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WRESTLER OF THE DAY (Series 2) - HACK MYERS


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For those that didn't see

 

 

Donald Haviland, better known as Hack Myers, passed away today, reportedly from complications after brain surgery at Johns Hopkins University hospital in Baltimore. He would have turned 42 on Monday.

 
Haviland was an independent wrestler who was brought into ECW in February, 1994, by Paul Heyman, largely as an enhancement wrestler. Because he used to grunt and say "Sha" when doing offensive maneuvers, fans in Philadelphia would start chanting "Sha" during his matches whenever he'd do something.  He became a cult favorite quickly, and even though he almost always lost, he was wrestling some of the biggest names in the company at the time, like Tommy Dreamer and Terry Funk, within a few months of his arrival.  Eventually that led to his moniker as "The Shah of ECW."
 
Heyman used him better, not as a  headliner, but he was a featured undercard act who usually got a big reaction.  The gimmick started running its course and he was going to leave the promotion, so he did a loser leaves town match with Too Cold Scorpio on the 1996 November to Remember show, which he lost.  He did a couple of matches as a nostalgias act later, and wrestled mostly Florida independent shows through around 2011.

 

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It's strange how Paul E managed to convince people ECW had a legitimacy that the big two lacked, right when the Myers vs JT Smith feud was at it's height. They'd go out there and have a five to seven minute match featuring something like a grand total of three wrestling moves, and the Arena fans would lap it up.

 

Also, it's hard to google someone who's first name is Hack. Was he named after Sandman? And did WCW ever do Hack Myers vs Hardcore Hak? Actually no, they'd have teamed them up as the Hackers or Hack Brothers or something.

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