Blackjack Lanza Dies At The Age Of 86

Blackjack Lanza

The wrestling community has come together to mourn and celebrate the life of WWE Hall of Famer Blackjack Lanza, who has died at the age of 86.

Jim Ross was the first to report Lanza’s death, writing, “Just heard from old Winnipeg friend Bob Holliday that Jack Lanza has passed away at the age of 86.” “During the Attitude Era, Jack was our lead agent. “Wow, what a hand.”

In the hours since, tributes to the Hall of Famer have continued to pour in, with the likes of William Regal, Mick Foley, and Sean Waltman all expressing their condolences. WWE Chairman Vince McMahon stated that Lanza was well-liked and respected by all.

In 1961, Jack Lanza began his wrestling career under the tutelage of legendary promoter Verne Gagne. Lanza began appearing for Gagne’s AWA promotion in mid-1962, after initially working in St Louis. During this time, he collaborated with Bobby Duncum, who was managed by Bobby Heenan.

Fast forward to the 1970s, and Lanza ventured on his most famous run with Blackjack Mulligan, again managed by Heenan. The pair won tag team gold wherever they went throughout the decade and into the 1980s, including the WWWF Tag Team Championship in 1975.

Blackjack Lanza retired a year later, bringing the partnership to an end in 1984. He later returned to WWE and worked as a road agent for several years, helping mentor new generations of WWE Superstars. Lanza and Mulligan were inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2006.

Everyone at Hooked On Sport sends their condolences to the family and friends of Blackjack Lanza at this difficult time.