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Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Former WWE Star Sean O'Haire Dead at 43

Sean O'Haire should have been a main eventer.

I remember watching him in WCW when he was teamed up with Chuck Palumbo and I thought that he was good. Damn good. He was tall, strong, and as agile as a lot of the cruiserweights. He was a solid grappler, and all he needed was a good gimmick.

And then came his brilliant turn in WWE as the devil's advocate.

I still get goosebumps when I watch the vignettes O'Haire did as the guy who was just telling you things that you already knew. In the era of Ruthless Aggression, Sean O'Haire represented the kind of dark character that you just can't write. He was the only one who could make that character work. He was charming, handsome, threatening, and just plain remorseless. You couldn't tell if he was trying to win you over with a devilish grin or just distract you long enough to get the knife around your back.

He had what I consider to be one of the top ten gimmicks of all time, and he had the talent to back it up. So, of course, like all most of the other great things that Vince and company stumble across, they wasted his potential. In a couple of years he was gone from WWE TV, and a sure thing became a cult classic.

He spent time in MMA and held his own, but never quite reached the potential he showed during his run with World Wrestling Entertainment.

Sean passed away at his home in Spartanburg, South Carolina, on Monday. He was only 43.

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