Giant Baba Death

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Giant Baba Death – Cancer 1938-1999 (Age 61) Japanese wrestling has had its share of icons, with names like Rikidozan, Antonio Inoki, Jumbo Tsuruta, and Mitsuharu Misawa immediately coming to mind. However, no list of Japanese greats is complete without mentioning Shohei “Giant” Baba. Baba would find acclaim in Japan as both a wrestler, and the co-founder of All-Japan Pro Wrestling. Baba’s accomplishments were many, up until his death from cancer at age 61. From Pro Baseball to Pro Wrestling Shohei Baba was born on January 23, 1938 in Japan’s Sanjo City. Baba was a stand-out baseball pitcher in high school, earning a spot on the much-revered Tokyo Giants pro team after dropping out of high school in his junior year. However, Baba’s pitching record led to him being sent to the minors, then traded to another team. Whatever Baba’s future might have held in baseball ended when he slipped

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The Renegade Death

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The Renegade Death – Suicide 1965-1999 (age 33) Known to friends as Rick and to fans as The Renegade, Wilson had a short career in World Championship Wrestling. The Renegade was most known as the WCW’s attempt (perhaps tongue in cheek) at creating their own version of the WWF’s Ultimate Warrior. The gimmick was essentially a carbon copy of Warrior, including The Renegade’s mannerisms and high energy entrance to the ring. The End of a Career Starts The Renegade Death Story The Renegade made his first appearance with the WCW in 1995 and quickly intrigued fans, as many people speculated that he was secretly The Ultimate Warrior. When it was finally revealed that The Renegade was not the mysterious wrestler, fans seemed to sadly lose interest in him. Even in the story line of WCW, The Renegade was being abandoned, as after his defeat in a November 1995 edition of Nitro, his then manager

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Gorilla Monsoon Death

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Gorilla Monsoon Death – Heart Failure 1937-1999 (age 62) Although the Gorilla Monsoon death news broke back in 1999, wrestling fans still fondly remember both the voice and wrestling persona of the 6 foot, 5 inch tall, 401 pound giant. Born Robert Marella, Gorilla Monsoon won the WWWF United States Tag Team Championship title twice over the course of his career. After he retired in 1981, Gorilla Monsoon became a road manager for the WWD and was an on-air commentator for matches. He even briefly served as the on-screen president of the WWF during the 1990s. Tragedy in the Marella Family The 1990s proved to be a very difficult time for the Marella family. On June 9, 1994, Gorilla Monsoon was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame by friend Killer Kowalski, but soon after, tragedy struck his family. On July 4, 1994, Robert’s son, Joey, was killed in a tragic

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Rick Rude Death

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Rick Rude Death – Heart Failure 1958-1999 (age 40) Cut the music! What I’d like to have right now… is for all you fat, out of shape, no good internet trolls, to keep the noise down, while I take my robe off and show the ladies what a real sexy man looks like. *cue saxophones* *Crowd boos profusely* Rick Rude was a special character. Arguably, no heel since him has been able to truly piss off the crowd quite like the Ravishing One. Rick Rude’s WWE character was of course well known for his arrogance and womanizing ways. A master of the mic, Rude was one of the most believable heels of his time. What separated Rude from his counterparts was that his in-ring ability matched his charisma. While guys like Hogan and Warrior were as over as ever in the late 80s, they didn’t exactly have the in-ring skills of some

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Owen Hart Death

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Owen Hart Death – Blunt force trauma from accidental fall 1965-1999 (age 34) Owen James Hart was a professional wrestler who reached the pinnacle of success before suffering a tragic and public death in the ring. The Owen Hart death remains an infamous black mark on professional wrestling. Owen was Canadian; born on May 7, 1965 in Calgary, Alberta. Hart came from a large family of twelve children. His family was a wrestling family. Hart’s father, Stu, was a Stampede Wrestling promoter and WWE Hall of Famer. His brother Bret also gained fame as a professional wrestler. Owen went on to have a storied career in wrestling that included being the USWA Unified World Heavyweight Champion, twice winning the WWF Intercontinental championship, becoming the victor in 1994’s King of the Ring, and four times winning the WWF World Tag Team Championship. The Owen Hart death cut his promising career short. 6 years before his death:

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