Johnny Walker made his pro wrestling debut in 1955
He initially teamed up with Tim Woods before he went solo
Famous for his iconic black and white mask, Walker also had a stint with WWE in 1985
The wrestling world is in mourning following the tragic death of ring legend “Mr. Wrestling II” Johnny Walker.
Walker’s death was confirmed by Cauliflower Alley Club who revealed the wrestler died on Tuesday, June 10, aged 85 in Hawaii where he has been living.
“Sad news to report. Johnnie Walker aka Mr. Wrestling II passed away yesterday in Hawaii,” Cauliflower Alley Club said in a tweet.
“To go into all of his accolades would take pages and pages, but we here at the CAC are heartbroken and would like to pass along our deepest condolences to the family at this time,” the tweet added.
The National Wrestling Alliance sends its deepest sympathies on the passing of "Mr. Wrestling II" Johnny Walker.
A huge star in the 1970s and 1980s in Georgia Championship Wrestling, Mid-South and all over the NWA. He was also the favorite wrestler of President Jimmy Carter. pic.twitter.com/OJAFuItZK7
— NWA (@nwa) June 10, 2020
Walker’s death has since seen a number of wrestling companies pay impassioned tributes to the Hall of Famer.
A Charleston native, Walker rose into prominence during the 1970s and 1980s, gracing the covers of leading wrestling magazines of that time.
Famous for his iconic black and white mask, he made his pro debut in 1955, but did not sport the mask until the early ’70s when he came out of retirement.
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AEW joins the wrestling world in mourning the death of Mr. Wrestling #2 Johnny Walker. Our thoughts are with his family, his friends and his fans. pic.twitter.com/rXci78yzLo
— All Elite Wrestling (@AEWrestling) June 10, 2020
He was initially introduced as the tag-team partner of Mr. Wrestling (Tim Woods), but went on to achieve even greater success in subsequent years.
The tail end of his illustrious wrestling career saw him enjoy a two-year stint in the WWE from 1984.
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