Jack Lanza, who was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2006, has passed away. He enjoyed a decades-long career in the professional wrestling industry. He was one-half of the famous Blackjacks tag team with Blackjack Mulligan and worked as a lead agent for WWE during the Attitude Era.

Jim Ross tweeted when he learned the news. He said he found out from his old friend Bob Holliday. JR said Blackjack Lanza was a hell of a hand.

“Just heard from old, Winnipeg friend Bob Holliday that Jack Lanza has passed away at the age of 86.

Jack was our lead agent during the Attitude Era.

Helluva hand.”

Lanza got his start in wrestling in the early 1960s, where he was trained by Minnesota territory promoter Verne Gagne. From there, he travelled the wrestling territories of the United States. He spent time in St. Louis, Mid-Atlantic, Indianapolis, and the WWWF. He also spent time in Georgia Championship Wrestling and worked with the Von Erichs in Dallas.

The Blackjacks were inducted to the WWE Hall of Fame by Bobby Heenan in 2006. Lanza had done the same for his good friend when Heenan was inducted in 2004. Our thoughts go out to the Lanza family. RIP to one of wrestling’s true tough guys.

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Michael Perry

Michael Perry is a news contributor for Ringside News and Thirsty for News. Michael has an M.A. in Communication Technology from Point Park University in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA.

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