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From multiple outlets, and confirmed by WWE.com, Matt Osborne, who most notably portrayed Doink the Clown, was found dead today at the age of 55.
Several other wrestlers played Doink throughout the years, but Osborne was the original. The character was one of the more iconic faces in WWE during the mid-90s and synonymous with WWE’s then pre-Attitude Era way PG product. Osbourne also competed in WCW as Big Josh, and numerous independent promotions like World Class and Mid-South as Matt Bourne.
Holding a number of singles and tag team championships throughout his career in World Class and WCW, Osbourne also has the distinction of wrestling in the first match on the very first WrestleMania against Ricky “the Dragon” Steamboat. In 2007, Osbourne portrayed Doink the Clown once again in a Legends Battle Royal on Raw’s 15th Anniversary show.
While he didn’t win any championships as the facepainted jokester of WWE, I think everyone will remember Osborne and his work fondly. WWE released the following statement about his passing:
Reports indicate that Matt Osborne, aka the original Doink the Clown, has passed away. A rugged brawler in promotions like Mid-South Wrestling and World Championship Wrestling, Osborne made a major impact in WWE under the greasepaint of a prankster named Doink — one of the most enduring personas of the early ’90s.
WWE is saddened by the news of Osborne’s passing. Our deepest condolences go out to Osborne’s family, friends and fans.
From Columbia, SC, Live on tape it’s WWE SmackDown!
Not only will the participants in the World Heavyweight Championship Money in the Bank be announced but a Dublin Street Fight between Sheamus and Damien Sandow will also highlight the show. Does an intellectual like Sandow know what to wear to a street fight?
Here’s the rundown for tonight’s show:
- Damien Sandow vs. Sheamus in a Dublin Street Fight
- AJ Lee vs. Natalya
- MizTV with guest Curtis Axel
- Randy Orton vs. Kane
- Ryback vs. Justin Gabriel
- The Shield vs. Christian & The Usos
- Alberto Del Rio’s fiesta!
Last post of June, live it up! Lets get to it
TNA dips in WWE pool – LOP
TNA has hired former WWE Executive of VP or TV production John Gaburick to the same position. As you can tell, the two shows just keep swamping cards back and forth. The Masked Man on Twitter noted this could be a big deal. While I dont follow why, I trust the Masked Man and you should too! Continue reading →
Tonight on Impact Wrestling – More matches in the Bound For Glory Series, a new superstar joins Sting and Kurt Angle in the Main Event Mafia, and Bully Ray’s next challenger will be determined.
Let’s do this.
Bound For Glory Series
At least two matches in the series will be on tonight’s show:
- Bobby Roode vs. Magnus
- Mr. Anderson vs. Samoa Joe
Magnus is the leader after one week, having picked up a 10-pt submission victory over Kazarian last week on Impact Wrestling. Joe has only two points and Roode has zero so far, but there’s still plenty of time left in the series.
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Two years ago today, June 27th, 2011, CM Punk delivered the promo that launched him into the stratosphere and gave birth to his “Best In The World” monicker in Las Vegas, Nevada.
People will complain about how Punk’s return after winning the championship was handled, but two WWE Championship reigns later, Punk is firmly entrenched as one of the top stars with the company.
In celebration of one of the most memorable moments in the history of WWE, enjoy the promo all over again. It’s still pretty damn fun.