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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. Nicole Bass takes on Debra. Raw, July 6, 1999 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. Unfortunately Nicole’s wrestling career would never reach those heights. Although her WWE tenure was

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The Missing Link Death

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The Missing Link Death – Lung Cancer 1939-2007 (age 68) From parts unknown, The Missing Link! Link, born Byron Robertson, spent the early 80s with the NWA, and by the mid 80s had shifted over to a small role in the WWF where he was managed by Bobby Heenan. His run with the WWF would prove short, never breaking out of the lower card. The Missing Link makes his WWF debut in 1985 Robertson would see the most successful period of his career when he joined Frtiz Von Erich‘s Texas-based promotion, WCCW. He first entered the company in November of ’85, managed by Percy Pringle (who would go on to become Paul Bearer with the WWF). He was later managed by Skandor Akbar. The Missing Link Death It was well known that Robertson struggled with substance abuse throughout his entire wrestling career. In 2006, Robertson published an autobiography, Bang Your Head: The Real

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Andrew “Test” Martin Death

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Andrew “Test” Martin Death – Drug Overdose 1975-2009 (age 33) Andrew Martin has a story that has become all too familiar in the world of professional wrestling. His career showed early promise, but sadly, his demons would get the best of him. Martin debuted in the WWF as “Test” in 1998. His scripted storyline was that he was a former bodyguard for Motley Crue. The gimmick was a good fit as the WWF was transitioned into the Attitude era. Test took part in several memorable storylines, including one involving an engagement to Stephanie McMahon. He would go on to win several belts in the WWE, including the hardcore championship, as well as a tag-team championship run with Booker T. Test was ranked among the top 50 wrestlers by Pro Wrestling Illustrated in 2001. Still, Test never seemed to break out of the midcard. Drug Abuse Begins the Andrew Martin Death Story Martin struggled with substance abuse. In late 2007 into 2008, he was arrested on multiple

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Mike Awesome Death

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Mike Awesome Death – Suicide 1965-2007 (age 42) You have to be a confident person to choose “Awesome” to be part of your wrestling name, and in the ring, Mike Awesome, or Michael Alfonso, definitely carried himself with confidence. During the course of his 17-year career, the heavyweight won the ECW World Heavyweight Championship twice and the WWF Hardcore Championship twice. He also won several titles with Frontier Martial Arts Wrestling and was ranked in the top 10 of the annual ranking of top singles wrestlers published in Pro Wrestling Illustrated in 2000. Sadly, the events surrounding the Mike Awesome death have largely overshadowed his career in the squared circle. 7 years before his death: Mike Awesome manhandles Kevin Nash in his WCW Nitro debut on April 10, 2000 An Early Retirement After a brief stint with TNA in 2003, Mike Awesome began to compete as a singles wrestler on the independent circuit. He wrestled in

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Road Warrior Hawk Death

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Road Warrior Hawk Death – Heart Attack 1957-2003 (age 46) For 20 years, Michael Hegstrand was a fierce competitor in the wrestling ring, and while most fans of wrestling during the 1980s and 1990s know him, it’s not by his given name but by his ring name – Road Warrior Hawk. As one half of The Road Warriors tag team, Michael entertained fans and won a number of titles, including the WWF Tag Team Championship, the AWA World Tag Team Championship, the NWA International Tag Team Championship and the NWA World Tag Team Championship. Sadly, Road Warrior Hawk’s death would come while he was still in the midst of his wrestling career, leading to an end of a very successful partnership. 12 years before Hawk’s death: The Legion of Doom takes on The Rockers (1991) Wrestling Imitates Life Years before the Road Warrior Hawk death story took place, the Road Warriors found

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Curt “Mr. Perfect” Hennig Death

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Curt Hennig Death – Drug Overdose 1958-2003 (age 44) Curt Hennig was undoubtedly one of the most beloved wrestling personalities in and out of the ring during his time with the World Wrestling Federation and World Championship Wrestling. Most fans know him by his name in the ring – Mr. Perfect. Over the course of his more than 20-year career, Curt won numerous titles, including the AWA World Heavyweight Championship, the WWC Universal Heavyweight Championship and the i-Generation World Heavyweight Championship. He would go on to win the Intercontinental Championship in the WWF. Many people believed Hennig would wrestle long into his 50s, but ultimately, the Mr. Perfect death story would cut his career and his life tragically short. The Events of the Mr. Perfect Death Story In the early 2000s, Perfect signed with TNA and was making public appearances across the country. On the day of his death, February 10, 2003, he was set to

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Davey Boy Smith Death

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Davey Boy Smith – Heart Attack 1962-2002 (age 39) Known as The British Bulldog and Davey Boy Smith in the ring, British wrestler David Smith made a name for himself as both an individual and tag team wrestler. He won the NWA Stampede International Tag Team Championship twice with Bruce Hart, the WWF European Championship twice, the WWF Hardcore Championship twice and many other titles over the course of his career. After his personal life spiraled out of control, the wrestler was forced into retirement. Although he had hoped to stage a comeback, the Davey Boy Smith death would occur before he’d ever get the chance. Drug Abuse Starts the Davey Boy Smith Death Story Long before the actual events of the Davey Boy Smith death took place, David was already on the path to die at an early age. In order to add bulk to his 256-pound, 5-foot, 11-inch frame, the

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Terry Gordy Death

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Terry Gordy Death – Heart Attack 1961-2001 (age 40) Many professional wrestlers don’t make it to age 50. Sadly, Terry Gordy barely made it out of his 30s. This is the Terry Gordy death story. Best known as a member of the infamous Fabulous Freebirds, Terry “Bam Bam” Gordy had a huge following in the 80s. With the rest of the Freebirds, Gordy won the NWA World Six-Man Tag Team Championship on five separate occasions. In the early 90s, Terry held one half of the WCW tag team championship alongside “Dr. Death” Steve Williams. WCCW in the mid-80s: Terry and the Freebirds in a classic rivalry against the Von Erich’s Beginning in 1996, Gordy had a brief run with the WWF. The less-than-memorable gimmick tagged Terry Gordy as “The Executioner”. He landed a couple of PPV matches, including a feud with the Undertaker, but ultimately left the company. The gimmick wasn’t a great script and as the WWF moved into

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Brian Pillman Death

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Brian Pillman Death – Heart Attack 1962-1997 (age 35) Brian Pillman was an underrated wrestler. Taken much too young, Pillman had runs with virtually every popular wrestling promotion in the late 80s through the mid 90s. In WCW he teamed with a young “Stunning” Steve Austin to form the Hollywood Blonds. By ’96, Pillman hit the WWF. Although his run was cut short due to his death, he was involved in some very memorable storylines, including the infamous “gun incident” in which Pillman is yielding a handgun at his home while waiting for the uninvited arrival of “Stone Cold” Steve Austin. At just 35 years old, the Brian Pillman death happened much too soon, leaving the world of wrestling wondering why. This is the Brian Pillman death story. 5 years before his death: “Flyin’” Brian Pillman takes on Shane Douglas on an episode of WCW Saturday Night (October 17, 1992) The Cost

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Big John Studd Death

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Big John Studd death – Liver cancer and Hodgkin’s disease 1948-1995 (age 47) The Big John Studd death story shows another well respected star, gone before age 50. From 1982 to 1986 and from 1988 to 1989, John Minton was one of the most well known wrestlers in the WWF. Although he wrestled under the names Captain USA, Chuck O’Connor, the Executioner #2 and The Giant Stud, he is most popularly known as Big John Studd. During Studd’s heyday, he was one of the biggest rivals of both Andre the Giant and Hulk Hogan. Unfortunately, Big John Studd’s death occurred much too soon at the age of 47, leaving fans and the wrestling community deeply saddened. 6 years prior to his death: Big John Studd takes on Akeen at Madison Square Garden (February 20, 1989) Big John Studd and Human Growth Hormones The Big John Studd death story began long before the

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