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An early pioneer of hardcore wrestling, Pampero Firpo was one of those unforgettable characters. A heel of the first order, he was wild, he was scary and he made you believe. Firpo, whose real name was Juan Kachmanian, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Thursday, just months shy of his 90th birthday.

Mike Mooneyam column: Robert Bedard, much better known to generations of wrestling fans as Rene Goulet, a highly respected performer who wore a number of hats during his decades in the business, passed away on May 25 at the age of 86.

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