Tuesday, August 4, 2020

The Last Match: Wrestlers that Died in 2019 Part 4

The Last Match post has returned and we are looking at more The Last Match of wrestlers that passed away in 2019.


Alexis Smirnoff 71, February 9, 1947 - January 5, 2019

Last Match: August 9, 1999 Lutte 2000 Montreal, Quebec
The Rougeaus: Jacques Sr, Jacques Jr, & Raymond defeated Alexis Smirnoff, Jimmy & Ronnie Garvin

Born Michel Lamarche in Saint-Lin, Quebec, Canada he began wrestling in Montreal in 1970 becoming a huge heel in the Quebec and the Maritimes.  Starting in 1974 he spent a couple years in Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling.  In Central States Wrestling he captured their Heavyweight and tag team championships.  He traveled the territories through the end of his career making stops in All Japan, the WWF, and finished his career in New Japan Pro Wrestling in 1987.  He came out of retirement for a single match in 1999 teaming with Jimmy & Ronnie Garvin against The Rougeaus: Jacques Sr, Raymond, & Jacques Jr.


Rick Bognar 49, January 16, 1970 - September 20, 2019

Last Match: June 9, 2000 Stampede Wrestling Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Vic Viper defeated Rick Titan

Best known as the fake Razor Ramon during his 1996 - 1997 WWF run, Bognar debuted in the Canadian indies in 1988.  1991 saw him go to Japan's FMW at Big Titan capturing the Brass Knuckles Heavyweight Championship and tag team championships with The Gladiator Mike Awesome.  He also wrestled for CWA in Germany, ECW, AAA, & New Japan before retiring full time in 2000.


Alberto Munoz 76, January 15, 1943 - December 14, 2019

Last Match: January 11, 1980 Universal Wrestling Alliance Ciudad Nezahualcoyotl, Mexico
Enrique Vera & Alberto Munoz defeated Barbaro Roman & Lobo Rubio

Debuting in 1964 for EMLL capturing the Mexican National Lightweight, Middleweight, and Welterweight championships, he was also a former NWA World Welterweight champion.  He left lucah libre in the early 1980's.


Mr. Niebla 46, February 22, 1973 - December 23, 2019

Last Match: October 20, 2019 CMLL Mexico City, Mexico
El' Terrible & Le Pesta Negra: Mr. Niebla & Rey Bucanero defeated Atlantis, Atlantis Jr., & Dulce Gardenia 2 falls to 1

Born in Mexico City, Mexico he debuted in lucha libre on November 11, 1990. From 1995 until the end of his career he primarily wrestled for CMLL, save 2007-08 when he left the promotion for Lucha Libre AAA.  He won several championships in CMLL including their Heavyweight Championship holding the championship for 543 days.  He passed away unexpectedly from a blood infection.

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Friday, July 31, 2020

The 500th Blog Post

Hello everyone and welcome to the 500th post on The Wrestling Insomniac blog!  When I started the blog 5.5 years ago I never expected to still have it up and running and posting with such consistency.  This page is not monetized and I don't ever wants ads or pop ups on it, those have driven me away from other sights.  So this is truly a hobby, a passion.

I've met some great people through this blog including a very good friend in Brandon who also contributes to it.  I've compiled several posts into two books available on Amazon;


The Wrestling Insomniac Volume 2

I am currently working a third wrestling related book and I have a few more ideas for the future.

This pandemic has shut down wrestling, as well as most everything else, but I did just buy a ticket to me first wrestling show in February.  It's going to be held outside, only 50 tickets, temperature checks, and spaced out  seating.  Mikey and I are going together.   I'm anxious to go to a show but don't want to take an unnecessary risks.

Thank you to everyone that has checked out the page so far, and a special thank to those who keep coming back!

Thanks for reading, please leave a comment, read my other posts, and like my blogs Facebook page, check out my weekly podcast The Wrestling Insomniac on the Nerdy Legion Podcast Network and while your at it pick up my book over at Amazon in Kindle or Paperback.

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Tuesday, July 28, 2020

The Last Match: Wrestlers that Died in 2019 Part 3

The Last Match post has returned and we are looking at more The Last Match of wrestlers that passed away in 2019.


Jacques Rougeau Sr 89, May 27, 1930 - July 1, 2019

Last Match: August 9, 1999 Lutte 2000 Montreal, Quebec
The Rougeaus: Jacques Sr, Jacques Jr, & Raymond defeated Alexis Smirnoff, Jimmy & Ronnie Garvin

Rougeau stopped wrestling full time in 1975, returned for three matches in 1984, one match in 1986 and then his Last Match.

Jacques Sr, the father of the Fabulous Rougeau Brothers: Jacques Jr & Raymond debuted in 1956 teaming with his brother Johnny.  I guess they were the original Fabulous Rougeau Brothers, I have no evidence that they wrestled under that name.  His third son Armand was also a wrestler but never reached the heights of his brothers.


Perro Aguayo 73, January 18, 1946 - July 3, 2019

Last Match: July 14, 2007 Full Contact Wrestling Los Angeles, California
Perro Aguayo, Dos Caras, Mil Mascaras & Sicodelico Jr. defeated El Hijo del Cien Caras & Los Hermanos Dinamita: Cien Caras, Masacara Ano 2000 & Universo 2000

The Mexican legend Aguayo debuted in 1968.  Over his 30 plus year career he competed in UWA, EMLL, WWA, AAA, World Wrestling Council, the WWE, NWA, NJPW and more.  He captured numerous championships all over Mexico in the middleweight and heavyweight divisions.


The King, Handsome Harley Race 76, April 11, 1943 - August 1, 2019

Last Match: November 28, 1993 WCW Jacksonville, Florida
WCW World Champion: "Nature Boy" Ric Flair defeated Harley Race by disqualification

Harley Race is one of the greatest NWA World Heavyweight Champions of all time!  He debuted in 1960 and wrestled his final matches in November 1993 filing in for an injured Vader against Ric Flair.  He wrestled for all the major promotions across the United States and around the world.  Aside from being a multi time NWA World Champion, he captured championships everywhere he went, All Japan, the AWA, Central States Wrestling, Championship Wrestling from Florida, Georgia Championship Wrestling, and more.

I can't do Mr. Race justice with this write up, Ellbow Productions made a fantastic documentary on him and Mr. Race wrote and excellent book that is well worth the read.  I met him once over the weekend of NWA Legends Fanfest 2009 in Charlotte.  My buddy smoked at the time and so more than once we ran into Mr. Race in the smoking area where he took his time telling us stories of his wrestling career.  It was amazing.


Eddie Marlin 89, August 13, 1930 - August 15, 2019

Last Match: January 4, 1993 USWA Mid-South Coliseum Memphis, Tennessee
Bert Prentice & Leslie Belanger defeated Eddie Marlin & Miss Texas

Former wrestler and promoter Marlin is the father-in-law of Jerry Jarrett and grandfather of Jeff Jarrett.  He wrestled for NWA territories before joining Jerry Jarrett's Continental Wrestling Associate based out of Memphis, TN.


Edward Baxter 81, June 4, 1938 - August 15, 2019

Last Match: July 26, 1978 Southeastern Championship Wrestling, Mobile, Alabama
Ron Fuller defeated The Wrestling Pro

Wrestled under a mask as the Wrestling Pro and later Tarzan Baxter along with other names.  He debuted in 1963 staying primarily in the Gulf Coast area of Florida and Alabama winning numerous regional NWA Championships and feuded with Jack Brisco for the NWA World's Championship.  He left the ring in 1978, however would frequent many of the Gulf Coast Wrestlers Reunions.

Thanks for reading, please leave a comment, read my other posts, and like my blogs Facebook page, check out my weekly podcast The Wrestling Insomniac on the Nerdy Legion Podcast Network and while your at it pick up my book over at Amazon in Kindle or Paperback.

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