Every year, WWE fans are shocked and saddened by the death of one or more professional wrestlers. Here’s a look at some of the most recent WWE fatalities.
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“Who Died in the WWE?”
Recently, WWE has come under fire for the number of wrestlers who have died young. While the cause of death for each wrestler is different, many fans are wondering if the WWE is doing enough to protect its athletes.
In this article, we’ll take a look at some of the wrestlers who have died in recent years, as well as the WWE’s response to these tragedies.
“The Ultimate Warrior”
James Hellwig, better known by his ring name The Ultimate Warrior, was an American professional wrestler who earned popularity in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) during the late 1980s and early 1990s. He died on April 8, 2014, just days after being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.
“Bam Bam Bigelow”
Bam Bam Bigelow was an American professional wrestler who competing in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF), Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW), World Championship Wrestling (WCW), and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA). He was best known for his time in the WWF where he competed under his real name.
Bigelow began his career in 1983, and quickly gained notoriety for his unique appearance and impressive athleticism for a man of his size. He found success early on, winning several regional titles. In 1987, he debuted in the WWF, and instantly became one of the promotion’s top stars.
He feuded with Hulk Hogan, Andre the Giant, and Ted DiBiase throughout his time in the WWF. Bigelow even headlined WrestleMania XI in 1995 in a losing effort against Lawrence Taylor.
In 1998, Bigelow left the WWF and competed in ECW and WCW before retiring from wrestling in 2002.
He made sporadic appearances over the next few years before passing away in 2007 at the age of 45. The cause of death was reported to be a heart attack.
Owen James Hart (May 7, 1965 – May 23, 1999) was a Canadian professional wrestler who worked for several promotions including Stampede Wrestling, New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW), World Championship Wrestling (WCW), and most famously, the World Wrestling Federation (WWF).
Hart began his wrestling career in his native Calgary, Alberta for Stampede Wrestling in 1984. After making several appearances for NJPW as a tag team wrestler in 1988 and 1989, he returned to Canada joining his brother Bret at the top of the WWF tag team division with victories over The Quebecers and The Bolsheviks. When Bret became a solo champion in early 1992 upon winning the 1991 Royal Rumble match, Owen proclaimed himself “The Black Hart” and “The King of Harts”, becoming one of wrestling’s most despised heels. He constantly feuded with Bret throughout 1992–1993 over Bret’s WWF Championship as well as with other top WWF wrestlers such as Shawn Michaels and Razor Ramon. In mid-1993, Hart joined forces with Jim Neidhart to form The New Foundation.
“The Big Boss Man”
The Big Boss Man (Raymond Washington Traylor, Jr.), was an American professional wrestler who was best known for his time with the World Wrestling Federation (WWF). He died of a heart attack on September 22, 2004, at the age of 41.
“Doink the Clown”
Doink the Clown was a character in WWE who died on June 28th, 2013. He was best known for his practical jokes and his signature green and purple face makeup.
WWE wrestler Andrew “Test” Martin died on Friday, March 13, 2009, of an accidental overdose of painkillers. He was 33 years old.
Eddie Guerrero was an American professional wrestler who worked for WWE. He died on November 13, 2005, at the age of 38.
Chris Benoit was a Canadian professional wrestler who died in 2007. Benoit is one of the most well-known wrestlers to have died in the WWE, and his death caused a lot of controversy.
“The Ultimate Warrior”
The Ultimate Warrior (born James Brian Hellwig; June 16, 1959 – April 8, 2014) was an American professional wrestler, who wrestled under the ring name The Ultimate Warrior for the World Wrestling Federation (WWF, now WWE) from 1987 to 1991 and again in 1992 and 1996. He was a two-time WWF Intercontinental Champion and a one-time WWF World Heavyweight Champion.