Raymond Fernandez, who was a WWF star in the 80s and a New Japan star in the 90s as Hercules Hernandez, was found dead on Saturday morning, having died in his sleep.
Dewey Robertson announced that Hercules had passed away at the Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame banquet last night. We have since confirmed the story is true.
Fernandez was living in Tampa. At this point the cause of death is presumed to be a heart attack, pending an autopsy.
Hercules worked all over the world, working for several years as a heel in the WWF, including wrestling Ricky Steamboat at Wrestlemania II. He and Scott Norton, as the Jurassic Powers, were a major tag team during the glory days of New Japan Pro Wrestling, feuding with teams like the Steiner Brothers and the Hell Raisers.
I still remember vividly Hercules' WWF debut, Greek leather body armor and all. This gimmick was a childhood favourite of mine, as was his impressive press-slam (before Warrior ever did it). It's a shame when you see how many of these guys die young, no doubt from years of hard living and bodily abuse.
Hercules was one of my favorite "mid-carders" back in the day when I was a kid (before I knew what a mid-carder really was and meant) ... When is all of this gonna end? These guys are going way too young.
It's kind of a moot point, since it's a tragedy either way. RIP Hercules
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This really sucks considering I marked out when Herc was choking out the Warrior with the chain at WM4. Gotta love that theme when he was a face though. Sounded like something from Medieval Times or something...
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Hercules Hernandez was one of the few wrestlers I had the chance to meet in person and talk to. He wrestled in an indy show promoted by Jacques Rougeau in Rimouski,Quebec 6-7 years ago. I just saw him backstage and I marked out. He was real cool. I still have his autograph somewhere.
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My favorite Power & Glory match was thier squash of The Rockers on a Summerslam in the early 90's. Their finisher was pretty sweet. Someone mentioned doing a film tribute to all the past Wrestlemania performers who had died. That would be nice but it would probably take an hour or more. There's been so many. Damn!
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Originally posted by edge2333a My favorite Power & Glory match was thier squash of The Rockers on a Summerslam in the early 90's. Their finisher was pretty sweet.
I've got that one on tape...SummerSlam 1990 from the Philadelphia Spectrum. Power and Glory go for Shawn's "already injured" knee early, and he spends the whole match lying on the ring apron, clutching it in agony. It's a 2-on-1 as both Hercules and Paul Roma gang up on poor CRZ...er, Marty Janetty. Janetty almost wins at one point (and I think, even hit the Rocker Elbow), but eventually got the powerslam/supersplash finisher. 1-2-3, CRZ jobs.
The buddy I watched WWF with at the time (hadn't heard of WCW) had neighborhood punks messing up his folks' house all the time. Back then, we decided to wait for 'em in the bushes, catch 'em, and give 'em the Power & Glory finisher.
Lucky for them they didn't show up during those 20 minutes...
Anyhoo, RIP Hercules. Thanks for the memories.
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I'll also throw in some love for Hercules's babyface entrance. I loved the way he swung that chain around.
Hercules represented a simpler time when wrestling was fun. There were no real complicated storylines. One of my biggest Hercules memories was his feud with Billy Jack Haynes over who had the best full nelson. Simpler times, indeed.
I'll miss the mighty Herc. He was more than a midcarder to many of us. He even got the Wrestlecrap salute for his time as Super Invader.
Edge: So Triple H wants me to come to Raw and fight him for the big gold belt. I've TOTALLY passed you on the card. Jericho: Yeah, but while Triple H is burying you, I get to make out with Trish in front of millions. You tell ME who the winner is here, junior!
For whatever it's worth, living in Virginia Beach I just saw a local commercial for SummerSlam (which will take place in Norfolk on July 2nd), and they announced a couple of matches for the pay-per-view.