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RIP: Mark "Rollerball" Rocco

It was announced today that British wrestling legend, Mark “Rollerball” Rocco, passed away at the age of 69.  

Born Mark Hussey in 1951, Rocco is believed to have made his pro wrestling debut in 1970, and he competed mostly in the United Kingdom through the decade.  Rocco, who was a lighter-weight competitor in Britain, was contacted by New Japan Pro Wrestling to wrestle for them.  

Rocco was packaged as “Black Tiger”, a character designed to feud with the original Tiger Mask (Satoru Sayama), and he would win the WWF Junior Heavyweight Title.  He returned back to England, performing mostly for All-Star Wrestling.

Rocco was a precursor to much of the high-flying style that is part of pro wrestling today.  In our latest list of those to consider for the WWE Hall of Fame, Rocco was ranked at #355.

We here at would like to extend our condolences to the friends, fans and family of Mark Rocco.

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355. Mark "Rollerball" Rocco

When you think of great Light Heavyweight wrestlers from England, the Dynamite Kid is usually the first one thought of.  Prior to the former member of the British Bulldogs, the best Light Heavyweight wrestler from the United Kingdom was Mark “Rollerball” Rocco, who was not only talented but was a decent draw in his native country.  His best work (as was the case for many in his weight class) was in Japan as the masked “Black Tiger” where his matches with the legendary Tiger Mask are still considered classics today.  With a brief stint the WWF competing for the Junior Heavyweight title, he is not completely anonymous to the folks in Stamford, but we doubt that the talented Brit is on their radar for the Hall.
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