WWE statement on Mark

Earlier today, the passing of Mark “Rollerball” Rocco at 69 was reported.

WWE issued a statement on the passing of Rocco and mentioned that he had won the WWE Junior Heavyweight Championship, as well as putting over his influence on many in the industry.

Mark “Rollerball” Rocco passes away

WWE is saddened to learn that Mark “Rollerball” Rocco has passed away at the age of 69.

A fourth-generation wrestler, Rocco became renowned for his grappling exploits around the world, competing as the original masked Black Tiger and winning the WWE Junior Heavyweight Championship.

The Manchester native tangled with a who’s-who of sports-entertainment icons, such as Jushin Liger, Dynamite Kid, Tiger Mask, Fit Finlay and more.

Known as a pioneer of today’s modern cruiserweight style and a legend of British wrestling, Rocco left a lasting influence on the industry, including NXT General Manager William Regal and NXT UK Superstar Flash Morgan Webster.

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

William Regal, who portrays the NXT General Manager on television, also issued a series of tweets about his “friend and colleague.”