WWE Hall of Famer Blackjack Lanza Dies at Age 86

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured Columnist IVDecember 8, 2021

UKRAINE - 2021/08/25: In this photo illustration a World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) logo is seen on a smartphone and a pc screen. (Photo Illustration by Pavlo Gonchar/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
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Wrestling legend Blackjack Lanza has died at the age of 86.

All Elite Wrestling announcer Jim Ross, WWE chairman Vince McMahon and Triple H reflected on Lanza's death:

Jim Ross @JRsBBQ

Just heard from old, Winnipeg friend Bob Holliday that Jack Lanza has passed away at the age of 86. <br><br>Jack was our lead agent during the Attitude Era. <br><br>Helluva hand. πŸ™πŸ€ 

Vince McMahon @VinceMcMahon

Our hearts go out to the family and friends of Jack Lanza. He was a man’s man, respected and beloved by all. He worked for and loved WWE for many years. His loyalty and dedication will never be forgotten.

Triple H @TripleH

The legendary Jack Lanza...One of the greatest minds in the business, thank you for letting me sit under the learning tree... <a href="https://t.co/PpK6AHsC2j">pic.twitter.com/PpK6AHsC2j</a>

"Jack Lanza, with his devastating Iron Claw, was mean and sadistic in the ring," his WWE.com profile reads. "The AWA superstar was once referred to as 'the embodiment of evil.'"

Lanza teamed with Blackjack Mulligan to form The Blackjacks, one of the most famous tag teams of their era. In August 1975, they defeated Victor Rivera and Dominic DeNucci to become tag champions in what was then the WWWF, holding the belts for 73 days.

Together, The Blackjacks were inducted into WWE's Hall of Fame in 2006.

Lanza's wrestling career ended in 1985, after which he began working behind the scenes as a producer and road agent in the WWF.