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From 1wrestling...


    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.



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Meltzer's reporting it as well, keeping the age of 49.








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If Rocco Rock was 49......whoa! So he was playing one half of the Public Enemy...at the age of 42? How unhip does that seem?

But in all seriousness, I am saddened by the passing of Rocco Rock. His career was largely forgettable, but he helped create the ECW phenomenon back in 1995 and for that, he'll always be remembered.

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Damn but people die young in this business.....
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Yes, Rocco was really that old...



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If he was 49 what was he doing wrestling? It is not like he was in the greatest of shape.





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#7 Posted on

    Originally posted by evilwaldo
    If 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.

That's my take on it.




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    Originally posted by evilwaldo
    If he was 49 what was he doing wrestling? It is not like he was in the greatest of shape.
If you're that old and still wrestling, you need lots of painkillers. If you take lots of painkillers -- yep.



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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.




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In memory of Rocco Rock, I will tonight sing the Public Enemy theme (complete with the arms waving) and then put both members of High Voltage through a table.



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Which one was Rocco Rock? The fat-ass or the Mark Rypien lookalike?

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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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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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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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