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 recently Casanova authored Kamala Speaks.
King Cheesy at the 1994 Survivor SeriesKing Cheesy wrestled during the WWF’s transitional “New Generation era” – widely known for it’s occupational-style gimmicks and colorful characters.
At the 1994 Survivor Series, King Cheesy competed alongside Jerry Lawler, and dwarf wrestlers Queasy and Sleazy, collectively forming The Royal Family. The Royal Family competed against Clowns R’ Us, a team consisting of Doink the Clown, Dink, Pink, and Wink.
At the time of the matchup, Doink was being portrayed by Ray Apollo, and not Matt Osborne, the latter of whom passed away in 2013 from a drug overdose.
Jump to the 1:20 mark for a brief glimpse at the ’94 Survivor Series matchup featuring King Cheesy
Although the narrator in the video above is a bit harsh on the match itself, it’s important to note that the match was intentionally being used for comedy purposes. In the mid 90s, the WWE’s target audience was largely children.
Condolences to the friends and family of Larry Gibson.