WWE Hall of Famer Blackjack Lanza passes away

WWE pays tribute to Blackjack Lanza

WWE remembers the incredible life and career of the late, great WWE Hall of Famer Blackjack Lanza.

WWE is saddened to learn that John "Jack" Lanza, known to fans as WWE Hall of Famer Blackjack Lanza, passed away at the age of 86.

One of the greatest black-hat antiheroes in sports-entertainment history, Lanza was best known for his tenure as one-half of the feared Blackjacks tag team alongside Blackjack Mulligan. The duo’s similar, intimidating looks and aggression enabled them to run roughshod over the tag team divisions of multiple promotions, culminating in a World Tag Team Championship victory over Dominic DeNucci & Pat Barrett. After hanging up the boots, Lanza helped build the next generation of Superstars as a respected, long-standing WWE employee.

In 2004, Lanza inducted his former manager, Bobby “The Brain” Heenan, into the WWE Hall of Fame, and, in 2006, Heenan returned the favor, ushering both Lanza & Mulligan into the hallowed hall.

WWE extends its condolences to Lanza’s family, friends and fans.

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