Phil Picasso "The King of Aussie Biffo",
Wrestler & Tow Truck Driver (RTA - Sydney Harbour
Bridge): 22nd August 2003
In keeping with Media Man Australia's tradition of
tackling any subject, we continue to explore the world
of pro wrestling.
Picasso is a living legend of pro wrestling in Australia.
truck driver by day, on the maniacal Sydney Harbour
Bridge run, and pro wrestler by night.
is a mammoth of a man, figurably and literally.
Modern day gladiator and a rebel of sorts in the volatile
world of pro wresting in Australia.
has a warm heart, and is a family man, but don't cross
recently been barred from the IWA (for real), Phil
makes time to chat with log time supporter, and fan
at heart, Greg Tingle, in an explosive, no holds barred
interview, and Phil wouldn't have it any other way.
The king of Aussie biffo indeed!
to the King of Aussie Biffo cut a raw, on the spot,
rough as guts, real promo
fighting and was and still is pumping heavy iron.
Given the street fighting up along time ago.
did you decide to get into pro wrestling?
( one of the Fat Cats of the IWA) my mate, talked
me into it. Plus saw the greats like Brodie, Brute
Bennard, Killer Karl Crup and Mario Miliano when I
was a kid. Grew up on Aussie wrestling. Dad took me
out to see wrestling at Flemington Markets a few times
and Channel 9 was only
up the road.
did you catch the bug?
I was 9 or 10. Was wrestling and fighting for real
ever since the old school days. I got suspended from
school in year 6 for getting into a fight after school.
North Sydney St Leonard's Park in front of about at
least a 100 school kids. Paul Graham was training
some kids in the park at the time. He broke the fight
up. But the ABC was there
filming some old ladies show but when the saw a fat
"Leb" sitting on and punching a skinny kid
they started filming.
Crispin, the Principal of my school saw the show that
night. Something to do with children's violence. There
was the fat "Leb" Kid and I both wearing
our school informs fighting on TV. While the poor
brother was trying to eat his dinner.
have been the highlights of your career?
the belt for the first time on Channel
V Music show called The
Joint. Having my ugly head in the Sunday Telegraph
for an ad for Sydney Wonderland
last year. Getting a photo of The Chief jumping from
the 2nd ropes doing a chop on my chest in the Canberra
Times at the Royal Show
down there at the beginning of the year.
the one I am waiting for and hope it will make it
through is the part I play in a Lonely
Planet "doco" where I am myself.
A "towie" by day and wrestler by night.
Greg, now that I have been kicked out of the IWA,
I really hope it comes through. Also I forgot that
photo shoot for Juice Mag
was great. The IWA even made a great poster out of
really touched me using my ugly head for their current
do you stay in such awesome shape?
pump some heavy iron. Many a times you will find me
spewing in the cutter outside my local Gym. You a
bit like drinking beers in front of the fans before
is the toughest things about being a wrestler?
to put up with the "fat cats" and not get
kicked out of the fed you loved so much that you got
the name tattooed on your left bicep!
is the worst injury you ever suffered, and the worst
one you ever put on your opponent - by mistake or
Budes tooth with a kick in the head. But that was
on propose he didn't jump for a chicken wing suplex.
I hooked him up. I went " OZI OZI OZI" the
crowd went " OI Oi Oi ". But Bude dragged
his arse.. He made the move look like shit so I booted
him in the head. My worst would be my tooth The Chief
pushed back to the back of my mouth. Now it is glued
to my two others after the dentist through it back
for accidents on my behalf. Not in my books in the
6 years I having being doing it I have been
good enough and carefully enough not to hurt anyone
more than I wanted to. I have never sent anyone to
hospital but many have sent me there.
and smallest crowd you have performed to?
show being of the year maybe 2 or 3 thousand people.
Smallest - Woy Woy League's or the RSL, I think, where
The Chief loosed my front tooth, costing me allot
of money and a big headache.
some funny stories from the road?
really the reason I got kicked out of the IWA is because
of my my nervous breakdowns on tours.
are the best and worst promoters you have worked for
have worked for the IWA and Andy for the Supershow
last year. But the best guys were the guys from the
the feeling you get when you start to bleed?
of time I am thinking gee hope my ear doesn't fall
off or my brain might leak out. And we better take
it home before we get blood all over the place freaking
everyone out. Like to take it home when the blood
starts flowing especially if kids care present.
our audience about what you do when your not wrestling?
up cars or anything else that might breakdown on the
Sydney Harbour Bridge. I drive a tow truck for the
matches are your favourite, and who were they against?
Freely. Because we had so much respect for each other
we could belt each other big time and hard without
taking it to far. Also, I like my mate Angus McLeod
because he is also into Aussie Biffo and beer drinking.
were your mentors, if any?
are your biggest supporters?
from Cowra and some girls from Woolongong. Also Nikita,
who invented me to her party and my two boys.
do you do to relax?
video games, pump weights and spend time with the
would you like to be remembered?
way I am now. The guy on the IWA poster. Phil Picasso
the King Of Aussie Biffo, who always had time for
note: An interesting, entertaining and hard hitting
interview from one of Australia's true greats. We
wish Phil all the best in all aspects of his life
and career. Phil - see you for a beer soon : )
Pro Wrestling Directory (Greg Tingle's wrestling website)
Pro Wrestling Directory: Phil Picasso profile
Phil Picasso tribute
Pro Wrestling Directory
Indi Wrestling: A "rough as guts" article
by Greg Tingle on wrestling in Australia
Oz - IWA
Ring Insider: Phil Picasso profile
Sydney Harbour Bridge - Bridge Deck Cam
Of Sydney: Sydney Harbour Bridge
Visitor's Bureau - Sydney Harbour Bridge
Sports and Entertainment Portal: Body Building tribute
Man Australia: Interview with Steve Rackman
Man Australia: Profile of Arnold Schwarzenegger
and full credit to the IWA)
Height : 6'4
weight : 235 lbs - 110kgs
hometown : Rome
finishing move : Knock out punch
Big Phil is awesome, 4 time IWA heavyweight champion,
king of Aussie biffo and a veteran of over 150 bouts
in the past few years. A wrestler with such an imposing
physical presence and such crazy, unorthodox pro-wrestling
moves. He's absolutely huge, covered in tattoos and
completely and utterly mad.
body is rock hard & chiseled out like an ancient
Roman statue. Fans respond well to Picasso's good
ol' Aussie biffo. Phil is reputed as the wild man
of the IWA who loves to experience pain!
His injuries have lead to knee surgery and reconstruction,
he has been burned by boiling water, he begs his opponent
to hit him harder. Has had some rippers against Punisher
Pickford, AJ Freely and Chief Livai. His mad rantings
and ravings at ringside are scary but the kids love
this insane, anti - establishment hero. He gets plenty
of fan mail, cards and email from his supporters.
Appeared on the TV several times for the IWA, also
seen in Juice & Penthouse
magazines plus loads of newspapers. Hopes his 3 year
old son will grow up to be a wrestler too.