Tributes have flooded in for a former Preston City Wrestling champion who died on June 19.Advertisement
Adrian McCallum, best known as Lionheart, was just 36 years old.
Insane Champion Wrestling announced the news on their official page, saying: “We are heartbroken to learn of the tragic death of ICW World Heavyweight Champion, Adrian ‘Lionheart’ McCallum.
“Adrian was a mainstay of ICW and British professional wrestling. Most importantly, he was our friend. His passing leaves a huge hole in the lives of those who knew him.”
Lionheart, from Scotland, was one of the UK’s best known wrestlers, holding ICW heavyweight title.
He also wrestled for Preston City Wrestling.
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Coyote Kid tweeted: “Battered me all over the ring twice and l loved every second of it. It was an honour to share the ring with for me the absolute DON of british wrestling RIP @LionheartUK”
Marcus Kind said: “I know its a common phrase but if there is one guy were it is true its him, there will never be another one like him! His style of Promo and Wrestling, he really made it believable again that wrestling is competiton. He was truly a modern Day Wrestler!”
Pete Dunne, the longest-reigning WWE UK champion, tweeted: “I always looked up to Lionheart’s professional approach to wrestling when it was far from that at the time
“People like him were pivotal in the growth of a scene that has lead to so many people being able to do this for a living.”
Grado said: “RIP my brother Lionheart – thank you for everything you done for the British wrestling scene, but more importantly for being our pal.
Forever the champ x”
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