe though, that we need to bring good “Psychology” back in the Pro Wrestling Industry, and not just focus on circus acts that don’t make sense. We are supposed to be wrestlers not acrobats.
What is Pea Ridge Wrestle Fest?
Is a nice series of Pro Wrestling events performed at the Pea Ridge Flea market. The Pea Ridge Flea Market has opened it’s doors by their owner thanks to my uncle Tex Galento and Danny Roland, so we can bring high quality matches while helping our community through Fund Raising Events.
Who is Tex Galento?
Colonel Tex Galento is my “uncle,” my personal hero, and my wrestling manager!
What can you tell me about the Galento family?
The Galento Family is a family of tradition and American as Pie. We are innovators! Look at how many men molded themselves after Al Spider Galento, he was one of a kind and tough as nails, a true champ who never back down from a good fight. The great Mario Galento, often imitated but never duplicated
What other projects are you working on?
I can’t disclose details right now, there are a few movie projects on the works, but I can tell you that I’m working right now on a character that involves stunt fights and a couple of lines and I have been auditioning for potential speaking roles that involves stunt fights!
Thanks for your time, Gino! Good luck in your endeavors.
My pleasure SnowMan, by the way I am not only your biggest fan, I’m also a NINJA PIMP PLAYA!!!