Wednesday, May 09, 2007

RIP - Cocoa Samoa & Sonny Myers

Right around the time of the reunion, Onosa'i Ulualoaiga Emelio, professionally known as Cocoa Samoa, died of unspecified causes. He was 62 years old. Cocoa Samoa wrestled in many of the key territories: Florida, Memphis, Southwest, Mid-South and the Pacific Northwest, to name just a few. He was a main event star in Portland for a few years, and headlined as Sabu the Wildman in Memphis against Jerry Lawler and Terry Taylor.

An icon of the Central States region, Sonny Myers died this past Saturday at age 83. Working under Gust Karras, Myers was the backbone of the region until Harley Race established himself in the late 1960s. More importantly, he held a version of the world heavyweight title just prior to the formation of the NWA in 1948.

We at the Cauliflower Alley Club offer our deepest condolences to the families of these two gentlemen. They will be missed.