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    Tuesday, January 19, 2016

    Rest In Peace, 'Iron' Mike Sharpe (1951-2016)

    January has been a brutal month for celebrities. Following the deaths of rock icons Scott Weiland and Lemmy in December 2015, January has seen the passing of veteran actor Alan Rickman, Celine Dion’s husband and brother, and two more legends of rock, David Bowie and Eagles singer/guitarist Glenn Frey. Our very own Kuya Germs, German Moreno, also left us in the month of January. Unfortunately, the Grim Reaper has also decided to give the world of wrestling a visit.

    Wrestling lost one of its most memorable jobbers on Sunday, January 17, when “Iron” Mike Sharpe passed away at the age of 64. The burly Canadian debuted in the WWF in 1983, getting a decent enough push at first as “Canada’s Greatest Athlete” and being managed by “Captain” Lou Albano. However, Sharpe is best remembered for two things in his WWF run: counting a whole lot of lights from the late ‘80s to the mid-‘90s, and being the loudest wrestler of his era—or probably ever. Sharpe’s main draw, if you could call it that, was that he would let out barbaric yawps while letting loose with whatever limited offense he’d be allowed in a match.

    Sharpe was definitely far from being a technical wizard in the ring, but he did what he could to help young stars on the rise when he retired from the squared circle. He was responsible for training the likes of Mike Bucci, a.k.a. Nova in ECW and Simon Dean in WWE, and the forerunner of Damien Sandow and his impersonator gimmick, Charlie Haas.

    A specific cause of death has yet to be reported, but as of this writing, we know that Sharpe was suffering from “various health problems” at the time of his passing.

    Rest in peace, “Iron” Mike Sharpe. God’s wrestling ring has just gotten a whole lot noisier.

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