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By Mike Johnson on 2009-01-16 12:10:22

Paul E. Normous with actor Mickey Rourke and indy wrestler Judas Young

Northeast independent wrestler Paul E. Normous (Paul Fuchs), who had a cameo and was mentioned by name in the first locker room scene in "The Wrestler" passed away today.  We don't have any additional details regarding his passing at this time, but authorities are investigating.  He was only 33 years old.

A New York native, E. Normous trained out of a number of different schools including Gino Caruso and Jason Knight's after growing up a fan of the business.  He often noted in interviews that growing up, his grandmother was a huge Ric Flair fan  He was mentored by Little Guido/Nunzio as well before Guido signed with WWE in 2002.

E. Normous had worked some of the early Ring of Honor shows, plus numerous indy promotions like WXW, 3PW and a slew of other groups in the New York City tri-state area. He had also worked an invitational training camp for Ohio Valley Wrestling when it was an official WWE developmental.

A tall, extremely muscled worker, E. Normous was billed at 6'6 so he fit the role of a huge monster worker on independent shows during an era where most wrestlers on that level are far smaller. Beyond that, he had also worked as a celebrity bodyguard, personal fitness and nutrition and had done some acting work. He was among the wrestlers who had attended the New York debut of "The Wrestler" at the NY International Film Festival last year.

Our deepest condolences to E. Normous' family and friends.  We'll have more details when available.

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