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Louis Gino Acocella (born May 18, 1941), better known by his ring name Gino Brito is a retired Canadian professional wrestler. He was a popular wrestler in Montreal, and was one of the promoters in the city in the 1980s. Under the ring name Louis Cerdan, he was a WWWF Tag Team Champion, teaming with fellow Canadian-Italian wrestler Tony Parisi.

Professional wrestling career

Active wrestler

Brito was the son of wrestler Jack Britton, who was organized a central booking office for midget wrestlers in the 1950s. Brito had a job for the promotion shuttling the wrestlers from city to city. Before becoming a professional wrestler at the age of seventeen, Brito was an amateur wrestler. At age seventeen, he was trained by George Cannon.He began working with Detroit promoters Bert Ruby and Harry Light over a year later.

He first teamed with Tony Parisi in Tennessee, where the duo won the tag titles in Nick Gulas's promotion within two weeks. The two also won the WWWF Tag Team Championship in 1975 from Blackjack Mulligan and Blackjack Lanza. They later lost the title to The Executioners. Brito continued to wrestle through the mid-80s.

Promoting

He also promoted shows under the International Wrestling banner in Montreal beginning in the 1980s, when he earned a television deal for his promotion. The promotion lost several key players in the mid-1980s, such as The Rougeaus, Rick Martel, and Dino Bravo. It held events that sometimes had up to 10,000 fans in attendance. The company, however, went bankrupt in 1987, nine months after the aforementioned wrestlers left. The promotion was the last Quebec-based promotion to have a weekly television show.

After International Wrestling closed, Pat Patterson convinces Brito to be the WWWF promoter in Montreal, a job Brito held for four years. Brito also appeared in the WWF old-timers battle royal in November 1987 (the first eliminated in a match won by Lou Thesz that featured several former world champions).

In 2003, Brito began promoting again with a promotion called Canadian Professional Wrestling (CPW) in Hull, Quebec. He joined with promoter Paul Leduc and his Montreal-based promotion. The promotion draws crowds of approximately 600 people every couple of months. More than 1,000 people attended the first anniversary event, in which Abdullah the Butcher and Pierre Carl Ouellet also participated. In October 2004, at the age of 63, Brito wrestled a match for the promotion, a loss in a six-man tag team match. In January 2005, the first of six events began airing on Canadian pay-per-view, which featured wrestlers from Brito's CPW, as well as footage from his International Wrestling promotion.

Personal life

Brito's father, Jack Britton, and uncle were both professional wrestlers. Brito's son, Gino Brito, Jr., also worked in the business for a short time.

He is of Italian descent, which is reflected in his ringname Gino Brito. To form the name, Brito shortened his father's name Britton. He was good friends with other Italian wrestlers, such as Tony Parisi, Bruno Sammartino, and Dominic DeNucci.

After finishing his career in the wrestling business, Brito began working at Subaru car business—buying and auctioning—with his brother-in-law.

In wrestling

  • Finishing moves
  • Figure four leglock

Championships and accomplishments

  • Eastern Sports Association
  • IW North American Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
  • Lutte Internationale (Montreal)
  • WWWF World Tag Team Championship (1 time) - with Tony Parisi
  • WWF International Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
  • Other titles
  • Grand Prix Tag Team Championship (Montreal) (1 time) - with Dino Bravo

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