Inside the Ropes are saddened to report that wXw Superstar, Karsten Beck, passed away this morning at 33 years of age.
The former wXw Unified World Wrestling Champion had been diagnosed with brain cancer in 2016 and had bravely battled the illness for four years. wXw announced the passing on their Twitter page a few hours ago.
Karsten Pitann aka Karsten Beck has passed away this morning after battling brain cancer for years. We say farewell to a Hall of Famer wrestler, a Unified World Wrestling champion, a World Triangle League winner, our director of sports, our colleague, our companion, our friend. pic.twitter.com/c0F2FjN2de
— wXw Germany (@wXwGermany) October 15, 2020
Beginning his career in 2006 under the name Diego Latino, the star stood victorious in his first match against Dragon Soldier D at MWA Most Wanted IV and progressed to wXw that same year when he formed The All-Nighters with Andrew Patterson.
He took on the designation, Karsten Beck, in time to challenge Bad Bones for the Deutsche Meisterschaft Championship at wXw/Westside Dojo Saturday Wrestling III on September 13, 2008, and a star was born. He would capture the gold on June 6, 2010, at FCW Anthology III defeating Carnage, Rico Bushido and Thumbtack Jack.
Among his many achievements, however, Karsten Beck was most famous for capturing the wXw World Tag Team Championships as part of The Mind with Adam Polak and reaching the pinnacle of the German promotion when he toppled Walter to capture the wXw Unified World Heavyweight Championship in two minutes and nineteen seconds at the promotion’s Back to the Roots XIV event on January 17, 2015.
A war with Walter over the gold followed at wXw 16-Carat Gold 2015, wXw More Than Wrestling Tour: Prague and wXw Broken Rulz XV, before his reign was ended on August 28, 2015 at the hands of John Klinger.
Karsten Beck stepped away from the squared circle on July 2, 2016, after winning his final match against rival Walter at European Professional Wrestling’s Fight Night in Bremen. Since hanging up his boots, Beck served as wXw’s Director of Sports.
In ten short years, Beck accomplished a legacy that most wrestlers can only dream of. His passing is a great loss to professional wrestling and to wXw.
Rest in peace Karsten Beck.
Inside the Ropes extends its deepest condolences to Karsten Beck’s family and friends.