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Ultra Peanut
02-20-2007, 12:43 PM
http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Wrestling/2007/02/19/3645984.html

Former ECW World Champion Mike Awesome (real name Michael Alfonso), was found dead in his home on Saturday evening. He was 42 years old.

According to Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer, Awesome was found hanging in his home, found by friends, and suicide is suspected.

Awesome has been out of the wrestling spotlight since the acquisition of WCW by the WWE (then WWF). He worked a short program after the merger, but never attained the heights he had as a headliner in ECW and in All Japan.

On a major scale, Awesome was last seen beating Masato Tanaka at ECW's One Night Stand in 2005. Awesome pinned Tanaka on the floor of the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City after an Awesome Bomb through a table. The match had the fans chanting "This match rules."

On his website, StormWrestling.com, Lance Storm said that Tanaka-Awesome "stole the show" at the initial One Night stand. "I talked to Mike a lot that night and was very happy for him. He seemed really happy and content with his life. He talked about how he enjoyed pushing his daughter on the swing in their back yard," wrote Storm. "He would combine doing that with doing Hindu squats by doing a squat between each push. I also remember discovering that he had been happily married longer than I had, which is a rarity in this business."

From his match with Tanaka at ONS 2005:

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xmil0_mik...s-masato-tanaka

"Suicide dive by Mike Awesome, and it's a damn shame he didn't succeed in taking his own life."

HolmeZz
02-20-2007, 12:47 PM
Very sad. Wrestling needs to look after their guys the way the NFL has to look after their retired players. Too many of these guys are completely f*cked up once their careers are over.

Phobia
02-20-2007, 12:47 PM
Isn't that Priest cat supposed to post these?

Ultra Peanut
02-20-2007, 12:48 PM
The weird thing about Awesome was that he had a successful post-wrestling career and, apparently, an active social life. He just had something wrong with his personal life that he couldn't overcome. It's too bad he couldn't get help for it.

JBucc
02-20-2007, 12:54 PM
That is not awesome

Brock
02-20-2007, 12:57 PM
What's up with wrestlers?

Otter
02-20-2007, 01:00 PM
The Energy Center of Wisconsin has a world champion.

That's odd.

Phobia
02-20-2007, 01:00 PM
What's up with wrestlers?

They should not be given guns.

vailpass
02-20-2007, 01:01 PM
They should not be given guns.
ROFL

eazyb81
02-20-2007, 01:20 PM
WTF, what is going on in the wrestling world? This sucks.

I'm going to pop in my ECW Bloodsport DVD tonight in Mike's honor.

crazycoffey
02-20-2007, 01:22 PM
I hear the muslims did it

Reaper16
02-20-2007, 01:34 PM
That match with Tanaka was sweet.

Buck
02-20-2007, 01:47 PM
That sucks. I happen to be going to the ECW/Smackdown show tonight, hopefully they do a tribute.

RIP Mike Awesome

Hog Farmer
02-20-2007, 01:50 PM
:loser: :loser:

Reaper16
02-20-2007, 01:51 PM
That sucks. I happen to be going to the ECW/Smackdown show tonight, hopefully they do a tribute.

RIP Mike Awesome
Give spoilers on what 'Taker does to Batista :evil:

Buck
02-20-2007, 01:52 PM
Give spoilers on what 'Taker does to Batista :evil:

For sure, you going to be here tonight? The show gets over Im guessing around 10-11 Pacific time. If not I'll PM you.

Deberg_1990
02-20-2007, 01:54 PM
. Wrestling needs to look after their guys the way the NFL has to look after their retired players.

They do??? There have been numerious stories over the years to the contrary....especially the old-timers back in the 60-'s and 70's...

HolmeZz
02-20-2007, 01:56 PM
They do??? There have been numerious stories over the years to the contrary....especially the old-timers back in the 60-'s and 70's...

I said the way the NFL has to, not the way they do.

BigRock
02-20-2007, 04:14 PM
They should test him like they did Andre Walters and find out if brain injuries played any part in his suicide. In his matches with Tanaka alone, Awesome took all kinds of brutal shots to the head. The more they can find out about that stuff, the better.

Fairplay
02-20-2007, 04:19 PM
Vince Mcmahon was told of the suicide in advance before it happened.

Mike Awesome told Vince he was going to go hang out.

jidar
02-20-2007, 04:27 PM
lol
rasslin

Baby Lee
02-20-2007, 04:46 PM
The weird thing about Awesome was that he had a successful post-wrestling career and, apparently, an active social life. He just had something wrong with his personal life that he couldn't overcome. It's too bad he couldn't get help for it.
Michelle Awesome?

88TG88
02-20-2007, 05:14 PM
That is not awesome
ROFL

Ultra Peanut
02-20-2007, 05:20 PM
Michelle Awesome?Maybe. Who knows?

I've seen it speculated that he may have been suffering from post-concussion syndrome, which would help explain the whole depression/suicide thing (and surely give the RASSLIN LAFFO crowd a headache).