Here is a list of all the professional wrestlers who have died this year. If you know of any that I missed please leave a comment and I will add them in.
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Notes / Career Highlights
The Green Shadow, The Medic, The Red Shadow, The Scorpion
Had first match at 17. Wrestled mainly in Gulf Coast Championship Wrestling. Held multiple tag team championships with Jerry “The King” Lawler.
Borga ended Tataka’s two year undefeated streak. He defeated Razor Ramon for the Intercontinental Championship at a house show, but the decision was reversed due to outside interference from Shawn Michaels.
Self-inflicted Gunshot Wound
Ida Mae Martinez
Won the Championship of Mexico in 1952. Released a CD title, “The Yodeling Lady Ms. Ida”. Received a Masters Degree in Nursing, and was one of the first to work with AIDS patients in the Baltimore area.
Many time NWA tag team champion with his brother Gerald and a few other partners. 2-Time NWA World Heavyweight Champion while in All Japan Pro Wrestling. The Brisco Brothers biggest contribution to professional wrestling however was discovering Hulk Hogan.
Complications from Open Heart Surgery
Masked Miser, The Carpet Bagger
Father of Leaping Lanny Poffo and Randy Macho Man Savage. Multi-time Tag Team Champion. Held the NWA World Tag Team Championship (Detroit Version) with his son Lanny Poffo.
One half of The Flying Scotts with his brother George. Multiple time NWA and AWA tag team champion with his brother.
Chris Kanyon, Kanyon, Mortis
WCW U.S. Champion, WCW Tag Team Champion with Diamond Dallas Page and Bam Bam Bigelow while part of the Jersey Triad.
Overdose of pills, possible suicide
AWA World Heavyweight Champion and many time tag team champion with multiple partners.
Mr. Hito, Tokyo Joe
13-time Tag Team Champion. Helped train wrestlers in Stu Hart’s Dungeon, wrestlers like; Bret Hart, Davey Boy Smith, The Dynamite Kid, Chris Benoit, and Chris Jericho.
Multi-time Tag Team Champion with various partners including Killer Kowalski and Masa Saito
Salvador Cuevas Ramirez
Mexican Luchador, lost his mask to Pierroth Jr.
Grizzly had three children that were also professional wrestlers; Sam Houston (Michael), Rockin’ Robin, and the most famous of all Jake The Snake Roberts.
Mainly a tag team wrestler with partner Johnny Kashmere as The Backseat Boyz on the independent circuit.
Less famous brother of Gene Stanlee. Wrestled in the WWWF in the mid 60s. One of his few wins came against the Baron Mikel Scicluna. Once faced Lou Thesz for the NWA World Heavyweight Title.
Trained by Shawn Michaels. 3-time WWE World Tag Team Champion with Trevor Murdoch.
Was managed by Freddie Blassie in the 70s in the WWWF. Went onto manage his stable named Devastation, Inc. in WCCW and Mid-South Wrestling. Managed nearly 50 wrestlers, including; Abdullah the Butcher, Cactus Jack, The Missing Link, The Great Kabuki, Greg Valentine, Kevin Von Erich, Killer Khan, One Man Gang, Steve Austin, Ted DiBiase and many more.
Adopted daughter of Butcher Vachon, niece of Mad Dog and Vivian Vachon. Andre the Giant was her Godfather. Best known for her time in WCW and the WWE.
Father of professional wrestler Matt Borne. Held numerous tag team titles with many partners, including Pat Patterson and Mr. Fuji.
Died after having a pacemaker inserted into his heart earlier in the month.
Wrestled on the independent circuit.
Brain Aneurysm caused by multiple concussions.
Bastion Booger, Norman the Lunatic, Friar Ferguson, Makhan Singh, Klondike Mike
Multiple time Stampede International Tag Team Champion and North American Heavyweight Champion as Makhan Singh. Wrestling Observer’s Most Embarrassing Wrestler in 1993 as Bastion Booger.
Arturo Casco Hernandez
Held both the NWA World Middleweight and Welterweight Championships.
Stabbed five times, to death.
El Gigante, Giant Gonzales
Argentinian National Basketball Team member. Had long-running feuds with both Ric Flair and The Undertaker. The tallest wrestler in history at 7-foot-6-inches.