The COVID-19 pandemic took over the world last year and that includes the pro wrestling world. It has resulted in numerous deaths since 2020 and led to the deaths of many pro wrestlers as well. Sadly, the pandemic took another member of the pro wrestling community.
It is with a heavy heart that we must report that pro wrestling legend Steve ‘The Brawler’ Lawler has passed away according to PWInsider. He passed away after a long battle with COVID-19 pneumonia this past week and was only 56 years of age.
Lawler, whose real name was Darryl Gower, competed in every major Georgia promotion imaginable during the late 1980s. This included Jody Hamilton’s Deep South Wrestling, Jerry Blackwell’s SCW, Joe Pedicino’s Georgia All-Star Wrestling and more.
Gower started his pro wrestling career in the 1980s and competed until 2013, after which he hung up his boots. After that, he began training pro wrestlers and helped break in a number of wrestlers into the business including Buff Bagwell, Disco Inferno, Ray “Glacier” Lloyd and Murder One.
Steve ‘The Brawler’ Lawler’s contributions to the pro wrestling world will never be forgotten and we would like to offer our deepest condolences to Gower’s family and friends during this sad time.