Wade Keller is reporting that "Spyder" Dan Quirk, an indy wrestler working out of Massachusetts, was killed as a result of a head injury he sustained at a show for the Ultimate Championship Wrestling promotion. "Daniel Quirk, who wrestled under the name "Spider," was positioned on the floor to catch his opponent. When his opponent landed on him, he fell backward with his head hitting the floor, causing severe bleeding. Quirk was rushed to a local hospital but was pronounced dead an hour after the injury was suffered. Quirk was 22 years old."
I'm stunned. Sure, we lived through the Owen Hart thing, but that wasn't an in-ring, bump-related situation so much as a stunt gone wrong. Moondog Spot went down to a heart attack during a match, as did Iron Mike Dibiase but those weren't injuries caused by wrestling itself. Brusier Brody was a very special case, one which which was, thankfully, isolated. Russ Haas suffered from coronary heart disease, if I recall correctly, and didn't go down in the ring. The names of those who died in hotel rooms as casualties of "the lifestyle" are too numerous to list here, but most of them went peacefully in their sleep and didn't do it in front of crowds. Now, I don't mean to trivialize any of these aforementioned tragedies, all human life has the same value to me, but I don't recall a case of a person dying as a result of an injury from such a basic bump. My only guess is that he was too small and the person leaping on him was too heavy for him, and he came down too hard on his head. I'm just...stunned. This literally could have happened to anybody.
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How dangerous wrestling is? If it's done properly and by a professional anything is dangerious even walking down the street. It was simply that an accident an don't blame wrestling for "claiming" another life.
I seen a few news stories locally here in Boston because it happened south (45mins away). It was just that an accident and he was trained and wrestling league was insured, and mats were being used but when "Spider" took the move on the outside his head slammed back past the mats and hit the exposed floor. My understanding was when you take a move like he did you are suppose to tuck your head in, so your shoulders take blunt of the falling back. For whatever reason that was not done, and this accident took place.
In no way should this story be mentioned or related to the idiot 'Mass Transit' who died in Revere, MA at the ECW shows years ago. He lied about his age showing a fake ID, and also lied about being a trained wrestler. I was at that show and honestly, I do feel for his friends and family, but it was his own fault.
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Umm...sure he didn't die at the event but take this for what it's worth.
He survived the match with the help of 50 stitches, but the humiliation of hundreds of people laughing and cheering as he was being brutalized may have left a mark on his psyche that time couldn't heel. And reports to even this day from friends in this business that he was constantly harrassed for what was evidently was his own fault. He killed himself 3 years ago - May 12th, 2002
This actually happened about 2 blocks from my house at the local VFW. The EMTs said that it was the most blood they have ever seen for that type of injury. The kid never made it to the hospital, I don't even think he made it to the ambulance. That being said, the city is now trying to prevent any wrestling or UFC shows from being held here.
I just watched this 2 nights ago. Kinda funny to see kayfabe in full force on network TV. Been along time since that has been standard. Hogan sure came off like an asshole for being a baby face at the time didn't he?