Rico Constantino

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Rico Constantino (also spelled as Rico Costantino) is a professional wrestler.




Before he embarked on a wrestling career, Rico led a relatively turbulant life until his entrance to Northwest Military Academy. He would graduated at the top of his class and at one point considered enrollment at West Point, but instead, Rico returned to Las Vegas and settled into a career as a paramedic. This led to enrollment in the police academy, and graduating first in the entire state. Rico was also on the SWAT team at one point, this also paved the way for Rico's next career, as a bodyguard.

Rico also worked as a stuntman as Batman & Conan in a California theme park, and injured his knee doing this.

TV Shows

Rico was a contestant on American Gladiators. He was challenged by Gemini to find out if "he had what it took" to be a contestant for the show. He would end up defeating Gemini in his best event, the Joust, becoming the only person to ever do so. Rico went on to defeat all the other contestants and Gladiators to become the champion for the 1990-1991 season.

Rico's only loss on the Wall portion of the series was due to a concussion suffered in a prior event.

There are four American Gladiator trading cards featuring Rico, as well as a Red Challenger action figure that bears his image.

Rico next appeared on the European game show Capture Ft. Boyard, with a win over his former Gladiator nemesis Craig Branham. On the show, he was the first and only competitor to capture the needed key in the bungee jump challenge on an upswing. The rules were changed after that, as no one actually thought it could be done until that point, the use of their clothing to carry the valuable coins was not allowed, so Rico picked up one of his female teammates and filled her lap.

Power Team

A chance encounter led Rico to being recruited by the Power Team. A two week tryout lasted almost two years as Rico traveled the world impressing young people with feats of strength. At one point while with the Power Team, he was ordained as a minister to further allow him to counsel kids. His work with children has been vast - from the Special Olympics and various other children's charities.

Wrestling career

Rico Cosantino began to train with the Empire Wrestling Federation for a career in the wrestling business. Rico was discovered by WWF officials Terry Taylor and Dr. Tom Prichard. After only 12 matches, Rico signed a developmental deal with the WWF.

Rico was sent to Ohio Valley Wrestling for further training, before being sent up to work for the WWF (now the WWE). In the WWE he was best known as a manager of teams like Billy & Chuck (Billy Gunn and Chuck Palumbo) and Three Minute Warning. Since then up until he was released by WWE on November 7, 2004, Rico teamed up with Charlie Haas and had a valet, Miss Jackie.

After being released from the WWE, Rico had a brief stint in All Japan Pro Wrestling, which included holding the All-Asian Tag Team Championship with Bull Buchanan. Following the conclusion of his tour with that group, he was reportedly not paid the full amount that he had negotiated with All-Japan's American liason for appearing with the group.

Rico made a brief appearance at the 2005 reunion of the Cauliflower Alley Club (a non-profit fraternal organization for people involved in professional wrestling) in Las Vegas. In May 2005, he announced that he would be returning to a career in law enforcement.


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