Not exactly the easiest subject to produce but nonetheless worth noting to inform and pay homage to. Here is a compilation of 5 professional wrestlers that put literally everything they had on the line for the sake of entertainment. These videos contain footage of actual deaths and viewer discretion is advised
5. Moondog Spot
Louisiana native, Larry Booker was an established wrestler throughout the 1980s, he was apart of what is known as the “Tupelo Concession Stand Brawl” between his team known as The Blonde Bombers facing off with Bill Dundee and Jerry “The King” Lawler. He then joined the team of The Monologs and shared feuds with The Fabulous Ones, The RockNRoll Express and The Midnight Express. He won a slew of NWA Titles and even part of the WWE Tag Team titles with Moondog Rex. However Booker’s life was cut short in 2003 when he was taking part in Jerry “The King” Lawler’s Birthday bash in Tennessee as you can see what happened in the footage above. Booker was 51 at the time of his death.
Jesús Javier Hernández Silva AKA Oro made the beginning of his Lucha Wrestling career with Los Metallicos with his brother Plata and another wrestler Platino. The trifecta would do battle with Los Destructores many times and the fans really got behind Los Metallicos. Oro and Plata won their first championship by defeating Los Destructores only a year after debuting. A few more would follow until Oro became a solo standout, he would involve himself into a lengthy storyline with Mano Negra and eventually win the NWA World Middleweight Championship. However Oro wanted to retire soon so plans were scrapped. In 1993 when Oro was in a 6-man tag match he requested to take a “Kobushi bump” similar to a piledriver just more dramatic and in doing so he was immediately injured, placed on a stretcher and passed away before entering an ambulance. The death was reportedly caused from a brain aneurysm. Oro was 21 at the time of his death.
3. Mitsuharu Misawa
Mitsuharu Misawa was perhaps one of the best technical wrestlers from Japan for his time and his career highlights were painted with many memorable matches that won hoards of rewards. Misawa received 24 “5 Star Match” Awards from The Wrestling Observer Newspaper along with 5 match of the year awards. He won 5 more match of the year awards from Tokyo Sports and Pro Wrestling Illustrated ranked him at #2 of the Top 500 wrestlers of 1997. Misawa won almost every title in All Japan Pro Wrestling and Noah Pro wrestling. In 2009 Misawa teamed with Go Shiozaki to take on The GHC Tag Team Champions Akitoshi Saito and Bison Smith, while receiving a belly to back suplex, Misawa’s cervical spinal cord was injured and that caused him to go into cardiac arrest, he later died in the hospital. Misawa was 46 at the time of his death.
2. Perro Aguayo
The most recent in-ring death was Perro Aguayo, who was an established wrestler for the Triple-A promotion throughout his entire career. Perry was ranked #8 in the Pro Wrestling Illustrated top 500 wrestlers of 2007. He won the AAA tag team titles on 3 different occasions and won the Light Heavyweight and Atomicos championships once. After his death earlier this year in March he was inducted into the AAA hall of fame. Perro received cervical spine trauma from Mysterio’s drop kick and suffered severe whiplash that snapped is neck. Perry was 35 at the time of his death.
Owen Hart was the youngest of wrestling legend Stu Hart’s children and was a very decorated WWE competitor. Pro Wrestling Illustrated ranked Owen #6 of the Top 500 wrestlers of 1994. Hart won the WWE Intercontinental Championship twice, European Championship, the Tag Team Championship 4 times and was the 1994 King of the Ring. During Over the Edge pay-per-view Hart, dressed as the Blue Blazer, was to enter the ring via cable to create a super hero flying effect in his match against the Godfather. The harness had a release mechanism that went off prematurely that was speculated from Hart adjusting to his comfort with the contraption and his costume. It is also presumed that Owen died in the ring that night. Hart was 34 at the time of his death.