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RIP Shaunymo – a tribute to a fallen brother

  On June 23, Shaun “Shaunymo” Morris, a deathmatch wrestler from St. Catharines, Ontario, passed away at the age of 35 after a three-year battle with brain cancer. Chad “Warhed” Gowing - owner and promoter of Deathproof Fight Club -- where Shaunymo held the...

Shabazz was more than a pro wrestling author

Julian L.D. Shabazz, better known to pro wrestling fans as the author of Black Stars of Professional Wrestling, died on June 14, 2020, at the age of 52. According to his obituary, in addition to being an author, Shabazz also worked as “a motivational speaker, rap...

‘Mr. Wrestling II’ Johnny Walker dies

One of the most magical experiences this writer ever had was wandering through the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame, then located in Amsterdam, New York, with the legendary "Mr. Wrestling II" Johnny Walker. With news of his passing at the age of 85 in Hawaii...

Death Match star Danny Havoc remembered for brains not blood

If this obituary had been written by Danny Havoc, and not about him, it would undoubtedly be much more eloquent. Because Havoc (real name Grant Berkland), who passed away on May 31 at 34 years of age, was by all accounts keenly intelligent, highly imaginative,...

With Perri and Blade, Pittsburgh loses two long-time fixtures

The Pittsburgh Independent Wrestling scene lost two of its most well-known faces over the past week. First, on May 28, “Gentleman” Joe Perri, a promoter, referee and manager who began his career in the early 1980s, succumbed to cancer after a two-year battle with the...

Wenona Little Heart followed stepfather into wrestling

CHRIS BERGSTROM - For SLAM! Wrestling Wenona Little Heart, who died on May 10, had family ties in the business, with a stepfather who wrestled, and later, her stepsister, Peggy Lee Leather, followed her into wrestling. She was born Winfred "Winnie" Childree on...

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