• On This Day In Pro Wrestling History (April 28, 2009) – Old School WWF Veteran Passed Away
On this day in 2009, we lost legendary Old School Wrestler “Playboy” Buddy Rose (Real name: Paul Perschmann) at the age of 56 due to diabetes.
He was considered a Legend in several territories such as Verne Gagne’s AWA and Don Owen’s Pacific Northwest, but also made a name for himself in the WWF during the 80s.
Buddy Rose (as The Executioner) wrestled Tito Santana in the opening match of the first ever WrestleMania in 1985.
When he returned to the World Wrestling Federation in 1990, he was used mainly as a ‘Jobber To The Stars’.
In 2019, Buddy Rose was posthumously inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame as part of their annual Legacy Wing inductions.
† REST IN PEACE BUDDY ROSE
November 27, 1952 – April 28, 2009
• Reason Behind WWE Releasing Cain Velasquez & Gerald Brisco
Dave Meltzer revealed during Wrestling Observer Radio that Velasquez was released because WWE had him contracted to the company under a big paycheck, without him doing anything:
“I mean, I can see it because obviously the only thing they wanted to do was so Brock Lesnar could get his win and they could have a celebrity for Saudi Arabia.
After that, he was going to be in the Royal Rumble and then for whatever reason they decided against it and they haven’t even thought about him since. He worked a show in Mexico City, but that was it.
I haven’t heard of him. He wasn’t down in Orlando training or anything as far as I know, not lately anyway. So that’s pretty much it.”
About the release of Brisco, it was revealed that he was let go due to him having nothing to do currently. As he was working as a scout for the company, he had no job because of no amateur wrestling competitions or college wrestling taking place currently.
Another factor that contributed in his release was his high salary, which also led to the release of former WWE referee Mike Chioda.
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