Wrestling stars turned restaurateurs

 
 

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However, a few professional wrestlers have managed to quit the game ahead of time to take up a slightly unusual profession during the second part of their careers. Most wrestling fans have no idea that several former wrestling stars have made the transition towards becoming successful restaurateurs. There are some actively running their own eatery, and others have become investors in a chain of restaurants. The list of WWE stars who turned into restaurant owners is fairly lengthy. However, the list containing success stories remains rather abbreviated.

Such as Tony Parisi, former WWWF World Tag Team Champion, and owner of Big Anthony’s restaurant and lounge which he ran quite successfully until suddenly passing away in 2000. After his retirement from wrestling, Tony purchased the Niagara Family Inn the chatted on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls. As a new hotelier, Tony opened a lounge and restaurant named Big Anthony’s, with both premises located within the hotel itself. Tony gained fame and fortune with the WWWF fans as a Tag Team champion while partnered with Louis Cerdan. The two first lifted their championship belts from The Blackjacks and held onto them until their defeat by Big John Studd and Killer Kowalski.

The name of the owner of Ilio DiPaolo’s Restaurant and Ringside Lounge in Buffalo, New York may be lost in the mists of time to the current crop of wrestling supporters. At the height of his career, Ilio DiPaolo was a much beloved figure to his fans during the 1950s and later celebrated via the WCW’s annual Ilio DiPaolo Memorial Show. Postretirement Ilio opened the restaurant in 1965 with the establishment still successfully run by the DiPaolo family to this very day. DiPaolo also linked his name to a scholarship fund he dedicated to wrestlers still in high school.

Shoney’s is owned by one half of what is arguably the most successful tech team wrestling partnerships in history. Minnesota native Scott Steiner purchased one of the franchised outlets in his home state during 2015 with early promos featuring his famous brother and tag team partner Rick. The promo spots appeared on YouTube anticipating a remodeling that was to take place after Steiner had acquired the outlet. A number of former WCW stars made an appearance at the grand opening, celebrities in attendance included Jeff Jarrett, The Outsiders, and Buff Bagwell.