Brian Knighton, who wrestled as Axl Rotten, died on Thursday in Baltimore, Maryland at age 44, according to Mike Johnson of PWInsider.com. The cause of death is unknown at this time. Knighton had been battling severe back problems and a fundraising effort had been established to help him with medical costs. WWE has also acknowledged Rotten’s death in a brief WWE.com story.
Powell’s POV: Axl, who is best known for his work in ECW, battled major drug issues in recent years, yet he claimed to be sober when the fundraising effort was started. Chris Jericho had Axl on his podcast last June to help raise awareness of his health issues and also donated to the cause. My condolences to Knighton’s family, friends, and fans. You can listen to Jericho’s interview with Axl Rotten at PodcastOne.com.