Post by autisticgeordie on Jul 1, 2020 6:15:12 GMT -5
I mean, I get that with indy wrestling, a lot of the people there have other jobs that might prevent them from working as many dates for a long period of time; but it's always a bit of a shame when really talented indy stars just drop off the face of the earth, especially if that happens at a time where they're doing really well.
The biggest one I can think of is Harlow O'Hara, who's got a really unique look and a gimmick (which is more than a lot of indy wrestlers have) that really makes her stand out; she was doing really well for herself and then she just disappeared, she's not posted anything on social media or even had a match since November of 2019.
What other examples can you think of in terms of talented indy stars who seemed to just disappear from the industry?
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Slyk Wagner Brown: I used to watch him in JAPW access tv show and I dunno what happened to him after the feud with Homicide.
Kid Romeo: I always wondered what happened to him after WCW.
Slyk Wagner Brown is still around but I'm fairly sure he got blackballed by a lot of promoters when he was arrested for assaulting April Hunter.
Kid Romeo drifted around TNA during the weekly PPV era, and Puerto Rico before disappearing. I seem to remember a short piece on him in WCW Magazine in about 1999 hyping him up as a potential star. Then he wasn't.
Oof, he is a sad and baffling story. Forced into retirement by illness, then his return was derailed when he got in a fight with a taxi driver (!!). So weird to think that he once felt like he was about to become the biggest star in Japan.
Post by cjb01 is a piece of sh- on Jul 1, 2020 16:43:35 GMT -5
I thought Tadasuke was going to be huge, but he never got any more US bookings outside of CHIKARA and as far as I know also didn't really leave Osaka Pro, have no clue what he's doing now. Dude won the Young Lions Cup and never defended it in the US until the next tournament happened in a year. Easily topping Max Boyer (Hey another one that can fit this list) as aloof Young Lions Cup champion.
Takeshi Morishima The SAT Erick Stevens (he came back though) Sexxxy Eddy Beef Wellington Ruckus A bunch of Chikara guys
Made me curious as they where such hot talent in the 00s and by 2010 most feel off. So I went and looked the up on cagematch.com
Ruckus as been in GCW, if fact worked March 12 which was around the time of the pandemic took over. He was active.
The SAT is a mystery going from one of the hottest and booked everywhere tag team, to all of sudden nothing. I believe Same could be said for the Ballard Brothers. Looking the SATs up can't find anything since 2016. I think they just train wrestlers now.
Sexxxy Eddy just looked him up, he still wrestling but mostly all Canada.
Beef Wellington pretty much retired. No matches in 2015, 2 matches in 2016, non in 2017, One in 2018, and 2 in 2019. Looking at 2012 and on, he spot matches. No more than 4. Seems he only does local stuff in Quebec when he does wrestle.
Someone brought up Wifebeater, he was pretty much retired when I saw him in CZW in the 00s. That ultra Violent stuff he did a lot of those guys careers where short. Speaking of federations. Name any regular non ECW guys from XPW. Just about all of them disappeared. The last I saw any of them was Kaos in Wrestling Society X.
Wifebeater: He was a CZW mainstay that kinda just dropped off the face of the earth.
Wifebeater's shoulder was badly injured at Cage of Death 3 when Justice Pain gave him a pain thriller off the top of the cage. His injury never healed properly, and he retired, for a year, or two. When Wifebeater returned from retirement, even though he won another Tournament of Death, he was not the same performer. He was flabby, slow, and looked like he couldn't care less about being a pro wrestler. According to reports he only came back for the money, which explains his attitude, and appearance. He retired for good shortly there after.
I always liked Wifebeater's gimmick and pairing with Big Mac Smack as a mouth piece. In the early 2000's he was an absolute juggernaut on the US death match scene.