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Mike Awesome was an American professional wrestler best known for his appearances with ECW, WCW, and WWE and for his appearances in Japan with Frontier Martial-Arts Wrestling and All Japan Pro Wrestling as The Gladiator. Mike Awesome had, what they call in the business, “the look.” He also had the ability in the ring and was gifted with an uncanny agility that at one time earned him the label of being the best big man in wrestling. But sadly, like far too many of his contemporaries, he never made it to the autumn of his life. Awesome, whose real name was Michael Alfonso, was found dead by friends who went to his home and found him hanging. The death has been listed as an apparent suicide. He was only 42 years old and left behind a wife, whom he met in high school and married in 1991, a 10-year-old son and a 6-year-old daughter.

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