Thursday, September 11, 2014

Sean O'Haire

I found out yesterday that former professional wrestler, Sean O'Haire, died at the age of forty-three.

O'Haire first made a name for himself in the dying days of World Championship Wrestling. He was a three-time WCW Tag Team Champion and was even voted rookie of the year in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter's awards for the year 2000.

Following the purchase of WCW by the World Wrestling Federation in 2001, O'Haire joined the ranks of the WWF and more or less drifted around.

In 2003, he was repackaged and given an intriguing gimmick where he played a character reminiscent of the Devil's Advocate movie starring Al Pacino and Keanu Reeves.

As has been the case with WWE over the years, the company pushed him so far but then sort of gave up along the way and he got lost in the mix.

It also didn't help that Rowdy Roddy Piper, who was paired with O'Haire in the midst of the push, was fired following comments he made on a documentary show.

The wrestler left WWE in 2004 and then went on to fight in MMA. He had also been in the news for domestic violence arrests, which was the last I had heard anything about him until yesterday morning.

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