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Melissa Coates AKA Super Genie Passes Away At 50

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Melissa Coates who previously competed in WWE’s developmental territories of OVW and Deep South Wrestling has passed away at the age of 50, with Bayley among those paying tribute.

Coates was part of Ohio Valley Wrestling in the early-2000s before going on to have a longer run with the NWA Anarchy promotion. As a fitness model, bodybuilder, and actress, Melissa Coates is perhaps best known for her role on Extreme Dodgeball which aired on the Game Show Network.

She began working as ECW icon Sabu’s manager in 2014 where she was known as Super Genie. In October 2020 Coates had her left leg amputated after suffering life-threatening blood clots. She had recently begun a crowdfunding campaign for a microprocessor knee prosthetic to help her resume her in-ring career.

The Cauliflower Alley Club, which supports former wrestlers in times of need, broke the news of Coates’ untimely passing on social media:

“Everyone here at the CAC is deeply saddened to hear the news that Super Genie Melissa Coates has passed away. We send out our sincerest condolences to her family, friends and fans. May they find comfort in the memories left behind during this most difficult time. R.I.P. Melissa.”

Former WWE SmackDown Women’s Champion Bayley was among those to pay tribute to Coates, noting that she had her very first match against her.

Bayley wrote:

“I had my very first match against Melissa Coates. There’s always a forever connection when you share the ring with someone and I’m honored to have that with her. Thank you for being so sweet, helpful and busting my brace face open. I’ll truly never forget you.”

According to cagematch.net, Coates and Bayley met in a tag team match in September 2008 with Coates and partner Shannon Ballard defeating Scott Ballard and Bayley, who competed under the name Davina Rose at the time.

Over the years Melissa Coates has shared the ring with some well-known names of the wrestling world including AEW’s Bunny, former RETRIBUTION members Mia Yim and Mercedes Martinez as well as six-time WWE Women’s Champion Mickie James.

Everybody at Inside The Ropes sends their condolences to the family, friends, and fans of Melissa Coates at this difficult time.