Fred Ottman – whose best remembered among wrestling fans for his “Shockmaster” gimmick – is reportedly in bad health, and former WWE superstars are asking for thoughts and prayers.
Lisa Marie Varon, who went by Victora in the WWE, posted this message on her Instagram account:
NXT superstar Donovan Dijak also shared a get well soon message for Ottman:
I met Fred Ottman at a convention over Wrestlemania weekend in Orlando. The @HeadlockedComic booth I was at was right next to him & his wife. They were legitimately two of the sweetest people I have ever spoken too. Please join me in praying for the health & well being of Fred.
— Donovan Dijak (@DonovanDijak) January 12, 2018
Lanny Poffo (WWE Hall of Famer Randy Savage’s younger brother), also shared prayers for Ottman on his Facebook page.
It hasn’t been revealed what the specific health concerns are for Ottman. The 61-year-old was hospitalized in 2017 after suffering a high fever that included four infections – and a temperature of 104 degrees.
Ottman was one of the more recognizable faces in the WWF and WCW during the ’90s. Listed at 6-foot-3 and nearly 400 pounds, Ottman was also remembered for his Tag Team with run Earthquake. The duo won the WWF Tag Team Championships once together. Earthquake died in 2006 from an illness, at the age of 42.
Ottman’s most memorable moment came at the Clash of Champions XXIV pay-per-view. Ric Flair was interviewing Davey Both Smith and Sting. That’s where Ottman jumped out and appeared as The Shockmaster:
The Stormtrooper helmet-wielding Shockmaster had just jumped into wrestling infamy and history. WCW then tried to build up Shockmaster as a humorous and slap-stick comedic character.
But that failed, and this gimmick is widely considered one of the worst in wrestling history. The Shockmaster has been teased and parodied by WWE many times since this incident took place 25 years ago.
Ottman last appeared for the WWE at WrestleMania X-Seven, before retiring from the ring. He kept a fairly low profile after his wrestling career, and lives in Florida and recently coached Little League with his two sons and daughter.
We’ll be sure to provide you any further information on Ottman’s condition.
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