Buff Bagwell sadly did not have the pro wrestling career he envisioned when he first started out back in 1990. He did have ten year run in WCW and now, after years of not really being in the major spotlight, he has announced an intention to wrestle a deathmatch at some point in 2022.
After WCW was purchased by Vince McMahon in 2001, Buff was part of the many wrestlers that came along with the acquired company. His run in WWE however would last less than a year, as he was not well-received by WWE fans and it didn’t exactly work out between Buff and WWE.
He has remained a presence on the independent circuit and remains in decent shape despite legal issues and issues with alcohol and substance abuse (prescription meds). He was always known for his physique and is probably best known from his time as part of the NWO – he working his angles often with Scott Steiner during that time.
He took to social media to say: “I think I want to do a death match in 2022… whose ready for Death Daddy?”
He also said the following after interest peaked after his initial Tweet:
“I’m not interested in doing a deathmatch because I need the bookings, my calendar stays full with autograph signings and conventions. I could never put on a pair of tights again and it won’t hurt my financially, but I want to challenge myself and help out others.”
The deathmatch has gained popularity in recent years once again, specifically because of indie icons like Nick Gage and of course more mainstream wrestlers like Jon Moxley. The deathmatch has been featured often now in AEW and in Impact…a few times involving female wrestlers as well as men.
Even Matt Cardona has had his deathmatch glory, as you may recall. Bagwell even teased potentially wrestling Cardona himself in a tweet (shared below).
Bagwell suffered injuries because of a car accident at some point in 2020. He is 52-years-old, but as mentioned above, is still in decent shape. The wonder that many have though: Will a deathmatch be the right avenue for Bagwell to take? Who knows, but if he gets booked for a deathmatch of all things down the line, we’ll definitely keep you posted, dear readers.