Mark 'Rollerball' Rocco Passes Away At The Age of 69, WWE Issues Statement

Fightful is sad to report that Mark 'Rollerball' Rocco has passed away. He was 69.

The news of Rocco's passing was announced by All Star Wrestling UK. They wrote, "It is with the greatest of sadness that we have to announce the passing of the one and only MARK ROLLERBALL ROCCO, after suffering for the past few months - our thoughts go out to his family and friends at this very sad time."

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Rocco debuted in All Star Wrestling in 1981. He was the original Black Tiger in Japan, famously feuding with Tiger Mask in NJPW beginning in 1982. He won the WWF Junior Heavyweight Champion and World Mid-Heavyweight Championship during his time in wrestling. He shared the ring with the likes of Dynamite Kid, Jushin Thunder Liger, Owen Hart, Tatsumi Fujinami, and more.

Rocco last wrestled in 1990.

WWE also issued a statement on the passing of the British wrestling legend:

WWE is saddened to learn that Mark “Rollerball” Rocco has passed away at the age of 69.

A fourth-generation wrestler, Rocco became renowned for his grappling exploits around the world, competing as the original masked Black Tiger and winning the WWE Junior Heavyweight Championship.

The Manchester native tangled with a who’s-who of sports-entertainment icons, such as Jushin Liger, Dynamite Kid, Tiger Mask, Fit Finlay and more.

Known as a pioneer of today’s modern cruiserweight style and a legend of British wrestling, Rocco left a lasting influence on the industry, including NXT General Manager William Regal and NXT UK Superstar Flash Morgan Webster.

WWE extends its condolences to Rocco’s family, friends and fans.

On behalf of Fightful, we would like to extend our condolences to the family, friends, and fans of Rocco.

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