On this date in WWF history (Mar. 6): Rest in peace, 'Hercules' Hernandez

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On March 6, 2004, Ray Fernandez, known best by his professional wrestling moniker "Hercules Hernandez," was found dead in his home in Tampa, Florida, after passing away from an apparent heart attack at the relatively young age of 47.

On the heels of just losing a wrestling industry legend yesterday (Mar. 5, 2013) it is somewhat fitting that today we reflect on the fact that it was on this date (Mar 6) in 2004, we lost yet another well-remembered member of the Wrestling Universe.

Ray Fernandez, known best by his professional wrestling moniker "Hercules Hernandez," was found dead in his home in Tampa, Florida, after passing away from an apparent heart attack at the relatively young age of 47.

What I found interesting about Fernandez, as it pertains to his career inside the squared circle, is that while he never won a major world title during his stint in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) or World Championship Wrestling (WCW), he is still very vivid in the memories of most (old school) pro wrestling fans.

He had very high-profile matches against then-champion Hulk Hogan, as well as a memorable chain-breaking angle with The Ultimate Warrior. Working under top heel managers like Bobby "The Brain" Heenan and Slick certainly didn't hurt either.

He also had some success as "Super Invader" in WCW and as one half of "The Jurassic Powers" in IWGP, but one of my favorite programs of his was "Power & Glory" with Paul Roma. Title or not title, he was a soldier and one of the best upper-mid carders of the late 80's to early 90's.

Highlights below:


The Ultimate Warrior vs Hercules by TSteck160


Hulk Hogan vs Hercules Hernandez-WWF title by TSteck160


Piper's Pit with Hercules Hernandez & Freddie... by TSteck160


Million Dollar Man Ted Dibiase Buys Hercules by TSteck160


Thoughts? Other highlights you want to share or link to in the comments?

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