Barry Windham is hailed by many to be one of the most gifted pro wrestlers to have ever graced the squared circle. His time in WWE and WCW is fondly remembered by many for good reason. Windham recently suffered heart attack and nearly lost his life. Thankfully, Windham was saved after a passerby at the airport performed CPR on him.

The 62-year-old suffered a heart attack earlier this month while traveling through the Atlanta airport. Windham’s niece Mika Rotunda was the one who shared the news with the world. The pro wrestling world shared their love and support for Windham after this horrific incident.

While speaking on the Ask Arn Live podcast, WWE Hall of Famer Arn Anderson shared more details concerning Barry Windham’s shocking incident. Anderson revealed that a passerby at the airport noticed Windham’s condition after he suffered a heart attack and immediately gave him CPR, thereby saving his life.

“Thank God, God sent an angel to him. Some guy looked over and knew what he was looking at. Started doing CPR and saved his life until the paramedics got there. Whoever this guy was, he saved one of our people. You know I’d love for him to identify himself and us try to repay him. I don’t think you can repay him fully but to do something nice for him because he damn sure did something nice for us, he saved Barry’s life.”


Bray Wyatt eventually identified the person who saved Barry Windham’s life, as he took to Instagram and uploaded a video, where he thanked Michael Todd Lalic for saving Windham. This was an emotional video where Bray Wyatt broke his character in rare form.

“He [Barry] didn’t have a pulse for 10-20 minutes. He was away, he was gone. I wanted to thank one specific man, Michael Todd Lalic, who was there. Random citizen and he gave him CPR in there for that entire time before EMTs could get to him. He stayed with him and he’s the reason that we have Barry still. He’s alive, he’s with us.” 

Barry Windham is stabilized and is out of the ICU after suffering heart attack. We at Ringside News would like to send our thoughts and prayers to the Windham family and hope for his speedy recovery.

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Subhojeet Mukherjee

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