‘The Masked Assassin’ Jody Hamilton has passed away at the age of 82 after spending some time in hospice care.
Hamilton’s death was announced by his son and former WCW and WWE referee Nick Patrick who posted the following message on social media:
“It is with heavy heart that I make this post. At 2:16 today my father took his last breath on this earth. He passed comfortably, surrounded by the people that love him. Now our attention has to shift over to taking care of my mom. I want to thank everyone that sent out prayers and support for my family. I will put more information about pop out, but right now I’m kinda numb.”
Hamilton began his wrestling career in the late 1950s where he teamed regularly with brother Larry Hamilton also known as The Missouri Mauler. In 1958 with Jody Hamilton aged nineteen years old he became the youngest wrestler to headline Madison Square Garden when he and Larry faced Capitol Wrestling stars Antonino Rocca and Miguel Perez.
Hamilton is probably best known for his time in The Masked Assassins tag team with Tom Renesto. The pair were put together when Hamilton joined Georgia Championship Wrestling in 1961. Together the duo won countless versions of the NWA Tag Team Championships with Hamilton himself becoming a fourteen-time NWA Georgia Tag Team Champion.
Jody Hamilton ended his in-ring career in 1988 after suffering a serious back injury during a match. His next move in the wrestling world was to open World Championship Wrestling’s very own training centre – The Power Plant. Hamilton oversaw the likes of Diamond Dallas Page, Goldberg, and Paul Wight as they came through the doors of The Power Plant before going on to have legendary careers.
Once WCW closed its doors Jody Hamilton continued to train the next generation of wrestlers, forming an agreement with WWE to form Deep South Wrestling as the company’s developmental territory in 2005. This arrangement ended in 2007 with DSW going out of business once WWE ended its working relationship with the promotion.