On this date in WWF history: Pro wrestling loses 'The Big Boss Man'

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On September 22, 2004, veteran pro wrestler and former corrections officer Ray Traylor passed away in his home as the result of a heart attack at the age of 41.

Traylor, billed as "The Big Boss Man" in his 1988 debut with the World Wrestling Federation (WWF), had memorable feuds with Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage and drew considerable heel heat from the audience for his post-fight theatrics, which consisted of handcuffing jobbers to the ropes and beating them with his night stick.

He would later sign with World Championship Wrestling (WCW) and worked with everyone from Rick Rude to Big Van Vader to Sting. He left WCW in 1998 to finish his career in the WWE but unfortunately no longer held a prominent role within the company prior to his release in 2003.

Highlights of The Big Boss Man's career, including his improbable face turn in 1990 (Ted Dibiase could turn anyone face, that's how good he was), after the jump.

How about it Cagesiders, best Ray Traylor memory?

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