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Jeff Gaylord Passes Away Aged 64

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Former UWF, WCCW and USWA wrestler Jeff Gaylord has sadly passed away aged 64.

The news was shared by Gaylord’s brother Joel who wrote:

“I am very very sad to report that my brother, Jeffrey Scott Gaylord passed away after a short illness. He was 64. He was a member of a Shawnee Mission South State Champion Football team. He graduated on to professional football where he played for several years. Jeff matriculated to the entertainment industry and was a professional wrestler for many years. Recently he was doing outreach work for his church and provided warm clothes to folks living off the grid on the streets of Denver. We miss him dearly; however, we are content with the knowledge that Jeff is enjoying the Precious Gift of Eternal Life!”

A former defensive lineman in his college years for the Missouri Tigers, Gaylord transitioned into pro-wrestling in 1985 following a serious knee injury that ended his football aspirations.

Gaylord began his wrestling career in Bill Watts’ Universal Wrestling Federation promotion, spending four years there until moving to World Class Championship Wrestling in 1989.

While in WCCW, Gaylord would adopt the character of the Missouri Tiger, a homage to his college football days and would find success in the United States Wrestling Association, winning the USWA Tag Titles with Jeff Jarrett on two occasions.

Slam Wrestling posted an Obituary on Gaylord’s life and career, which you can find here.

Everyone at WrestleTalk extends our well wishes to the Gaylord family and friends at this time.

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