On Friday, December 2, WWE Hall of Famer and legend Barry Windham suffered a heart attack. His niece Mika Rotunda shared this information with the world on Monday. Windham is in the hospital under intensive care while his family waits to see how he responds to treatment. Mika posted this information in a fundraiser to raise money for Barry’s medical bills.
Barry Windham Taken to ICU Following Heart Attack
Pro wrestling great Barry Windham is in ICU after sufferering a massive heart attack Friday night in Atlanta. Son of the late Blackjack Mulligan, Windham, 62, survived a heart attack that left him hospitalized and in rehab for several months in 2011. pic.twitter.com/TVhkTKNsfV
— Mike Mooneyham (@ByMikeMooneyham) December 5, 2022
Barry Windham is a second-generation star, the son of Blackjack Mulligan of the tag team, The Blackjacks. Windham broke into the business in 1979 after training under his father and Harley Race. Following brief runs in the WWF, AWA, and Championship Wrestling from Florida, he joined Jim Crockett Promotions in 1986. This would be where Barry would achieve most of his mainstream success as both singles and tag team competitor. In 1988, Windham would first join the Four Horsemen. Following the ending of his contract with JCP in 1989, he joined the WWF for a second stint.
Windham would return to JCP in 1990 and again be part of the Horsemen before setting off as the Lone Wolf. Long regarded as one of the best in-ring competitors of his era, Barry Windham would finally win the NWA World Heavyweight Championship from The Great Muta in 1993. He would only hold the title for five short months before dropping it to Ric Flair. Barry would leave WCW in 1994 following a knee injury. He would return to wrestling in 1996 for the WWF, first as “The Stalker” and then as part of the New Blackjacks with Justin Hawk Bradshaw (who would go on to become John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield). Windham would leave the WWF in 1998 and return to WCW, where Windham would team with Curt Hennig. He was also part of The West Texas Rednecks faction. After his release from WCW in 1999, Windham’s appearances in wrestling became more sporadic.
Barry Windham would wrestle his last match in 2010 for the independent promotion American Combat Wrestling. In 2012, he was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame as part of the Four Horsemen. At the Last Word on Pro Wrestling, we send our thoughts and prayers to Barry Windham and his family during this difficult time.
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