Sunday , June 20 2021

WWE legend remembered by wrestling stars



The wrestling world is in shock after the death of Hall of Fame champion Pedro Morales just two days after Belgian wrestling legend Salvatore Bellomo's death.

Morales was announced dead on Wednesday morning at the age of 76 following a long battle with Parkinson's disease.

The tragic news was confirmed by WWE on Wednesday morning with the wrestling promotion outlining the heavyweight champion's remarkable career.

"WWE is saddened to learn WWE Hall of Famer Pedro Morales has passed away," the WWE said in a statement.

"Morales hung up his boots in 1987 but continued on as an ambassador for sports-entertainment. He later became a commentator for both WCW and WWE's Spanish announce teams, and in 1995 he was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.

"WWE extends its condolences to Morales' family, friends and fans."

Morales is warmly remembered as the WWE's fourth ever champion and as the man behind one of the all-time longest streaks as champion ever witnessed in the WWE.

Morales won the WWE Championship on February 8, 1971, and then famously held on the belt for 1,027 straight days before losing a match and his crown in 1973.

The WWE released a list of some of his most iconic achievements on Wednesday, including his place in history as the first ever triple crown champion.

The Puerto Rican-born star also wrestled with rival promotions during the 1980s before returning to the WWE.

It comes after Bellomo tragically died at the age of 67 two days ago following a battle with cancer, according to The Sun.

The Belgian-born wrestler became a favorite fan during the 1980s after joining the organization, despite frequent losing.

In a statement, the WWE said: "WWE is saddened to learn that Salvatore Bellomo has passed away at age 67.

"Bellomo competed in WWE in the 1980s, sharing the ring with everyone from Bob Backlund to Bobby" The Brain "Heenan.

"WWE extends its condolences to Bellomo's family, friends and fans."

Former ECW champ Tommy Dreamer led the tributes, as he tweeted: "I heard the news of Salvatore Bellomo passing.

"He was my age in #ECW when I met him, always very nice.

"He would throw stuffed animals to the fans and they would throw them back at him. He could not believe it. "

Tributes on Wednesday broke in for Morales, including from WWE legend Ric Flair.


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