Wrestling World Reacts to Untimely Demise of Former ROH World Champion Xavier

Published 08/17/2020, 9:38 AM EDT


Former Ring of Honor Superstar Xavier passed away on August 16th, 2020. Xavier left for his heavenly abode at the young age of 43 years. Currently, there is no clear update on the reason or cause of his death.

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The late wrestler’s employers i.e. Ring on honor, released the following statement.

Ring of Honor is saddened to learn of the passing of former ROH World Champion Xavier (John Bedoya). He was 43. A product of the New York independent wrestling scene, Xavier defeated Low Ki on Sept. 21, 2002 to become the second ROH World Champion. He held the title for 182 days before losing it to Samoa Joe on March 22, 2003.

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Xavier made his ROH debut on the company’s first show, The Era of Honor Begins, on Feb. 23, 2002, defeating Scoot Andrews. He last wrestled in ROH in 2007 and retired from pro wrestling in 2011. Xavier also competed in several mixed martial arts fights, beginning in 2009.

Xavier was scheduled to come out of retirement to face Jay Lethal at the ROH Past vs. Present show this past March in Las Vegas, but the show was canceled due to the pandemic. ROH extends its deepest condolences to Xavier’s family, friends and fans.

As the ROH statement suggests, Xavier was booked in a highly anticipated match against Jay Lethal at the ROH Past vs. Present show. The show, however, got canceled due to the COVID- 19 Pandemic.

Xavier was a world traveled athlete

Xavier wrestled for ECWA, ICW, Jersey All-Pro, and as enhancement talent in WWE, mainly on its show called velocity. He is a former two time ROH World Champion.

In September of 2002, Xavier became the second-ever ROH World Champion when he beat Low Ki for the title. He had a strong 182-day reign before losing it to the submission machine Samoa Joe in March 2003.

He had a few stints in WWE where he wrestled as an enhancement talent. Moreover, he even gave Mixed Martial Arts a shot before returning back into wrestling.

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Wrestling fans and former colleagues around the world pay their tribute

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We at EssentiallySports extend our condolences to the late wrestler’s family. He will be in our thoughts and prayers.

 

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