Mick Foley, Big E, and Many WWE and AEW Superstars Pay Tribute to Daffney After Her Tragic Passing

Published 09/03/2021, 8:15 AM EDT


The death of former WCW talent and IMPACT Wrestling superstar Daffney Unger shocked the wrestling world. We couldn’t believe our ears when we heard the news as well. Daffney rose to fame with her extraordinary character work and a shock Cruiserweight Title win.

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This devastating news also shook several wrestling personalities. Many of them even took to Twitter to say a few words about the former WCW Cruiserweight Champion. From former friends to colleagues and even entire companies sent their condolences to the late superstar.

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Big name legends such as Mick Foley and current wrestlers such a Big E mourned the passing of Daffney.

From former Intercontinental Champion Big E, to Daffney’s first friend in WCW Shane Helms, several stalwarts of the wrestling world openly talked about the prevalence of mental health issues. These issues have just claimed another life in the wrestling world/

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Daffney was ahead of her time

Unger touched the lives of many, some even without her own realizing it. People need to speak out about their mental health problems. Saying you need help is not a weakness. After her tragic demise, WWE took an active step to ensure their talent has the services necessary to cope with mental illness.

With the loss of Hana Kimura in 2020 and Daffney in 2021, the wrestling world has an accurate picture of mental health awareness. In a sport where athletes put their bodies on the line on a regular basis, losing a life to mental illness seems unheard of. But that doesn’t give us the impetus to ignore it.

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We are deeply saddened by the news and pray for her family and friends. And for everyone else, please speak up about your mental health issues, talk to someone.

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Aditya Pran Mahanta

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Aditya Pran Mahanta is a WWE and AEW author for EssentiallySports, who is currently pursuing his Bachelor of Arts degree. Being a sports fanatic, he has played at the state level badminton in his younger years but his love for WWE overtook all other passions. Being a decade-long wrestling fan, he relishes the older wrestlers and wishes that the newer generation had the same Edge. He is a passionate fan of Rey Mysterio for his high flying style, Edge for being The Ultimate Opportunist, and Razor Ramon because nobody messes with the Bad Guy!

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