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Former WWF Junior Heavyweight Champion Passes Away


• ON THIS DAY IN WWF HISTORY (July 31, 1989) – WWF Prime Time Wrestling

On this day in 1989, the World Wrestling Federation aired an episode of their weekly TV show ‘WWF Prime Time Wrestling’.

It featured pre-taped matches, studio interviews & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WWF SummerSlam 1989’ PPV.

The card can be found right here:

1. Greg Valentine v. Jimmy Snuka (From SNME 7/29/89)

2. Update – Big Bossman & Dusty Rhodes

3. Dino Bravo v. Dale Wolfe

4. King Duggan v. The Gladiator

5. Iron Mike Sharpe v. Tim Horner (MSG 7/10/89)

6. Hillbilly Jim v. Sunny Beach

7. Rougeau Brothers v. Paul Roma & Todd Becker

8. Brother Love – Andre the Giant/Ultimate Warrior

9. Demolition v. Brain Busters (for the WWF Tag Team Titles)


• Former WWF Junior Heavyweight Champion Passes Away

We are saddened to announce that British Wrestling Legend & former WWF Junior Heavyweight Champion Mark “Rollerball” Rocco has passed away at the age of 69.

WWE issued the following statement on this:

“WWE is saddened to learn that Mark “Rollerball” Rocco has passed away at the age of 69.

A fourth-generation wrestler, Rocco became renowned for his grappling exploits around the world, competing as the original masked Black Tiger and winning the WWF Junior Heavyweight Championship.

Mark “Rollerball” Rocco Passes Away Death July 2020

The Manchester native tangled with a who’s-who of sports-entertainment icons, such as Jushin Liger, Dynamite Kid, Tiger Mask, Fit Finlay and more.

Known as a pioneer of today’s modern cruiserweight style and a legend of British wrestling, Rocco left a lasting influence on the industry, including NXT General Manager William Regal and NXT UK Superstar Flash Morgan Webster.

WWE extends its condolences to Rocco’s family, friends and fans.”

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