A Tribute to the WWE Deceased

by aliasbrush | created - 22 May 2011 | updated - 22 May 2011 | Public

They were immortals when I watched them in my youth - athletes, actors, entertainers and stuntmen. With personalities every bit as captivating as their physical prowess, this is my salute to those who gave me so many years of great entertainment.

Departed, but never forgotten. R.I.P.

1. Randy Savage

Actor | Spider-Man

One of the most colorful wrestlers in and out of the ring, Randy "Macho Man" Savage became a larger-than-life pop icon along with other wrestling superstars, such as "Rowdy" Roddy Piper, Hulk Hogan, Jimmy Snuka (aka "Superfly Jimmy Snuka"), Jesse Ventura and Dwayne Johnson (aka "The Rock").

When ...

1952–2011 (age 58)

2. Jorge Gonzáles

Actor | World Championship Wrestling

He was one of the world's tallest men to ever live. He played professional basketball as a center in his country at Gimnasia La Plata (won 2nd level championship) and Sport Club. He also played for the National Team from 1985 to 1988. Drafted by NBA's Atlanta Hawks in 1988, he had to quit after a ...

[Giant Gonzáles] 1966-2010 (age 44)

3. Andrew Martin

Actor | 18 Wheels of Justice

Andrew Martin was born on March 17, 1975 in Whitby, Ontario, Canada as Andrew James Robert Patrick Martin. He was an actor, known for 18 Wheels of Justice (2000), WWE WrestleMania X-8 (2002) and WWE Smackdown! (1999). He died on March 12, 2009 in Tampa, Florida, USA.

[Test] 1975-2009 (age 33)

4. Chris Benoit

Actor | WCW Thunder

Chris Benoit is a legend in his hometown of Edmonton, Alberta, though we Wrestled all over the world and was a super star in The United States. Benoit held the WCW Tag Team title and Television title. He was considered for a role in X-Men as the Wolverine (one of his nick names). His life ended in ...

1967-2007 (age 40)

5. Brian Adams

Actor | World Championship Wrestling

Brian Adams was born on April 14, 1964 in Kona, Hawaii, USA as Brian Keith Adams. He is known for his work on WCW World Championship Wrestling (1985), Saturday Night's Main Event (1985) and WWF Superstars (1986). He was married to Irene Yumiko. He died on August 13, 2007 in Tampa, Florida, USA.

[Crush] 1963-2007 (age 44)

6. Scott Bigelow

Actor | Major Payne

Scott Bigelow was born on September 1, 1961 in Asbury Park, New Jersey, USA as Scott Charles Bigelow. He was an actor, known for Major Payne (1995), WCW Monday Nitro (1995) and WCW World Championship Wrestling (1985). He was married to Dana Fisher. He died on January 19, 2007 in Hudson, Florida, ...

1961-2007 (age 45)

7. Sherri Martel

Actress | WCW Monday Nitro

Sherri Martel was born on February 8, 1958 in Birmingham, Alabama, USA as Sherry L Russell. She was an actress, known for WCW Monday Nitro (1995), WCW World Championship Wrestling (1985) and Saturday Night's Main Event (1985). She was married to Robert Schrull. She died on June 15, 2007 in ...

1958-2007 (age 49)

8. Allen Coage

Actor | Stampede Wrestling

Allen J. Coage made history as the first African American to win a Judo Olympic Bronze medal at the 1976 Olympics and the second American to win a medal for the USA team. To date Allen Coage remains the only American heavyweight to win an Olympic medal in Judo. He also won a Gold medal for 1967 ...

[Bad News Brown] 1943-2007 (age 63)

9. John Tenta

Actor | WCW Monday Nitro

Deceased Canadian Sumo turned professional wrestler best known for his work for WWE from 1989 to 1993. He went undefeated as a Sumo wrestler but left the sport out of frustration with the lifestyle and knowing he would never get elevated to Yokozuna (Grand Champion) status. He trained in All Japan ...

[Earthquake] 1963-2006 (age 42)

10. Eddie Guerrero

Actor | WCW Thunder

One of the great Hispanic wrestlers, Eddie Guerrero grew up part of the famous wrestling family: The Guerreros. His father Gory Guerrero became a star in the U.S., an icon in Texas and a legend in Mexico. Eddie's brothers, Hector, Amadno and Chavo, Sr. also became wrestlers. Both Hector and Amando ...

1967-2005 (age 38)

11. Ray Traylor

Actor | WWF Superstars of Wrestling

Ray Traylor was born on May 2, 1963 in Marietta, Georgia, USA as Ray Washington Traylor Jr. He was an actor, known for WWF Superstars (1986), Saturday Night's Main Event (1985) and WCW World Championship Wrestling (1985). He was married to Angela Easterwood. He died on September 22, 2004 in Dallas,...

[The Big Bossman] 1963-2004 (age 41)

12. Ray Hernandez

Actor | WWWF Championship Wrestling

Ray Hernandez was born on May 7, 1956 in Tampa, Florida, USA as Ray Fernandez. He was an actor, known for WWF Championship Wrestling (1972), WWF Superstars (1986) and WWF All-Star Wrestling (1972). He was married to Debra Garcia. He died on March 6, 2004 in Tampa.

[Hercules] 1956-2004 (age 47)

13. Michael Lockwood

Actor | WWF Jakked

Michael Lockwood was born on August 25, 1971 in Pacifica, California, USA as Michael John Lockwood. He was an actor, known for WWE Jakked (1999), WWE Smackdown! (1999) and WWE Sunday Night Heat (1998). He was married to Christeena Wheeler. He died on November 6, 2003 in Navarre, Florida, USA.

[Crash Holly] 1971-2003 (age 32)

14. Elizabeth Hulette

Actress | WWWF Championship Wrestling

Pro wrestling's Miss Elizabeth was born in Frankfort, KY in 1960, and grew up in Kentucky. According to the WWF's Spotlight magazine, Elizabeth enjoyed walks through the meadows and horses during her childhood. She earned a degree in communications from the University of Kentucky. She rose to ...

[Miss Elizabeth] 1960-2003 (age 42)

15. Curt Hennig

Actor | WWWF Championship Wrestling

Curt Hennig was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania as the son of one of wrestlings all time legends - Larry Hennig - Aka Larry The Ax Hennig. Curtbegan training to follow in his fathers footsteps when he was just 12 years old. Starting off in the AWA - Curt began his career as a tag team wrestler. He...

1958-2003 (age 44)

16. Mike Hegstrand

Actor | AWA All-Star Wrestling

Mike Hegstrand was born on January 26, 1957 in St. Paul, Minnesota, USA as Michael James Hegstrand. He was an actor, known for AWA All-Star Wrestling (1960), WCW Monday Nitro (1995) and WWF Superstars (1986). He was married to Dale Watts and Judy Pendzimas. He died on October 19, 2003 in Seminole, ...

[Hawk] 1957-2003 (age 46)

17. Davey Boy Smith

Actor | WCW Monday Nitro

Davey Boy Smith was born on November 27, 1962 in Manchester, England as David Boy Smith. He was an actor, known for WCW Monday Nitro (1995), WCW World Championship Wrestling (1985) and WCW Thunder (1998). He was married to Diana Hart. He died on May 18, 2002 in Invermere, British Columbia, Canada.

1962-2002 (age 39)

18. Yokozuna

Actor | WWF Superstars of Wrestling

The man who would eventually become known as Yokozuna was born in San Francisco on October 22, 1966. He came from a wrestling family, as his uncles were Afa Anoai and Sika Anoai. He was trained by his uncles and Sam Fatu as a teenager and wrestled in Alabama and the USWA under the name Kokina Anoai...

[Yokozuna] 1966-2000 (34)

19. Owen Hart

Actor | Saturday Night's Main Event

Owen Hart was one of twelve children from a legendary Canadian wrestling family. His brother Bret is also one of the most well known wrestlers of all time. Owen was one of the best wrestlers in the business and his major accomplishments include being the 1994 King of the Ring, former ...

1965-1999 (age 34)

20. Rick Rude

Actor | WCW Monday Nitro

The wrestler who would eventually become known as Ravishing Rick Rude was born Richard Erwin Rood on December 7th, 1958. He spent his childhood in Robinsdale, Minnesota, and had an early childhood friendship with future pro wrestler Curt Hennig. Rood broke into the business after a stint as a ...

1958-1999 (age 40)

21. Gorilla Monsoon

Actor | WWF Prime-Time Wrestling

Robert James Marella was born in Rochester, New York, USA . After being a WWF Champion and President, he became known for his work on WWE Raw (1993), WWF Challenge (1986) and WWF Prime-Time Wrestling (1985). He also hosted many Wrestlemanias with Jesse Ventura.He was married to Maureen Hess for 40 ...

[Gorilla Monsoon] 1937-1999 (age 62)

22. Sylvester Ritter

Actor | WWWF Championship Wrestling

The man who would eventually become known as the Junk Yard Dog was born on December 13, 1953, in Wadesboro, North Carolina. He played football & wrestled in high school and was drafted by the Houston Oilers in 1975 after graduating from Fayetville State University, but was cut after blowing out his...

[The Junkyard Dog] 1952-1998 (age 45)

23. Brian Pillman

Actor | WWF Superstars of Wrestling

Brian Pillman makes the list of a long line of tragic deaths in wrestling. He had endured 36 throat operations as a child. Pillman played football in the NFL for the Cincinnati Bengals in 1984 and in the CFL for the Calgary Stampeders. It was in Calgary where he met Owen Hart (who also died at a ...

1962-1997 (age 35)

24. Big John Studd

Actor | Micki + Maude

John Minton, or Big John Studd as he would eventually be known, was born on February 19th, 1948, in Butler, Pennsylvania. He started training to be a professional wrestler under 'Walter 'Killer' Kowalski' at the age of 18. He first worked for the WWF (then the WWWF) under the name Chuck O'Connor, ...

1948-1995 (age 47)

25. Adolph Bresciano

Actor | Spectrum Wrestling

Adolph Bresciano was born on August 6, 1948 in Montreal, Québec, Canada. He was an actor, known for Spectrum Wrestling (1977), Saturday Night's Main Event (1985) and WWF Superstars (1986). He was married to Diane Rivest. He died on March 10, 1993 in Vimont, Laval, Quebec, Canada.

[Dino Bravo] 1948-1993 (age 44)

26. Kerry Von Erich

Actor | Problem Child

Kerry Adkisson was born on February 3, 1960, to Jack and Doris Adkisson. Jack was a wrestler, so most of Jack's children followed in his footsteps (one child, Jack Adkisson, Jr., tragically died in 1959 from electrocution). Kerry was a standout discus thrower at University of Houston, and actually ...

[The Texas Tornado] 1960-1993 (age 33)

27. André the Giant

Actor | The Princess Bride

André René Roussimoff was born in a small farming community in Grenoble, France to Boris and Marian Rouismoff. His parents and four siblings were all of normal size, but André suffered from acromegaly, a hormonal disorder that results when the pituitary gland produces excess growth hormone. As the ...

1946-1993 (age 46)