Since 1970, a growing number of pro wrestler deaths have not been due to natural causes. Accidents, drug or alcohol abuse, and in more recent times, suicides, have been steadily contributing to their untimely demise. Have the physical and personal demands of the industry, taken its toll on their mental health? From gunshot wounds, drug overdoses or other self-inflicted means, over 20 known pro wrestlers have taken their own lives. Aside from their professions and affiliations in the world of wrestling, what did these men and women “of the ring,” have in common? Earlier this year, the shocking news of Reid Fliehr’s death, baffled the world. He had just returned home from an all Japan wrestling tour, which he had been involved with since 2008, when was found dead in a North Carolina hotel room. The autopsy report revealed Reid overdosed on a lethal combination of heroin and prescription medications. His father, former 16 Time World Heavyweight Wrestling Champion, Ric Flair, along with the rest of the family, grieve the loss.
John Masiulionis, by his own admission, was obsessed with wrestling.
Creator of the popular Internet-based “Monday Night Mayhem” show, Masiulionis, better known by his “Big Mosh” handle, had long ago crossed the invisible line that separated reality from fantasy.
Since early childhood, pro wrestling had provided the New York native with an outlet. It had even been an escape.
Only recently did Masiulionis come to the life-changing realization that reality, as he had known it, was taking him down an unfulfilling path.
ECWA tore through the Greater Newark Boys & Girls on Saturday December 7, 2013. In front of a loud capacity crowd the stars of the ECWA provided laughs and some breath taking ‘Oh My God!’ moments! WWE Hall of Famer JJ Dillon was on hand and a very popular man as the fans flocked to meet the wrestling legend. All this was in support of the US Marines and their Toys for Tots toy drive which was a rousing success! So what did you miss? Read the recap and results below to find out:
From Actors and Reality Stars to Professional Wrestlers and News Anchors, Notable Personalities Sing to Help Komen Orange County Fund Life-Saving Mammograms:
In conjunction with #GivingTuesday, Susan G. Komen Orange County® today debuted its second holiday jingle campaign on YouTube (http://ow.ly/rnZOW) to help raise funds for life-saving mammograms. This year, a handful of familiar faces – some new and some previous Komen holiday jingle participants – generously donated their time and voices to sing about funding mammograms to the tune of “Jingle Bells.” Last year, the first campaign, which parodied “Winter Wonderland,” helped the Affiliate net a 53 percent increase in funds for its year-end appeal. With a new song and campaign, Komen Orange County is hoping to match or exceed those efforts in 2013.
The first son of Stu Hart and the oldest brother of Bret Hart and Owen Hart, Smith Hart is now writing for PWMania.com. Hart posted his debut column talking about WWE and problems in pro wrestling today. Here is an excerpt from his first entry:
“I recently posted on my twitter account, @smithhart1, a simple comment that in return received plenty of replies. The comment read:
“Fans wonder why Cena gets pushes so hard its simple. Cena fans buy ppvs, punk/bryan fans are more apt to pirate ppvs”.
This comment was not meant to disparage CM Punk, Daniel Bryan or John Cena or for that matter any other talented internet darling.
Jason Sanderson – The Most Interesting (Wolfman) in New Hampshire
This wrestler-turned-novelist might be the only bishop with a beer named after him!
Some stereotypes stick harder than others — and professional wrestlers are forever stuck with the brawn-over-brains label. When he was the underdog candidate in the Minnesota gubernatorial election, former WWF star Jesse “The Body” Ventura posed as the Auguste Rodin sculpture “The Thinker” in a campaign ad while the narrator outlined his positions on education reform. Jesse “The Body” had become “Jesse The Mind.”
Spotlight for National Vegan Month: Meet pro wrestler and vegan Austin Aries (@AustinAries), who is featured every Thursday night on TNA Impact Wrestling airing on Spike TV, regular pay-per-view events, and national and international tours
Pro wrestler Austin Aries is one of the top stars of TNA Impact Wrestling. But what make him unique among his peers is that Austin has been a vegan for two years and a vegetarian for 13 years before that.
On this edition of CAC Radio, David and Morgan welcome CAC member and 2007 CAC Honoree Cowboy Bob Kelly. Cowboy is also the President of the Gulf Coast Wrestlers Reunion. From Kentucky to Mobile Alabama sit back and find out how Cowboy got started and what the CAC and the GCWR means to him.
Listen to the interview here:
This month marks the first ever edition of “10 Questions with…”! The goal of the article is to let you, the ECWA fans, learn more about your favorite ECWA stars. We ask 10 questions about their professional wrestling career and there’ll be a little spice added in to make it even more interesting. So who did we choose first?
Former 3x ECWA Mid Atlantic champion
ECWA Hall of Famer
The ONLY ECWA Lifetime Achievement Award Winner
The French Icon Meisure Ooh La La!
Question 1: Who or want inspired you to become a pro wrestler? *As submitted by ECWA fan Mary Hiday
Ooh La La: Who or what?….. It was ze mid 80’s when I was at ze Philadelphia Spectrum. And Swede Hanson after having his head thrown into the turnbuckle several times by S.D. Jones, it didn’t seem to faze him. Being the brave 13-14 year old, I shouted “No brain, no pain.” Next thing you know he turns, he looks. I thought he was staring right at me. I got scared. I thought he was gonna come out of ze ring and rip me from limb to limb because he started pointing. And that was ze exact moment I was hooked… I spoke and shouted and my voice was heard. I remember that like it was yesterday.