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Professional wrestler dead at 34

By Sarah May
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April 16, 2023

Sad news from the world of professional wrestling emerged this week when it was revealed that James Pasquale – known by many as Jimmy the Jester – died from injuries sustained in a car accident, as the Daily Mail reports.

Pasquale, 34, launched his professional career back in 2019 and was part of the renowned “Monster Factory” wrestling training center in Paulsboro, New Jersey that was the subject of a recent Apple TV+ series.

Fan favorite

With his outsized personality, sound technical abilities, and high-flying antics, Pasquale succeeded in developing a strong following on the wrestling circuit.

Recognized by fans as “Jimmy the Jester,” Pasquale also referred to himself as “The Clown Prince of Professional Wrestling,” according to the Daily Wire.

The late grappler competed in a number of organized wrestling endeavors, including WWWA, Titan Championship Wrestling, Lucha Riot, Stand Alone Wresting, and Atomic Championship Wrestling, as the outlet further noted.

Upon news of his passing, Find Yourself Wrestling declared that its April 29 show in New Jersey would include a tribute to Pasquale in the form of a 10-bell salute, according to the New York Post.

Reactions pour in

The loss of Pasquale prompted a deluge of reactions on social media and elsewhere, with the wrestler's friend, Kevin Protyvniak taking to Facebook to express his sadness and share photos of the pair together.

“So sad to hear about the loss of James Pasquale. You were a great friend for over a decade, there through thick and thin,” Protyvniak said.

Pasquale's high school classmate, Debbie Perrelli, informed other members of their alumni community of his passing, confirming that it was the result of a tragic car crash.

Perrelli said, “[T]hose of us who knew him while he was in high school will appreciate his career path. Rest in Peace Jimmy, Gone too soon for sure.”

Heartfelt farewell

Underscoring the loss felt by those who knew and loved Pasquale was a Facebook post written by the wrestler's significant other, Erin Trzeciak.

“My heart feels so heavy today, never in a million years did I think that I would be writing this.,” Trzeciak began.

“James Pasquale, you emulated such a contagious bright energy wherever you went,” she added.

Elaborating on the positive influence the wrestler had on her life, Trzeciak concluded, “You gave me the courage to express myself however I wanted and always made the unconditional love you had known. I don't even know the person I would be now if I hadn't had you in my life.”

Monster Factory remembers

The aforementioned Monster Factory wrestling center, where Pasquale got his start, was similarly saddened by the untimely death of one of its own, with co-owner and head coach Danny Cage paying homage to his former student.

“I just lost somebody that I was hoping would walk through the doors of monster factory again & be the charismatic goof he always was,” Cage said on social media, according to the Post.

“Then I heard he was planning to come back. Going to miss you Jimmy the Jester!” Cage added.

Missy Sampson, also of the training center, tweeted of Pasquale, “He was a funny guy with a heart of gold! Gone too soon! Please hug your friends and family and remind them you love them! Say a prayer for his family and friends,” adding a final sentiment surely shared by many of his fans, “Till we see you again buddy!”