Buff Bagwell accident
Former WCW wrestler Buff Bagwell is in intensive care after suffering a broken neck in an accident with his Jeep. Bagwell, 42, may have suffered a seizure before the accident which left him with several broken bones in and above his neck. Buff Bagwell reportedly has shown signs of slight movement in his extremities since the accident.
Living in New Orleans, I attended the WCW 1993 Halloween Havoc pay-per-view at the UNO Lakefront Arena. Prior to the event, I was able to meet several WCW wrestlers. One of them was Buff Bagwell. He was very engaging and genuinely seemed interested in mingling with the fans. I still have his autograph that I obtained that night.
Over time, Buff Bagwell became one of the best mid-card wrestlers in WCW. He had an outstanding physique, but was small enough to also utilize agility in the ring. Not big enough to compete with stars like Vader, Hulk Hogan and Goldberg, Buff Bagwell found his niche as an outstanding tag team wrestler.
Near the end of WCW, the creative juices stopped flowing backstage. In addition to debacles such as Mike "The Fat Chick Thriller" Awesome and David Arquette as World Heavyweight Champion, Buff Bagwell was put in an angle where his mother, Judy, constantly came to his rescue. It's no wonder WCW went under.
Perhaps an even lower point in Buff Bagwell's career came when he wrestled Booker T on Raw after Vince McMahon purchased WCW. Needless to say, WWE fans, who had been conditioned for years to hate WCW, booed Bagwell and Booker T relentlessly. I felt terrible that Buff Bagwell was placed in such a no-win situation.
Buff Bagwell's future
At 42, Buff Bagwell is certainly young enough to continue his wrestling career if he can fully recover from his accident. Of course, it is far too soon to speculate on this. Although he is still an active wrestler, it's more important to pray that he can lead a normal quality of life in the future after his accident.
If the accident has in fact ended his wrestling career, I just want to thank Buff Bagwell for all the great memories and for being so kind to a mark back in 1993!
Patrick Michael lives in New Orleans and has always been a big fan of pro wrestling. Patrick's favorite wrestling organization was Mid-South Wrestling back in the 1980s.Patrick's favorite wrestling angle of all-time was the NWO and his favorite wrestler was Roddy Piper.
Alexis Stevens, "Pro wrestler may have had seizure before wreck," ajc.com
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