Herbert Charles Abrams
July 9, 1955
|Died||July 23, 1996 (aged 41)|
|Cause of death||Myocardial infarction by Cocaine overdose|
|Occupation||Professional wrestling promoter|
|Known for||Founder of the Universal Wrestling Federation|
Abrams founded the Universal Wrestling Federation in 1990 and remained CEO of the company until his death. On August 6, 1990, during the press conference announcing the UWF, Abrams was asked how he expected to succeed in the wrestling business despite having no prior experience in it. Abrams responded: "What they're looking for, I have, and that's the Hollywood glitz", completely contradicting previous statements he made about wanting to bring professional wrestling back to its roots.
He was the head booker of the UWF from 1990 to 1992, and again in 1994, he also was a commentator for the first eleven episodes of the Universal Wrestling Federation's TV show Fury Hour alongside Bruno Sammartino, for which he received the Wrestling Observer Newsletter award for the Worst Television Announcer of 1990, interestingly, prior to the award, Abrams had hired a jobber by the name of Little Davey Meltzer, a very obvious jab at the newsletter's editor and publisher Dave Meltzer.
Awards and accomplishments
Before his death, while high on cocaine, Abrams was found naked and covered in a "vaseline" type substance, destroying furniture with a baseball bat in his New York office. He was in the company of prostitutes at the time. Not long afterwards, he died while in police custody, of a heart attack. He had cocaine stuck all over his body when he died. He was laid to rest in New York.
- "Herb Abrams « Wrestlers Database « CAGEMATCH - The Internet Wrestling Database". www.cagematch.net. Retrieved 2019-05-08.
- Foley, Mick (1999). Have a Nice Day: A Tale of Blood and Sweatsocks. ReganBooks. ISBN 978-0-06-039299-4. p. 183
- "Commentary Career « Herb Abrams « Wrestlers Database « CAGEMATCH - The Internet Wrestling Database". www.cagematch.net. Retrieved 2019-05-08.
- Foley, Mick (1999). Have a Nice Day: A Tale of Blood and Sweatsocks. ReganBooks. ISBN 978-0-06-039299-4. p. 186
- Williams, Steve (2007). Steve Williams: How Dr. Death Became Dr. Life. Sports Publishing LLC. ISBN 1596701803. p. 155
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