Hardcore Legend Danny Havoc Passes Away

Danny Havoc

Sad news on Sunday night as the hardcore wrestling community suffers the loss of one of its biggest pioneers of the 2000s, as news broke that Danny Havoc had passed away. No cause of death was given. Its tragedy is even sadder coupled with the recent passing of his wife, Brianne Berkland, only a few weeks ago on April 4.

Grant Berkland grew up in Iowa a lifelong fan of professional wrestling, backyard wrestling with his highschool friends. In 2005, after attending Combat Zone Wrestling (CZW) Cage of Death 6, he traveled to Philadelphia to find work with the company. His passion won the company over and he began training with CZW, making his debut that June at CZW Tournament of Death 4. In 2007, he won his first title in CZW, the CZW Junior Heavyweight Championship.

While he was near synonymous with CZW for over a decade, he also competed for other hardcore promotions, such as IWA Mid-South, and internationally with companies like Big Japan Wrestling (BJW), KAIENTAI, and DDT Pro in Japan, plus Mexico’s Desastre Total Ultraviolento (DTU) and Germany’s Westside Xtreme Wrestling (wXw).

In 2015, he made his debut with the rebooted Game Changer Wrestling (GCW, formerly Jersey Championship Wrestling) and a year later debuted with Matt Tremont‘s Hardcore Hustle Organization (H2O). But in 2017, In 2017, he stepped away from the ring. A 12-year pioneer of American deathmatches in the 2000s, mounting injuries forced Havoc to walk away from the business. Danny Havoc retired a 2x CZW Tournament of Death winner (2008, 2013), a former 2x CZW Ultraviolent Underground Champion, CZW World Junior Heavyweight Champion, and 2x CZW World Tag Team Champion, and the 2016 winner of the GCW Tournament of Survival. He was also an IWA M-S Deathmatch Champion and H2O Tag Team Champion.

In October of 2019, Havoc returned to the ring with H2O for a charity event, but the one-off turned into a return to active duty. He returned to GCW for four events in early 2020, including as part of their tour of Japan, where he not only competed for GCW but Pro Wrestling FREEDOMS. He was also featured in the Deathmatch episode of the VICE series, “The Wrestlers”.

Last Word on Pro Wrestling sends its deepest condolences to the Berkland family and Danny Havoc’s friends, peers, and fans around the world. Stay tuned to the Last Word on Pro Wrestling for more on this and other stories from around the world of wrestling, as they develop. You can always count on LWOPW to be on top of the major news in the wrestling world, as well as to provide you with analysis, previews, videos, interviews, and editorials on the wrestling world.