Newswire: A lot of beloved wrestlers died this week

Yesterday, we reported on the death of George “The Animal” Steele, the turnbuckle-devouring madman (and author, teacher, and actor) much beloved by fans of WWF wrestling from the 1970s and ’80s. But it’s turned out to be a rough week in general for some of the biggest old-school names in the sport, with reports coming that Chavo Guerrero, Sr., Ivan “The Russian Bear” Koloff, and Nicole Bass have all died over the course of the last few days.

A second-generation member of a prominent wrestling family, Guerrero came up through the Texas and California scenes, feuding with the likes of Roddy Piper and frequently teaming up with his brothers, Mando and Hector. As he aged into his 50s, Guerrero easily moved into an “elder statesman” role in the wrestling world, signing on with WWE and entering the ring as “Chavo Classic,” frequently competing against and alongside his own son …

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