Former NWA & WWE Star Don Kernodle’s Cause of Death at 71

The real story behind former NWA World Tag Team Champion Don Kernodle’s cause of death is still unconfirmed after he passed away earlier today (May 17, 2021) at the age of 71. Rest in power.

Born on May 2, 1950, Don Kernodle was a former American professional wrestler who had run with WWE, Mid-Atlantic Wrestling, and the NWA, among other promotions.

After graduating from Elon College, he kicked off wrestling in 1973 with Jim Crockett Promotions and then frequently teamed with WWE Hall of Famer Sgt. Slaughter at one point, as he was a member of Sgt. Slaughter’s Cobra Corp.

The real story behind former NWA World Tag Team Champion Don Kernodle's cause of death is still unconfirmed

Don Kernodle got his debut by accepting a “shoot” wrestling challenge from Bob Roop. Roop won by submission, but Kernodle’s skills surprised Ole Anderson and Gene Anderson, who both offered to train Kernodle for free.

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Don Kernodle’s Cause of Death Relates to his Illness

He had been suffering from some health issues in recent years before his death, but US day News is still trying to find more information to confirm reports on Don Kernodle’s cause of death.

He was never under contract to the WWF; however, he crossed from multiple talents over the years and later lost several matches to advanced stars, including Tito Santana and WWE Hall of Famer Rocky Johnson.

In 1986 Kernodles left Crockett Promotions, and after finishing his wrestling life, he served as a Sergeant for Immigration Customs Enforcement for Alamance County, North Carolina, and was also a deputy sheriff in Alamance County.

Good to know, Don Kernodle starred in the 1978 Sylvester Stallone movie Paradise Alley.

The real story behind former NWA World Tag Team Champion Don Kernodle's cause of death is still unconfirmed

Lettering four times in amateur wrestling, he was additionally a two-time national arm wrestling champion.

Don Kernodle started to have semi-regular appearances in 2002 for the CWF Mid-Atlantic promotion in Burlington, North Carolina. He was regulars at the Greg Price conventions in Charlotte, celebrating the NWA and Mid-Atlantic Wrestling history.

Reactions to Don Kernodle’s Death

As you know, Celebrities’ death news always breaks many hearts; nevertheless, fans remember memories, and their idols are alive in their hearts even after their passing.

We offer our deepest sympathies for Don Kernodle’s family, friends, fans, and all of his loved ones during these hard times. Please kindly leave a condolence message below the comment box to honor Don.

Soon after the heartbreaking news was released, many of Kernodle’s friends and fans expressed their sadness on social media by sharing their tributes.

Wrestling Travel wrote, “We are very saddened to learn of the passing of #DonKernodle today. Sending our condolences to his family & friends from across the pond. Some of my earliest memories are of Don & @_SgtSlaughter #RIPDonKernodle”

Someone said: “Very sad to hear the news about the death of Don Kernodle this afternoon. Very underrated actual great worker in perhaps the biggest match in Carolinas history in 1983.”

Another tweeted, “We are saddened to hear the news of DonKernodle’s passing. He was a true legend of Mid-Atlantic Wrestling, and the years he put in before getting that big break with Sarge demonstrated his dedication and love for the business. He earned every bit of it. Rest in peace.”

A user also reacted to the tragic news in a tweet, saying, “Sorry to hear of the passing of Don Kernodle today. He was a huge part of my childhood & fandom. I got to see him & Sgt Slaughter vs Steamboat & Youngblood. I also saw him with Ivan Koloff & Bob Orton Jr as the World tag Team Champions. Much respect wRESTle in peace, 10 bells”


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