The world of professional wrestling has lost another star. Scott Charles Bigelow, better known as “Bam Bam” Bigelow passed away earlier today at the age of 45 in his home in Hudson, Florida. The cause of death is not known at this time. Bigelow originally trained to be a pro wrestler at Larry Sharpe’s “Monster Factory” in New Jersey and debuted in Memphis in 1985 as Crusher Yurkov, a Russian heel character. Upon leaving Memphis, Bigelow adopted the name “Bam Bam” Bigelow. His career in the United States lasted until 2004 when he retired. He was a popular wrestler, most often playing the part of the heel often winning his matches with his finishing maneuver known as “Greetings from Asbury Park” which was a flying headbutt originating from the top turnbuckle. He also enjoyed success overseas in Japan in the 1990′s, often teaming with Big Van Vader. Although he never held the world’s title for either of the “big two” (WCW & WWF) he did win the ECW heavyweight title from Shane Douglas in 1997. It was while he was in ECW that he was directly involved in one of the most memorable moments in that company’s history when he hurled Spike Dudley from the ring into the second or third row of the audience. That was one of the moments replayed often during ECW television shows. The St. Petersburg Times newspaper wrote a lengthy piece on him in 2005 which can be found online. He will truly be missed.
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