• WCW Veteran Died By Suicide 24 Years Ago Today At Age 33
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 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 before it even began.
Despite winning the WCW World Television Championship from 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
• ON THIS DAY IN WWF HISTORY (February 23, 1998) – WWF RAW IS WAR
On this day in 1998, the World Wrestling Federation aired another LIVE episode of their weekly TV show ‘WWF RAW IS WAR’.
It was broadcasted from the Heart of Texas Coliseum in Waco, Texas and featured matches, interviews & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WWF WrestleMania XIV’ PPV.
Here’s the card:
WWF World Tag Titles: The New Age Outlaws vs. Legion Of Doom
Ken Shamrock vs. Jeff Jarrett
The Truth Commission vs. D.O.A.
Barry Windham vs. TAKA Michinoku
Bradshaw vs. TAFKA Goldust
Steve Blackman vs. The Rock
NWA World Tag Titles: The Headbangers vs. Rock ‘n’ Roll Express
WWF European Title: Owen Hart vs. Marc Mero