Andy “Kid” DePaul Joins Mayor Mystery, Dennis Gregory and Bubba The Bulldog In The Hall Of Fame

June 6, 2022
By Trapper Tom, Editor, KSWA Digest

Rounding out the illustrious Class of 2022 in the Keystone State Wrestling Alliance (KSWA) Hall of Fame is famed wrestling referee Andy “Kid DePaul” DiPaolo.

Known primarily as a boxer, boxing referee and Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission official, DePaul was also a respected referee during the famed “Studio Wrestling” Days. “Studio Wrestling” began airing on WIIC Channel 11 in November, 1958 and ultimately aired its last program on Channel 53 in 1974. Along with KSWA Hall of Famer Bucky Palermo (Class of 2013), and KSWA Head Referee Shawn Patrick, DePaul becomes the third referee (and 47th overall) inductee into what long ago has become “Pittsburgh’s” Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame, the KSWA Hall of Fame.

As a boxer, DePaul won 82 of 92 amateur fights and was a Dapper Dan Golden Gloves champion. His professional boxing career was 27 wins, 8 losses and 3 draws (according to Wikipedia). He was once a Top 10 middleweight contender.

He began working for the Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission in 1990 and held the position for more than 20 years. Mr. DePaul passed away in September, 2014 at the age of 85.

The late “Chilly” Bill Cardille, KSWA Hall of Fame, Class of 2014, once called DePaul, “One of the nicest guys you will ever meet on Earth.”

DePaul joins an impressive group of Studio Wrestling legends, including Joe Abby, Frank Durso, Steve Novak, Dominic DeNucci, Bruno Sammartino, George “The Animal” Steele, John L. Sullivan (Johnny Valiant), Bucky Palermo, James J. Dillon, “The Sicilians” (Tony Altimore and Lou Albano), Baron Mikel Scicluna, Pie Traynor, Frank Holtz, Ace Freeman, and “Battman” Tony Marino who helped define the pinnacle of professional wrestling popularity in Pittsburgh.

Along with DePaul, the KSWA Hall of Fame welcomes Mayor Mystery, Dennis Gregory and Bubba the Bulldog as its newest inductees. All will be celebrated during the Joe Abby Memorial Tournament event on Saturday, June 11 at Three Rivers Harley Davidson in Glenshaw. Bell time for this matinee is 2:00 p.m.

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