It seems like every day now somebody known the world over has passed away.
Whether the person is from the world of baseball, football, basketball, Hollywood, comics, writing or in today’s case, professional wrestling, it stings. For friends, peers, and fans, we are all stunned by the sudden, tragic announcement. Late Wednesday night, the wrestling community mourned the loss of yet another fallen ring general.
Within minutes, the tributes began rolling in for the former WWE performer. It was clear that Melissa had left a lasting impression on so many people within the industry.
Arguably, the top female wrestler in WWE (Bayley) made a tweet about the sad news:
The entire Impact Wrestling company sent a heartfelt message:
Here is a tweet from Shelly Martinez:
As noted, Melissa and former ECW/WWE star Sabu were an item. I can’t even imagine the heartbreak he must be going through right now.
Assuming what Natalya posted is true, I will use that as the header picture then. Only makes sense. The messages and tributes have continued to pour in over the past 24 hours. What makes this even more sad/ironic is that she just celebrated her 50th birthday, and I had JUST watched WWE Backlash 2006 on the Peacock Network where Melissa Coates had a segment with Chris Masters in the ring. Very good and still memorable fifteen years later. She may not be as well known as many others outside the sport, but as you can see by the posts, she was EXTREMELY well known from inside the sport.
There had been a GoFundMe page set up for her, due to rising medical costs. As of Thursday, that will now be transferred to paying for funeral costs. It has already raised over $30,000 – a link is posted below…