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Blackjack Lanza Passes Away Aged 86

Blackjack Lanza

The wrestling world has come together to mourn the loss and celebrate the life of WWE Hall of Famer Blackjack Lanza who has passed away aged 86.

Jim Ross first broke the sad news about Lanza’s passing, writing “Just heard from old Winnipeg friend Bob Holliday that Jack Lanza has passed away at the age of 86,” he wrote. “Jack was our lead agent during the Attitude Era. Helluva hand.”

In the hours that followed tributes have continued to pour in for the Hall of Famer, with the likes of William Regal, Mick Foley, and Sean Waltman all posting their condolences. WWE Chairman Vince McMahon wrote that Lanza was respected and beloved by all.

Jack Lanza began his wrestling career in 1961, being trained by legendary promotor Verne Gagne. After initially working in St Louis, Lanza began appearing for Gagne’s AWA promotion in mid 1962. During this period he teamed with Bobby Duncum, with the pair being managed by Bobby Heenan.

Fast-forward to the 1970’s and Lanza embarked on the most famous run of his career alongside Blackjack Mulligan, again managed by Heenan. Throughout the decade and into the 80’s the pair won tag team gold wherever they went, including the WWWF Tag Team Titles in 1975.

The partnership eventually came to an end in 1984, with Blackjack Lanza retiring a year later. He later returned to WWE where he worked as a road agent for a number of years. Lanza was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2006 alongside Mulligan.

Everyone at Inside The Ropes would like to send their condolences to the family and friends of Blackjack Lanza.