Once again, the Grim Reaper has brought sorrow to the world of professional wrestling. Lance Cade, former Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW) and World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) superstar passed away suddenly Friday morning at the age of 29. At the time this was written, the suspected cause of death is heart failure, pending the results of an autopsy.
After signing a developmental contract with WWE in 2003, Cade was sent to the then WWE developmental territory, OVW, where he partnered with Rene Dupree, under the management of Kenny “The Starmaker” Bolin as part of Bolin Services. They twice contented for the Southern Tag Team Championship, losing in 2003 in a tournament to the Disciples of Synn, and then later to the APA (Ron Simmons and Bradshaw).
From 2003 to 2008, he wrestled in the WWE under the name Garrison Cade where, with his new partner, Mark Jindrak, he feuded with the likes of La Resistance, The Dudley Boyz, and the top heel team at the time, Evolution.
After an injury, Cade returned to OVW where he began wrestling as Lance Cade and started working with a new tag team partner, Trevor Murdoch. Before long, Cade and Murdoch were called back up to the WWE where Cade achieved his greatest success, winning the WWE World Tag Team Championship three times. Due to unfortunate circumstances, Cade was released from the WWE in 2008. He was signed to return to the WWE and worked in their Florida developmental territory till he was once again released in April of this year.
The reaction to Cade’s passing has been large and heartfelt. Cade’s former manager in OVW, Kenny Bolin told everyone that he was hit very hard by Cade’s passing, remembering that Cade, “…always called me dad and felt like a son to me.” Former OVW and current TNA superstar Matt Morgan commented on Twitter, “Very sad to hear loss of Lance Cade! Great young performer, Lance trained in OVW with a lot of us and had limitless potential! Our condolences to Lance’s family….RIP buddy. I hate that this keeps happening.”
WWE Legend Shawn Michaels, who trained Cade in his wresting School in Texas in the 1990’s-2000’s, posted this on Twitter, “5 min (after) my morning tweet I got the call about Lance. No words will be good enuff. 1 of my boys is gone.” He went on to say, “My prayers and thoughts have already been given 2 his family and will continue. Goodbye Lance I love you.”
TNA star Orlando Jordan posted a comment that says so much about this and the other untimely deaths in the world of professional wrestling, “Lord help change this industry that we work so hard for.”
My thoughts and prayers also goes out to Cade’s friends and family at this very sad time. Vaya con Dios, Lance….we hardly knew ye.