Professional wrestling legend Ox Baker has unfortunately passed as of today. He was 80 years old.
Ox Baker was one of professional wrestling’s most notorious character heels. The master of the heart punch battled a who’s who of wrestling talent, ranging from Carlos Colon in Puerto Rico, to Rip Rogers in Missouri, to challenging Dusty Rhodes in 2004 at Ring Of Honor. Baker also famously battled Kurt Russel in the film Escape From New York in 1981. One of his last encounters was becoming the CCW Champion in December of 2013, where he was a surprise entrant in a battle royal for the gold.
Ox Baker was a rare treasure in the sport of professional wrestling. His murderous demeanor and colorful appearance will always be a staple in villainous history. Rest in peace, Ox, and thank you for the sacrifices you’ve made.