Former Wrestler and Manager Paul Jones Passes Away - WWE Issues Statement - PWPIX.net

Former Wrestler and Manager Paul Jones Passes Away – WWE Issues Statement

Paul Jones

On a day in which we learned of the passing of Bruno Sammartino, news broke Wednesday that another notable wrestler had passed away: Paul Jones.

According to The Post and Courier, Jones passed away earlier this week near his home in Atlanta, Georgia at the age of 76.

He is best known for his appearances with professional wrestling promotions in the Southeastern United States in the 1960s, ’70s, and ’80s, in particular with Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling – where he had 23 championship reigns and led the villainous Paul Jones’ Army – and Championship Wrestling from Florida.

WWE issued the following statement today on Jones’ passing:

Paul Jones passes away

WWE is saddened to learn that Paul Jones has passed away at the age of 76.

A fixture of the Mid-Atlantic territory throughout the 1960s and ’70s, Jones found success as both a competitor and a manager. He won the NWA Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Title on three occasions, and formed championship tag teams with the likes of Ricky Steamboat, Wahoo McDaniel and Baron von Raschke.

When his ring career ended, Jones became a villainous manager, and formed the Paul Jones’ Army, which included the likes of The Powers of Pain, Abdullah the Butcher and Jake “The Snake” Roberts.

WWE extends its condolences to Jones’ family, friends and fans.