Garibaldi was the son of the late, great Gino Garibaldi
and grew up with 4 uncles, included Chick Garibaldi,
that were also pro-wrestlers. All friends and relatives
of the Garibaldi family were somehow involved in
pro-wrestling. As a child, he traveled with his father
and sat at ringside watching wrestling greats, like Jim
Londos, Ray Steele, Paul Jones, Joe Savoldi, Yvon Robert and of course, Gino Garibaldi.
graduated from the New York Military Academy in 1947
where he was captain of the school’s wrestling team.
At the age of 18, Leo was thrown into the professional
ring as a substitute for a wrestler that didn’t show
up. “It was great watching all the old timers who were
young men in the late 40’s, but even more fun to
compete and make money.” Leo was billed as “The
Teenage Idol from California.” He wrestled such greats
as Gorgeous George, Red Berry, Freddie Blassie and Danny
McShane. Leo was well on his way to fame and fortune
when he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. When he returned
to The ring four years later, a lot of upcoming teen idols
wanted his spot. It made some great matches and Leo
captured the World’s Jr. Heavyweight Title from Billy
Varga. Six months later, he lost the title to Baron
suffered a broken shoulder in the Leone match and hung
up his wrestling boots for good…doctor’s orders.
President Sam Muchnick of the National Wrestling
Alliance immediately snapped him up. Sam tabbed Leo as
his top “Troubleshooter” and personal
representative. So began a second mat career for Leo,
this time as an enforcer of rules for the NWA, as a top
referee in crucial championship contests, and as a man
sent to the far corners of the earth whenever Mr.
Muchnick encountered a sticky wicket. He eventually
bought into the Australian Promotion and he and his wife
June moved to Australia for a few years. Then they
decided to return to the USA and bought a home in
California. Leo came out of retirement to help the
Olympic Auditorium Wrestling Promotion and has been
semi-retired since. Leo is now involved with the
Cauliflower Alley organization.