It is with great sadness that we report that former ECW star, Brian Knighton better known to millions as Axl Rotten has being found dead at the age of 44 in Baltimore, Maryland. One of the defining faces of the ECW organisation throughout its early years, he captured the Pro Wrestling Illustrated “Feud of the Year” in 1995, for the program he had with his partner of The Bad Breed, Ian Rotten.
After leaving ECW in the late 1990s, he emerged on the independent circuit for the remainder of his active career. He had a brief stint in the WWE in 2005, as part of the ECW: One Night Stand event. For this, he appeared with several ECW alumni and continued to wrestle a few dark matches for the WWE throughout the summer of 2005. Returning to the independent circuit, he would later reemerge in TNA in 2010 at the ECW tribute show, Hardcore Justice where he teamed with Balls Mahoney to lose to Team 3D in a South Philadelphia Street Fight.
In recent years, Rotten has being inactive within the wrestling industry due to a spinal injury sustained which unfortunately rendered him wheelchair bound. He was last active a mere 10 hours before his death on Twitter, posting the following message;
The way I do things may not be the way you do things but you will find out there is only 1 way. My away! #AxlsTruth
— AXL ROTTEN (@AxlRottenECW) February 4, 2016
At this time, little is known about the circumstances surrounding his death, and it remains under investigation by local authorities. Hopefully, the circumstances will become clear in the next few days. From everyone here at Wrestling’s Dirty Deeds, we’d like to express our thoughts and condolences to the friends and family of Axl at this time, and thank you for the memories.
R.I.P Axl Rotten (1971 – 2016)
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