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Emory Hale Passes Away

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Emory Hale passed away Sunday night after suffering from health problems the last several years. Hale was managed by Jimmy Hart in WCW and the XWF and had been dealing with a variety of health problems after undergoing a kidney transplant in 2003.

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NWA Legend Dick Slater Passes Away

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National Wrestling Alliance legend, and decorated champion, Dick Slater has passed away at the age of 67, according to post that paid tribute to Slater made my NWA.

Slater wrestled professionally from 1972 to 1996 for promotions including NWA and WCW, where he finished his career. Slater was a 4 time Georgia Heavyweight Champion, 2-time NWA Macon Heavyweight Champion, NWA United States Champion, NWA Mid-Atlantic Champion, 2-time NWA TV Champion, 2-time NWA Florida Heavyweight Champion, and NWA Brass Knuckles Champion.

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Sting Talks Scorpion Deathlock

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WWE Hall of Famer Sting recently appeared on the Apter Chat podcast to discuss a number of topics, including where he got the idea of the Scorpion Deathlock finisher from, a move he used throughout his storied career.

Sting revealed that he the inspiration from wrestler Riki Choshu at a Japanese show.

“I was fortunate enough in those early days, while I was still with Bill Watts, (Giant) Baba from Japan wanted me to come do a show. Bill sent me to Japan and there was a wrestler named Riki Choshu. He used that hold and I went ‘oh, I like that’ and so then the scorpion kinda popped in all at the same time and attempting to brand myself” Sting said.

Sting also talked about the demise of WCW, which was eventually bought out by WWE.

“It was shocking, it was surreal, it was emotional because it was a lot of years of a lot of sacrifice” Sting explained. “Fighting tooth and nail to not be the second class wrestling organization, but to finally evolve into the number one wrestling organization in the world.

“To be that first class wrestling organization, a global machine, and to just watch it slip through your fingers and be gone and totally out of your control. I always said it was like the enemy coming into your camp and having their way.”

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Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart Passes Away

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Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart, one half of the legendary tag team ‘The Hart Foundation’ and the father of current WWE superstar Natalya has passed away at 63 years old.

Neidhart was a 2-time WWF tag team champion as part of the ‘Hart Foundation’ with Bret Hart and spent time playing in the National Football League with the Oakland Raiders and the Dallas Cowboys before becoming a professional wrestler in 1979 after training with Stu Hart in the legendary Dungeon.

Neidhart was also a part of the late 1990s’ pro-Canada stable ‘The Hart Foundation’

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