Verne Gagne passes away

The Cauliflower Alley Club is sad to report that legendary promoter, Hall of Famer, and 2006 CAC Lou Thesz Award recipient Verne Gagne passed away today at the age of 89.

Gagne was best known for promoting and operating the American Wrestling Association for several decades. The company was a major force in wrestling for decades before ultimately shutting down in 1991.

Gagne was a ten-time AWA world champion, and was later inducted into both the WWE and WCW Hall of Fame in addition to the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame.

We express our condolences to friends, family and fans of Verne Gagne.

Read more about Mr. Gagne here.

Check out his OWW profile here.


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4 Responses to “Verne Gagne passes away”

  1. There may be a few as good, but none better then Verne Gagne. He and his wife Mary use to visit us in Calif, will always remember the time we took them to the Queen Mary for dinner, she really had a great time, from then on Verne and I became friends and talked regularly until the onset of his illness, during his American Sumo disaster he stored all the stuff at my factory for a few years before having Bud Grant’s brother come and get it, a true legend in the world of wrestling, actually one of a kind.

  2. A real Champion and favorite in Chicago! My condolences to Greg and family during their loss.

  3. My thought to the family and friends and fans I thank the family for sharing the gift Vern had and Thank Vern for the years he gave us fans and the pure wrestling that he show on tv those memory live those dvd’s and tapes and youtube forever. RIP Vern

  4. A true champion…..Verne twice was a
    NCAA Champion, played football for the
    Univ of Mn (played both ways as an End)
    and during World War Two….taught
    hand-to hand combat in the Marine Corps.

    Yes, Verne was a true champion.
    My condolences to the Gagne family.