Pro Wrestler And ‘Beyond The Mat’ Icon Dennis Stamp Has Died
Posted: Mar 13th 2017 By: Brandon Stroud - Uproxx.com
“I’m not booked!”
Sad news from the wrestling world and for anyone who loves the 1999 documentary Beyond the Mat today as legendary jobber, meme icon and avid trampoline jumper Dennis Stamp has reportedly passed away. According to a report from the Wrestling Observer, Stamp had long been battling cancer.
Stamp competed for the American Wrestling and National Wrestling Associations in the 1970s and 80s in over 800 matches, “none of them main-events.” Despite that modifier, his career included becoming a a four-time Western States Tag Team Champion, a multiple-time Brass Knuckles champion, one-half of the NWA Canadian Tag Team Champions with Tiger Jeet Singh and a two-time NWA “Beat the Champ” Television Champion for NWA Hollywood Wrestling.
His greatest success came after the release of Beyond the Mat, however, where his appearance as Terry Funk’s friend who won’t go to Funk’s retirement show unless he’s booked made him a cult favorite.
Stamp’s passing has already deeply affected the wrestling community, who valued him as a brother and favorite.
Michael Sempervive @Sempervive
RIP Dennis Stamp, who basically was reinvented as an internet sensation/meme long before we knew what an internet sensation/meme really was
RIP Dennis Stamp. I had the pleasure of tagging with him in his 1st match since 91. He borrowed my ring gear that night.Will never forget u!
Tommy Dreamer ✔
He is forever booked in heaven
RIP Dennis Stamp
He shared some great Terry Funk stories w/me the few times we met.
Beyond the Mat
Colt Cabana ✔
News of Dennis Stamp passing.
This was a poem he read for me after we podcasted.
Mike Young @OhHiMike
RIP Dennis Stamp. Here's hoping you got one last jump in before the big booking in the sky. #BeyondTheMat
Jim Ross ✔
Thanks for sharing Colt....RIP Dennis Stamp
P.S. nice job Friday night. Enjoyed it. @ColtCabana https://twitter.com/coltcabana/status/841405975680675841 …
We send our condolences out to Dennis Stamp’s family and friends, and rest assured that his legacy will continue on well into the future, whether it’s as a journeyman pro wrestler or as one of (if not the) best part of the best wrestling documentary.
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