Mark ‘Rollerball’ Rocco dead aged 69: WWE stars pay tribute to British legend and original ‘Black Tiger’ in NJPW

MARK ‘Rollerball’ Rocco has sadly passed away aged 69.

The wrestling world has paid tribute to the British Superstar, who regularly appeared on ITV’s World of Sport and was the original masked Black Tiger in NJPW.

Flash Morgan Webster tweeted: “Just heard about the passing of Mark Rocco. Rollerball was without a doubt one of the very best to lace up a pair of boots.

“He was a pioneer and an innovator and its safe the Junior heavyweight style wouldn’t be what it is today without his contribution.

“An absolute legend.”

Sam Gradwell said: “Really sad to hear about the passing of Mark Rocco, an innovator lightyears ahead of his time.

“Had the privilege of sitting with him & Marty Jones a few years ago & hearing them talk about their old battles, having subtle little digs at each other the entire time. Rest in peace.”

WWE UK star Mark Andrews added: “Awful news to hear of the passing of Mark Rocco.

“The modern style of wrestling wouldn’t be what it is today if it wasn’t for him. One of the best ever. RIP Rollerball.”

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