• On This Day In Wrestling History – March 15, 1977
On this day in wrestling history on March 15, 1977, the wrestling world lost Antonino Rocca. He was only 49 years old. He made his pro-wrestling debut in 1942.
He held the NWA Texas Heavyweight Championship twice in 1948 and became so popular that he is credited with ending the box office slump at Madison Square Garden that had been evident since 1938.
In the tournament to crown the first ever WWWF World Heavyweight Champion, which was fictitious, Buddy Rogers defeated Antonino Rocca to become the champion. He had a brief stint in Japan & Puerto Rico before returning to the WWWF as a color commentator.
His last appearance in pro-wrestling occured at Madison Square Garden where he officiated a boxing match between André the Giant and Gorilla Monsoon.
He died due to complications caused by an infection. He was inducted into the WWF Hall of Fame in 1995.
• Kane’s Planned Send-Off Moment At WrestleMania 34 Cancelled
According to DirtySheets.Net, Kane was scheduled to face Braun Strowman in a Casket Match at WrestleMania 34 as of a few weeks ago.
However, the plan got changed when WWE officials decided that Braun Strowman challenging and then defeating The Bar (Sheamus & Cesaro) to win the Raw Tag Team Championship single-handedly would be a better WrestleMania moment.
This resulted in Kane’s planned send-off moment at WrestleMania 34 getting cancelled as he was scheduled to lose the Casket Match to Strowman and put over a big new star on his way out.
WWE was planning a send-off moment because they are under the impression that Kane might not return to WWE as an active in-ring performer if he wins the Knox County election in May and becomes the Mayor.