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Wrestlers Who Died In The Ring

Mar 29, 2020
Professional wrestling is a dangerous job, and it's not uncommon for

wrestlers

to die early. For some of them, the end comes before they even leave the

ring

. Here are professional

wrestlers

who

died

in the

ring

, sometimes with an audience and sometimes without. Mitsuharu Misawa is one of the biggest names of all time in Japanese wrestling. He rose to fame in the 1980s as "Tiger Mask", a character who naturally wore a tiger-themed mask. He was so popular that when he unmasked himself in 1990, his fame only increased. In 2009, he was a 46-year-old veteran who had been named pro wrestler of the year three times and was still competing.
wrestlers who died in the ring
The tragic match that ended Misawa's stellar career occurred on June 13, 2009. One of his opponents gave him a back suplex, a fairly common move. However, what happened next shows that nothing in wrestling is truly routine, and even the most basic moves can turn into tragedies. Misawa didn't move after the impact. The match was stopped immediately. All the wrestlers surrounded the ring and the crowd softly chanted Misawa's name as doctors and nurses tried to administer CPR. He was pronounced dead at a hospital, though he was probably already dead before he was led away from the ring. The official cause was heart failure.
wrestlers who died in the ring

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wrestlers who died in the ring...

Malcolm "King Kong" Kirk was a well-known British monster and a frequent teammate of the even more massive Giant Haystacks. This former rugby player didn't use a gimmick as his 350lb frame was more than enough to intimidate his opponents. On August 23, 1987, Kirk confronted Shirley "Big Daddy" Crabtree, who said that Kirk had the strength of three people. The match went exactly as planned until the very end, when Big Daddy gave Kirk his finishing move: a huge splash that saw him leap onto his prone opponent. Kirk never punted from that finisher. The 50-year-old powerhouse was left lying in the ring, but it wasn't the finishing move that killed him.
wrestlers who died in the ring
An investigation into the incident found that Kirk

died

of a pre-existing heart condition. Big Daddy was cleared of all responsibility, and even Kirk's widow said that she had no ill will against her late husband's final opponent. "As long as I live, I'll never forget seeing him laying there on the canvas instead of standing there raging and, you know, flying." Wayne Van Dyke, also known as Richard Delicious, was an independent wrestler who worked in small Florida promotions. He was just 29 years old when he suffered a series of heart attacks that began during a tag team match at an event organized by the Ronin Pro Wrestling promotion.
wrestlers who died in the ring
He complained to his tag partner that he wasn't feeling well and suffered his first heart attack right after tagging himself. After that, things went from bad to worse. Attempts to give him CPR at the scene left Van Dyke with at least one broken rib and a punctured lung. He then suffered a second heart attack on the way to the hospital. When he finally got to the facility, he had a third. At that point, hospital staff had to put him into a medically induced coma. Unfortunately, the damage was too much for his system and Van Dyke's family soon confirmed the fighter's passing on Facebook.
Japanese wrestler Plum Mariko died in the ring after her opponent forcefully attacked her in 1997. It wasn't until after the match that the other wrestlers realized she still hadn't moved and was now snoring, which was a shock. sign that his brain was bleeding. She was rushed to the hospital, but surgery could not save her. The 29-year-old died of brain damage. Mariko had accumulated a collection of nasty injuries over the years, including multiple concussions and an undiagnosed brain abscess. Doctors believe that she died from the combined effects of these injuries, rather than a single one from the energy bomb.
They also said that if she had been examined before her, she probably would have survived because no doctor would have let her fight in her condition. Mariko's passing was the first death in a wrestling ring in Japan. What makes her fate even more tragic is that the signs of brain damage were there. Owen Hart was a member of the legendary Hart family of wrestlers. At the time of his death in 1999, his role was a masked superhero character known as "The Blue Blazer". For the "Over the Edge" show in May 1999, the WWF decided to give him a superhero-worthy ticket in which he would fly.
An elaborate cable system was installed to lower him into the ring from the rafters above. But the system failed while he was 78 feet above the ring, causing him to fall when he hit the top rope and then bounced back into the ring. Although the incident never made it to television, the 16,000 people at Kemper Arena in Kansas City witnessed the futile attempts by medical personnel to revive Hart, who died of internal bleeding. At first some of the audience members thought it was all a trick and that the falling figure had been a doll. However, this impression would not last long.
The ring announcer soon informed the audience that what had just happened was unscripted. Before the event ended, WWF commentator Jim Ross announced to the world that Hart was dead. Check out one of our newest videos right here! Also, there will be more grunge videos soon about your favorite things. Subscribe to our YouTube channel and activate the bell so you don't miss any.

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