Wrestlers Who Died In The Ring


Professional wrestling is a dangerous job,
and it’s not uncommon for wrestlers to pass away before their time. 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 enough, wore a tiger-themed mask. He was so popular that when he unmasked in
1990, his fame only increased. In 2009, he was a 46-year-old veteran who
had been named professional wrestler of the year three times and was still competing. The tragic match that cut Misawa’s stellar
career short 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 immediately stopped. All the wrestlers surrounded the ring, and
the crowd softly chanted Misawa’s name as doctors and nurses tried to administer CPR. He was declared dead at a hospital, though
he was likely already lifeless before he was moved away from the ring. The official cause was heart failure. Malcolm “King Kong” Kirk was a well-known
British monster heel, and a frequent tag team partner of the even more massive Giant Haystacks. This former rugby player didn’t use a gimmick,
as his 350-pound frame was more than enough to intimidate his opponents. On August 23, 1987, Kirk faced off against
Shirley “Big Daddy” Crabtree, who said Kirk had the strength of three people. The match proceeded exactly as planned right
up until the end, when Big Daddy gave Kirk his finishing move: a big splash that saw
him jumping on his prone opponent. Kirk never kicked out from that finisher. The 50-year-old powerhouse was left lying
in the ring, but it wasn’t the finishing move that killed him. An inquest of the incident discovered that
Kirk died of a pre-existing heart condition. Big Daddy was cleared of all responsibility,
and even Kirk’s widow said she held no ill will against her deceased husband’s final
opponent. “As long as I live, I’ll never forget seeing
him laid down there, on the canvas, instead of on his feet raging and, you know, and flying
about.” Wayne Van Dyke, aka Richard Delicious, was
an independent wrestler working Florida’s small promotions. He was just 29 years old when he suffered
a series of heart attacks that started during a tag team match at an event arranged by the
Ronin Pro Wrestling promotion. He complained to his tag partner that he wasn’t
feeling well and suffered the first heart attack right after tagging himself out. After that, things went from bad to worse. The attempts to give him CPR on the scene
left Van Dyke with at least one broken rib and a punctured lung. He then suffered a second heart attack on
his way to the hospital. When he finally reached the facility, he had
a third one. At that point, hospital staff had to put him
in a medically induced coma. Unfortunately, the damage was too much for
his system, and Van Dyke’s family soon confirmed the wrestler’s passing on Facebook. Japanese wrestler Plum Mariko died in the
ring after her opponent power bombed her in 1997. It wasn’t until after the match that the other
wrestlers realized that she still hadn’t moved and was now snoring, which was a sign that
her brain was bleeding. She was rushed to the hospital, but surgery
couldn’t 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 she died because of the combined
effects of these injuries, rather than a single one from the power bomb. They also said that if she had been examined
earlier she likely would’ve lived because no doctor would’ve let her wrestle in her
condition. Mariko’s passing was the first in-ring wrestling
death 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
wrestling family. At the time of his death in 1999, his gimmick
was a masked superhero character known as “The Blue Blazer.” For the May 1999 “Over the Edge” show, the
WWF decided to give him an entrance befitting a superhero in which he would fly in. An elaborate system of wires was set up to
lower him to the ring from the rafters above. But the system malfunctioned while he was
78 feet above the ring, sending him plunging down as he hit the top rope and then bounced
into the ring. Though the incident never made it to television,
the 16,000 people at Kansas City’s Kemper Arena witnessed the futile attempts by the
medical staff to revive Hart, who died of internal bleeding. At first, some of the audience members thought
the whole thing was a stunt and that the falling figure had been a doll. However, this impression wouldn’t last long. The ring announcer soon informed the audience
that what had just happened was completely unscripted. Before the event was over, WWF commentator
Jim Ross announced to the world that Hart was dead. Check out one of our newest videos right here! Plus, even more Grunge videos about your favorite
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100 thoughts on “Wrestlers Who Died In The Ring

  1. Misawa's death was due to aggravating injuries he had accumulated over the years. He essentially paralyzed himself taking the suplex and then suffered a fatal heart attack. His last words were, "I can't move." Then he lost consciousness.

  2. I remember where I was when Owen hart died the same
    Way people remember where they where when jfk was killed..he was a fantastic wrestler like many others before him and he will be missed such a talent cut short

  3. For the record I would like to mention one time Eddie Guerrero had a heart attack in the ring on one episode of SmackDown but what did JBL do he pinned him like it was nothing I'm telling you something JBL is a heartless unkind rude man man he still is to this day but I know he had to pin him to make it look like it was nothing though because they didn't want their audience

  4. Pre existing heart condition? Dont these wrestlers get physicals before they wrestle? So it took their death to figure out they had a "Pre" existing condition? Bahaha Maybe it was the 400 pound man that stopped your heart when they came crushing down on it! bahaha

  5. I live in kansas city and when i went to kemper for a wrestling event I was creeped out because they had an X where he hit the ropes

  6. JESUS died on the Cross to save us all. Fear of death will keep you in bondage to sin, but Faith in Jesus death will bring you into a relationship with God… We must Repent or we will perish. Not physically, but die and be cast into Hell. Beware of Satan, Turn from your sin, call on the name of Jesus right now, and you will be saved…
    “SINNERS PRAYER”: https://youtu.be/9SZBfUakuek

  7. Sports of violence, as well as athletic games carried to excess, in addition to promoting the "love of domination and the pride in mere brute force … MOL 349.4Have not the playing of games, and rewards, and the using of the boxing glove been educating and training after Satan's direction to lead to the possession of his attributes? What if they could see Jesus, the Man of Calvary looking upon them in sorrow, as was represented to me. Things are certainly receiving a wrong mold, and are counteracting the work of the divine power which has been graciously bestowed. The work of every true Christian is to represent Christ, to reflect light, to elevate the standard of morals, and by words and influence consecrated to God, to compel the careless and reckless to think of God and eternity. The world would gladly drop eternity out of their reckoning, but they cannot succeed so long as there are those who represent Christ in their practical life. 1SM 132.2Some of the most popular amusements, such as football and boxing, have become schools of brutality. They are developing the same characteristics as did the games of ancient Rome. The love of domination, the pride in mere brute force, the reckless disregard of life, are exerting upon the youth a power to demoralize that is appalling. CH 189.3

  8. why is that so many of them died cz of heart attack, or heart failure ? is it a lot physical activity like that can lead to heart problem ?

  9. Wrestling is so gay in my opinion. Sad to hear about these passings tho. But i will say it looked like those Japanese girls were fighting for real lol.

  10. Sad that all of these talented superstars lives were cut short in the ring due to untimely deaths but out of all of the wrestlers shown Owen Harts impacted me the most!!! I was a huge fan of the Hart foundation my favs growing up were Hitman Bret and Owen.. R.I.P to all of these stars 🙏🏾

  11. I kind of find the end of you telling us about "our favourite stuff" very macabre and indecent for a video about tragic deaths. You could just let the endcard stand there, without saying anything.
    I dunno… just my two cents.

  12. Hart Foundation:
    Jim the Anvil R.I.P
    Davey Boy Smith R.I.P
    Brian Pillman R.I.P
    Owen Hart R.I.P
    Bret Hart still refusing to job bless him

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