WWE.com has announced that WWE Hall of Famer Pedro Morales has passed away today.
Pedro Morales was one of the best known WWWF stars of the 1970s, being the “face of the company” after the first reign of Bruno Sammartino. Morales, while popular in NY, never reached the popularity levels of Bruno and after three years lost to belt to Stan Stasiak (who played transition back to Bruno)
The first Triple Crown winner (World, IC & Tag Team champion), Morales continued to wrestle for WWF periodically and locally until his retirement in 1987.
Fun fact about Morales, he is the one and only WWE Hall of Famer to not be present for his induction, even though he was alive. I’ve never heard any actual explanation as to why this occurred. WWE has made a habit of only inducting people (who are still alive) if they are present from this point on.
Rest in Peace Pedro.
WWE Hall of Famer Mean Gene Okerlund has passed away at the age of 76, WWE.com reports.
Okerlund has to be the biggest and most well known backstage interviewer in the history of professional wrestling. He worked for AWA, WWF and WCW, following Hulk Hogan through most of his career. The famous phrase, given by Hogan regularly, “You know something Mean Gene” is part of the wrestling culture, well known by all.
Gene worked for WWE as an ambassador, making his last appearance on Raw 25.
It’s a sad day in the wrestling world today. Rest in Peace Mean Gene
Today it has been announced that Leon White also Vader has passed away due to his long running heart issues. He was 63.
Normally, I wouldn’t do a piece on a wrestler who isn’t included in the Hall of Fame, but Vader was one of those I’ve done a “Future Hall of Famer” piece on and has always been an obvious choice who lack of inclusion each year since 2015 has been glaring.
With Vader’s death, he lack of inclusion now falls into the “what the fuck WWE” category like Macho Man Randy Savage, and Ivan Koloff. There was plenty of time and opportunity to put Vader in. Vader went out of his way to ask himself to get put in as his time was limited. Mick Foley tweeted about how Vader needed to go into the Hall of Fame as his time was limited.
This is an awful shame and one which WWE should feel terrible about. Put him in 2019, one year too late.
God damn god damn.
Sorry you didn’t get to live the Hall of Fame induction Vader. You will be missed.