This is absolutely devastating! Wresting fans everywhere are heartbroken on April 12 after original ECW star Balls Mahoney, real name Jonathan Rechner, passed away. The iconic performer was only 44 years old. Here’s what we know so far.
Such tragic news from the wresting world. ECW original Balls Mahoney, real name Jonathan Rechner, died on April 12. Though little is still known of the devastating loss, the WWE confirmed the heartbreaking news. Balls was only 44 years old at the time of his death. Here are the sad details.
This is so heartbreaking. Balls Mahoney was an icon in the wresting world, and on April 12 he shockingly passed away. He was only 44 years old, and a cause of death is not known yet. WWE did confirm the tragic loss, saying “WWE is saddened to learn of reports that Jonathan Rechner, best known for competing in ECW as Balls Mahoney, has passed away. WWE extends its condolences to Rechner’s family, friends and fans.”
Balls has had many names and faces throughout his time in professional wrestling. He began working with Smokey Mountain Wrestling in the late 80’s under the name Boo Bradley. His first appearances in the WWE were under the name “Xanta Claus”, an evil St. Nick parody. Finally, he joined Extreme Championship Wrestling as Balls Mahoney and the rest was history.
WWE is saddened to learn of the passing of ECW Superstar Balls Mahoney. pic.twitter.com/Ox8dnQih6R
— WWE (@WWE) April 13, 2016
Balls was known to be a hardcore fighter. He was a fan favorite and he often tag-teamed with fellow wrestler Axl Rotten. The duo called themselves “The Hardcore Chair Swinging Freaks.” shockingly, Axl also passed away this year at 44.
Balls had just celebrated his 44th birthday the day before his death. He leaves behind a wife and one son. Our thoughts and prayers are with them during this tragic time.
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