2005 Finishes

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Eddie Guerrero 11/13/05

CAC is saddened by the news that Eddie Guerrero has passed away. Eddie was part of the famous long running Guerrero name to work in the squared circle. Eddie is survived by his wife Vickie and his three daughters.

Slam Canoe Wrestling’s John Milner has written more on Eddie. To read more click here.

Karl Lauer wrote these words about Eddie, click here.

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Bill “THE GREAT JOHN L” Clark 11/06/05

Bill Clark passed away November 6th in Arkansas after 10 years of declining health. Bill was a CAC member since 1969.  Clark wrestled professionally as “THE GREAT JOHN L”.

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Reggie “THE CRUSHER” Lisowski 10/23/05

Reggie Lisowski known the world over as THE CRUSHER is gone.

Lisowski passed away last night. Lisowski was a CAC member for many years. And was honored a few years ago at the annual CAC Reunion. Slam Canoe Wrestling’s Greg Oliver has written more on the Crusher. To read more click here.

 

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Bob “Legs” Langevin 10/08/05

A valued member of the Professional wrestling community, Bob ‘Legs’ Langevin, passed away Saturday, Oct. 8 at the age of 91.  Langevin had an extremely long and successful career spanning from the 1930s into the 1970s. He wrestled the likes of Lou Thesz, Killer Kowalski, Strangler Lewis and even professional boxer Joe Louis.

Langevin received his nickname of ‘Legs’ due to the enormous strength he had in his legs. He was capable of splitting a bag of flour simply by squeezing it with his legs. It was only natural that he went on to use the Airplane Scissors as his finishing maneuver.

 

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GENE “MR. AMERICA” STANLEE 09/22/05

Gene “Mr. America” Stanlee began his career in 1951. Gene Stanlee had sold out Madison Square Garden over 50 times in his career. Gene had not made a public appearance in over 20 years until he was honored at the CAC Reunion in 1999 in Las Vegas. After retiring from the squared circle, Stanlee was a advisor/physical trainer for many of Hollywood’s great actors/actress’ such as, Tom Cruise, Tom Hanks, Cheryl Tiggs just to name a few. Gene Stanlee was 82.

Greg Oliver has written a excellent article on Gene Stanlee- click here

 

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LORD ALFRED HAYES 07/20/05

Lord Alfred Hayes began his career in 1950. Through the years Lord Alfred Hayes won numerous NWA Western, NWA Texas and NWA Central States championship titles. In 1972 Lord Alfred Hayes was voted “Inspirational wrestler of the year” by Pro-Wrestling Insider.

 

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AL KASHEY 07/17/05

Son of KING KONG KASHEY. In Tulsa Oklahoma Al Kashey became the NWA light heavyweight champion on November 30 1957. Kashey worked up and into the 80′s.

 

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ROD TRONGARD 07/16/05

Long-time professional wrestling announcer in the 70s and 80s, mostly with Verne Gagne’s AWA promotion. Trongard was inducted into the Minnesota Broadcasting Hall of Fame in October 2003. Trongard Passed away due to complications from cancer. Trongard was 72.

 

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JOSE MIQUEL PEREZ 07/16/05

Good friend of Antoninno Rocca these two had great battles with the likes of the Valentines, the Kangaroos, the Sheik and many more.

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PETER “Slick the Butcher” SMITH O6/11/05

After along bout with cancer,7 year Indy Star passed away on 6/11 from heart failure.

 

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DAN QUIRK 05/28/05

Indy Star Known as, “Spider”. Passed away at the early age of 22 from a in ring accident on 5/28.

 

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DON LIRETTE 04/30/05

Don Lirette, originally from Houma, LA passed away at the age of 36. Don was an avid bodybuilder and served for 11 years in the Air Force before going into pro wrestling.

 

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CHRIS CANDIDO 04/28/05

Chris Candido died of a blood clot due to surgery complications. Candido won the WWF tagteam titles with Tom Prichard. Candido was a major player and champion in the now defunct ECW. Candido worked in many of the major federations.

 

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BLACK ANGUS CAMPBELL 04/21/05

Black Angus had tagged with the greats like Harley Race and Roger Kirby.  In his wrestling career Angus had only one known Manager, CACs 2004 honoree Percival A. Friend.

 

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RAY VILLMER 01/09/05

St. Louis native was a clean-cut scientific star in the golden era.

 

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TONY LANZA 01/20/05

Canadian grappler was also one of wrestling’s all-time great photographers.

 

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“PISTOL” PEZ WHATLEY 01/18/05

The versatile performer gained much notoriety for his high-profile feud with Jimmy Valiant in the mid-80s