Indie Veteran “Marvelous” Mitch Ryder Passes Away at 48

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The Midwest lost a 30-year indie veteran of the industry on Wednesday when “Marvelous” Mitch Ryder passed away. His death was announced by longtime friend Ian Rotten (John Williams) on his Facebook page. Ryder was just 48 years old.

Hailing from New Albany, Indiana, Mitch Ryder got his start in 1990, originally working under the name of Mitch Bell. After working various regional indies, he began working with WCW in 1992 for a year, where he worked enhancement against the likes of Cactus Jack (Mick Foley) and “Ravishing” Rick Rude. In 1997, he joined the fledgling IWA Mid South, where he remained a fixture for the remainder of his career.

In 2007, he opened his own promotion, XWC Mid-West, running shows around New Albany, Indiana, and that year began expanding his own resume, working with CHIKARA, Combat Zone Wrestling (CZW), Anarchy Championship Wrestling (ACW) in Texas, and Indiana’s Coliseum Championship Wrestling (CCW).

In 2008, he became United States Wrestling Organization (USWO) Heavyweight Champion in Nashville, a title he would win a second time the following year. In 2009, he would capture his final title, the Cleveland All-Pro Wrestling (CAPW) Championship.

Over the years, he became a mentor and trainer to many current indie stars, helping bring up new stars from IWA Mid South and CHIKARA, such as Chris Hero, Drew Gulak, Mance Warner, and more.

Last Word on Pro Wrestling sends our deepest condolences to Mitch Ryder’s family, as well as Mitch’s friends, peers, and colleagues in the pro wrestling and acting community. 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.

 

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