Lance Russell Death

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Lance Russell Death – Complications from Broken Hip 1926-2017 (Age 91) Lance Russell was a legendary announcer whose smooth, easy-going style made calling matches look easy, but as anyone who’s heard bad commentating can attest, it’s far more difficult to call matches than it seems. Russell spent the majority of his career in Memphis Wrestling, yet earned a worldwide reputation as one of the greatest wrestling announcers of all time. That Lance Russell’s name is spoken in the same breath as Jim Ross and Gordon Solie is a testament to his work, and like these two announcers, he was equally gifted as a stick man, capable of getting a good interview out of even the most marble-mouthed of wrestlers. Would You Like to Announce Wrestling Matches? Lance Russell was born on March 18, 1926 and grew up in the small town of Jackson, Tennessee. Although Russell’s legend grew out of

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Tom Zenk Death

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Tom Zenk Death – Heart Disease 1949-2017 (Age 59) Z-Man, Tom Zenk has passed away at age 59. Zenk suffered from heart disease and an enlarged heart. WWF fans may remember him as one half of the Can-Am Connection, opposite Rick Martel. The duo had a brief run in 1987, including an appearance at WrestleMania III. After departing the WWF, Zenk spent most of the late 80s touring Japan with All Japan Pro Wrestling. Zenk’s most memorable run came in the early 90s when he joined WCW. Dubbed “The Z-Man”, Zenk won tag team gold with the late Brian Pillman. Battling injuries, Zenk disappeared from the spotlight in the mid 90s. According to the Observer “Zenk testified against Vince McMahon in his 1994 trial, and later, pretty much disappeared after legal threats were made regarding comments he made.” Tom Zenk was the last surviving pro wrestler from Robbinsdale High School’s class

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Bobby “The Brain” Heenan Death

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Bobby “The Brain” Heenan Death – Throat Cancer 1944-2017 (Age 72) Bobby “The Brain” Heenan has died at age 72, losing his battle with throat cancer. WWE confirmed the news this evening. In 2002 Heenan announced his cancer diagnosis, though in subsequent years he still made appearances, communicating to fans through his wife. WWE commentator Jim Ross first broke the news about Bobby Heenan’s death via Twitter, noting “The news of Bobby “The Brain” Heenan’s passing today gutted me. I loved our time together. No one ever did it better than the Wease.” Bobby Heenan – The Wrestler, Manager A legendary manager and color commentator, Bobby Heenan wrestled throughout the 60s and 70s, but his most recognized roles came from outside the ring. Heenan managed a long list of talent throughout the 80s and early 90s including King Kong Bundy, Big John Studd, Rick Rude, Paul Orndoff, Andre the Giant, Mr.

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Outlaw Ron Bass Death

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Outlaw Ron Bass Death – Burst Appendix, Surgery Complications 1948-2017 (Age 68) “Outlaw” Ron Bass, real name Ronald Heard, died on March 7, 2017 at age 68. In the days prior to his death, Heard suffered from a burst appendix, leaving him hospitalized. Sadly, he did not make it out of Tampa General, passing away from surgery complications. Remembering the Outlaw With a burly physique, menacing handlebar moustache, cowboy hat, and signature bull whip, aptly named Miss Betsy, Bass was equipped with everything necessary to get him over as a heel in the 70s and 80s. Contrary to his heel gimmick, friends of Heard spoke highly of his character outside the ring. Lanny Poffo, brother of the late Macho Man Randy Savage told the Tampa Bay Times “he wasn’t really a bad guy, he was one of the good guys. He will be missed.” Gerald Brisco added “he had a heart

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Matt Anoa’i Death

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Matt Anoa’i Death – Heart Failure 1970-2017 (age 47) Matt Anoa’i, better known to WWE fans as Rosey, has passed away at age 47. He suffered from heart failure related to obesity. Matt was the older brother of current WWE star, Roman Reigns. Anoa’i suffered from heart complications as early back as 2014. A Wrestling Family The surname Anoa’i is nearly as synonymous with professional wrestling as Von Erich. Matt Anoa’i was part of the legendary Samoan wrestling dynasty, which includes the likes of Yokozuna and Umaga, both of whom also passed away before age 50. Rosey’s WWE Career Matt Anoa’i spent several years on the independent circuit throughout the mid to late 90s, including tours in Japan and a brief run with ECW. Most of his indie career was spent alongside his cousin, Eddie Fatu. In mid 2002, the pair were called up by WWE. They debuted as enforcers

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King Cheesy Death

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King Cheesy Death – Undisclosed Causes King Cheesy, the ring name of one of Jerry “The King” Lawler’s dwarf teammates at the ’94 Survivor Series, has passed away. Outside the ring, King Cheesy was known to family and friends as Larry Gibson. No official cause of death has been revealed and little information in general is publicly known about Larry Gibson’s wrestling career. Unless our sources are incorrect, it appears Jim Ross incorrectly refers to Cheesy as “Sleazy” in this video from 1995 We did receive a note from indie wrestler Jock Samson. Samson notes: “[Larry] lived in West Virginia around Charleston the last time I spoke to him. Really nice guy!! Didn’t know much about him other than in passing at shows down there.” Word of Larry Gibson’s passing first came from Kenny Casanova’s Facebook page: Casanova spent time in the WWF, working as “Kim Chee” – Kamala’s manager. More

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Ivan Koloff Death

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Ivan Koloff Death – Liver Cancer 1942-2017 (age 74) Wrestling legend Ivan Koloff has died at age 74. The wrestling world has been dealt a number of blows over the last week, including the passing of George “The Animal” Steele on February 16th, and Nicole Bass just yesterday. Chavo Guerrero Sr. died a week ago, February 11th, suffering from liver cancer – the same fate that would take Ivan Koloff. The Russian Bear In the midst of the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union, Koloff, nicknamed “The Russian Bear” garnered legitimate fear from audiences. Before the days of social media, it was a lot easier for a guy from Canada to play a villainous heel from Russia. French Canadian tough guy Ivan Koloff played the role to the letter. Koloff spent time in WWWF and NWA throughout the 70s and 80s. Most notably, early in his career,

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George “The Animal” Steele Death

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George “The Animal” Steele Death – Kidney Failure 1937-2017 (age 79) Jim Myers, better known to wrestling fans as George “The Animal” Steele, has died at age 79. George was a WWE Hall of Famer with a storied career – not only in the wrestling ring, but also as a coach, teacher, and even an appearance alongside Johnny Depp in Tim Burton’s 1994 classic, Ed Wood. But Myers’ accomplishments never came easy. He battled health issues his entire life. A Wrestling Legend Best known as a charismatic figure in the 80s, George “The Animal” Steele will forever be remembered for his wild antics in the ring – and that signature green tongue, which Steele admitted was a simple matter of eating green breath mints prior to entering the ring. In a 2008 interview, he joked “I had the best breath in wrestling.” 1983: Heel 101. George “The Animal” Steele makes short

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Nicole Bass Death

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Nicole Bass Death – Stroke 1964-2017 (age 52) Nicole Bass died on Friday, February 17th, 2017. She was 52. Earlier this week, Meltzer reported that she had suffered from a stroke. Apparently she was unable to recover. Bass was a professional bodybuilder before transitioning to wrestling. Nicole Bass Wrestling Career First getting her feet wet in ECW, Nicole would eventually make her way to the WWE by 1999. Even with limited wrestling ability, Bass came along at the right time and right place in the WWE’s booming Attitude era. Debra was expecting to take on Sable in an Evening Gown match on the 3/5/99 episode of Raw… instead, she got Nicole Bass Armed with a unique look, the WWE was hoping to strike gold twice, essentially booking Bass as a carbon copy of Chyna – a dominant female who could hang with the boys. Chyna was of course a rousing success for the WWE.

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Chavo Guerrero Sr. Death

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Chavo Guerrero Sr. Death – Liver Cancer 1949-2017 (age 68) WWE has confirmed the death of Chavo Guerrero Sr. He was 68 years old. Slam is reporting that his cause of death was due to liver cancer. The Guerrero Legacy The last name Guerrero is synonymous with professional wrestling. Chavo Sr. was the son of Gory Gurrero, and older brother to Eddie Guerrero. Chavo Sr’s son, Chavo Jr., spent time with WWE, WCW, TNA, and most recently, a run in Lucha Underground. Chavo Sr. was a well known worker throughout the 70s and 80s, having spent time in Japan as well as the AWA. Chavo Sr. makes short work of Arn Anderson, December 1982. Family Feud Younger fans will likely recognize Chavo as “Chavo Classic” from his WWE run in 2004. Chavo was part of a memorable program with his son, Chavo Jr., where the pair feuded with Eddie Guerrero. WWE Cruiserweight

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Jimmy Snuka Death

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Despite all of his achievements, it’s unlikely Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka will be remembered for his storied career inside the squared circle. These days, the headlines that are following him are far more controversial than the storylines that take place inside the scripted world of wrestling. We’re referring to the death of his girlfriend more than 30 years ago – a woman named Nancy Argentino. Snuka is being charged with Nancy’s murder after changing his original story of the events that took place on the evening of her death – details that only came to light after Snuka himself released them in his autobiography.

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Timothy Well Death

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Timothy Well Death – Kidney Failure 1961-2017 (age 55) Timothy Smith died on January 9th, 2017 after suffering from kidney failure. Smith is perhaps best known as Timothy Well, one half of the early 90s WWF tag team “Well Dunn”, where he partnered with Steven Dunn (Steve Doll). Doll died in 2009. Although their WWF run was brief, the duo would end up spending the majority of their careers as a tag team across various promotions. Smith also spent time as a singles competitor where he worked under the ring name of Rex King. Rex King takes on a young Raven in 1989 Early Career Timothy Smith grew up in Florida and like many aspiring wrestlers before him, he was bit by the wrestling bug as a youngster. He would go on to work locally in the Sarasota area, trained by Dean Malenko, before ultimately forming a tag team with Steve Doll.

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