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 Posted: Wed Sep 10th, 2014 07:12 am
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PWInsider has confirmed the death of Sean O'Haire at 43.  No cause of death known yet.  He's been in trouble non-stop since retiring from wrestling so it's not that big a surprise that he would die young.

O'Haire had "future World champ" written all over him when he first debuted in WCW in mid-2000 as part of the Natural Born Thrillers, and perhaps no talent was derailed more when WCW went under less than a year later.  He languished in WWE as part of the Invasion angle for about a year, but when he was repackaged and they brought in Roddy Piper to be his mentor it looked like he was in for a huge push.  Then Piper got fired, O'Haire reportedly got on The Undertaker's bad side, and just like that his career was pretty much over barely into his 30s.  He had a pretty unsuccessful MMA/kickboxing career after that and then faded from the spotlight except for his annual legal troubles that invariably involved him getting into a fist fight with someone, male and female. 



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Just saw this over at another board.

Way too young, but it's a hard life.



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I always wondered what had happened to him.

Really thought he had promise.

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Sean O'Haire vs. some jobber was the very first wrestling match I ever saw live. It was the opening dark match on Smackdown taping in London, Ontario back in 2003.

I thought he was awesome.

Three young stars on that card are now dead. Eddie Guerrero, Chris Benoit and now Sean O'Haire.

RIP.

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srossi wrote:

O'Haire had "future World champ" written all over him when he first debuted in WCW in mid-2000 as part of the Natural Born Thrillers, and perhaps no talent was derailed more when WCW went under less than a year later.  He languished in WWE as part of the Invasion angle for about a year

Vince fucked up the invasion period. O'Haire was just one of the casualties. If Vince had pulled out his check book and bought out the contracts of Ric Flair and Sting, then you have the start of something big. All these years later, they still haven't got Sting inside a WWE ring.

O'Haire had potential. But so did a ton of other guys. Future World Champ is stretching it though. It's not like he had the charisma of the Rock or Stone Cold. Or had a gimmick like the Undertaker. He was a big guy with potential.



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Former WWE and WCW star Sean Christopher Haire passed away yesterday at his home in Spartanburg, SC. He was 43. The cause of his death has not yet been announced.

O'Haire was trained at the WCW Power Plant in Atlanta, GA and debuted on WCW TV in 2000 during the time period Vince Russo was booking. Russo brought a group of the trainees up and christened them the Natural Born Thrillaz, looking to create a new group of young heels trying to seize their opportunity instead of waiting for it.

O'Haire and Mark Jindrak became the WCW World Tag Team champions and held the belts until the company was purchased and absorbed by WWE in March 2001.

When the WCW talents began invading, the pair were in the middle of the invasion but would soon lose the WCW Tag straps to The Undertaker and Kane. The duo would be split up shortly after and O'Haire was sent to OVW for seasoning as WWE tried to come up with a new person and strategy for him.

That persona ended up being a manipulator who tried to get performers to embrace their darker side, attempting to get them to do unsavory acts, including getting Dawn Marie to "flash" the audience or getting Brian Kendrick to "streak" naked in the Arena.

Despite a series of vignettes where he showed a good aptitude for speaking, O'Haire was quickly put with Roddy Piper in a pairing that made little sense and never really clicked. The pair would be together until Piper was let go unceremoniously from the company after they weren't happy with comments he made during an expose about the business on a HBO special.

O'Haire was never really focused on again at that point, sliding down to work undercard matches and second-level TV series such as Velocity. He suffered an injury that required time off and although he was prepared to return, the company opted to release him in 2004.

After doing some independents and Japanese dates, O'Haire retired with the idea of attempting to make MMA his career. He worked some K-1 shows and once fought Butterbean but that career never truly clicked and by 2007, he was done with MMA.

In recent years, O'Haire's name would come up in the local South Carolina media, usually after arrests for fighting-related incidents at the local bars and clubs.

At the time of his passing, O'Haire was working as a personal trainer.

For details on O'Haire's services or to leave condolences for his family, click here.

On behalf of everyone associated with PWInsider.com, we'd like to express our deepest condolences to the family, friends and fans of Sean O'Hare.



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A little surprised by this, but at the end of a media conference call to promote NXT, HHH offered unsolicited comments on Sean O'Haire:

"As everybody knows, I'd like to personally address my condolences to Sean O'Haire's family, his friends and his fans. It's a tragedy and I wanted to take a moment to offer my condolences on behalf of myself and WWE."



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It's really too bad this happened. Even if his life had seemingly stalled, he had a lot left to live. Things could have gotten better, especially had he received professional help.

He got buried as a "WCW Guy" after coming over to the WWE in 2001. Some of those guys adapted and had fruitful careers there like Bill DeMott, Chuck Palumbo, and Lance Storm. O'Haire was unable to adjust for whatever reason.

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TMZ says he hung himself
http://www.tmz.com/2014/09/10/sean-ohaire-dead-wcw-wwe-wrestler-dies/

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tamalie wrote: Some of those guys adapted and had fruitful careers there like Bill DeMott, Chuck Palumbo, and Lance Storm.
I like all 3 of those guys, but I don't know if I could define them as "fruitful" careers in WWE.  How many of the guys that came over at the end of WCW actually lasted more than 3 years?

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Boz1515 wrote: tamalie wrote: Some of those guys adapted and had fruitful careers there like Bill DeMott, Chuck Palumbo, and Lance Storm.
I like all 3 of those guys, but I don't know if I could define them as "fruitful" careers in WWE.  How many of the guys that came over at the end of WCW actually lasted more than 3 years?

Storm did ok for a little while. I'd say Demott and Palumbo completely bombed, but Demott wound up getting a trainer's job so he wound up better than just about anyone. Salaried position with insurance.  



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srossi wrote: Boz1515 wrote: tamalie wrote: Some of those guys adapted and had fruitful careers there like Bill DeMott, Chuck Palumbo, and Lance Storm.
I like all 3 of those guys, but I don't know if I could define them as "fruitful" careers in WWE.  How many of the guys that came over at the end of WCW actually lasted more than 3 years?

Storm did ok for a little while. I'd say Demott and Palumbo completely bombed, but Demott wound up getting a trainer's job so he wound up better than just about anyone. Salaried position with insurance.  
Palumbo was actually pushed twice - he had his first run, left to start building custom motorcycles, then came back and was pushed again before leaving.  He left both times on his own because he just didn't like the road.  



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Its gotten to where a guy cant even suicide himself with autoerotic asphixiation without it turning into a media circus



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Portalesman wrote: Its gotten to where a guy cant even suicide himself with autoerotic asphixiation without it turning into a media circus
David Carradine ruined it for everyone.

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