Excerpted and adapted from The Squared Circle: Life, Death, and Professional Wrestling (Gotham Books). For the Dead Wrestler of the Week archive, click here.
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When Matt Osborne died on Friday, the news rang out far and wide. Fox Sports: "Report: Doink the Clown dead at 56." TMZ: "Doink the Clown Pro Wrestler Dies at 55." New York Daily News: "Ex-WWE wrestler Doink the Clown dead at 55." The implication was that the role had overtaken its actor. As this site's Barry…
The Masked Man remembers Bruiser and the Butcher, two wrestlers who operated on the edges of the script—and at their own threshold for pain. Read »
Dead Wrestler of the Week is an occasional feature in which we honor the sport's fallen and examine their legacies. In (belated) honor of Deadspin's Blood Week, we're looking back at the epic rivalry between Abdullah the Butcher and the late Bruiser Brody.
An occasional feature in which we honor the sport's fallen and examine their legacies. Today: Brian "Crush" Adams, who died in 2007 after accidentally ingesting a lethal mixture of prescription drugs.
"Macho Man" Randy Savage was killed today in a car accident. Last year, our pro wrestling correspondent paid tribute to Savage's manager and first wife, Miss Elizabeth. She died in 2003 of an overdose at the home of her boyfriend, Lex Luger.
An occasional feature in which we honor the sport's fallen and examine their legacies. Today we have a special edition of Dead Wrestler of the Week: The Undertaker, who defeated Triple H last night in WrestleMania 27 and who, while still very much alive, has long been a death-obsessed figure in a death-haunted sport.
An occasional feature in which we honor the sport's fallen and examine their legacies. Today: Captain Lou Albano, who died of a heart attack in 2009.
An occasional feature in which we honor the sport's fallen and examine their legacies. Today: "Ravishing" Rick Rude, who died in 1999 of heart failure possibly caused by a drug overdose.
The Cauliflower Alley Club pays touching tribute to the wrestlers — Neil Carr, Donn Lewin, Paul Morton, Hans Mortier, King Curtis Iaukea, Skip Young, Jack Laskin, El Hijo del Cien Caras, Kantaro Hoshino, Chris Long, Joe Higuchi, Taro Myaki, Mike Masarky ...
Jorge González, the 7-foot-7 Giant González of the WWF and a former basketball player whom the Atlanta Hawks drafted in 1988, has died, apparently of complications from diabetes. [SLAM! Sports]
Mike "Bastion Booger" Shaw, 53, died over the weekend of a heart attack. He famously feuded with Bam Bam Bigelow (dead of a drug overdose) over Bigelow's valet, Luna Vachon (dead of a likely drug overdose). [FanHouse]
Every week or so, the Masked Man, Deadspin's pro wrestling correspondent, honors the sport's fallen and examines their legacies — famous and obscure alike. Today: Owen Hart, who fell to his death in 1999 during a WWE pay-per-view event.
Every week or so, the Masked Man honors the wrestling's fallen and examines their legacies — famous and obscure alike. Today: Lance Cade, who died on Friday of heart failure. He was 29. Already his death has become an issue in former WWE CEO Linda McMahon's Senate campaign.
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Every week, the Masked Man, Deadspin's pro wrestling correspondent, honors the sport's fallen and examines their legacies — famous and obscure alike. Today: Michael Hegstrand, aka Road Warrior Hawk, who died in 2003 of a heart attack. He was 46.