Former wrestler and college wrestling legend Danny Hodge passed away last Friday at the age of 88. Hodge is known for being the only one in history to win national titles in wrestling and boxing , as well as being an eight-time NWA junior weight champion.
Legendary wrestler Danny Hodge passed away on Christmas night at the age of 88.
According to Hodge’s niece, she passed away after a battle with Alzheimer’s disease. His memory will never be forgotten, and tributes to his legacy in the professional wrestling business are beginning to flood the internet wrestling community.William Regal sent a moving tribute by mentioning the lasting impact Hodge’s career had on the entire professional wrestling business. Take the time to Google this amazing man and his career in both wrestling and boxing. I always loved talking to him. My condolences to his family, ”he said.
Trained by Leroy McGuirk and Ed “Strangler” Lewis, Hodge’s career began in 1959 and blazed a trail in professional wrestling history. He was a “fighter of fighters” and influenced many talents in the past decades.Hodge also won multiple championships during his career, including eight reigns as the NWA Jr World Heavyweight Championship which in total added up to nearly 10 years on the belt.
Hodge has had a brilliant career in the world of wrestling: in addition to being champion in NWA, he has been a three-time winner of the university championships (NCAA) being undefeated with a 46-0 or Olympic medalist with a silver in free wrestling in the Melbourne Olympics 1956.
The fighter, in addition, was the national champion of the heavyweight gold gloves in boxing, being the only one to get national titles in boxing and wrestling. In WWE he made two appearances in 2005 and 2012, and for many like legend Bret Hart, Hodge has been ” one of the best wrestlers in professional wrestling or amateur wrestling that has ever lived .”
Several WWE wrestlers and the company itself have sent their condolences to the family for the death of Hodge. This is the case of the NXT manager, William Regal, who has used his Twitter account to honor him.
“I just heard the sad news that the legendary Danny Hodge passed away. Take the time to Google this incredible man and his career in both wrestling and boxing . I always loved talking to him. My deepest condolences to his family”.