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John Cena Car Accident Reminds Fan of Wrestling’s Vehicle Related Deaths
Former WWE World Heavyweight Champion and current poster boy for professional wrestling, John Cena, was in a car accident earlier this afternoon. The superstar, who is scheduled to battle The Rock at Wrestlemania 28, was uninjured in the car accident. After the news of John Cena's car accident birthed headlines, it got me thinking about all the other wrestlers who have been in car accidents but not fortunate enough to walk away unscathed like John Cena did. Here is a list of three of the most popular wrestlers who passed away in a car accident.
Macho Man Randy Savage
One of the all time greats, Savage soared to new heights in the late 80s and early 90s. Savage crashed his SUV in May 2011 after suffering a heart attack behind the wheel. The knowledge of Macho Man's untimely death made headline news. Savage had recently resurfaced months earlier to tape a segment for his up-to-date WWE wrestling action figure. Unfortunately for Savage fans, the hope for one more run in the modern day WWE company was dashed on May 20th 2011.
It was 1988 when Adrian Adonis was on a wrestling tour in Canada when the minivan he was traveling in hit a moose on the highway. The year prior, Adonis wrestled "Rowdy" Roddy Piper in front of over 93,000 fans at Wrestlemania 3. Adonis was regarded as one of the best big men in the sport, and a celebrated "bump machine". Much like Harley Race and Bruiser Brody, Adonis was also respected as a true tough guy of the sport.
Joey Marella was a long time referee for World Wrestling Entertainment in the early 90s. Marella was the son of WWE Hall of Fame legend Gorilla Monsoon. At the age of 31, Joey was returning from a WWE Taping when he crashed his vehicle into a tree at three a.m. Marella had fallen asleep at the wheel. His passenger, manager Harvey Wippleman, was treated and released later that morning. His father Gorilla Monsoon continued to work for WWE until passing away from cancer in 1999.
Luckily for John Cena, he was not injured in the car accident. However, pro wrestlers are especially susceptible to car accidents, as they often travel from show to show in rental cars. The car accident John Cena sustained on Monday morning in Philadelphia is an easy reminder to wrestler to always be careful on the road.
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Ryan Drew is a 30 year old pro wrestler from New England. He was trained by WWE wrestler Spike Dudley. Follow Ryan Drew on Twitter@OhThatDrew.
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