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 Posted: Wed May 9th, 2018 12:15 am
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Busick never seemed to make it to next level of success.  Always lingered around the mid-card level.  Big, powerful guy, but he ever seemed that skilled in regards to his ring work. 

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I had no idea how many health problems he’s had over the past 12 years or so until I just read up on him. He definitely had a rough end and it sounds like it’s for the best that his suffering is over, even if he was still relatively young.



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RIP

Only know him from his WWF run

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Busick was in the PA indies, also.

Reading his online bio, it said that he and Bill Eadie were bodyguards in Atlanta. Does anybody know if this was before, during or after their wrestling careers? Did they service anybody famous?



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Srossi, you are correct. That poor guy was put through hell.



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GWF guy before his quick run in Titan at the end of 1991/early 1992. Fun guy....he used the stump-buster as his finisher, if I recall.



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Yeah, I only knew him from his WWE run as well.

Dude did a lot of shrugs.

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PWInsider:

World Wrestling Entertainment announced this afternoon that Nick "Big Bully" Busick passed away today in Weirton, West Virginia at the age of 63 following a long battle with cancer. Busick had been battling esophageal cancer for several years when he announced that the disease had gone into remission in 2016. He was later found to have a brain tumor and in 2017, underwent successful surgery to battle it. Sadly, it was discovered that cancer had returned earlier this year, this time in his spinal fluid. Busick went into hospice care just a few days ago and passed away around 2:15 PM today with his family at his side.

A former amateur wrestler and power lifter who grew up in Pittsburgh, Busick was inspired to get into the business by the legendary Bruno Sammartino. He worked for the WWWF locally in Pittsburgh, doing undercard and enhancement matches after being trained by Mike Paidousis for a short period of time.

Busick began to find himself as the character working while working in Atlanta for Joe Pedicino's North Georgia Wrestling Alliance, wearing a 1920s-era bowler hat and smoking a cigar on the way to the ring, both of which accentuated a massive handlebar mustache, making him appear to be a crossover of a massive evil villain and the videogame character Mario. He worked locally in that area, getting a lot of attention from the magazines of that era due to his unique look and his brawls with the likes of Abdullah the Butcher. Busick was the top star for the promotion, carrying their Heavyweight championship, utilizing the heart punch as his finisher.

Busick was hired by the WWF in 1989 as Big Bully Busick, dropping his first name in the process. He was meant to play the stereotypical larger than life villain, playing a grown up version of a childhood bully that would torment children. Managed by Harvey Whippleman, he would harass fans and even ring announcer Mike McGirk. He was built up for weeks, utilizing the stump puller as a finisher (a Vince McMahon idea), beating enhancement talents on television, but would lose to the more established babyfaces on the road.

While he was with the company until 1991, he never truly given any sort of major promotional push. Realizing that there was no end game for him in the company long-term, Busick put in his notice, realizing his kids were getting older and he would be happier spending less time away from home while they were growing up.

"I actually chose to leave and I actually left a little early, " Busick told James Guttman in an interview in 2010. "It was a combination of things. My kids were starting to grow up and I'd seen that the character wasn't going anywhere. What I should have seen is that maybe I should have hung around and let WWF, at the time, do what they do best and progress because they may have done something where maybe I could have had a longer career out of it. But I didn't and that was then, this is now"

While he made appearances from time to time on the independents and wrestling conventions over the years, he was pretty much done with wrestling as a career when he walked away from the WWF.

Beyond his time in professional wrestling, Busick worked as a police officer before becoming a police academy instructor in Atlanta. Later, he owned and operated his own security film, CCI Risk Consultants, handling security for casinos and other businesses. For time, he also promoted MMA events.

WWE's announcement read:

Former WWE Superstar Nick “Big Bully” Busick has passed away at the age of 63, WWE is saddened to learn.

A notorious in-ring villain known for his signature derby and mustache, Busick battled Superstars like Bret “Hit Man” Hart, Sid and The British Bulldog in the early ’90s.

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

Busick's wife Lorie noted on her Facebook account, "Thank you for all of your thoughts and prayers. Nick was so humbled by all your cards, prayers and visits. Love you all."

Busick's services will be this weekend in West Virginia.

On behalf of everyone associated with PWInsider.com, we'd like to express our deepest condolences as well.



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^Article above has a massive hole with his WWF timeline. I had mentioned earlier he was a GWF guy. I'm 100% positive the WWF hired him in '91 late summmer and he hung around for about six months tops. He was in the Survivor Series. He had been in the GWF on ESPN before that. I can recall this from being at college and watching him on afternoons on ESPN. Also, he wasn't in the WWF long enough to realize he was away from home to miss his kids' childhoods. Definitely wasn't hired in 1989.



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