WWE has paid tribute to wrestling legend ‘King Kong’ Angelo Mosca, who has passed away at the age of 84 after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s.
Angelo Mosca rose to prominence as a football player in the Canadian Football League where he was a five-time all-star. After brief spells in the Ottawa Rough Riders and Montreal Alouettes, Mosca joined the Hamilton Tiger-Cats where he would remain for 10 years from 1962-1972. The Tiger-Cats honoured him in 2015 when they retired his jersey number, 68.
Mosca began his pro-wrestling career in 1960 under the name Angelo ‘King Kong’ Mosca and would compete in the squared circle during the CFL off-season. Following his retirement from football, he became a full-time wrestler and competed all across North America, most often portraying a heel.
He joined WWE in 1981 and went on to have high-profile feuds with then-WWE Champion Bob Backlund and later WWE Hall of Famer Pat Patterson. From 1984-1985, he also provided colour commentary for the company. He retired from pro-wrestling a year later in 1986.
WWE has released a statement paying tribute to Mosca which can be read below.
“WWE is saddened to learn that Angelo Mosca, Sr. passed away at the age of 84.
Mosca’s incredible career began on the gridiron after playing football for the University of Notre Dame and being drafted to the Philadelphia Eagles in 1959. He instead took his talents to the Canadian Football League, where he played for over a decade and became a five-time all-star and eventual Canadian Football Hall of Famer. But when his playing days were over, Mosca shifted his focus to the world of sports-entertainment where he became known as Angelo “King Kong” Mosca and competed in such legendary promotions as AWA and Stampede Wrestling before arriving in WWE in the early 1980s to battle it out with the likes of WWE Hall of Famers Bob Backlund and the late, great Pat Patterson.
After retiring from competition, Mosca remained an integral part of sports-entertainment as a color commentator and promoter.
WWE extends its condolences to Mosca’s family, friends and fans.”
News of Mosca’s passing was announced by his wife, Helen Mosca, on Facebook.
We at Inside The Ropes woul offer our condolences to the family, friends, and fans of Angelo ‘King Kong’ Mosca.