The wrestling world, including WWE Chairman Vince McMahon, has reacted to the passing of Hall of Famer Famer Blackjack Lanza, who died Wednesday (Dec. 8) at the age of 86.

“Our hearts go out to the family and friends of Jack Lanza,” McMahon said in a tweet. He continued, “He was a man’s man, respected and beloved by all. He worked for and loved WWE for many years. His loyalty and dedication will never be forgotten.”

Fellow Hall of Famer Mick Foley also offered his condolences on the death of the iconic wrestler. The hardcore legend said he enjoyed working with Lanza during his time in the WWE.

Former WWE writer Vince Russo praised the legendary performer for his knowledge, saying he wouldn’t have had the success without Lanza and that he’ll never be forgotten.

Both Lanza and his tag team partner, Blackjack Mulligan, were inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2006. Lanza would go on to work as lead agent for the company during the iconic Attitude Era.

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Manik Aftab

Manik Aftab is a news writer at Ringside News. He has been an avid fan of professional wrestling since 2000. His earliest memories of pro wrestling involved The Rock taking on The McMahon-Helmsley faction in 2000. Outside of his writing responsibilities, Manik is a fan of fiction, thrillers, comics, manga and anime. He’s an occasional journalist and likes to spend his free time watching movies and reading stuff about politics, science, medicine, etc. Manik also enjoys jogs in the park and workouts in the gym.  Manik is also a big of rock bands including Linkin Park, Breaking Benjamin, Metallica, Drowning Pool, Breaking Point, and Skillet. His current favorite wrestler is Kazuchika Okada and his favorite wrestler of all time is The Rock.

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