They were immortals when I watched them in my youth - athletes, actors, entertainers and stuntmen. With personalities every bit as captivating as their physical prowess, this is my salute to those who gave me so many years of great entertainment.
Departed, but never forgotten. R.I.P.
“ 1952–2011 (age 58) ” - aliasbrush
He was one of the world's tallest men to ever live. He played professional basketball as a center in his country at Gimnasia La Plata (won 2nd level championship) and Sport Club. He also played for the National Team from 1985 to 1988. Drafted by NBA's Atlanta Hawks in 1988, he had to quit after a knee injury that didn't allowed him to run properly...
“ [Giant Gonzáles] 1966-2010 (age 44) ” - aliasbrush
“ [Test] 1975-2009 (age 33) ” - aliasbrush
Benoit has trained in Stu Hart's "Dungeon". He has wrestled in such places as Canada, the U.S., Japan, Mexico and Germany. Benoit has held the WCW Tag Team title and Television title (his TV title reign was never acknowledged on TV) At his level of experience and natural skill Benoit should be the World Champ and in main events throughout the country...
“ 1967-2007 (age 40) ” - aliasbrush
“ [Crush] 1963-2007 (age 44) ” - aliasbrush
“ 1961-2007 (age 45) ” - aliasbrush
“ 1958-2007 (age 49) ” - aliasbrush
Allen J. Coage made history as the first African American to win a Judo Olympic Bronze medal at the 1976 Olympics and the second American to win a medal for the USA team. To date Allen Coage remains the only American heavyweight to win an Olympic medal in Judo. He also won a Gold medal for 1967 heavyweight...
“ [Bad News Brown] 1943-2007 (age 63) ” - aliasbrush
Deceased Canadian Sumo turned professional wrestler best known for his work for WWE from 1989 to 1993. He went undefeated as a Sumo wrestler but left the sport out of frustration with the lifestyle and knowing he would never get elevated to Yokozuna (Grand Champion) status. He trained in All Japan Pro...
“ [Earthquake] 1963-2006 (age 42) ” - aliasbrush
One of the great Hispanic wrestlers, Eddie Guerrero grew up part of the famous wrestling family: The Guerreros. His father Gory Guerrero became a star in the U.S., an icon in Texas and a legend in Mexico. Eddie's brothers, Hector, Amadno and Chavo, Sr. also became wrestlers. Both Hector and Amando gain success...
“ 1967-2005 (age 38) ” - aliasbrush
“ [The Big Bossman] 1963-2004 (age 41) ” - aliasbrush
“ [Hercules] 1956-2004 (age 47) ” - aliasbrush
“ [Crash Holly] 1971-2003 (age 32) ” - aliasbrush
Pro wrestling's Miss Elizabeth was born in Frankfort, KY in 1960, and grew up in Kentucky. According to the WWF's Spotlight magazine, Elizabeth enjoyed walks through the meadows and horses during her childhood. She earned a degree in communications from the University of Kentucky. She rose to national...
“ [Miss Elizabeth] 1960-2003 (age 42) ” - aliasbrush
Curt Hennig was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania as the son of one of wrestlings all time legends - Larry Hennig
- Aka Larry The Ax Hennig. Curtbegan training to follow in his fathers footsteps when he was just 12 years old. Starting off in the AWA - Curt began his career as a tag team wrestler....
“ 1958-2003 (age 44) ” - aliasbrush
“ [Hawk] 1957-2003 (age 46) ” - aliasbrush
“ 1962-2002 (age 39) ” - aliasbrush
The man who would eventually become known as Yokozuna was born in San Francisco on October 22, 1966. He came from a wrestling family, as his uncles were Afa Anoai
and Sika Anoai
. He was trained by his uncles and Sam Fatu
as a teenager and wrestled in Alabama and the USWA under the name Kokina Anoai. He already weighed 400 pounds...
“ [Yokozuna] 1966-2000 (34) ” - aliasbrush
Owen Hart was one of twelve children from a legendary Canadian wrestling family. His brother Bret is also one of the most well known wrestlers of all time. Owen was one of the best wrestlers in the business and his major accomplishments include being the 1994 King of the Ring, former Intercontinental Champion(2)...
“ 1965-1999 (age 34) ” - aliasbrush
The wrestler who would eventually become known as Ravishing Rick Rude was born Richard Erwin Rood on December 7th, 1958. He spent his childhood in Robinsdale, Minnesota, and had an early childhood friendship with future pro wrestler Curt Hennig
. Rood broke into the business after a stint as a bouncer working with Barry Darsow
“ 1958-1999 (age 40) ” - aliasbrush
“ [Gorilla Monsoon] 1937-1999 (age 62) ” - aliasbrush
The man who would eventually become known as the Junk Yard Dog was born on December 13, 1953, in Wadesboro, North Carolina. He played football & wrestled in high school and was drafted by the Houston Oilers in 1975 after graduating from Fayetville State University, but was cut after blowing out his knee...
“ [The Junkyard Dog] 1952-1998 (age 45) ” - aliasbrush
Brian Pillman makes the list of a long line of tragic deaths in wrestling. He had endured 36 throat operations as a child. Pillman played football in the NFL for the Cincinnati Bengals in 1984 and in the CFL for the Calgary Stampeders. It was in Calgary where he met Owen Hart (who also died at a relatively early age) and started his wrestling career for Stampede Wrestling...
“ 1962-1997 (age 35) ” - aliasbrush
Big John Studd
John Minton, or Big John Studd as he would eventually be known, was born on February 19th, 1948, in Butler, Pennsylvania. He started training to be a professional wrestler under 'Walter 'Killer' Kowalski' at the age of 18. He first worked for the WWF (then the WWWF) under the name Chuck O'Connor, then as one of the Masked Executioners in 1976...
“ 1948-1995 (age 47) ” - aliasbrush
“ [Dino Bravo] 1948-1993 (age 44) ” - aliasbrush
Kerry Von Erich
Kerry Adkisson was born on February 3, 1960, to Jack and Doris Adkisson. Jack was a wrestler, so most of Jack's children followed in his footsteps (one child, Jack Adkisson, Jr., tragically died in 1959 from electrocution). Kerry was a standout discus thrower at University of Houston, and actually held the SWC discus record; coincidentally...
“ [The Texas Tornado] 1960-1993 (age 33) ” - aliasbrush
André the Giant
When Andre The Giant challenged Hulk Hogan for the WWF World's Heavyweight Wrestling Championship of The World at WrestleMania III in 1987, he hadn't lost a single's match since 1971. His 3,000 plus winning streak was ended when Hogan picked up the 7 foot tall and 500 pound Giant and body slammed him for the pin...
“ 1946-1993 (age 46) ” - aliasbrush