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Silver King’s Cause Of Death Revealed

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• OLD SCHOOL VIDEO HISTORY (May 13, 2001) – WWF Sunday Night HEAT

On this day in 2001, the World Wrestling Federation aired an episode of their weekly TV show ‘WWF Sunday Night HEAT’.

It was broadcasted from the Hartford Civic Center in Hartford, Connecticut and featured pre-taped matches, interviews & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WWF Judgment Day 2001’ PPV.

The card can be found right here:

1. Billy Gunn vs. Stevie Richards

2. Justin Credible & X-Pac vs. TAKA Michinoku & Funaki

3. WWF World Light-Heavyweight Title: Jerry Lynn vs. Dean Malenko

• Silver King’s Cause Of Death Revealed

Old School WCW Veteran Silver King passed away at the age of 51 during his match against fellow Old School WCW Veteran Juventud Guerrera.

Dave Meltzer noted on Wrestling Observer Radio that there was no doctor or ambulance present at yesterday’s event and this eventually proved to be fatal:

“There was no ambulance. This is one of those things where the independent promotions and everything always get so upset and I understand why because you hire a doctor and you hire an ambulance on these shows with very low profit margin and all of a sudden you can’t afford to run a show.

The flip-side is something like this which is you know very rare, but it does happen. It’s not like it’s never happened before. It is also very rare.

So this situation, Silver King basically collapses in the ring and Juventud Guerrera kicks him in the back.

When something like this happens and we’ve seen it in WWE a million times. You just signal for the X when the guy is unresponsive — the show’s over. You don’t mess with anyone.

The problem was that there was no medical attention there. There was no doctor there. So you know, but still, there were several minutes in the ring where he’s just laying there and even when the match is over and they count the pin he’s still just laying there for a long time.”

According to Bryan Alvarez of the Wrestling Observer, Silver King suffered a stroke followed by a heart attack and was pronounced dead when the ambulance arrived.

It should also be noted that Silver King had two matches on the day he passed away.

        
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