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Paul Jones Death

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Paul Jones Death – Undisclosed Causes 1942-2018 (Age 75) Paul Jones, real name Paul Frederik, has died at age 75. Fans who grew up on 80s wrestling likely remember Paul Jones for his role as a heel manager. With Jim Crockett Promotions, Jones led Paul Jones’ Army. The stable featured a who’s who of clientele including Rick Rude, Ivan Koloff, The Masked Superstar (Ax from Demolition), Superstar Billy Graham, The Powers of Pain, and many more. But prior to the explosion of professional wrestling in the 80s, Jones saw huge success inside the ring, both in singles and tag team competition, working as “Number One” Paul Jones. A Star in the Territories Paul Jones began his wrestling career in ’61 under the tutelage of Paul Boesch. By the late 60s, Jones found himself working in the south and Mid-Atlantic regions, wrestling for Jim Crockett Promotions. In tag team competition, Jones

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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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Joey Maggs Death

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Joey Maggs Death – Undisclosed Causes 1969-2006 (Age 37) Not everyone gets to be a wrestling star, but wrestling’s enhancement workers play an important role in making said stars look dominant. One such enhancement worker was Joey Maggs, whose abilities found him work in WCW and the WWF putting over some of the promotions’ biggest names. Unfortunately, Maggs joined the number of wrestlers who passed away before their 40th birthday, dying at the young age of 37. A Start in the South Joseph Magliano was born in 1969 in Baltimore, Maryland. He began working in Buck Robley’s promotion Deep South Promotion in 1987. Working as Joey Maggs, he developed his craft in the South, eventually working in the Memphis promotion United States Wrestling Association (USWA) where he captured the USWA Tag Team Titles with Rex King and the USWA Junior Heavyweight Championship. Putting Wrestlers Over for Money Joey Maggs hit the

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Jerry Tuite Death

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Jerry Tuite Death – Heart Attack 1966-2003 (Age 36) Jerry Tuite’s 6’10” 320-pound frame made him a natural for the squared circle, wrestling during the Monday Night War. The big man performed in WCW under a few variations of “The Wall” (including “Sergeant AWOL” and “Sergeant A-Wall”). When WCW was absorbed by the WWF in 2001, Tuite signed a developmental deal, but never made it to TV. He later wrestled for TNA under the moniker “Malice.” Jerry Tuite was described by announcer Mike Tenay as “a gentle giant” and someone who constantly worked to improve himself in the ring. Tuite toured All-Japan Wrestling, the last place he would wrestle before his shocking death at the age of 36, just weeks shy of his 37th birthday. A Jersey Big Boy Michael Jerome Tuite was born on December 27, 1966 in Ocean Grove, New Jersey. Tuite trained with wrestler “Iron” Mike Sharpe at

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Chase Tatum Death

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Chase Tatum Death – Drug Overdose 1973-2008 (Age 34) Chase Tatum had a short career in WCW. Along his brief run he was  injured, resulting in a battle with painkillers. After leaving wrestling, Tatum worked in the entertainment industry, appearing in music videos and films; and working for the band Outkast. Like many of his contemporaries, Tatum succumbed to personal demons, dying at the young age of 34. Big Man and a Bodybuilder Born in Kennesaw, Georgia on November 3, 1973, William Chase Tatum found success as a bodybuilder, winning the Mr. Georgia bodybuilding competition when he was 19. Tatum worked as a personal trainer, a job he would keep throughout his life. At 6’3” and 265 pounds, he had the look WCW was looking for, and a WCW personality reportedly encouraged Tatum to try out. After a brief period training, Chase debuted in 1999, working for WCW as enhancement talent.

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Louie Spicolli Death

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Louie Spicolli Death – Drug Overdose 1971-1998 (Age 27) Louie Spicolli was a talented worker with a great sense of humor stymied by a lack of the big man look in vogue during the 1990’s. Nevertheless, Spicolli advanced himself through sheer determination, finding work in ECW, the WWF, and WCW. But success was short lived for Spicolli, in large part to years of abusing the muscle relaxer Soma. Many say Spicolli was on the verge of a break-out in WCW, but unfortunately, his life was cut short. Spicolli suffered a drug overdose at the young age of 27. The Crème de la crème of Enhancement Talent Louis Mucciolo Jr. was a talented athlete in high school, with but one goal—to become a professional wrestler. Mucciolo dropped out of school to begin training as a professional wrestler with ring announcer Bill Laster (aka Billy Anderson). Mucciolo debuted in the WWF just days

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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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Gordon Solie Death

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Gordon Solie Death – Throat Cancer 1929-2000 (Age 71) Still considered by many as the greatest wrestling announcer of all time, Gordon Solie became a legendary figure wherever he worked, including notable tenures in Championship Wrestling from Florida and Georgia Championship Wrestling. Nicknamed “The Walter Cronkite of Professional Wrestling” because of his world class talent and demeanor, Solie added sophistication and prestige to any match he called. From Snow to the Sunshine State Minnesota native Gordon Solie’s career in wrestling dates back to the fabulous 50’s when he worked as a ring announcer in Tampa, Florida for five dollars a night. By 1960, he was calling the action in the ring, working for Championship Wrestling from Florida. Solie took his job seriously, projecting an air of professionalism as he called the matches like any other sport. Wrestling lore has it Solie had wrestlers place him in holds so he could understand

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Brad Armstrong Death

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Brad Armstrong Death – Undisclosed Causes 1962-2012 (Age 51) A member of one of wrestling’s underrated dynasties, Brad Armstrong competed alongside his father “Bullet” Bob Armstrong, breaking into the business at age 18. A talented wrestler, Brad Armstrong worked a number of gimmicks, but never found the same success as his father, or brother. Nonetheless, Brad Armstrong was highly respected in the industry, both in and out of the ring. Breaking in at a Young Age The son of WWE Hall of Famer “Bullet” Bob Armstrong, Brad broke into the business at the age of 18, working in the NWA’s Southeastern Championship Wrestling territory. Before long, Armstrong was on the nationally syndicated program World Championship Wrestling, competing alongside his famous father Bob in Georgia Championship Wrestling. Brad also teamed with Tim Horner, forming the team known as The Lightning Express. The rising young star worked the territories as well as

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Art Barr Death

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Art Barr Death – Unknown Causes 1966-1994 (Age 28) Considered one of wrestling’s most charismatic stars, Art Barr’s past would haunt him when he aspired for national stardom, but a run in Mexico revitalized his career, promising a bright future. However, just when he seemed ready for a comeback in the United States, Barr died under unknown circumstances, leaving the world at the young age of 28. A Second-Generation Star Art Barr was born on October 8, 1966 in Portland, Oregon. The son of wrestler and promoter Sandy Barr, he excelled at amateur wrestling in high school and began training with his father, brother Jesse (aka Jimmy Jack Funk), and wrestler Matt Osborne (aka Doink the Clown), while working in a steel mill. Art debuted in Pacific Northwest Wrestling in 1987, but it would be a transformation with help from Roddy Piper that turned Art into a regional superstar. Following the

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Bobby Duncum Jr. Death

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Bobby Duncum Jr. Death – Drug Overdose 1965-2000 (Age 34) Bobby Duncum Jr. cultivated an image as a tough Texan, much like his wrestling father Bob Duncum Sr. Bobby’s talents brought him to the attention of Japanese promoters as well as Extreme Championship Wrestling before he hit the national stage with WCW. There, he formed a popular team in the faction the West Texas Rednecks. During a recovery from shoulder surgery, Duncum Jr. overdosed on painkillers in January of 2000, dying at the age of 34. A Talented Son Bobby Duncum’s dad was the much-feared brawling cowboy, Bobby Duncum. Like his father, Duncum Jr. could portray a cowboy with ease, cultivating an image as a tough man who was not to be crossed. Given his billed size at 6’6” and 290 lbs. this wasn’t difficult to do. After being trained by former NWA World Heavyweight Champion Dory Funk, Jr., Duncum Jr.

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Wahoo McDaniel Death

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Wahoo McDaniel Death – Kidney Failure 1938-2002 (age 63) Edward McDaniel, best known by his nickname, “Wahoo” McDaniel, enjoyed a long career in both professional wrestling, as well as professional football. Most notably, Wahoo played for the Jets in the 60s. Wahoo began splitting his time between football and wrestling, eventually transitioning to wrestling full time by the late 60s. Wahoo’s Wrestling Career McDaniel spent time with various territories including the WWWF, NWA, Mid-Atlantic, AWA, WWC, and CWF. Throughout his career, Wahoo had notable feuds with Roddy Piper, Ric Flair, Sgt. Slaughter, Gino Hernandez, and Greg Valentine, to name a few. Wahoo McDaniel Death By 1996, McDaniel was retired. Sadly, he wouldn’t live much longer. Wahoo McDaniel died on April 18, 2002 at the age of 63. According to the NY times, he had suffered from kidney failure. McDaniels was on a waiting list to receive a kidney transplant. Edward McDaniel was cremated.

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Sir Oliver Humperdink Death

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Sir Oliver Humperdink – Complications from Pneumonia and Bladder Cancer 1949-2011 (age 62) John Sutton, known to wrestling fans as Sir Oliver Humperdink, was a manager with a career spanning three decades. Perhaps best known as the manager for the original Hollywood Blonds, Sir Oliver also managed several other notable talent including Greg Valentine, and One Man Gang early in their careers. 1980: Sir Oliver with the late Lord Alfred Hayes Sir Oliver and Bam Bam After spending considerable time with FCW (Florida), Sir Oliver transitioned to the WWF (now WWE) in 1987. He managed Bam Bam Bigelow, notably making an appearance at WrestleMania IV. The duo would move to NWA in 1988. By the early 90s, Humperdink was with WCW under the unfortunate moniker of “Big Daddy Dink”. Notably during his WCW Run, Humperdink managed one of the last incarnations of the Freebirds. Sir Oliver Humperdink Death Slam reports that Humperdink

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Buzz Sawyer Death

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Buzz Sawyer Death – Drug Overdose 1959-1992 (age 32) Bruce Woyan, best known to wrestling fans as “Mad Dog” Buzz Sawyer, was a fixture in 1980s professional wrestling. Buzz Sawyer spent time with various territories, including NWA, UWF, Mid-South, WCCW, WCW, among others. He spent a short stint with the WWF in 1984, managed by the late Captain Lou Albano. Last Battle of Atlanta In the early 80s, Buzz had a bloody feud with “Wildfire” Tommy Rich, including the legendary 1983 match inside an enclosed cage – the first match of its kind, dubbed the “Last Battle of Atlanta”. Shawn Michaels notes the “Last Battle of Atlanta” as the inspiration for the WWE’s “Hell in a Cell” – a PPV that’s still prevalent today. Arguably, Buzz Sawyer saw the most success while working for Fritz Von Erich‘s Texas-based WCCW. In 1986, he won WCCW tag team gold alongside the late Matt Osborne

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Al Green Death

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Al Green Death – Health issues related to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease 1955-2013 (age 57) Alfred Dobalo, known to wrestling fans as Al Green, saw moderate success in the early to mid 90s during his run with WCW. Green wrestled under a variety of monikers, perhaps most notably as “Blade”, where he teamed up with Kevin Nash (“Steel”) to form the Master Blasters. He also wrestled under ring names “Rage”, and his final WCW gimmick as “The Dog”. On the independent scene, Green wrestled as Al “The Enforcer” Knitti – one half of a tag team called The Dixie Mafia. Though he never reached upper card status in a major promotion, Dobalo did face some top tier opponents while wrestling for WCW, including Goldberg. Getting any major TV time, even if you’re jobbing, can be considered a success in the ruthless industry of professional wrestling where only a select few make it to

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Sean O’Haire Death

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Sean O’Haire Death – Suicide 1971-2014 (age 43) Sean Haire was a South Carolina native, best known by his ring name Sean O’Haire. O’Haire had runs with WCW, WWE, and New Japan Pro Wrestling. After exiting the wrestling world, Haire briefly tested the waters with MMA. Sean O’Haire in WCW, WWE O’Haire first signed with WCW. He saw success with the company, wrestling as part of “The Natural Born Thrillers” faction – enforcers to figureheads Eric Bishoff and Vince Russo. When WCW was acquired by WWE in 2001, so was O’Haire’s contract. O’Haire was packaged with Chuck Palumbo, a tag partner from his WCW days. The two quickly began programs with The Hardy Boys, and the APA. Early in 2002, O’Haire had rather abruptly disappeared from WWE programming. He was sent to OVW in Louisville, one of the WWE’s developmental territories at the time. O’Haire made another WWE run in 2003. He began

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Axl Rotten Death

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Axl Rotten Death – Drug Overdose 1971-2016 (age 44) Brian Knighton, known to wrestling fans as Axl Rotten, is best known for his run with ECW throughout the 90s. Axl Rotten died from an accidental drug overdose on February 4th, 2016. He was found dead in a McDonalds bathroom in Linthicum, Maryland from a heroin overdose. Please check back soon as we’ll be expanding on the career and death of Axl Rotten.

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Doug Furnas Death

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Doug Furnas Death – Hypertensive Heart Disease / Atherosclerotic 1959-2012 (age 52) Doug Furnas, best known for his tag team work with Phil Lafon, died on March 2, 2012 from hypertensive heart disease. Furnas was 52 years old at the time of his death. Doug Furnas spent a considerable amount of his career working in Japan, and also competed briefly in Mexico, as well as runs with the WWE, WCW, and ECW. Please check back soon as we’ll be expanding on the career and death of Doug Furnas.

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Chris Adams Death

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Chris Adams Death – Homicide 1955-2001 (age 46) Chris Adams, best known to wrestling fans as “Gentleman” Chris Adams, was fatally shot on October 7, 2001, during an altercation in his friends Waxahachie, Texas home. Reported as a “drunken brawl”, the shooter was Brent “Booray” Parnell, a fellow wrestler and friend of Adams. Parnell was ultimately acquitted of the charges on self defense. Chris Adams Early Career Chris Adams was a three-time national judo champion in England. Many with Adams’ background in combat sports stick their nose up at professional wrestling. Chris Adams embraced it. A few months prior to his death, Adams told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that “it [professional wrestling] appealed to me — the theatrics mixed with athletic ability.” Adams wrestled briefly in England before immigrating to the States in the early 80s. By 1983, Adams was wrestling for Frtiz Von Erich‘s Texas-based territory, WCCW. WCCW, The Dynamic Duo Chris Adams had a

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Scott Hall – Drugs, Homicide, and Redemption

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Scott Hall was working as a bartender at ‘Thee DollHouse’ – a strip club that still stands today on Orange Blossom Trail in Orlando.

“I remember what he was wearing, what I was wearing, what it smelled like… it’s burnt in my brain.”

What is Scott Hall referring to? Hall is recounting the incident where he killed another man.

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Sid Vicious and the Long Road to Recovery

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Sidney Eudy, better known by his wrestling aliases as “Sycho Sid” and “Sid Vicious” was a force to be reckoned with in the 90s WWF and WCW scenes. But despite Sid’s impressive physique, he still had to battle for his spot – and not just against competitors. Sid also had to battle back after a gruesome injury that took place in 2001.

The WCW pay per view “Sin” was held on January 14, 2001. Supposedly WCW officials urged Sid to try an aerial move that he had never before attempted in the ring. Sid protested, feeling that the move was too risky, but reportedly, he was pushed to go forward.

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Kamala – Rocky Road after Wrestling

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Kamala had a difficult time in the later part of his wrestling career. He never made the kind of money that other big name wrestlers like Hogan and ‘Taker were making. This became apparent when his health declined and he retired.

Sadly, Harris’ health has declined as much as his finances. Always a big guy, he gained weight. He was diagnosed with diabetes in 1992 and the effects of the disease have rapidly progressed since his retirement. On November 7, 2011, diabetes and high blood pressure forced the amputation of the former wrestler’s left leg. In April 2012 his right leg was amputated.

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Sunny Days Turn Dark: The Tammy Lynn Sytch Story

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There was a time in the 90s when Sunny was on top of the world. Often regarded as “The First Diva” – Tammy Lynn Sytch broke into the WWF in 1994. But after the death of her partner, wrestler Chris “Skip” Candido, a downward spiral seemed to take place. Despite a triumphant return for her WWE Hall of Fame induction, Tammy Lynn Sytch has since been soliciting risqué Skype sessions with fans and is currently in discussion with adult film company Vivid Entertainment.

In May of 2015, Sytch was arrested for Driving Under the Influence in Lehighton, PA. The next day, June 1, 2015, Sytch was arrested for another DUI, followed by a third DUI arrest on June 20th – three DUIs within a three week period.

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Roddy Piper Death

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Roddy Piper Death – Blood Clot / Heart Attack 1954-2015 (age 61) Wrestling fans everywhere mourned when the Roddy Piper death story made news headlines around the world in the summer of 2015. The wrestling superstar was one of a kind in many ways. He is right up there with Randy Savage, Warrior, Andre the Giant, and Hulk Hogan for the most iconic wrestlers of all time. About “Rowdy” Roddy Roderick George Toombs was his real name, but he was much better known as “Rowdy” Roddy Piper. He was born April 17, 1954, in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. Piper first got his first taste of wrestling at the young age of 15 at a weight of 167 pounds. A legendary personality in professional wrestling, Rowdy Roddy may be best remembered for his work on the mic, but he also had success in the ring. He won his first championship title, the NWA Americas, in 1976

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Dusty Rhodes Death

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Dusty Rhodes Death – Stomach Cancer 1945-2015 (age 69) One of wrestling’s greats passed away in June of 2015. He was “The American Dream.” Below is the Dusty Rhodes death story. The Son of a Plumber Virgil Runnels or “Dusty Rhodes,” as he was better known, was born in Austin, TX. The son of a plumber, his story was an amazing one as he rose to the wrestling limelight with jiggles and jabs. Rhodes had charisma for miles in the squared circle. Outside of the ring, he was a powerful mind that encouraged and created as a trainer, booker, and commentator. He was also a producer for WWE’s NXT. He died on the morning of  June 11, 2015 at the age of 69. Rhodes was captivating. In the 1980s, he was a top draw for the NWA. He was popular for his charm and stood out from other wrestlers because of his “common man” physique

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Rocco Rock Death

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Rocco Rock Death – Heart Attack 1953-2002 (age 49) Public Enemy, made up of Rocco Rock and Johnny Grunge, was one of the most celebrated and feared tag teams of the 1990s. Together, they won the ECW World Tag Team Championship four times, and also had a brief run as WCW Tag Team Champions. Loved by fans, former welder Teddy Petty (known to wrestling fans as “Rocco Rock”) was in the midst of a successful career in the independent circuit when the Rocco Rock death story occurred. Rocco Rock flips off the top rope, sending Bagwell through two tables. The Events of the Rocco Rock Death On September 21, 2002, Rocco Rock began to have chest pains in his car. At the time, Rocco was on his way to a Pro-Pain show. He was scheduled to face off against Gary Wolfe. Tragically, he died on the New Jersey turnpike while his father and his girlfriend

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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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Bastion Booger Death

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Bastion Booger 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 products 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 the WCW, and Bastion Booger in 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

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Steven Dunn Death

Steven Dunn Death – Blood Clot 1960-2009 (age 48) Steven Lyle Doll was involved in professional wrestling from 1984 to 2005, and while he had a long career, he never achieved the notoriety of many of his contemporaries. Still, he did manage to win multiple championships, most notable with his tag partner Timothy Smith, better known as Rex King and Timothy Well. Over the course of his career, Steven Dunn won the NWA North American Tag Team Championship four times, the NWA Tag Team Championship one time, the USWA World Tag Team Championship eight times and the NWA North American Tag Team Championship three times. Well Dunn takes on the Bushwhackers (with Howard Finkel) in a ’94 episode of Raw. Within 15 years, Steven Dunn would be dead from a bloodclot to his heart Had the events that led up the Steven Dunn death story never occurred, it’s likely that the talented wrestler

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Steve Williams Death

Steve Williams Death – Throat Cancer 1960-2009 (age 49) While he was best known for his achievements in the ring as a wrestler, Steve Williams was a talented athlete who excelled on the football field playing for the University of Oklahoma. From 1982 to 2009, he was known as “Dr. Death’ and by his given name, as he battled for and won multiple titles, including the UWF World Heavyweight Championship, the Triple Crown Heavyweight Championship (Japan) and a run as a tag team champion alongside Terry Gordy in WCW. Not only was Williams a fierce competitor, but he was also an inspiration to people everywhere, as the details of the Steve Williams death story show. “Dr. Death” and Terry “Bam Bam” Gordy win the NWA Tag Team Titles in 1992 A Prelude to the Steve Williams Death Story In 2003, Steve Williams was enjoying a storied career in wrestling. He earned a name for himself

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Sherri Martel Death

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Sherri Martel Death – Drug Overdose 1958-2007 (age 49) As a professional wrestler and manager, Sherri Martel was no stranger to controversy. Known to family and friends as Sherri Schrull, she was involved with many dramatic story lines during her time the World Wrestling Federation, World Championship Wrestling, and even a brief stint in ECW. Most notably, Sherri managed Randy “Macho Man” Savage, Ted DiBase, and Shawn Michaels. A Reported History of Drug Abuse Sherri Martel’s career hit a number of bumps despite the fact that she won several women’s wrestling championships and was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2006. Most notably, she was released from the WWF in 1993 and was fired from the WCW. There are some reports that to cope with her difficulties in life, Sherri abused drugs and that at one point she was admitted to a 21-day in-patient rehab program to overcome her addiction. Ric Flair

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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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Johnny Grunge Death

Johnny Grunge Death – Sleep Apnea Complications 1966-2006 (age 39) As one half of the tag team Public Enemy, Mike Durham (known to wrestling fans as “Johnny Grunge”) was most known for his work in ECW with Rocco Rock. The duo were ECW World Tag Team Champions four times, the i-Generation Tag Team Champions twice, the NWA World Tag Team Champions once, the WCW World Tag Team Champions once and the UCW Tag Team Champions once. After a few years on the independent circuit, their partnership came to a halt and within a short time, the Johnny Grunge death story would shake the wrestling world. Another wrestler, dead before 50. 10 years before Johnny’s death: Dory Funk Jr. and Terry Funk take on Public Enemy in a mid-90s ECW barbed wire match A Tragic Loss Before the Johnny Grunge Death Story Wrestling together for many years, Rocco Rock and Johnny Grunge were inseparable. The two

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Chris Candido Death

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Chris Candido Death – Post-Surgery Blood Clot 1972-2005 (age 33) Before his life was cut short, Skip Candido had an impressive wrestling career spanning several promotions. He is arguably most remembered as being “Skip” from the WWF. Alongside valet (and real-life girlfriend) Sunny – the duo were known as The Bodydonnas. The Bodydonnas gimmick portrayed Skip and Sunny as arrogant work-out freaks, continuously taunting the crowd for being fat and out of shape. Aside from his run with the Bodydonnas, Candido spent a brief period in the WCW. He stayed long enough to pick up a Cruiserweight title, but ultimately would head to the independents. Prior to Candido’s WCW run, he spent 1996-1999 with ECW. He had a successful run with the promotion and was given the moniker “No Gimmicks Needed” – appropriate considering the WWE had given him a pretty ridiculous gimmick with the Bodydonnas. In 1995, Wrestling Observer named Chris Candido the Most Underrated Wrestler of

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Hercules Death

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Hercules Death – Heart Disease 1956-2004 (age 47) Many people might not recognize Raymond Fernandez’s name, but anyone who followed the WWF during the 1980s has seen him step into the ring under the name Hercules Hernandez – and later shortened to just Hercules. Also a competitive bodybuilder, Hercules was known for his powerful physique, which suited his ring name. Despite looking like a million bucks, Herc’ never broke into super stardom in the wrestling world, though he did take part in a few memorable programs that 80s wrestling fans will remember. Struggling to Move Up the Card Hercules Hernandez joined the World Wrestling Federation in 1985. While he was involved in a few story lines and took on some top billed talent (notably Hogan, and Warrior) he was never able to build a large fan base. Many speculate that the WWF never gave Hercules a real opportunity to shine – his matches

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Road Warrior Hawk Death

Road Warrior Hawk Death – Heart Attack 1957-2003 (age 46) For 20 years, Hawk was a fierce competitor in the squared circle. While most wrestling fans during the 80s and 90s knew him as one half of the Road Warriors, to friends and family he was known as Michael Hegstrand. The Road Warriors (or “Legion of Doom” during their WWF run) were one of, if not the most successful tag team in wrestling history. Sadly, Road Warrior Hawk’s death would abruptly cut their career short – ending a very successful partnership. 12 years before Hawk’s death: The Legion of Doom take on The Rockers (1992) Wrestling Imitates Life In 1997, The Road Warriors found themselves in the midst of controversy when one of the story lines of the WWF’s Attitude Era hit too close to home. The storyline showed Road Warrior Hawk was out of control and recklessly using drugs and alcohol

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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. The son of Larry “The Axe” Hennig, Curt came from Minnesota – a wrestling territory that also gave us greats like the late Rick Rude. Over the course of his more than 20-year career, Curt won numerous titles, including the AWA World Heavyweight Championship. But it was the WWF where he would hit the national stage. Curt would go on to win the Intercontinental Championship with the WWF, working under the gimmick that wrestling fans still fondly remember today as “Mr. Perfect”. 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

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Davey Boy Smith Death