Tommy Rogers, the 54-year-old star of The Fantastics tag team, died on June 1, and details have still not been disclosed as to the cause of death.
Rogers was in Hawaii at the time of his death and was reportedly found by his roommate. His tag team partner Bobby Fulton issued the following Facebook tribute shortly after the family of Rogers had been notified.
“I was wanting to wait until all of the family has been notified. My wrestling tag team partner Tommy Rogers passed away this morning in Hawaii. I am totally devastated by this loss. Words can’t even describe it. Tommy blessed me with an opportunity to be a part of one of the great tag teams of professional wrestling. He was one of the best athletes in the profession. My prayers are for Sheila and the rest of the Couch family. Not only was he a partner he was like a brother we travelled many miles and many different places. I know in fact with his belief in Jesus which he shared with me many times recently and I know he has heaven as his home, because the Bible teaches us to be absent of the body is to be present with The Lord.”
On his latest podcast of the Jim Cornette Experience, Cornette — a frequent adversary of Tommy Rogers and Bobby Fulton as the manager of the Midnight Express — had some nice things to say as well.
(And if you know Cornette, that’s a rare thing when he has a nice thing to say about anyone.)
After talking about how he hated to learn of Rogers’ death, he shared a story from the original Clash of Champions series when The Fantastics battled with Cornette’s men.
After taking a bulldog from “Beautiful” Bobby Eaton through a table, Cornette said Rogers’ eye swelled up instantly. “He landed in such a way that the table had pressed in to his optic nerve, and he couldn’t see anything.”
Rogers got back in the ring from there, and Stan Lane (the other half of the Midnight Express) asked him if he was all right.
“I’m blind,” was Rogers’ response, according to Cornette.
From that point forward, the Midnight Express walked him through the rest of the match until he could make the tag, but he couldn’t see anything the whole time.
After the pressure went down, his vision returned, but Cornette couldn’t say enough about what a “professional” he was.
“He was so instinctual and just always took everything so well,” Cornette said.
Do you remember watching Tommy Rogers, wrestling fans? What are your favorite memories?
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