R.I.P. Verne Gagne

Wrestling icon Verne Gagne died late Monday night. In recent years he struggled with Alzheimer’s Disease.

Gagne was best known for operating the American Wrestling Association out of the Twin Cities. He was an accomplished amateur wrestler, 10-time AWA World Heavyweight Champion and trained the vast majority of the superstars of the 1980s and ’90s.

Below is Gagne taking on “Scrap Iron” Gadaski with Khosrow Vaziri as referee. Vaziri would later become a WWF champion and Twitter sensation as the Iron Sheik.

Iron Sheik

4 Comments

TimK

about 5 years ago

He also killed a guy in the nursing home where he was living.

Paul Lundgren

about 5 years ago

Well, yeah, but let's not let one measly homicide tarnish a man's reputation.

waferdog

about 5 years ago

Lest people create a snap judgement based on the previous two posts, it is probably important to note that he had dementia at the time of the incident:

"On March 12, 2009, the Hennepin County Prosecutor's office officially announced that Gagne will not be criminally charged as a result of the death. Because of Gagne's dementia, he lacked the mental capacity necessary to have intended to harm Gutmann."

Zedhead

about 5 years ago

Gotta love today's society.  Everyone has to blame someone for anything. 

The Guy did a lot of good for a lot of people.

RIP Vern

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