Adams returned the following May, and won the World Class Heavyweight Championship two months later. Much of the story involves Gino's life outside the ring as a gambler, hard drinker and drug abuser, who's intense paranoia derived from an association with underworld characters and drug traffickers. This FAQ is empty. During this time, Wolfe also wrestled at least one match for WWE forerunner the World Wide Wrestling Federation (WWWF). An email has been sent to the person who requested the photo informing them that you have fulfilled their request. To suggest a change to a cemetery page, visit the Cemetery Corrections forum. Use the links under “See more…” to quickly search for other people with the same last name in the same cemetery, city, county, etc. Next week is the season finale, focusing on the long-known allegations about The Fabulous Moolah that tainted her legacy even as WWE promoted her as the founding mother of women's wrestling until catching heat for it just last year. Failed to delete memorial. During this time, Wolfe also wrestled at least one match for WWE forerunner the World Wide Wrestling Federation (WWWF). We have set your language to Gino lost the (Detroit) U.S. You may not upload any more photos to this memorial, This photo was not uploaded because this memorial already has 20 photos, This photo was not uploaded because you have already uploaded 5 photos to this memorial, This photo was not uploaded because this memorial already has 30 photos, This photo was not uploaded because you have already uploaded 20 photos to this memorial. I thought you might like to see a memorial for Gino Hernandez I found on Findagrave.com. This account has been disabled. The highlight was a storyline feud with David Von Erich over the NWA Texas Heavyweight Championship, which Gino won and lost back to David.. According to former WCCW colleague Jake Roberts, Hernandez was involved with the gay community in Houston. Hernandez was found dead in his apartment in 1986, apparently of a cocaine overdose, which was not surprising considering he was well-known for his cocaine abuse, common in those days in the wrestling business. Found more than one record for entered Email, You need to confirm this account before you can sign in. (08 May 2019). 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" Asked about Hernandez's death, Jake Roberts said: "Gino was attached to some heavy people... he was running in some pretty big circles, man, that maybe he didn't belong [in]. No BS. All photos appear on this tab and here you can update the sort order of photos on memorials you manage. , Wrestler Brutus Beefcake has rejected the murder theory, saying that Hernandez "had a serious drug problem" and was an "intense, crazy partier".. The episode is available to watch on Viceland's website. To add a flower, click the “Leave a Flower” button. On January 27, 1986, during a grudge match in Fort Worth, Hernandez threw "freebird hair cream" (a "hair-removal product" previously established in WCCW storyline continuity in 1983 by Freebird Buddy Roberts) into Adams' face, rendering Adams blind (in reality, Adams was returning to his native England to spend time with his new wife [Toni], and his family; however, WCCW told Adams he had to continue to "sell" the blindness whenever out in public). Though Hernandez's paranoia is well-established, when WCCW booker David Manning tells a story of a time Hernandez told him he needed a gun because people were trying to kill him, with one even hiding in the back seat of his car with the intent to stab him, it's tempting to believe him. Hernandez and Blanchard's tag-team act became so successful that they were the top (based on box office drawing power) heels in the state of Texas -- regardless of territory. Initially, Wolfe's death was ruled a homicide case; but following autopsy reports, his death was ruled the result of a cocaine overdose.. Are you sure that you want to delete this photo? GREAT NEWS! , Wrestler Brutus Beefcake has rejected the murder theory, saying that Hernandez "had a serious drug problem" and was an "intense, crazy partier".. Having died in February 1986, a long held opinion by his mother Patrice Aguirre, was that Hernandez was a murder victim due to his unsavory relationships.  In the DVD documentary The Triumph and Tragedy of World Class Championship Wrestling, Hart said that he had pictures of all of the wrestlers he managed except for Gino Hernandez, because seeing images (and the resulting memories) of his dead-too-soon colleague were too emotionally upsetting for Hart. Remove advertising from a memorial by sponsoring it for just $5. Select a place on the map to place the pin. × Charles Wolfe, best known to wrestling fans as “The Handsome Half Breed” Gino Hernandez, wrestled in the Southern territories throughout the late 70s and early 80s. For 30 years, the family of wrestling star Gino Hernandez believed his tragic death was a drug-related murder. Gino was put in a tag team with WCCW newcomer Jake "The Snake" Roberts in August 1984. In the late-1970s and early-1980s, Gino worked for Dallas-based territory, World Class Championship Wrestling (WCCW) (called NWA Big Time Wrestling, at the time). Sadly, they would find Gino’s lifeless body. , Although police dropped the homicide investigation into Hernandez's death, some still believe he was murdered in a drug-related incident. From the autopsy, it noted that Gino Hernandez was classed as Mexican, despite clearly being American.  Manning also suspected foul play due to the fact that Hernandez's dead bolt on his door was not locked, as he made it a habit in the past to lock the dead bolt at all times. Watching old footage of guys like Gino Hernandez, and his tag partner “Gentleman” Chris Adams, it’s clear to see the influence they have on more modern wrestlers – guys like Dolph Ziggler and Shawn Michaels in particular. Title to his real-life boss: The Sheik (Big Time Wrestling owner and booker Eddie Farhat's 'Psycho-Arab' heel persona). For ten years. In fact, she takes the news rather easily, all things considered. He was initially in a tag-team with Lothario, then turned into a singles act via a "protege vs. mentor" storyline. Wolfe's drug abuse (e.g., alcohol and cocaine, among others) was no secret to many World Class mainstays, including onscreen manager/one-time booker Gary Hart, who claimed to have repeatedly encouraged Wolfe to "get clean". He was only 28 years old. Becoming a Find a Grave member is fast, easy and FREE. While Vince McMahon broke with pro wrestling's strongly-held tradition of "kayfabe" (i.e., always fiercely hiding and denying that any aspect of wrestling wasn't 100% real), in 1987, the rest of the industry was reluctant to follow McMahon's lead.  In the DVD documentary The Triumph and Tragedy of World Class Championship Wrestling, Hart said that he had pictures of all of the wrestlers he managed except for Gino Hernandez, because seeing images (and the resulting memories) of his dead-too-soon colleague were too emotionally upsetting for Hart. Add the first question. The mother seemed reasonably assured by this obscure character, and I hope for her sake she's found some closure, but for this viewer, the case of Hernandez's death is still pretty much an open question. Chris Adams was a three-time national judo champion in England. Wolfe's Gino character -- nicknamed "The Handsome Halfbreed" -- started wrestling in 1975 in the San Antonio, Texas wrestling territory, Southwest Championship Wrestling (SCW), after being trained by Jose Lothario. Many with Adams’ background in combat sports stick their nose up at professional wrestling. A documentary on Viceland TV, part of the Dark Side of the Ring series, called "The Mysterious Death of Gorgeous Gino", aired on May 8, 2019. According to Prichard, those in attendance at Gino’s funeral put bottles of Dom Perignon on each corner, drinking champagne and breaking glasses of champagne on his casket as they lowered him into the ground. The family never saw his body, which was concealed by Hernandez's manager Walter Ayman due to its decomposed state, and honored in a closed-casket service.  They were first married on April 10, 1976 in Harris County, Texas, before divorcing soon after on January 27, 1977. The end of the program suggests that another unknown person knew how Hernandez really died, and his altered voice proceeds to assure Ms. Aguirre that her son's death was strictly the result of his drug use. Gino returned to WCCW in 1984, at different times individually or collectively feuding with the Von Erichs: Mike, Kevin and Kerry Von Erich. The email does not appear to be a valid email address. 5 of 5 people found this review helpful. With the Von Erichs storyline completed but the momentum from it still red-hot with fans, Gino was next booked to turn on Adams in December 1985. WCCW management intended this new feud to become its top storyline throughout 1986. Unlike past episodes, which have focused on stories which have been told over and over again throughout the years like the Montreal Screwjob or the killing of Bruiser Brody, the story of Gino Hernandez is one only hardcore wrestling fanatics are likely to be familiar with, and even then, not in great detail.  According to David Manning, Hernandez had five times the amount of cocaine in his system that would have resulted in a fatality, and he and Kevin Von Erich stated that Hernandez also had cocaine in his stomach.