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R.I.P. Wrestling Stars: A Tribute To Wrestlers Who Have Passed On

Updated on May 2, 2017

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Mr. Perfect Curt Hennig was excellent at executing wrestling maneuvers.
Mr. Perfect Curt Hennig was excellent at executing wrestling maneuvers. | Source
Hawk along with teammate Animal were one of the most feared and best tag teams in wrestling history.
Hawk along with teammate Animal were one of the most feared and best tag teams in wrestling history. | Source
Ravishing Rick Rude is seen here putting the moves on CoCo Beware.
Ravishing Rick Rude is seen here putting the moves on CoCo Beware. | Source

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Bam Bam Bigelow was usually the heel or bad guy but either way he gave his all in the squared circle every time out.
Bam Bam Bigelow was usually the heel or bad guy but either way he gave his all in the squared circle every time out. | Source
The Ultimate Warrior died just days after being inducted into WWE's Wrestling Hall of Fame.
The Ultimate Warrior died just days after being inducted into WWE's Wrestling Hall of Fame. | Source
The Big Boss Man dressed like a police and used his night stick many times.
The Big Boss Man dressed like a police and used his night stick many times. | Source

R.I.P. Tribute To 10 Great Wrestling Superstars


The performers on this list entertained millions upon millions of wrestling fans for decades and should be commemorated for their athleticism, wrestling talents, and entertainment value.

1. " Macho Man" Randy Savage (1952-2011) Randy Mario Poffa AKA Randy Savage is best known for his legendary stints with WWE, WWF and WCW having winning the heavyweight championship four times at WCW and Twice at WWF. His accomplishments go far beyond championships he also won World War 3 and King of the Ring on Pay Per View. He was managed for most of his career by his real life wife Miss Elizabeth and his finishing move was the flying elbow drop and he really got height on it. He has played a good guy and bad guy and he was a superb wrestler. Macho Man or Macho King died of a heart attack. R.I.P. Randy Savage.

2: The Ultimate Warrior (1959-2014) James Brian Hellwig is most famously known for his career with the WWF (WWE). Warrior was a body builder and won numerous awards before taking it to wrestling. He is the only wrestler to hold the WWE World title and the intercontinental championship at the same time. He was very popular with fans and he took on all comers. Warrior beat a prime Hulk Hogan for the heavyweight title and his finishing move was called the Ultimate Splash in which he ran off the rope and slammed into a fallen opponent. He died of a heart attack. R.I.P. James Hellwig.

3. Andre the Giant (1946-1993) Andre Rene Roussimoff was a 7 foot 4 wrestler also known as The 8th Wonder of the World. In his ring career Andre won the WWF Heavyweight championship as well as the WWF Tag Team titles. He was usually the good guy although he played the heel on occasion. He was a spectacle but he participated in matches that made him more appreciated such as the time he wrestled with boxer Chuck Wepner and tossed him into the audience. The Giant took on all comers including King Kong Bundy, Big John Studd and Hulk Hogan (Andre VD Hulk were friends and rivals at times). He died of heart failure in his sleep. R.I.P. Andre Roussimoff.

4. "Mr. Perfect" Curt Hennig (1958-2003) Curtis Michael Hennig was a perfectionist and he had a huge list of wrestling moves that he executed smoothly. In the AWA he won the world heavyweight championship and the tag team championship and he dominated in that organization before moving on to have an illustrious career in the WWF and even more so in the WCW winning multiple title in each organization. Perfect had feuds with many wrestlers from Hulk Hogan to Goldberg and he was hard to beat because he was always prepared. R.I.P. Curtis Hennig.

5. "Ravishing" Rick Rude (1958-1999) Richard Erwin Rood was a flashy and cocky wrestler with a stunning body which he flexed and showed off constantly. Rick Rude won numerous titles during his span of wrestling at WWF and WCW. He has been a heavyweight world champion, intercontinental champion and a television champion. Rude had great wrestling skills especially with holds and one on one ring combat. His finishers were the DDT and the Rude Awakening which was a delayed neck breaker. Ravishing Rick died of heart failure. R.I.P. Richard Rood.

6. Hawk (Road Warriors- (1957-2003) Michael Hegstrand best known as Hawk who teamed up with Animal to make The Road Warriors in the WCW and the Legion of Doom in the WCW. His finishing move was the off the top rope flying clothesline which he usually did while Animal held the wrestler up on his shoulder. Hawk's catchphrase was What a Rush and his career was that way. Hawk was very agile off the top ropes and in ring center where he perfected many wrestling takedowns. R.I.P. Michael Hegstrand.

7. "Bam Bam" Bigelow (1961-2007) Scott Charles Bigelow was best known for his stints on WWF, ECW and WCW. He had. Flame tattoo that covered half of his head and part of his upper body and neck. Fitting, because Bam Bam fought like a street brawler and he was fond of pouncing his opponent and flattening them with his size. Usually the bad guy but occasionally he appealed to the fans. Bigelow is a former ECW World Heavyweight Champion and a former WCW tag team world champion during his hard hitting wrestling career. Bigelow talked smack but backed it up by taking on all the top wrestlers of his era. R.I.P. Scott Bigelow.

8. Big Boss Man (1963-2004) Raymond Walter Trailer Jr. Died of a heart attack in his home. Best known for his bouts in the WWF he also competed in several,other organizations with great success as The Boss. He dressed as a correctional officer and had a night stick which he often used to beat his ring adversaries senseless. Boss man held the tag team championship in the WWF once but where he stood out was brawling and everything goes bouts. He held the Hardcore Championship four different times during his prime as a wrestling entertainer. R.I.P. Raymond Trailer, Jr.

9. Hercules Hernandez (1956-2004) Raymond Fernandez started his career as a body builder and wrestler in Florida before settling in at the WWF. He never won a major title with the WWF but he did win several belts with mid western and southern wrestling alliances. Hernandez carried a huge chain into the ring and he was managed by Bobby Heenan. Hernandez used a vicious back breaker to finish his opponents. He used brute strength to use moves like power slams. He died of heart failure. R.I.P. Raymond Fernandez.

10. Gorilla Monsoon (1937-1999) Robert James Marella was a former manger, commentator and President of WWF Wrestling but he was also a darn good wrestler. He won tag team titles at WWE and the WWA and his finishing move was sweet. It was an airplane spin turned into a slam sometimes a power slam. He was a good singles wrestler as well as tag partner and he used his size to beat opponents by imploring moves such as the bear hug. Monsoon died of heart failure due to Diabetes. R.I.P. Robert Marella.

Andre The Giant

Andre the Giant wrestling many of the best wrestlers in history including Hulk Hogan and Big John Studd.
Andre the Giant wrestling many of the best wrestlers in history including Hulk Hogan and Big John Studd. | Source

Macho Man Randy Savage

Randy Savage was known for his high flying moves off the top ropes and his tenacity inside the ring.
Randy Savage was known for his high flying moves off the top ropes and his tenacity inside the ring. | Source

Andre The Giant's Top Opponents

King Kong Bundy
Hulk Hogan
Big John Studd
Killer Khan
Harley Race
Hercules
 
 
Kamala
 
 
 
Seven of Andre the Giant's best ring opponents.

A Few More Who Left Us Much Too Soon

1. Brad Armstrong (1961-2012)

2. Killer Kawalski (1926-2008)

3. Eddie Guerrero (1967-2005)

4. Playboy Buddy Rose (1952-2009)

5. Chris Benoit (1967-2007)


Andre The Giant on David Letterman

Wrestling Managers Who Passed On

Below are a couple of legendary wrestling managers who left us too soon.

1. Paul Bearer (1954-2013) R.I.P. William Moody. Bearer primarily guided the career of The Undertaker.

2. Captain Lou Albano (1933-2009) R.I.P Louis Vincent Albano. Captain Lou managed many wrestlers and he played as a good guy and a very bad man.

3. Miss Elizabeth (1960-2003) R.I.P. Elizabeth Ann Hulette. She was the wife of Macho Man Randy Savage and she managed his career with sincerity.

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© 2014 Buster Johnson

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      MizBejabbers 3 years ago

      Gosh, Leslie, you bring back some memories. I haven’t watched wrestling in years, mainly because the style has changed and I don’t care for it anymore. I’m not familiar with some of those you mentioned, but who could forget Andre the Giant, Macho Man Randy Savage, and (still living) Hulk Hogan of the modern-day wrestlers.

      Forty years ago my first husband and I ran a small TV station in New Mexico and we featured wrestling. Those were the days of the Funks, Dory Jr. and Terry, Mr. Clean, and a number of wrestlers with whom we became personally acquainted and whose names I forget. Dory Funk Sr. ran the major wrestling syndicate in the Southwest, and Chief Little Eagle ran the syndicate in New Mexico. Back then we called them “syndicates”, and I can’t remember their official names. These were some of the nicest men I’ve ever met, and with the exception of one or two, even the “really nasty” were just stage fronts of real nice guys. What impressed me was that these men were college-educated and not the big ignorant lugs they appeared to be.

      There was lots of rivalry and some injuries in the ring, of course, but it seems to me that wrestling back then was a “kinder gentler” sport (Is that an oxymoron?). About the early to mid-80s I noticed a change toward more bad boys, more violence, and (at least the appearance of) actual hate in the ring that seemed to flow over into the street. It just wasn’t fun anymore. As a friend of mine said, “you have to watch wrestling with the same spirit you watch Batman to enjoy it.” I couldn’t watch it in that spirit anymore, so I stopped watching.

      I knew Randy Savage was gone, but I didn’t know Miss Elizabeth had passed away, too. I’m sorry to learn that. Well done hub, voted up.

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      Buster Johnson 3 years ago from Alabama

      Thank you for your comments

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