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Old School ECW Veteran Passes Away Due To COVID-19

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• Old School ECW Veteran Passes Away Due To COVID-19

We are saddened to report that Old School ECW Veteran Paul Varelans passed away on January 16th at the age of 51 due to COVID-19.

Before joining Paul Heyman’s Extreme Championship Wrestling, he used to be an MMA fighter who had 8 UFC fights between 1995 and 1996, 4 of which he won, while losing the other 4 fights.

Fresh out of the UFC, Varelans was brought into ECW in 1996 to put kayfabe shoot-fighter Taz over, but only agreed to do it after ECW Diva Missy Hyatt offered to give him a BJ when the match was over.

Paul lost to Taz via submission in a worked “Shoot Fight”, but when Missy told him she doesn’t blow jobbers, he got angry and tore up the entire ECW locker room.

† REST IN PEACE PAUL VARELANS

September 17, 1969 – January 16, 2021

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• On This Day In Pro Wrestling History (January 17, 1999) – WCW Souled Out 1999

On this day in Pro Wrestling history on January 17, 1999, Ted Turner’s World Championship Wrestling aired their annual ‘WCW Souled Out’ event LIVE on PPV from the Charleston Civic Center in Charleston, West Virginia.

The main event saw Bill Goldberg getting his revenge when he wrestled the man who helped in ending his streak, Scott Hall, in a stun-gun ladder match.

Here are the results:

– Chris Benoit defeated Mike Enos

– Norman Smiley defeated Chavo Guerrero Jr.

– Fit Finlay defeated Van Hammer

– Bam Bam Bigelow defeated Wrath

– Lex Luger defeated Konnan

– “Loser must wear a dress”: Chris Jericho defeated Perry Saturn

– 4-Way – WCW Cruiserweight Championship: Billy Kidman (c) defeated Rey Misterio Jr., Juventud Guerrera and Psychosis

– Ric Flair & David Flair defeated Curt Hennig and Barry Windham

– Stun Gun Ladder match: Goldberg defeated Scott Hall

        
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