It’s a sad day for the WWE as Robert Windham, aka the Hall of Fame wrestler Blackjack Mulligan, has passed away at the age of 73.
Cause of death is not currently known at this time.
Not only was Windham a U.S. Marine in Guam, but he also played for the New York Jets before he gained the majority of his fame in the wrestling ring. Robert was a stand out athlete as he stood 6-foot-9 and weighed about 345 lbs.
Blackjack gained a lot of attention for his signature style — rocking a cowboy hat, leather glove, and a wicked mustache. In the ring, he was most remembered for his iron claw hold that took down several opponents.
The WWE released a statement regarding the wrestler’s passing saying:
“WWE is saddened by the news that Robert Windham, aka WWE Hall of Famer Blackjack Mulligan, has passed away. WWE extends its sincerest condolences to Windham’s family, friends and colleagues.”
Mulligan originally started his career in the AWA as “Big” Bob Windham, but he then partnered up with Blackjack Lanza to form The Blackjacks and wrestle in the WWE!
The duo proved to be quite successful as they won several tandem titles, including WWE’s World Tag Team Champions in 1975. Then in the ’80s, the famed wrestler’s career started to wind down and he ended up retiring in 1987. However, his legacy continued through his sons Kendall Windham and WWE Hall of Famer Barry Windham.
Then in 2006, Robert and his wrestling partner were finally inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame by their manager, Bobby “The Brain” Heenan.
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