Former WWE and ECW Star Balls Mahoney Dead at 44
The wrestling world has lost one of the former stars of WWE and ECW, as Balls Mahoney has passed away at the age of 44. Coincidentally, this comes just two months after his former tag team partner, Axl Rotter, also passed away at the age of 44. The cause of death is not known at this time. However, Mahoney recently celebrated his 44th birthday on Monday.
Born Jonathan Rechner, Mahoney wrestled in Smokey Mountain Wrestling as Boo Radley before heading to WWE as evil Santa clone Xanta Klaus. However, it was his late-90s stint in ECW that put him on the map, as Mahoney became best known through his affinity for using steel chairs in all his matches, and developed a cult following that involved fans singing along with his music (“Big Balls” by AC/DC) and chanting “Balls” with each punch he delivered to his opponents. Although he never held a singles title in the organization, he was a former three-time ECW world tag team champion.
Mahoney would eventually return to WWE for a brief run in the company’s revamped ECW brand, although he was released in 2008, at which point he transitioned to doing shows on the independent circuit.
He is survived by a young son named Christopher.
Our thoughts and condolences go out to Mahoney’s family and friends during this tragic time. Rest in peace, Mr. Rechner.