Rowdy Roddy Piper. The Ultimate Warrior. Mr. Perfect. Bam Bam Bigelow. Ravishing Rick Rude, Eddie Guerrero and more.
The list of wrestlers that have died young is depressingly long. Unfortunately, late on Wednesday night, it got longer.
Joanie Laurer, better known as "Chyna," passed away at the age of 45.
Just last August the World Wrestling Entertainment Inc.(WWE) spoke out in a BBC article about the undeniable fact that pro-wrestlers have been dying at younger ages than most professional athletes.
"Unfortunately, some past performers were part of a generation of wrestlers who made unhealthy and poor personal lifestyle choices, which in some cases continued beyond their years in the ring."
Many note that the sport has gotten better. Younger wrestlers don't party like past generations. But they still are expected to perform 5-6 days a week with no real off-season. That can take a toll on the body.
Does wrestling need to change its culture? Or are those days behind in the past? Will the new generation of wrestlers live until they are old and gray?