Shad Gaspard tragically passed away in May 2020, after being among a group of swimmers caught in a rip current. It was later revealed that Gaspard had instructed lifeguards to save his son first instead of coming to help him.
Following Gaspard’s death there had been speculation that he would be honoured by WWE by posthumously being given the Warrior Award at the WWE Hall of Fame ceremony.
Gaspard’s former tag team partner JTG supported the idea, reflecting on how Gaspard had put his life on the line, in order to save his son.
“He definitely should. I don’t know what’s a bigger heroic act than putting his life on the line for his son. But honestly, he would have done it if it was another child. If it was me, he probably would have did the same exact thing.”
However, the 2020 edition of the award was given to Titus O’Neil. A decision which surprised many fans.
It has since been noted by Fightful, that the decision was in no way a slight to Gaspard. The report notes that there were plans to induct O’Neil last year, plans which were made before Gaspard’s untimely death. The decision to induct O’Neil is heavily linked to him having close ties to Tampa, Florida and the work he undertakes in the community.
The report closes by saying that Gaspard is expected to be honoured in the future, adding that he was born in New York, before later moving to L.A where WrestleMania is often held.
Shad Gaspard is most well known by wrestling fans for his time in WWE. During two stints with the company, Gaspard would perform alongside JTG, as the highly popular tag team Cryme Tyme.