Giant Haystacks Death

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Giant Haystacks Death – Cancer 1946-1998 (Age 52) Big men will always have a place in the world of professional wrestling where larger than life is seen as the norm, rather than the exception. One such wrestler was Martin Ruane, who performed as “Giant Haystacks” in Great Britain and “Loch Ness” in WCW. Although Ruane had limited exposure in North America, he enjoyed massive success in Great Britain, including brushes with the rich and famous such as Britannia’s Queen Elizabeth and Sir Paul McCartney. Sadly, Ruane succumbed to lymphoma at the age of 52. A Natural for the Ring Martin Ruane was born in London on October 10, 1946. His Irish parents relocated him to outside Manchester where he attended St. Thomas’ School until he was 14. At 14 years old, Ruane was close to his eventual height of 6’ 11”, making him a natural for anything involving size and strength.

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Louie Spicolli Death

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Louie Spicolli Death – Drug Overdose 1971-1998 (Age 27) Louie Spicolli was a talented worker with a great sense of humor stymied by a lack of the big man look in vogue during the 1990’s. Nevertheless, Spicolli advanced himself through sheer determination, finding work in ECW, the WWF, and WCW. But success was short lived for Spicolli, in large part to years of abusing the muscle relaxer Soma. Many say Spicolli was on the verge of a break-out in WCW, but unfortunately, his life was cut short. Spicolli suffered a drug overdose at the young age of 27. The Crème de la crème of Enhancement Talent Louis Mucciolo Jr. was a talented athlete in high school, with but one goal—to become a professional wrestler. Mucciolo dropped out of school to begin training as a professional wrestler with ring announcer Bill Laster (aka Billy Anderson). Mucciolo debuted in the WWF just days

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Bobo Brazil Death

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Bobo Brazil Death – Stroke 1924-1998 (Age 73) WWE Hall of Famer Bobo Brazil began wrestling in 1951, his famous name coming after a printer misspelled his name at the time. Known for his headbutt finisher the Coco Butt, Brazil battled racial prejudice, winning over even the most biased of people. A Typo Creates a Legend Houston Harris, the man who would become world-famous as Bobo Brazil was born on July 10, 1925 in Little Rock, Arkansas but grew up in East St. Louis, Illinois. Harris trained under grappler Joe Savoldi, debuting in 1951. Harris wrestled as “Boo Boo” Brazil until a printer’s error listed him as “Bobo” Brazil. Bobo was born and the name stuck. At the time, segregation in the South normally limited African-American wrestlers to only wrestling other African-American wrestlers, but Brazil proved so popular that promoters put aside their prejudices in order to make money. A Legendary

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Junkyard Dog Death

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Junkyard Dog Death – Car Accident 1952-1998 (age 45) Sylvester Ritter, known to wrestling fans as the Junkyard Dog, was tragically killed in 1998. Known for wearing a dog collar complete with a heavy silver chain and for his massive 300-pound frame, Junkyard Dog was a beloved wrestler. He first made a name for himself during the 1970s and 80s. Ritter’s athletic career began not with wrestling, but with football. After graduating from Fayetteville State University with a political science degree he ended up attending the Hart family’s wrestling school. Ritter then completely shifted his focus to professional wrestling. Junkyard Dog’s Achievements Over the course of his career, Sylvester Ritter won the Mid-South Wrestling Association Championship 15 times. Later he would become involved with numerous story lines with the WWF and the WCW up until his retirement in 1993. After retirement, the Junkyard Dog continued to contribute to wrestling by appearing at events and serving as

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