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(Big Lead Sports)   14 of the 51 performers at Wrestlemania 7 in 1991 have died in the last 20 years   (thebiglead.com) divider line 112
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2011-05-23 10:57:42 PM
Earthquake, Dino Bravo, Andre the Giant, and Joey Marella don't really have a place on the list. Their deaths had nothing to do with wrestling. Big Boss Man, Hercules, and Hawk died of heart problems, but it's the most common cause of death in America, besides the fact that they were very large men and it's more common amongst large men. Kerry von Erich was from a family where suicide was the most common cause of death.

The rest can probably be attributed in some way to wrestling (along with a number of others), but take out the first group.

BTW, anytime you hear a wrestling announcer talking about "personal demons," it's substance abuse or domestic violence
 
2011-05-23 11:51:31 PM
I'm betting that before it's all said and done, all of them will be dead.
 
2011-05-24 12:00:51 AM

propasaurus: I'm betting that before it's all said and done, all of them will be dead.


Thanks for that Nostradamus. Want me to spend $140K of my own money to spread your good word?
 
2011-05-24 12:02:17 AM

ManateeGag: propasaurus: I'm betting that before it's all said and done, all of them will be dead.

Thanks for that Nostradamus. Want me to spend $140K of my own money to spread your good word?


Make sure you put up plenty of billboards.
 
2011-05-24 12:16:56 AM

propasaurus: ManateeGag: propasaurus: I'm betting that before it's all said and done, all of them will be dead.

Thanks for that Nostradamus. Want me to spend $140K of my own money to spread your good word?

Make sure you put up plenty of billboards.


God's finishing move?

IT'S THE RAPTURE, KING! HE HIT THE RAPTURE! BAH GAWD, KING! THE RAPTURE! YAH-WEH! YAH-WEH! YAH-WEH! RAPTURE! YAH-WEH!

/Armageddon is his submission move
//some kind of arm bar, obviously
 
2011-05-24 12:17:03 AM
DNRTFA, but I assumed the reasoning was due to the reckless lifestyles of the people who get involved in the sport to begin with. It's like porn actors, they don't always die from disease but a large number die young from over doses and accidents due to the fact that they take ridiculous chances on a daily basis.
 
2011-05-24 12:32:26 AM

skantea: DNRTFA, but I assumed the reasoning was due to the reckless lifestyles of the people who get involved in the sport to begin with. It's like porn actors, they don't always die from disease but a large number die young from over doses and accidents due to the fact that they take ridiculous chances on a daily basis.


Pretty much.

Painkillers, steroids, and working around 300 days a year will take its toll on a body.

Also, I'd say SummerSlam 90 took a bigger hit.

Out of 33 people on the card (including managers), 10 are dead, and one isn't looking too good. That's damn near a third of the performers.

In fact, the all participants in two matches are all dead (Sensational Sherri vs. Sapphire, Mr. Perfect vs. Texas Tornado)
 
2011-05-24 01:35:05 AM
hereticaljargon.files.wordpress.com
 
2011-05-24 05:19:24 AM
Yeah, but how does this compare to other physical entertainent industries?

How many players from the 1991 Superbowl are still alive, for example?
 
2011-05-24 06:18:26 AM

Jorn the Younger: Yeah, but how does this compare to other physical entertainent industries?

How many players from the 1991 Superbowl are still alive, for example?


Of the 44 starters, none of them.
Most are 45-50 now with the eldest being 54 and then a few others 50+.
 
2011-05-24 06:19:43 AM
SoBeDrummer:

Of the 44 starters, none ALL of them.
Most are 45-50 now with the eldest being 54 and then a few others 50+.

...FTFM...
 
2011-05-24 06:21:51 AM

Jorn the Younger: Yeah, but how does this compare to other physical entertainent industries?

How many players from the 1991 Superbowl are still alive, for example?


I know you're trolling by calling the NFL a physical entertainment industry in comparison to the WWF, but according to the all-knowing Wikipedia every player in both team's starting lineups is alive and accounted for.

That said 5 out of 22 (22%) of the Oakland Raiders' 1981 SB starting lineup have died: cancer (Bob Chandler and Gene Upshaw, age 45 and 68), a heart attack (Dwayne O'Steen, aged 45), a car accident (Dave Darby, 51) and drug overdose (John Matuszak, 38). On the Eagles side only one player (Woody Peoples) has died. Plus since the links are there, Frank Sinkovitz (umpire) and Dean Look (alternate referee) died at 66 and 73, respectively.

/spent entirely too much time checking that
 
2011-05-24 06:24:06 AM

SoBeDrummer: SoBeDrummer:

Of the 44 starters, none ALL of them.



*shakes fist*

/apparently I did spend too much time checking that
 
2011-05-24 06:26:22 AM

SoBeDrummer: SoBeDrummer:

Of the 44 starters, none ALL of them.
Most are 45-50 now with the eldest being 54 and then a few others 50+.

...FTFM...


Good lord. Usually I shrug off obvious mistypes, but that one almost got me to go searching on Google.
 
2011-05-24 06:29:21 AM
Bathia_Mapes, that picture needs to be in every thread. I laugh every time I see it and it hasn't gotten old yet.
 
2011-05-24 06:37:59 AM
All of those wrestlers dead and this asshole is still allowed to run free.
2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2011-05-24 06:47:25 AM
How is that startling? They mostly died from drug problems and heart conditions probably related to drug use. It's no secret that they were taking massive amounts of steroids back then. Those things f*ck your body up big time.
 
2011-05-24 06:58:51 AM
Tat'dGreaser
they were taking massive amounts of steroids back then. Those things f*ck your body up big time.


this, also your kidneys and your head (specifically the wife-beating lobe) i yam not doktor
 
2011-05-24 07:08:52 AM
I'm a bit annoyed at the "allegedly" they threw in front of Earthquake's cause of death. His battle with cancer was pretty well-documented.
 
2011-05-24 07:28:26 AM
100% of World War I vets dead: coincidence?
 
2011-05-24 07:30:47 AM

HawgWild: IT'S THE RAPTURE, KING! HE HIT THE RAPTURE! BAH GAWD, KING! THE RAPTURE! YAH-WEH! YAH-WEH! YAH-WEH! RAPTURE! YAH-WEH!


Oh, sweet mother of God. I think I ruptured myself laughing at that. I can just hear Jim with his hat going askew screaming that. Also, I can hear the Mexican announce team trying to finish the translation before some bastard crashes through their table...
 
2011-05-24 07:33:34 AM
But the Birdman is still ok, right?
 
2011-05-24 07:40:14 AM

dokool: Jorn the Younger: Yeah, but how does this compare to other physical entertainent industries?

How many players from the 1991 Superbowl are still alive, for example?

I know you're trolling by calling the NFL a physical entertainment industry in comparison to the WWF, but according to the all-knowing Wikipedia every player in both team's starting lineups is alive and accounted for.

That said 5 out of 22 (22%) of the Oakland Raiders' 1981 SB starting lineup have died: cancer (Bob Chandler and Gene Upshaw, age 45 and 68), a heart attack (Dwayne O'Steen, aged 45), a car accident (Dave Darby, 51) and drug overdose (John Matuszak, 38). On the Eagles side only one player (Woody Peoples) has died. Plus since the links are there, Frank Sinkovitz (umpire) and Dean Look (alternate referee) died at 66 and 73, respectively.

/spent entirely too much time checking that


Sure, wrestling is scripted, but it also has better storylines than the NFL. I know they're not all that comparible, since football isn't year round, the players aren't playing multiple games per week, tend to not play if they're injured, wear pads but also hit each other as hard as they can, and (usually) don't know what the outcome of a game will be before they start.

But they're both about watching big men in really tight pants be violent to each other.

Of course, the NFL is much larger than the WWF/E, and since pretty much every active wrestler takes part in WM, I guess a fairer comparison would have been from to the entire NFL from the 90-91 season and compare percentages, though I doubt the answer would be all that different from the superbowl team- after that point it's getting into comparative ages of the atheletes / performers, and just typing that has pretty much gotten me to my limit of interest in the subject for the moment.

I wasn't trolling- it was a legitimate question, and thank you for answering it.

/fan of both
 
2011-05-24 07:45:05 AM
Death...How does it work?
 
2011-05-24 08:03:14 AM
Hmm, I'd tend to classify that life style as "high risk". I'd be rather disappointed if everyone with a high risk lifestyle lived to be 80. Then where's the consolation of being low-risk?
 
2011-05-24 08:06:28 AM
14 of the 51 performers at Wrestlemania 7 in 1991 have died in the last 20 years

Well, that's a good start but I think we can do better.
 
2011-05-24 08:14:51 AM
I'm reminded of "The Wrestler", where Mickey Rourke goes to this convention, have a look around, and notice that all his colleagues from the good all times are in bad shapes.
 
2011-05-24 08:21:20 AM
I'm pretty certain that EVERY one of them will be dead in 100 years. Creepy, huh?
 
2011-05-24 08:24:40 AM
This just in; Grown men from 20 years ago get older.
 
2011-05-24 08:27:18 AM
Wrestling has nothing on the death rate for early 80s unlimited hydroplane racing.
 
2011-05-24 08:41:58 AM
It's almost as though pumping all those steroids into your system makes you vulnerable to heart-disease and poor decision making.
 
2011-05-24 08:46:35 AM
The death rate for the wcw roster from 1998 is a more startling figure:
In its entirety, here is the list of deceased talents who performed for WCW in 1998. With the exception of one performer, all deaths listed occurred before the age of 50.

» Bam Bam Bigelow - 2007 / 01 / 19 (45)
» Bobby Duncum, Jr. - 2000 / 01 / 24 (34)
» Brady Boone (referee) - 1998 / 12 / 16 (40)
» Brian Adams - 2007 / 08 / 13 (44)
» Chase Tatum - 2008 / 03 / 23 (34)
» Chris Adams - 2001 / 10 / 07 (46)
» Chris Benoit - 2007 / 06 / 24 (40)
» Curt Hennig - 2003 / 02 / 10 (44)
» Davey Boy Smith - 2002 / 05 / 17 (39)
» Eddie Guerrero - 2005 / 11 / 13 (38)
» Elizabeth - 2003 / 05 / 01 (42)
» Emory Hale - 2006 / 01 / 28 (36)
» Johnny Grunge - 2006 / 02 / 16 (40)
» Joey Maggs - 2006 / 10 / 15 (37)
» Kanyon - 2010 / 04 / 02 (40)
» Louie Spicolli - 1998 / 02 / 15 (27)
» Mark Curtis (referee) - 1999 / 09 / 08 (37)
» Randy Anderson (referee) - 2002 / 05 / 05 (42)
» Ray Traylor - 2004 / 09 / 22 (41)
» Rick Rude - 1999 / 04 / 20 (40)
» Renegade - 1999 / 02 / 23 (33)
» Rocco Rock - 2002 / 09 / 21 (50)
>>Randy Savage - 2011/05/ 20 (58)

Additionally, six more talents who joined WCW after 1998 have since passed on - Chris Candido, "Dr. Death" Steve Williams, Mike Awesome, Rhonda Singh, Sherri Martel and The Wall. All six deaths listed occurred before the age of 50.
 
2011-05-24 08:48:44 AM

dokool: I know you're trolling by calling the NFL a physical entertainment industry in comparison to the WWF, but according to the all-knowing Wikipedia every player in both team's starting lineups is alive and accounted for.


How is that trolling? He's trying to draw a line between two lines of work that involve physical activity and impact.
 
2011-05-24 09:03:39 AM

SoBeDrummer: SoBeDrummer:

Of the 44 starters, none ALL of them.
Most are 45-50 now with the eldest being 54 and then a few others 50+.

...FTFM...


It was a lot more entertaining before you fixed it
 
2011-05-24 09:20:05 AM
www.obsessedwithwrestling.com

Praying for him.
 
2011-05-24 09:24:36 AM
You know what else happened at Wrestlemania VII? The Undertaker made his first appearance.

Coincidence???
 
2011-05-24 09:32:55 AM

padraig: I'm reminded of "The Wrestler", where Mickey Rourke goes to this convention, have a look around, and notice that all his colleagues from the good all times are in bad shapes.


I remember that. Circle looked like an oval. Square had expanded into a rectangle. And poor triangle partially collapsed into a heart.

/sorry
 
2011-05-24 09:35:31 AM
Fake.
 
2011-05-24 09:48:41 AM

ArkAngel: BTW, anytime you hear a wrestling announcer talking about "personal demons," it's substance abuse or domestic violence


3.bp.blogspot.com
 
2011-05-24 10:04:54 AM

Quiefenburger: You know what else happened at Wrestlemania VII? The Undertaker made his first appearance.

Coincidence???


It was his first Wrestlemania appearance, but not his first appearance. He came in around Survivor Series the year before.

/Use to be a huge wrestling fan as a kid
 
2011-05-24 10:07:00 AM
Well, when else could they have died?
 
2011-05-24 10:07:29 AM
Oh geez...The British Bulldog DID NOT die from steroids and HGH, it was his incredibly high addiction to pain killers.
 
2011-05-24 10:23:20 AM

HawgWild: propasaurus: ManateeGag: propasaurus: I'm betting that before it's all said and done, all of them will be dead.

Thanks for that Nostradamus. Want me to spend $140K of my own money to spread your good word?

Make sure you put up plenty of billboards.

God's finishing move?

IT'S THE RAPTURE, KING! HE HIT THE RAPTURE! BAH GAWD, KING! THE RAPTURE! YAH-WEH! YAH-WEH! YAH-WEH! RAPTURE! YAH-WEH!

/Armageddon is his submission move
//some kind of arm bar, obviously


MY GAWD KING! HE'S TORE THE EARTH IN HALF!

/I am going to walk around all day going "Yaw-Weh! Yaw-Weh! Yah-Weh!"
//good stuff
 
2011-05-24 10:23:26 AM
The more amazing statistic is that 37 of the 51 performers at Wrestlemania 7 in 1991 are still alive 20 years later.
 
2011-05-24 10:27:09 AM
Meanwhile, Ric Flair will be the Abe Vigoda of Professional Wrestling.
 
2011-05-24 10:34:17 AM

Lameface: Mike Awesome


Wait, Mike Awesome died?! Sonofabiatch!
 
2011-05-24 10:42:11 AM
See, now this is the tab wrestling links need to go to. I will never argue the physicality of the act, but it is missing the more important component to be a sport: fair competition.
 
2011-05-24 10:44:51 AM
You guys know that wrestling is fake right? I bet the even faked their own deaths.
 
2011-05-24 10:46:46 AM

NaziKamikaze: See, now this is the tab wrestling links need to go to. I will never argue the physicality of the act, but it is missing the more important component to be a sport: fair competition.


Wherever they get approved. We will follow. We don't care which topic it's under.
 
2011-05-24 10:52:01 AM
Dino bravo went out easily the most bizarre on that list.

Snubbed by the Canadian mob over smuggling cigarettes!
 
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