Johnny Meadows, Pro Wrestler With a Tuneful Side, Dies at 59

” Dad spent many of his battling profession as the guy who is supposed to lose,” his kid Chase Condrone stated. Mr. Condrone died on Oct. 20 at a medical facility in Maryville. His mom, Marie (Rizzoli) Condrone, died when John was 5. Mr. Condrone started battling as Johnny Meadows around 1980 and quickly became a component on the Southeasts local wrestling circuit. Mr. Condrone took a task working for an automotive parts supplier in Maryville and remained with the company for 15 years.

” When I wrestled, he let me do what I needed to survive,” Abdullah the Butcher (Larry Shreve in reality) said in a phone interview. “He was an excellent entertainer. He was a job guy, but he was a good job man.”

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It is 1991 in Chicago and a spandexed wrestler called Johnny Meadows is entering the ring of a rowdy arena to combat a challenger called Black Blood, who is wearing an executioners mask. After suffering a gnarly body slam, Meadows is twisting on the mat. Black Blood significantly mounts a post and leaps onto his fallen opponent.
For Johnny Meadows, it was simply another day at the workplace.
Meadows, whose genuine name was John Condrone, lost numerous of his matches throughout his profession as a fall man (referred to as a “job man”) in the prime time of old-school expert fumbling, but he loved the garish theater of everything.
” Dad invested many of his wrestling profession as the person who is supposed to lose,” his son Chase Condrone stated. “But he had a lot enjoyable doing it. He was an entertainer and a showman. For him, life was about placing on a show.”

And he discovered lots of methods to place on a show.
Mr. Condrone, who lived in Maryville, Tenn., became an accomplished singer-songwriter in East Tennessee parodying country tunes like “The Clintons Went Down to Georgia” and “Bubba Claus,” about a trailer park Santa. He sang Christian rock songs at his church, he played wedding events as a freelance D.J., and he once worked at Dollywood as a vendor and magician.
Mr. Condrone died on Oct. 20 at a hospital in Maryville. The cause was problems of Covid-19, his son stated.
John Albert Condrone was born on Nov. 16, 1960, in Hollywood, Fla., and grew up in Harriman, Tenn., the youngest of 3 bros. His mother, Marie (Rizzoli) Condrone, died when John was 5.
Mr. Condrone began battling as Johnny Meadows around 1980 and quickly became a component on the Southeasts local wrestling circuit. When he began combating for World Championship Wrestling, his sweaty exploits were beamed onto nationwide television. He battled stars of the period like Ric Flair, the Mongolian Stomper, Big John Studd and Abdullah the Butcher.

By the mid-1990s, Mr. Condrones wrestling period was getting edged out by World Wrestling Entertainments heavily top quality superstar-laden “Attitude Era,” and he was raising a family, so he stopped the ring. A long time hobbyist musician, he ended up being more seriously included with songwriting.
He had actually wed Karen Evans in 1992, and they had twin young boys. The couple separated; two other marriages also ended in divorce. In addition to his boy Chase, he is made it through by another son, Chandler; a bro, Bruno; a half brother, Tim; a stepbrother, Butch; and his partner, Marie Owen.
Mr. Condrone took a job working for a vehicle parts provider in Maryville and stuck with the company for 15 years. He developed a recording studio in his basement and got an online degree in audio engineering from Berklee College of Music in Boston. He did session operate in Nashville, he helped host a local songwriter celebration, and he gigged at bars in the Florida Keys.
He likewise kept his spandex at the prepared.
He looked like Johnny Meadows at wrestling fond memories occasions. His closet was filled with zebra-striped jackets and pink leggings. And he composed a song about his combating days called “One More Mile.” Its an acoustic ballad distinguished the perspective of an aging fighter thinking back with his old tag-team buddy.
“I remember those crazy nights,” it starts.
All those fights.We had a hell of a time.I had your back and you had mine, Right next to you in that ring.