Baroni was born Phillip George Baroni in Massapequa Park in Lengthy Island, New York to American dad and mom. His father was a distinguished New York lawyer and his mom was a homemaker. Phillip attended Massapequa Excessive Faculty the place he was on the wrestling workforce.
Baroni grew up having a number of avenue fights, a precursor to his profession. The Baronis have been subsequent door neighbors of Jerry Seinfeld’s dad and mom. Baroni attended Nassau Group School and have become a two time All-American wrestler there, putting fifth and second within the nation. Nevertheless, through the later a part of his senior 12 months he was expelled. Baroni then attended Hofstra College earlier than transferring to Central Michigan College on a scholarship, the place he was a double main in biology and psychology. He was additionally an beginner bodybuilder from the age of 17 to twenty, competing in six exhibits, wherein he positioned both first or second. He studied kickboxing beneath Keith Trimble, and had seven matches, profitable all by knockout. He additionally competed in 10 beginner boxing matches, additionally profitable all 10 by knockout.