This is devastating. Former professional wrestler Axl Rotten has died at the young age of 44. Axl rose to fame after competing in the Extreme Championship Wrestling company in the ’90s.
The wrestling world has lost another great one. Axl Rotten, whose real name was Brian Knighton, has sadly passed away. He was only 44 years old. His death comes just months after he appeared in a documentary in which he discussed injuries he suffered during his wrestling career that left him in a wheelchair.
The WWE confirmed Axl’s death. “WWE extends its condolences to Knighton’s family, friends and fans,” the organization wrote on its website. The cause of Axl’s death has not been revealed.
Axl’s career spanned over two decades, and he was involved in organizations such as the WWE, the WCW and TNA, according to Bleacher Report. He was best known for being one of the original stars of the ECW. He started out competing as part of the The Bad Breed, which featured fellow wrestler Ian Rotten (Jason Williams). Axl left the ECW in 1999. He continued to wrestle with Xtreme Pro Wrestling and competed in Hardcore Homecoming and Extreme Reunion events.
Despite his success, his wrestling career had a heartbreaking impact on him. A documentary in 2015 revealed a spinal injury that left Axl confined to a wheelchair. He talked openly about the damage his intense career had on his body.
Just hours before his death, Axl posted this on Twitter: “The way I do things may not be the way you do things but you will find out there is only 1 way. My away! #AxlIsTruth.”
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Axl’s family and friends during this difficult time.