• On This Day In Pro Wrestling History (February 23, 1999) – Old School WCW Veteran Passed Away
On this day in 1999, we lost Old School WCW Veteran The Renegade (Real name: Richard Wilson) at the young age of 33 due to a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
He debuted for Ted Turner’s World Championship Wrestling promotion when WCW World Heavyweight Champion Hulk Hogan himself announced an “Ultimate Surprise” for ‘WCW Uncensored 1995’, thus implying that The Ultimate Warrior would join him at the PPV.
The gimmick of The Renegade was basically that of Old School WWF Legend The Ultimate Warrior, which made him a clone and a copy-cat, completely rejected by pretty much everyone watching, critics & fans alike.
It wasn’t his fault though, but just a bad booking decision that hurt his career.
Despite winning the WCW World Television Championship from Old School WCW Legend Arn Anderson in 1995, he was eventually turned into a ‘Jobber To The Stars’ a year later in 1996.
Renegade was fired from the promotion in January 1999, which resulted in a severe depression, that led to him committing suicide by shooting himself in the head with a gun on February 23, 1999.
† REST IN PEACE
October 16, 1965 – February 23, 1999
• Speculation On Goldberg Defeating The Fiend To Become Universal Champion After Major Changes To WrestleMania 36 Match-Card
As we noted earlier, Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer reported that “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt vs. Roman Reigns for the Universal Championship and John Cena vs. Elias are no longer scheduled to take place at WrestleMania 36:
“The way I had it listed the main event is no longer on the card.
A lot’s changed. The only two matches that I’ve written about that have changed and I was told that they were changed are Bray Wyatt & Roman Reigns and John Cena & Elias.
I believe there are four or five matches that have been changed.”
This has begun speculation that WWE Hall of Famer Goldberg could defeat The Fiend this coming Thursday at WWE Super ShowDown 2020 to become the Universal Champion, as Goldberg vs. Roman Reigns for the Universal Championship at WrestleMania 36 is a bigger draw than The Fiend vs. Roman Reigns.
We’ll keep you updated regarding this.
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