Don West, a former Store at Dwelling Community pitchman who later grew to become a commentator for Total Nonstop Action wrestling and Affect Wrestling, died on Friday. He was 59.
Mike Tenay, West’s accomplice on the Affect Wrestling broadcasts, revealed that the commentator battled lymphoma. The corporate issued an announcement on West’s dying as nicely.
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“Don was actually a one in every of a form who brightened each room he walked into,” Affect Wrestling government vice chairman Scott D’Amore stated in an announcement. “He introduced out the most effective in individuals and was an inspiration to all who crossed paths with him. He was one of many first individuals I met upon arriving on the TNA Asylum for the primary time, and Don immediately made me really feel welcome. His heat coronary heart and legendary humorousness made each day at work one thing to stay up for.”
The remainder of the professional wrestling world paid tribute to West on social media.
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West was the host of “Sports activities Collectibles” on the Store at Dwelling Community and later pitched knives to those that shopped from their sofa. He was with the community from 1991 to 2001, when he left to begin an area sports activities present in Nashville. By 2002, Jeff Jarrett had supplied him a spot in Complete Nonstop Motion (TNA) as a coloration commentator alongside Tenay.
TNA was born out of the ashes of WWE’s purchase of its competitor World Championship Wrestling. Jarrett, a longtime WCW member who received his begin in WWE, then often called the World Wrestling Federation, based TNA. The corporate later rebranded as Affect Wrestling.
West labored for the corporate till 2012 and later returned in 2017 to name another match on the firm’s Slammiversary XV present.
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West was on the decision for a few of the firm’s most well-known moments. A.J. Kinds, Kurt Angle, Christian and Rhyno have been a few of the most well-known names who have been within the firm at one level or one other.