European Pro-Wrestling Legend “Big” Otto Wanz passed away earlier today at the age of 74. The cause of death was due to natural reasons.
During his long, illustrious career, Otto wrestled a lot of big names like Hulk Hogan, André The Giant, King Kong Bundy, Terry Funk, Scott Hall, Curt Hennig, Fit Finlay, The Great Kokina (Yokozuna), Sgt. Slaughter, Bull Power (Big Van Vader), Antonio Inoki, Giant Haystacks, Tatsumi Fujinami, Dick Murdoch, Jesse Ventura, Riki Choshu, Nick Bockwinkel, Ken Patera, Don Leo Jonathan, Big John Studd, Adrian Adonis, … & many, many more!
The Highlight of Wanz’s years as an active performer was without a doubt when he won the AWA World Heavyweight Championship from Nick Bockwinkel in 1982, but he was also a former 4 time CWA World Heavyweight Champion.
After he officially retired in 1990, he still worked as the promoter of the CWA Catch Wrestling Association, Europe’s most successful Wrestling promotion of the 90s, until it closed its doors in 1999.
† Rest In Peace “Big” Otto Wanz
Gone but not forgotten!
June 13, 1943 – September 14, 2017