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Gerry Hoggarth, who was believed to have been the oldest wrestler still alive, passed away this past week at the age of 97. Hoggarth was a former British heavyweight champion who retired after an in-ring injury in 1959, and later worked as a referee and promoted local shows. He never wrestled on television and he was one of the first opponents of Shirley Crabtree, long before his days as Big Daddy

 

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Twiiter says Leon Baxter, who worked as the Wrestling Pro, passed away. 

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I just read that Eddie Marlin passed away. Randy Hales tweeted about it.

 

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Aw man what is the video where Eddie Marlin rips his shirt off and says to somebody "YOU'VE GOT TWO CHOICES"? I can't remember the angle or the participants, just him doing that. 

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 Leon "Tarzan" Baxter, who was one of the leading stars in the Gulf Coast during the 70s as The Wrestling Pro, passed away Thursday at the age of 81. Baxter wrestled from 1960 to 1982, and from 1969 to 1977 was largely a headliner in a number of different companies including holding the North American championship for Leroy McGuirk. But his biggest success was as The Wrestling Pro, a top heel who won countless championships on the Gulf Coast

 

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Both the Observer and PWInsider are reporting that Paul Adams, who was a well-known manager on the Northeast and Southern indy scenes in the 90s, passed away last week.

I recall seeing Adams in the mid-to-late 90s when America One (I think) would air Bert Prentice-promoted shows from Tennessee on the weekends. Adams was an entertaining manager who unfortunately hit his prime when the role of the manager became passe in the big leagues. He could have been a decent head of a B-level stable in WCW or WWF in the early 1990s. 

 

 

 

 

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On 9/28/2019 at 6:30 PM, RIPPA said:

 

Those guy came along a little to late. They could have been giant in the 80s. Then vs The Steiners is a dream match of mine.

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Rest in Peace to Matt Travis....25 is way too young and the fact that it was a hit and run makes it even tougher to grasp. I really hope they get the driver.

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Rene Goulet has passed away at the age of 87

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Turns out Goulet actually had passed away in May and the family had kept his death private

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The Cauliflower Alley Club announced Wednesday that longtime WWF wrestler and road agent Rene Goulet died this past May at 86 years old. His family kept the news quiet until today, even from WWE.

A native of Quebec City, Quebec, the man born Robert Bedard began his professional wrestling career in 1957 and eventually found his way to the then-WWWF where he would stay from the 1970s through the 1980s. He also spent time in various NWA territories and the AWA.

In 1971, Goulet and partner Karl Gotch won the WWWF tag team titles by defeating Luke Graham and Tarzan Tyler, holding the gold for just 57 days. He stayed active until 1986 and worked as a road agent until 1997, one of the men seen regularly when officials came out to break up brawls.

Goulet was the first ever wrestler to defeat Ric Flair and and competed against Tito Santana in the very first WWF match aired on USA. He and Andre The Giant also won what is now known as the New Japan World Tag League in 1981.

He was inducted into the Tragos/Thesz Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2010.

 

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Saw a Facebook post from a promoter that stated Randy Colley(Moondog Rex, the first Demolition Smash) passed away on the 14th.

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On 11/10/2019 at 9:22 PM, The Outsider said:

Rest in Peace to Matt Travis....25 is way too young and the fact that it was a hit and run makes it even tougher to grasp. I really hope they get the driver.

They got him.

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Gutted by the Mr. Niebla news. La Peste Negra might be one of my favorite factions ever, and the dude was so charismatic. QEPD.

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What terrible news. Niebla was a fantastic tecnico in the first half of his career as la tecnica elastica, then became an incredible rudo with ridiculous charisma and shtick before his demons claimed him more and more often. 46 is way too soon to go for a guy with his talent. QEPD.

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It fucking sucks that we're never going to see Niebla do his stupid catch-his-own-spit punch thing that was so over again. 

Or fall off the apron. No one was better at falling off the apron than that guy.

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