The wrestling world has lost another legend after news of the British star, who was a fixture on ITV’s World of Sport and appeared as the original Black Tiger in NJPW. A number of top WWE and NXT UK superstars have paid tribute to Rocco, who inspired a generation of performers and had an incredible impact on the business as a whole.
The Manchester-born wrestler was a big part of the UK scene in both Joint Promotions and All Star Wrestling, while also making waves in New Japan Pro Wrestling, before his retirement in 1991. He was last seen in a major TV role when he was part of the judgement panel for TNA’s British Bootcamp in 2012.
Below is some of the reaction from people in the industry;
William Regal went in depth on his history with ‘Rocco’: