• ON THIS DAY IN PRO WRESTLING HISTORY (March 2, 2012) – Old School WWF Veteran Passed Away
On this day in 2012, we lost Old School WWF Veteran Doug Furnas at the age of 52 due to a atherosclerotic & hypertensive heart disease.
The former world-class powerlifter (986lbs Squat, 600lbs Bench Press, 826lbs Deadlift) wrestled for various promotions over the years, such as Ted Turner’s World Championship Wrestling (1990), Paul Heyman’s Extreme Championship Wrestling (1996, 1997-1998) and the World Wrestling Federation (1996-1997).
Most Old School Wrestling fans remember him as a Tag Team Wrestler, who teamed up with Phil Lafon (Dan Kroffat) as ‘The Can-Am Express’ for the better part of his professional wrestling career.
† REST IN PEACE DOUG FURNAS!
December 11, 1959 – March 2, 2012
• Public Health Emergency Declared In Florida Due To Coronavirus, WrestleMania 36 Update
New York Post issued the following update:
“Two cases of the deadly coronavirus were identified in Florida late Sunday — prompting Gov. Ron DeSantis to declare a public health emergency.
The patients, both adults from the Sunshine State’s Gulf Coast, tested “presumptive positive” for COVID-19, Florida health officials said.
The first patient, from Manatee County, had no history of travel to a country identified for restricted travel by the CDC, a list that includes China, Iran, South Korea, Italy and Japan.
The other patient, a resident of Hillsborough County, has traveled to Italy, though health officials didn’t say when.
Both “are isolated and being appropriately cared for,” the state health department said.”
This has begun speculation on how this will affect WWE’s WrestleMania 36 PPV, which will take place in Tampa, Florida in one month.
During a recent interview with Tampa Bay Times, Stephanie McMahon was asked if WWE is taking precautions if coronavirus affects WrestleMania 36.
Below is what Stephanie said:
“The health and safety of not only our fan base, but also our superstars, really does come first.
We don’t want to put anyone in a bad situation ever, regardless of the circumstance. Those are not risks worth taking.”
John Saboor (WWE’s executive vice president of special events) said the following about this:
“Given the number of live events that (WWE) does, it’s constantly monitoring global events. There are active and ongoing discussions at play internally, like there are in any sector of American business, and certainly families as a whole. So I think those will continue.”
Rob Higgins (executive director of the Tampa Bay Sports Commission) said the following regarding working towards fan safety at WrestleMania 36:
“You’ve got to be nimble, and you’ve got to be ready. Thirty-six days is a long time, so it’s hard to predict. I think we just continue to information gather as much as possible, so that we are as prepared as possible.”
Stephanie then added the following:
“And if necessary, enact those measures.”
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