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Revelationx
08-13-2010, 08:05 PM
After reading about Lance Cade's death, I wanted to find out more about how many wrestlers have actually died in the business.
I didn't know that there was actually a really high count, both young and old.
Whether its to heart attacks, accidents, steroids, and old age, I was really sad when I found this out.

I'm 16 years old, so I dont know many wrestlers that have died already from the 90's, but one death had me crying and he was Eddie Guererro. When I was at my first wrestling event, I got his autograph on my poster of him and I always thought that he was a great wrestler.

For a complete list of wrestlers that have died, click http://prowrestling.about.com/od/whatsrealwhatsfake/a/wrestlersdeaths.htm

So is there anyone that you thought died to early or was a complete shock??

JLeeDude1892
08-13-2010, 09:19 PM
*Owen Hart (Obvious Shock/Accident/Too young)
*Junkyard Dog (Obvious Shock, Car Accident)
*Kanyon (Total shock/Too young)
*Lance Cade (Total Shock/Too young)
*Test (Total Shock/Too young)
*Chris Benoit (Total Shock/Too young)
*Umaga (Total Shock/Thought he might have gotten clean/Too young)
*Brian Adams (Total shock/Too young)
*John Kronus (Total shock/Too young)
*Mike Awesome (Total Shock/Too young)
*Bam Bam Bigelow (Total Shock/Too young)
*Chris Candido (Total shock/Too young)
*Big Bossman (Total Shock/Too young)
*Crash Holly (Total shock/Too young)
*Eddie Guerrero (Somewhat Shock. We knew he had problems/Too young)
*Brian Pillman (Somewhat Shock. We knew he had problems/Too young)
*Eddie Gillbert (Somewhat Shock/Too young)
*All The Von Erichs (Kinda Shocked/One After The Other)
*Hawk (Kinda shocked/Too young)
*Curt Hennig (Kinda shocked/Too young)
*Bobby Duncum Jr. (Kinda shocked/Too young)
*Davey Boy Smith (Not that shocked/Too young)
*Terry Gordy (Not that shocked/Too young)
*Yokozuna (Definitely not that shocked at all/Too young)

BigM
08-13-2010, 09:27 PM
The problem with that list is some of them had medical problems from wrestling, others died and just so happened to be wrestlers.

Chris Von Erich (The youngest on the list) killed himself because his family was dieing.
Nancy Benoit was killed by a wrestler.
Andre the Giant's medical was genetic and would have died anyway.

So I say that the list is unfair, some of the are not the industry to blame.

Robstar
08-13-2010, 11:32 PM
The pure fact is that the physical toll of wrestling, the hectic schedule and the kayfabe era are largely to blame for wrestler's medical conditions.

In the 70's, 80's and early 90's, when kayfabe was the order of the day, wrestlers were not just encouraged but sometimes instructed to take steroids. The industry was far more insular than it is today - what happened in the locker room, stayed in the locker room and territory promoters ruled with complete and utter ruthlessness. So if a promoter told a wrestler he needed to do something to get a break, you better believe that if he didn't follow the promoter's "advice", there would simply be nothing available for the wrestler - and being the incestual group they were, if one promoter was at odds with the talent, word would spread and the work simply wouldn't be there.

Then if you consider the schedule and physicality of the business - wrestlers simply couldn't afford to not be working. So painkillers, amphetamines, cocaine, alcohol, marijuana and a host of other "legal" medications were used by performers to keep on going. Once again this was largely down to promoters who had little patience for wrestlers who couldn't work. And consuming that sort of stuff really takes a toll on your body - if you take Eddie Guerrero as an example - he was said to be clean for over a year when he died, but it was the accumulated strain of years of abuse that finally made his heart give way.

The third and most overlooked aspect is that when a performer is past their prime or they're not getting the opportunities they'd dreamed of or they cannot break the cycle of abuse, they fall prey to depression and take their own lives.

It's a hard business and thankfully not as bad as it used to be, but noone can disagree that so many have been taken far, far too soon.

Absinthe
08-14-2010, 07:29 AM
Mitsuharu Misawa's death hit me kinda hard, he was my favorite wrestler

JLeeDude1892
08-14-2010, 01:45 PM
Mitsuharu Misawa's death hit me kinda hard, he was my favorite wrestler

Was he the one that died in the ring in 2008? (I think it was 08...)
That was pretty sad.

Absinthe
08-14-2010, 01:55 PM
Was he the one that died in the ring in 2008? (I think it was 08...)
That was pretty sad.

Yeah, he took a belly to back suplex from Akitoshi Saito causing a spinal cord injury that lead to heart attack

Rangers_Chosen_Hun
08-14-2010, 05:29 PM
i remeber hearing about guerrero and some in school said it i was like you are talking shit cause he only wrestled a few days befor on smackdown that oe shocked me alot i touht for a while that was from that chair shot from anderson

Absinthe
08-15-2010, 08:37 AM
i remeber hearing about guerrero and some in school said it i was like you are talking shit cause he only wrestled a few days befor on smackdown that oe shocked me alot i touht for a while that was from that chair shot from anderson

Mr. Anderson has got bad luck, he was Guerrero's last match as well as Umaga's

rebeccabroussard
08-27-2010, 01:44 PM
Luna Vachon (48) very very sad

AGEOFFALL
08-27-2010, 02:14 PM
I don't know if you guys listen to Opie & Anthony but they have this kinda new segment on their radio show called the Wrestler Death Clock in which they state that wrestling can't go more than 90 days without a death, so far they have gone through 3 deaths all less than 90 days apart from one another since April. And now the death of Luna Vachon has reset the clock again.

SilverGhost
08-27-2010, 02:18 PM
I don't know if you guys listen to Opie & Anthony but they have this kinda new segment on their radio show called the Wrestler Death Clock in which they state that wrestling can't go more than 90 days without a death, so far they have gone through 3 deaths all less than 90 days apart from one another since April. And now the death of Luna Vachon has reset the clock again.

That is kinda horrible to know. Yet a number of wrestlers and wrestling figures have passed away.

AGEOFFALL
08-27-2010, 02:29 PM
It really is sad but so far there has not been a cycle where a wrestler doesn't die within 90 days of the previous death.

SilverGhost
08-27-2010, 02:36 PM
Some of them have died young. They even had potential also.

WFâ„¢ - Original Member!
08-29-2010, 04:45 AM
The list only tells half the story though to be fair
Art Barr - 28
Gino Hernandez - 29
Lance Cade - 29
Jay Youngblood - 30
Rick McGraw - 30
Joey Marella - 30
Ed Gatner - 31
Buzz Sawyer - 32
Crash Holly - 32
Kerry Von Erich - 33
D.J. Peterson - 33
Eddie Gilbert - 33
The Renegade - 33
Chris Candido - 33
Test - 33
Adrian Adonis - 34
Gary Albright - 34
Bobby Duncum Jr. - 34
Owen Hart - 34
Yokozuna - 34
Big Dick Dudley - 34
Brian Pillman - 35
Marianna Komlos - 35
Umaga - 36
Pitbull #2 - 36
The Wall/Malice - 36
Emory Hale - 36
Leroy Brown - 38
Mark Curtis - 38
Eddie Guerrero - 38
John Kronus - 38
Davey Boy Smith - 39
Johnny Grunge - 39
Chris Kanyon - 40
Vivian Vachon - 40
Jeep Swenson - 40
Brady Boone - 40
Terry Gordy - 40
Bertha Faye - 40
Billy Joe Travis - 40
Chris Benoit - 40
Larry Cameron - 41
Rick Rude - 41
Randy Anderson - 41
Bruiser Brody - 42
Miss Elizabeth - 42
Big Boss Man - 42
Earthquake - 42
Mike Awesome - 42
Biff Wellington - 42
Brian Adams (Crush) - 43
Ray Candy - 43
Nancy Benoit (Woman) - 43
Dino Bravo - 44
Curt Hennig - 44
Bam Bam Bigelow - 45
Jerry Blackwell - 45
Junkyard Dog - 45
Hercules - 45
Toni Adams - 45
Andre the Giant - 46
Big John Studd - 46
Chris Adams - 46
Mike Davis - 46
Hawk - 46
Mitsuharu Misawa - 46
Ludvig Borga - 47
Luna Vachon - 48
Steve Dunn - 48
Cousin Junior - 48
Dick Murdoch - 49
Jumbo Tsuruta - 49
Rocco Rock - 49
Sherri Martel - 49
Steve Williams - 49
Moondog Spot - 51
Ken Timbs - 53
Uncle Elmer - 54
Pez Whatley - 54
The Angel of Death - 54
Eddie Graham - 55
Tarzan Tyler - 55
Haystacks Calhoun- 55
Giant Haystacks - 55
Buddy Rose - 56
The Spoiler - 56
Kurt Von Hess - 56
Moondog King - 56
Gene Anderson - 58
Dr. Jerry Graham - 58
Bulldog Brown - 58
Tony Parisi - 58
Rufus R. Jones - 60
Ray Stevens - 60
Stan Stasiak - 60
Terry Garvin - 60
Boris Malenko - 61
Little Beaver - 61
Sapphire - 61
Shohei Baba - 61
Dick the Bruiser - 62
Wilbur Snyder - 62
George Cannon - 62
Karl Krupp - 62
Dale Lewis - 62
Gorilla Monsoon - 62
Hiro Matsuda - 62
Bad News Brown - 63
Bulldog Brower - 63
SD Jones - 63
Wahoo McDaniel - 63

SilverGhost
08-29-2010, 11:18 AM
So many names....and they had big parts in wrestling.

AGEOFFALL
08-31-2010, 02:37 AM
Wrestling can't go more than 90 days without a death.

Ruggy
08-31-2010, 05:40 PM
It is a sad state of affairs, but there have been very few deaths that happened "in-ring". Owen was the main one, I also remember Big Daddy wrestling a guy who died in the ring in the UK in the 80's. Most of the guys who passed away had serious issues. Kerry Von Erich took his own life with a shot-gun, Chris Benoit killed his family, then himself. But most guys you can count to either drink or drugs. Brian Pillman was in the prime of his career when he died.

SilverGhost
08-31-2010, 10:25 PM
A indy wrestler died. Its in the news here.

AGEOFFALL
08-31-2010, 10:38 PM
A indy wrestler died. Its in the news here.

That wasn't even like a week since the last death.

eyehatecena
08-31-2010, 10:39 PM
Actually the Von Erichs had it worse. Kerry, Mike and Chris killed themself. David died, Fritz died(cancer) only leaving Kevin.