The wrestling world suffered a significant loss on Monday, February 6, 2023, when it was announced that a former professional wrestler has passed away.
According to Shantel Potter Brun on Facebook, her uncle, and five-time Heavyweight Champion, "Thunderblood" Charles Norris passed away at age 57.
Charlie Norris, born on October 21, 1965, used to be a professional wrestler for Pro Wrestling America, National Wrestling Alliance, and World Championship Wrestling, before returning to Pro Wrestling America. After his time in Pro Wrestling America, he joined the American Wrestling Federation and appeared in the Independent Circut.
"Thunderblood" Charlie Norris resided on the Red Lake Indian Reservation in Minnesota and was a member of the Chippewa tribe.
Starting his career in Pro Wrestling America in 1989, Charlie Norris was quickly pushed as a main eventer and proceeded to win the PWA Heavyweight Championship five times.
In 1991, he did try out for the WWF, now known as the WWE, but refused to join as they wanted him to change his gimmick.
In 1993, Charlie Norris left Pro Wrestling America to join World Championship Wrestling, making his debut as a fan favorite on August 21, 1993 by defeating Fury.
Charlie Norris left the WCW after appearing for less than a year, with his last match airing on January 29, 1994.
In 1994, Norris proceeded to sue the World Wrestling Championship as well as WCW agent Greg Gagne for breach of contract and racial discrimination, claiming he was fired from the company for refusing to do stereotypical Native American actions in the ring.
Returning to the PWA, Charlie Norris became a champion once again, winning the PWA Tag Team Championship twice.
He retired in 2006 and lived on the Red Lake Indian Reserve until his death.
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