While the outcomes of the matches are pre-determined, the effort to put on those matches takes a huge toll on their bodies. The wrestlers are on the road over 300 days a year and unlike other athletes, they do not have an off season. In addition, accidents do happen and injuries occur.
Unfortunately, if wrestlers take time off, their wallets will suffer significantly. These factors all lead to the deadly slope that many wrestlers have found themselves facing. They get addicted to pain killers to numb the pain. This medicine keeps them too lethargic to wrestle, so they take drugs to get high. This deadly mixture leads to illegal drug dependency that many wrestlers have to cope with even after they retire.
in early 2006, Mike Awesome confirmed that he had retired from wrestling to spend time with family and sell real estate. On February 17, 2007, he was found dead at his home in Tampa as a result of an apparent suicide by hanging.
Mike Alfonso was 42 years old!