UK Veteran Ryan Smile Passes Away, Massive WWE Push Coming
The wrestling world mourns the loss of UK veteran Ryan Smile, who passed away at 31 years old. And, a WWE superstar is getting a major push.
UK Veteran Ryan Smile Passes Away
Ryan Smile, a veteran of the international wrestling scene, has passed away. He was just 31 years old.
Smile wrestled on the United Kindom and Irish independent scene for a number of years including promotions such as OTT and Rev Pro.
However, he was constantly battling with mental health issues throughout his short – but impactful – career.
A pair of WWE superstars paid their respects to Smile and his family.
Mia Yim posted “Can’t believe this. One of the people to help me and welcome me during my first UK tour.
“Ryan Smile, thank you. RIP.”
Can’t believe this. One of the people to help me and welcome me during my first UK tour. Ryan Smile, thank you. RIP
— The HBIC (@MiaYim) October 14, 2020
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Ricochet posted “So young. You will be missed. Ryan.
“RIP Ryan Smile.”
So young. You will be missed Ryan.
R.I.P. Ryan Smile 🙏🏽
— Pretty Ricky (@KingRicochet) October 14, 2020
News of the passing was confirmed by Smile’s partner and fellow wrestler, Alex Windsor.
“I cannot believe I’m having to write these words,” Windsor posted. “On Tuesday morning, Ryan passed away after losing his battle with mental health, a battle in which he had been fighting for a long time.
“I can’t fathom the words to express how I’m feeling right now.”
Windsor continued, posting “To anyone who knew Ryan, whether through wrestling or on a personal level, it’s with extremely heavy heart that I have to break this tragic news.”
No words. RIP Ryan Smile forever our All Day Star. pic.twitter.com/8U9aAakF00
— Revolution Pro (@RevProUK) October 14, 2020
During his career, Smile won the Rev Pro undisputed British cruiserweight title. He also held the OOT No Limits championship and was the HWC Revolution champion.
Brandon Thomas, Keego Ward, Maddog Maxx and PAC helped train Smile, who competed for over a dozen years.
Also, others who paid their respects included Pete Dunn who wrote “Rest in Peace Ryan, thanks for everything.”
Session Moth Martina posted on social media “RIP Ryan Smile. So undeniably talented, such a major part of the early days of OTT.
“Such a help to me in the beginning of my career and was a joy to be around. I hope you are at peace now.”
Massive WWE Push Coming
Minus Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods, it appears the WWE is looking at making Big E a solid member of the main event picture.
“Big E, he’s going to get a huge push, but he’s not,” Dave Meltzer reports on Wrestling Observer Radio, “he doesn’t have any tenure as a main event babyface. But he’s going to get that push.”
— Florida Man (@WWEBigE) October 5, 2020
Along with Big E, current main event picture babyfaces include Daniel Bryan and Jey Uso on SmackDown. Uso, though, will return to tag team wrestling with Jimmy Uso when he returns.
Bryan is currently on the sidelines with an injury and has been out of action for several months. Although, he could return at anytime.
Roman Reigns remains the top heel on SmackDown. “The Tribal Chief” is the current WWE Universal champion and set to defend his title against Jey Uso at Hell in a Cell later this month.
With news of Big E being in the main event discussion, it is likely he will be paired up with Reigns in the near future.