“The Assassin” wrestler Jody Hamilton has died at 82
Legendary professional wrestler “The Assassin” Jody Hamilton passed away on Tuesday, announced his son, Joe Hamilton Jr. (also known as WWE referee Nick Patrick Jr.). He was 82 years old. PWInsider reported that Hamilton entered hospice care earlier that day.
“It is with a heavy heart that I am doing this post,” said Hamilton Jr. wrote on Facebook. “At 2:16 pm today, my father breathed his last on this earth. He passed away comfortably, surrounded by people who love him. Now our attention must be on caring for my mother. thank everyone who sent prayers and support for my family. I’m going to pop out more info, but right now I’m a little numb. “
RIP Jody Hamilton. The man who trained me and got me a look and a contract. One of the greatest minds to ever lace up boots. At over 300 pounds, a fantastic worker. pic.twitter.com/09kNdo4pcp
– Kevin Nash (@RealKevinNash) August 4, 2021
WWE issued a statement once he hears the news. “WWE is saddened to learn that Jody Hamilton, known to fans as ‘The Assassin’, has passed away at the age of 82,” the statement said. “Following in the footsteps of his brother Larry ‘The Missouri Mauler’, Hamilton moved on from amateur boxing and burst into the wrestling world in the 1950s. By 1958, the Hamilton Brothers had risen through the ranks of Capitol Wrestling. based in New York. and faced Antonino Rocca and Miguel Pérez in the main event at Madison Square Garden. At just 19 at the time, Jody became the youngest grappler to co-host the main event in the Most world famous arena.
Hamilton would team up with Tom Renesto to form The Assassins and were one of the best teams in the Southeastern United States. The duo became one of the top draws in Georgia Championship Wrestling, winning the NWA Georgia Tag Team Championship 12 times. Following Renesto’s retirement, Hamilton would carry the Assassins’ name along with Ernie Ladd and “Hercules” Hernandez and go on to win the tag team title across the country. As a singles contender, Hamilton has won the NWA Georgia Heavyweight Championship, the Deep South Heavyweight Championship three times, and the NWA Alabama Heavyweight Championship, to name a few.
In my opinion, The Masked Assassin is one of the 2 greatest masked villains of all time. (Masked Superstar is the other) Jody Hamilton was also a wonderful human being, whom I am honored to have known. I send my love to his son Nick and their family. #RIPMaskedAssassin pic.twitter.com/Pk6aQGP5uM
– Sean Waltman (@TheRealXPac) August 3, 2021
Hamilton was forced to retire with a back injury. He then opened WCW’s official training facility, the Power Plant, which has produced WWE legends such as Kevin Nash, Goldberg, and the Big Show. When WWE bought WCW in 2001, Hamilton trained wrestlers in Deep South Wrestling.