#1 Posted on 21.9.02 2353.46 Reposted on: 21.9.09 2354.56
Teddy Petty passed away tonight of an apparent massive heart attack.
Details are still sketchy, but it has been confirmed to me that Rocco Rock passed away about an hour ago. He wrestled against Crowbar at the Jersey City show on the first match, because Crowbar had a double shot in Elizabeth, NJ. Teddy also had a double shot for 3PW against Gary Wolfe in his first title defense of the 3PW Heavyweight title.
Teddy just celebrated his 49th Birthday on September 1st. Teddy is best known as being one half of the Public Enemy with Johnny Grunge. He was so happy about getting married on October 26th.
I am saddened and shocked, and want to send condolences and deepest sympathy to Teddy's family and friends from all of us here at 1Wrestling.com
As soon as I get more details and arrangements, I will update again.
This story seems odd. There's no way that Rocco Rock was 49 years old for one. This may just be a mix up or misinformation.
#7 Posted on 22.9.02 1905.03 Reposted on: 22.9.09 1905.04
Originally posted by evilwaldoIf he was 49 what was he doing wrestling? It is not like he was in the greatest of shape.
Rocco wasn't in the greatest of shape, but he likely wasn't financially secure either. If you watch movies like "Beyond The Mat" or specials like MTV's "True Life" on pro wrestling, you'll see that the life of a wrestler isn't a highly paid profession unless you're a main eventer. Most guys end up wrestling WAY past their prime because they NEED a steady paycheck. Considering how many guys from ECW never ended up seeing a paycheck, I wouldn't be surprised if Rocco was flat broke and taking indy bookings just to keep food on the table.
#9 Posted on 22.9.02 2148.56 Reposted on: 22.9.09 2150.26
To put it in perspective, Terry Funk is 58, Abdullah the Butcher is going on 66, and Superfly Snuka is 57, and as far as I know, all three still wrestle occasionally in the indies and Japan.
(To say nothing of Ric Flair, who wrestled TONIGHT at 53, and the Hulkster, who turned 49 last month.)
If it's what you've grown up doing, and it's what you're good at, you tend to keep going at it when you need to keep making a living. It's no different than Larry Holmes boxing at age 113, or whatever he is now.
#12 Posted on 23.9.02 1340.01 Reposted on: 23.9.09 1340.41
Rocco was the smaller of the two, much more of a high-flyer than Johnny Grunge (whose primary talent was bleeding). As the Cheetah Kid and in a different (South African mercenary-flunky type) gimmick, he was quite watchable before he came to ECW and learned Cookie Sheet Fu.
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#13 Posted on 23.9.02 1751.08 Reposted on: 23.9.09 1753.59
This reminds me of the first time I saw Public Enemy on an ECW tape. I looked them up in that years PWI 500 and found out that Rocco Rock had been in the business for 20 years! He sure didn't look his age...
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#14 Posted on 24.9.02 1642.22 Reposted on: 24.9.09 1645.15
He would be the "Mark Rypien lookalike". By the way, did Rypien make Seattle's roster?
I had no idea that he was the Cheetah Kid at one point. I guess the hockey jerseys and flannel clothes made him look larger. Cheetah Kid would occasionally show up in WCW when PE was there. Was this the same guy?
As for old guys trying to be "hip"...well, how old's Raven?
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