Followers, pals, and members of the family of Flyin’ Brian Pillman are paying tribute to the late professional wrestler on what would have been his 59th birthday. Identified for his antics as “The Free Cannon” in WCW, ECW, and WWE, Pillman handed away on the age of 35 again in 1997. His tragic story was just lately chronicled with the two-part season 3 premiere of Darkish Aspect of the Ring, Vice TV’s acclaimed documentary sequence highlighting professional wrestling’s darkest tales.
Pillman may be gone, however many are honoring him on social media. One significantly touching tribute publish comes from Pillman’s son, AEW star Brian Pillman Jr., who has since been following in his father’s footsteps as knowledgeable wrestler. On his solution to an indie present hosted by New England All-Star Wrestling, Brian posted a picture of himself sporting the identical distinctive shirt his father usually wore on WWE tv.
Within the caption, Jr. writes: “Happy Birthday Dad! I am gonna put on your iconic shirt and go wrestle at an indie present in Boston!!!”
Posting a picture of Brian Sr. in a depraved leather-based jacket, the Darkish Aspect of the Ring Twitter account added: “Remembering Brian Pillman as we speak on what would have been his 59th birthday.”
Many followers are additionally paying tribute to The Loose Cannon. The Caluiflower Alley Membership posted a tweet that reads: “The legendary ‘Flying’ Brian ‘Free Cannon’ Pillman would have turned 59 years outdated as we speak. Though Brian is not right here, his legacy continues by way of his son rising AEW Star Brian Pillman Jr. And to that we salute you your father could be proud.”
“Comfortable b-day to the late Brian Pillman,” posts one other fan. “A man I known as a pal for a few years within the 90s. Acquired me & my dad backstage at a WCW show in Dayton,Ohio as soon as. He’d be so pleased to have seen how his son [Brian Pillman Jr.] is vastly carrying on his legacy. R.I.P. Brian.”
One other tweet reads: “Comfortable birthday to the late nice Brian Pillman. He was a flexible wrestler to was approach forward of his time. His matches with Liger have been one of the best and the free canon character was high notch. Who is aware of what feuds we’d’ve bought if he was round longer. There’ll by no means be one other.”
“Like day-after-day, as we speak is a extremely nice day to look at some Brian Pillman,” says another person. “Comfortable Birthday to the Free Cannon.”
And one other fan writes, “Pondering of [Brian Pillman Jr.] & the whole Pillman Household on what would have been Brian Pillman’s birthday. He shall be missed & remembered endlessly.”
From his tag crew run with Steve Austin as part of the Hollywood Blonds in WCW to teaming up with Bret Hart and the remainder of the Hart Basis in WWE, Pillman made an unbelievable impression on wrestling followers internationally. Due to his bigger than life persona and his devotion to his character and wrestling efficiency, the professional wrestling legend remains to be remembered and beloved all these years later. Relaxation in peace, Brian Pillman, and pleased heavenly birthday.