Darren ‘Droz‘ Drozdov, who was most remembered for his stint in WWE and ECW, has died at the age of 54. At the time of writing, there are no known details on his passing, although a formal statement is anticipated soon.
Drozdov made his WWE debut in 1998, originally portraying a puking persona that he purportedly acquired as a result of his alleged ability to throw up on demand. He spent much of his time working for Vince McMahon’s organization as a mid-card superstar and tag team wrestler.
Droz’s wrestling career came to an end during a non-televised encounter with D’Lo Brown on an October 1999 SmackDown taping in Long Island, in one of the most memorable freak accidents in WWE history. Droz was unable to pull himself into the powerbomb position as D’Lo Brown attempted to execute his running powerbomb maneuver on him because he couldn’t acquire a strong grip. Droz did acknowledge that he had a loose shirt on during the event.
Droz’s running powerbomb maneuver was poorly executed, resulting in him landing on his head and severely breaking two of his neck’s vertebrae. Droz was transported right away to a neighboring hospital where he underwent surgery to relieve pressure moments after the tragedy.
The brief video of Droz being carried out of the ring was utilized for the “Don’t Try This At Home” WWE ads, despite the fact that the match was never shown on television. Thankfully, Droz recovered from a potentially fatal injury, but because it left him paralyzed from the neck down, there was no way he could continue wrestling.
He did, though, carry on his employment with WWE as a writer and contributor for the publication’s website and magazine, including WWE Byte This! Since the mishap, Droz has regained movement in his upper body and has no ill will against D’Lo Brown due to the misfired powerbomb.