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|Real Name: ||James Maritato|
James Maritato, better known as Little Guido or Nunzio (born March 12, 1972
in Queens, New York) is an Italian-American professional wrestler performing for
World Wrestling Entertainment on the SmackDown! brand, in its cruiserweight
In high school, Maritato was an outstanding amateur wrestler from the state of
New York. He was trained as a professional by the legendary Billy Robinson and
debuted in the early 1990s. Maritato then went to Japan to compete in the shoot
style promotion UWF International. He stayed there until 1995 where he joined
Extreme Championship Wrestling under the name Damian Stone. He was later
packaged as Little Guido and put in a comedy stable called the Full Blooded
Italians (FBI), alongside a black wrestler (J.T. Smith), an obese wrestler (Val
Puccio), and two Southern wrestlers (Tracy Smothers and Tommy Rich).
In 1999, he became a serious wrestler, although still accompanied by Val Puccio.
He was involved in some intense singles matches until late 2000, when he formed
a tag team with Tony Mamaluke.
Maritato and Mamaluke won the ECW World Tag Team Titles that year and stayed as
a team until ECW closed in 2001.
Maritato wrestled for several independent promotions, mostly in the New York
Tri-State area until he was signed by WWE in 2002, where he was introduced as
Nunzio, the cousin of Jamie Noble on SmackDown! (it is possible that the name
change is a reference to the mob/bodyguard characters Guido and Nunzio in the
MythAdventures series of books by Robert Asprin). He later reformed the Full
Blooded Italians along with Johnny The Bull Stamboli and Chuck Palumbo. After
WrestleMania XX, Palumbo was drafted to RAW, and the F.B.I. was reduced to a tag
team. After Stamboli was released, Maritato began competing in the cruiserweight
He returned to his Little Guido persona for one night, reuniting with the Full
Blooded Italians to take on Super Crazy and Tajiri in a Three-Way Dance at ECW
One Night Stand.
Maritato, as Nunzio, continued to perform on WWE Velocity as both a face and a
heel, he would also form a short-lived tag team with another foreign wrestler,
the Japanese Funaki. On the August 6 (taped on August 2) edition of Velocity,
Nunzio won the WWE Cruiserweight Championship by defeating Paul London after a
new heel wrestler, Vito (making his WWE TV debut at the time) gave Nunzio a
Blackjack, which Nunzio used to knock out London. Nunzio joined forces with
Vito, thus becoming a heel.
The pair began feuding with The Mexicools. At No Mercy 2005, Mexicool member
Juventud defeated Nunzio with a Juvi Driver to take the WWE Cruiserweight
Championship. Nunzio regained the title on November 15 at a house show in Rome,
Italy but lost it to Juventud again on the November 25 edition of SmackDown!
Nunzio turned face when he confronted Gregory Helms after Helms had cut a promo
insulting the SmackDown! cruiserweight division. Helms defended his title
against Nunzio on the February 10, 2006 edition of SmackDown! During the match,
Kid Kash came out and stayed there until the match was over, signaling a title
On March 6, 2006, Maritato was seen supporting his brother on the NBC game show
Deal or No Deal in which he won $25,000.
* Tommy Rich
* Big Vito
Finishing and signature moves
* Arrivederci (Springboard-Armbar Takedown)
* Kiss Of Death (Inverted Double Underhook Facebuster)
* Sicilian Slice (Flying Legdrop Bulldog)
* Sicilian Crab (Boston Crab)
* Side Italian Legsweep (Russian Leg Sweep)
* Middle-Rope Front Missile Dropkick
* Fujiwara Armbar
* Forget about it!
* We are Full Blooded Italians... FBI!
* Dont mess with the family!
Championships and accomplishments
* 1-time CW Tag Team Champion (with Luis Ortiz)
Extreme Championship Wrestling
* 2-time ECW World Tag Team Champion (1-time with Tony Mamaluke, 1-time with
USA Pro Wrestling
* 1-time USA Pro United States Champion
* 1-time USA Pro Tag Team Champion (with Kid Kruel)
World Wrestling Entertainment
* 2-time WWE Cruiserweight Champion