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    Posted: 22/November/2010 at 15:46
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PWInsider.com is reporting that Lucha Libre USA wrestler Chris Long, was shot and killed early Sunday while working security at a DeKalb County night club.

The 33-year-old Long was working at Shooters Alley, where he and two other bouncers removed three males from the club. It was believed that the men returned to the club later that evening, specifically targeting Long.

Long was shot and killed, while two other bouncers were wounded and hospitalized. Police haven't identified any suspects and didn't release any other information on the incident.

Chris was known in wrestling circles by the nickname "Solid". He was a big presence, standing at 6'4", 375 pounds.

Long was a wrestler in high school and a lifelong fan of the sport. He was also known by those within the wrestling community as a historian of the sport.

Chris Long is survived by his wife, Lisa, and two children.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution also reported the incident, here's the link to the story.

http://www.ajc.com/news/dekalb/pro-wrestler-shot-killed-749550.html

  
Chris Long was somone on the edge of pro-wrestling.  He was a life-long wrestling fan trying to make a dream come true.  He never got his big break.  The closest he came was playing Marco Corleone's sidekick for the short-lived Lucha Libre USA.  He offset Corleone's bodybuilder look but being a rotund character... usually shown eating doughnuts. 
 
This was a high spot to be in with Lucha Libre USA.  LLUSA was positioning Corleone to be their top guy... so playing his sidekick, even for comedic reasons, assured Long of decent exposure.  Solid was the easy target of the cowardly rudos to get to Corleone.
 
Of course, LLUSA wasn't a success.  Most start-up promotions aren't.  LLUSA wasn't drawing large enough crowds to fill the small arenas they were renting.  Mexican talent that was used to performing for large sell-out crowds was unhappy.  MTV2 was hoping for higher ratings (but their Latin American feed MTVTrios seemed fine with their ratings.)  MTV2 didn't outright cancel the show... but put it on indefinate hiatus.  LLUSA was hoping to tape a December show and reorganize the promotion.
 
So Chris Long went from being seen on an international broadcast show back to working as a bouncer in bar.  He was 33 years old and a family man.  He had to be thinking that his big break wasn't going to come.  And it didn't.
 
Chris Long was by all accounts a friendly guy and a massive wrestling fan.  But his name will now be added to a list of wrestlers that have died too young.  The list that is used to disparage pro-wrestling business practices. The list includes wrestlers that have died of all sorts of causes, because that way it appears even larger.  Making the list look larger makes it seem scarier.  And thus empowers the people working against the wrestling industry.  An industry that Long was a fan of and only wanted to be a part of.


Edited by thundarr2000 - 22/November/2010 at 15:46
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Kondor Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23/November/2010 at 07:01
I admit I never heard of him before; but it sounds like he played his role as donut eating sidekick well. And his dreams of one day making it big are a lot like many. So I am glad you wrote this. His story needs to be told; so that even if his dream of being a wrestler never worked out he can "live on" somewhat in message boards like this one. And 33 is way too young. 

God bless you, "Solid" Chris Long, and may you rest in peace. 



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Technically LL USA is still active, it just is not on TV anymore. I THINK...


Either way, R.I.P I only watched the show once and never got to see him. :(
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote thundarr2000 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27/November/2010 at 19:12
Just one more note on the story.
 
Quote DeKalb County authorities have arrested the man they say shot pro-wrestler Chris Long while he was working security at a Buford Highway strip club.

Ahmad Gill, 31, was arrested at a townhome in Stone Mountain Wednesday around 3:45 p.m., DeKalb police spokeswoman Mekka Parish said. He was taken into custody by the DeKalb County Sheriff's office fugitive squad, Parish said.

Police on Tuesday charged Gill with homicide and aggravated assault. He is accused of shooting Long, 33, early Sunday at Shooter Alley.

Long, one of two men who were shot, died after he was taken to a hospital, Parish said. The other man, who police have not named, was released from the hospital Monday morning.

“Apparently three guys started misbehaving and Chris and two other bouncers tossed them out," Long's friend, Frank Aldridge, told the AJC.

While Aldridge said the three men later might have returned to the club and specifically targeted Long, Parish said Monday that "indications from our detectives are the suspect randomly fired inside the club."

Long was a wrestler with Lucha Libre USA, a Mexico-based company that produces live events and television shows on MTV2. He went by the nickname "Solid" and was the comedic sidekick to Marco Corleone, Aldridge said.

Aldridge, who previously owned the Good Ol' Days restaurants in Atlanta, met Long about 15 years ago and hired him as a manager. When the restaurants closed, Long helped launch the WWA4 Wrestling School, which Aldridge has owned since 1995.

“We were working on a lot of wrestling shows, including a very creative Christian wrestling operation," Aldridge said.

Hopefully this will at least allow Chris Long's family some sense of closure that man him is now in custody and charged.
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