Jack Brisco Death

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Jack Brisco Death – Surgery Complications 1941-2010 (Age 68) Jack Brisco distinguished himself in amateur and professional wrestling, becoming the first Native American to win the NCAA Wrestling National Championship as well as the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) World Heavyweight Championship. Brisco teamed with brother Jerry in various promotions. The pair were also part-owners of Georgia Championship Wrestling. Jack Brisco accomplished much in the wrestling industry; retiring as the business was going national. Brisco died in 2010 following complications from heart surgery. He was 68 years old. Amateur Wrestling’s First Native American NCAA Champion Jack Brisco was born Freddie Joe Brisco on September 21, 1941, just months before America entered the Second World War. The Blackwell, Oklahoma native proved a capable amateur wrestler in high school, winning two state wrestling titles. Brisco was an accomplished football player as well and was offered a football scholarship at the University of Oklahoma.

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Trent Acid Death

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Trent Acid Death – Drug Overdose 1980-2010 (Age 29) As Trent Acid, Michael Verdi astounded wrestling fans with his dynamic moves in one-on-one competition and as a member of one of the independent scene’s favorite tag teams, The Backseat Boyz. Behind the scenes, Verdi battled a drug addiction which ultimately took his life at the young age of 29. Wrestling at 14 Verdi began wrestling at the age of 14, working his first match in Philadelphia’s Tri-County Wrestling on May 19, 1995. Although Verdi had all but the most basic training in wrestling, he appeared to have caught on fast. By 1997, he was working in Jersey All Pro Wrestling. There, he befriended John Kasner aka Johnny Kashmere. Eventually, the two formed a popular team on the indie scene known as The Backseat Boyz, a play on words of the boy band “The Backstreet Boys.” Independent Superstar Trent Acid found success

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Skandor Akbar Death

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Skandor Akbar Death – Prostate Cancer 1934-2010 (age 75) Jim Wehba, known to wrestling fans as the cigar-smoking Skandor Akbar, was a heel manager for WCCW throughout the 80s. Akbar’s stable, “Devestation, Inc” helped draw huge money for Fritz Von Erich‘s Texas-based WCCW – taking part in memorable programs with the baby faced Von Erich brothers. Prior to managing, Akbar briefly wrestled throughout the 70s, including a run with the WWWF (now WWE) where he was managed by the late Classy Freddie Blassie. Here’s Akbar in a short WWWF bout against Ivan Putski: Skandor Akbar Death The late Percy Pringle (Paul Bearer) confirmed the death of Skandor Akbar in a heart felt post in his blog. Skandor Akbar died from prostate cancer on August 19, 2010. He was 75 years old. Skandor Akbar Legacy, Influence Just 11 days prior to Wehba’s death, Jim Ross speaks fondly of him in a blog post, noting that Wehba

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Lance Cade Death

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Lance Cade Death – Drug Overdose 1981-2010 (age 29) If there’s one WWE death that has largely been overlooked, it’s the passing of Lance Cade. Known to family and friends as Lance McNaught, the young superstar was trained by Shawn Michaels in San Antonio, TX. Unlike many before him, Lance managed to reach the big stage of wrestling in very short time. He seemed to have a promising career ahead of him. The Lance Cade death story would break within a few years of him reaching the WWE. Prior to reaching the WWE, Lance Cade briefly spent in Japan in 1999-2000. He was quickly moved to the WWE’s developmental territories – Heartland Wrestling Association in Memphis, followed by Ohio Valley Wrestling. By 2003, just four short years after training, Cade was debuting on Sunday Night Heat. Cade was primarily a tag team wrestler with the WWE, first teaming up with Mark Jindrak under

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Chris Kanyon Death

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Chris Kanyon Death – Suicide 1970-2010 (age 40) Most professional wrestlers gain fame for their antics in the ring, but every so often, someone in professional wrestling ends up making a name for himself or herself due to what they do out of the ring. Chris Kanyon is one such wrestler. Although Kanyon won the WCW World Tag Team Championship twice and both the WCW United States Championship and WWF Tag Team Championship once, Chris Kanyon will forever be known for his legal battles and criticisms of professional wrestling. This is the Chris Kanyon death story. Drama and Stress Surround the Retirement of Chris Kanyon In 2001, Chris Kanyon suffered a leg injury that greatly impacted his career. Over the next few years, his relationship with the WWE would become rocky. First, he sued World Wrestling Entertainment, accusing the organization of trying to deny him health care benefits. After he was released

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Mike Shaw Death

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Mike Shaw Death – Heart Attack 1957-2010 (age 53) While some wrestlers are able to easily find their niche and an in-the-ring persona that attracts fans and enthralls audiences, others struggle to find that ideal way to present themselves. Sometimes it’s due to the product’s bad writing. For these wrestlers, fame remains elusive despite skill and charisma. Such was the case with Mike Shaw, a professional wrestler who went by a number of names during his career including, most notably, Norman the Lunatic in WCW, and Bastion Booger with the WWF. Sadly, Mike Shaw never achieved the notoriety he desired, and even more tragically, the Bastion Booger death story arrived much too early in his life. His undercard status can partly be blamed for bad writing. Shaw was well known as an agile big guy and was trained by Killer Kowalski. Yet, his comic-relief gimmick as a donut eating slob didn’t exactly give him a

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Giant Gonzalez Death

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Giant Gonzales Death – Diabetes and Heart Issues 1966-2010 (age 44) While the majority of wrestlers who take to the ring are larger than life, Giant Gonzalez took that term to a whole new level. Standing at a height of 8 feet and weighing 460 pounds, he was one of the tallest men to ever enter the professional wrestling ring. Although he never achieved massive success in either the WCW or the WWF, fans continue to remember him to this day. Health Issues Begin the Giant Gonzalez Death Story Like many men who are well above the average height and weight, Giant Gonzalez developed health issues at a young age. While he was able to try his skills as a professional basketball player and did wrestle from 1990 to 1995, Giant Gonzalez could not maintain the grueling pace of training and performing in the ring. His wrestling career was a fairly short

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Luna Vachon Death

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Luna Vachon Death – Drug Overdose 1962-2010 (age 48) Throughout the 90s, most women in the world of professional wrestling were little more than eye candy – designed by the wrestling industry to look good while valeting their male counterpart to the ring. But Luna Vachon was different than her female contemporaries. The adopted daughter of wrestling legend Butcher Vachon, Luna could actually wrestle. Skilled in the ring, Luna was a force to be reckoned with. In 1995, she would be named among the top 500 singles wrestlers by Pro Wrestling Illustrated. And her talents didn’t end in the ring. She was a gifted entertainer on the mic and cut many memorable promos. Although Luna was always over with fans and well-respected from men and women in the wrestling industry, her life was marked by tragedy. Ultimately, the Luna Vachon death story would result in the end of her life at an early age. Luna Vachon cut some terrifying promos

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Ludvig Borga Death

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Ludvig Borga Death – Suicide 1963-2010 (age 47) Tony Christian Halme was a professional wrestler best known by the ring name of Ludvig Borga with the WWF. He was also an author, actor, singer and even a politician – Halme was a member of the Finnish Parliament from 2003-2007. Tony was born on January 6, 1963 in Helsinki, Finland. He was a troubled kid who cultivated a tough persona and was known to be a bully on behalf of other kids. One has to wonder if this was an early indicator of the Ludvig Borga death. By his teens, Halme began power training and weight lifting. With help from Mr. Fuji, Ludvig Borga ends Tatanka’s winning streak on an episode of Superstars, pinning him with one finger (October 30, 1993) The troubled kid went on to have a varied career, inside and outside the ring. He began by joining the Finnish military and training

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