MEN Carlos Rocha-93 Pampero Firpo-89 Dick Steinborn-86 Joey Scarlo-86 Wayne Bridges-78 Rocky Johnson-75 Kendo Nagasaki-71 Bobby Kay-70 Hercules Ayala-69 Rip "The Crippler" Oliver-67 Mohawk/BANDITO Discovery La Parka II-56 Steve "Dr. Hannibal" Gillespie-56 The Zebra Kid Tito Sanchez Charlie Cook Michael Blade Casanova Supreme-49 Crusher Doogan-49 ‘Sexy Baby’ Jamie Jackson-44 Justice Pain-41 Jeff Clouse-41 Shad Gaspard-39 Black Demon-39 Danny Havoc-34
WOMAN Vivacious Viv Martell Winona Littleheart-59 Olga Martinez Hana Kimura-22
OTHER John Lotz-86 Joe Pedicino-70 Howard Finkel-69 Billy Caputo Star Stevens Scott Bowden-48 Gerardo Martín Landeros Mendiola Jon Ian Larry Csonka
I remember John Ian was the ring announcer when I first started going to PWG back in 2009 and my friend Alex has told me that John Ian played a role in helping him get his job at PWG. I think John Ian was at PWG until around 2011 and I also remember him being the ring announcer for Championship Wrestling from Hollywood. I only talked to him briefly but he was a great guy.
John Ian, who was probably best known outside of Southern California as the long-time ring announcer for Pro Wrestling Guerrilla, has died at age 48. In addition to ring announcing for PWG, Ian was the promoter for Mach-1 and worked behind the scenes at Championship Wrestling from Hollywood.
John Ian got into the entertainment industry at an early age, with roles on such shows as The Jeffersons and Good Times as a child. He was also into sports and played varsity basketball at Newbridge High School in Santa Monica, CA.
After graduating college, Ian began coaching basketball at Rialto High School. It was while coaching at Rialto High School that Ian learned of Jesse Hernandez and Bill Anderson’s EWF School of Hard Knocks in the late 1990s.
It was EWF where Ian first started ring announcing. Ian would later ring announce for Bill Anderson’s IWC, UPW (which was a developmental territory at the time), PWG, New Japan USA, and Championship Wrestling from Hollywood.
In 2008, Ian started the Mach-1 Wrestling promotion, which ran primarily in the Orange County area of Southern California. In 2010 Mach-1 finished as runner-up to PWG for the Southern California Promotion of the Year award. Jon Ian stopped promoting Mach-1 events in 2013 but had talked about bringing the promotion back in recent years.
His body was discovered at home this morning by his roommate. No cause of death has been revealed.
Ian had battled health issues through the years, having taken a lengthy absence from wrestling in 2006, then suffering two heart failures in 2015 that left him in a coma for three-and-a-half weeks.
After news of Ian’s death came out, people throughout the wrestling community, from every major promotion, have offered condolences and paid tribute to him. Kevin Owens tweeted “I am so saddened to hear about the passing of former PWG ring announcer John Ian. A great guy taken way too soon. The wrestling world was a better place with him in it.”
Peter Avalon, who worked with Ian at Mach-1, PWG, and Championship Wrestling from Hollywood, wrote “Jon Ian was a patient and generous man who helped me immensely in my early days as a wrestler. He helped me understand a lot of what it means to be a professional in an industry I had no idea about. His weekly Friday night Mach-1 shows helped mold so many of us as wrestlers and performers in Southern California. Those shows were an escape for so many of us young wrestlers to come and make ourselves better in a warm, welcoming learning environment. It’s where we learned how to be on TV before CWFH. It’s where I had an opportunity to be ‘Pretty.'”
And Championship Wrestling from Hollywood promoter David Marquez, who began working with Ian at UPW posted the following on Facebook: “My Brother. My Partner. My beautiful friend is gone. There are not enough adjectives to describe John Ian. We had an amazing relationship, you know the type. We could look at one another and know exactly what were thinking. We could crack each other up without speaking a word. In wrestling he had a major influence, always giving EVERYONE a chance. He worked with everyone from John Cena to Sexy Chino, they were just the ‘Boys’ to him. I’m truly heartbroken. He was a giant. So long old Pal.”
Charlie Cook who competed in Southeastern regional promotions such as Mid-South Wrestling, Georgia Championship Wrestling and Florida Championship Wrestling as well as the National Wrestling Alliance during the 1970s and 1980s.
On August 11, 1981, Cook was placed in a match as a substitute for Jack Brisco. He defeated Dory Funk, Jr. to win the NWA Florida Heavyweight Championship. He dropped the title to Funk the following month. After regaining the belt, he later lost the title to The Spoiler. The following year, he held the WWC Caribbean Heavyweight Championship but dropped it to Abdullah the Butcher.
Cook was voted third runner up for Pro Wrestling Illustrated''s Most Improved Wrestler of the Year award in 1981 Charlie Cook is a retired American professional wrestler who competed in Southeastern regional promotions such as Mid-South Wrestling, Georgia Championship Wrestling and Florida Championship Wrestling as well as the National Wrestling Alliance during the 1970s and 1980s.
AAA’s La Parka II Passes Away After Never Recovering From In-Ring Accident
Mexican luchador La Parka II (real name Jesus Alfonso Huerta Escoboza) has passed away after struggling to recover from an in-ring accident in November. La Parka II was a star in AAA and took over the name from former WCW and current Major League Wrestling star LA Park. You can read up on the history between the two La Parkas here.
The 56-year-old got injured at a AAA show in November after attempting a suicide dive. Sadly, his feet got caught on the ropes and he wound up diving headfirst into a guardrail. As said by Luchablog, he wasn’t expected to live a day after the incident but he valiantly fought for two months.