Tragically, I said another, because it feels like just the other day we were remembering Axl Rotten, and before him Hack Meyers-each considered another fan favorite. Rotten and Mahoney were close, forming the tandem dubbed The Hardcore Chair Swinging Freaks for-yep, you guessed it-their frequent use of chairs as weapons, a tactic that endeared them to the ECW faithful.
I donâ€™t know that I could pick a singular standout match. Iâ€™d rather just recall my favorite thing about Mahoney: while others using chairs would just grab whatever was laying around, or in Terry Funkâ€™s case, have the entire audience fling them into the ringâ€¦Mahoney had a favorite, nicely decorated and personalized, that he liked to carry down to the ring. Thatâ€™s a special kind of sadistic, and his fans loved him for it. He even had the odd footnote of playing an evil Santa (Xanta) in WWE-though this is not something he is most remembered for.
I can make no judgment on a man I never met personally, and thus far we havenâ€™t seen the cause of death-but I donâ€™t especially need to see it. A relatively young man-he just turned 44, making him just 6 years older than me-is gone. He leaves behind a family. He, like so many others who have worked in this business, is gone far too soon, and he will be missed. On behalf of the WrestleNewz family, I extend my condolences to Mahoneyâ€™s friends and family, and I pray that he may find eternal peace, wherever he may be.