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Former Ring of Honor champion Xavier dead at age 43

PWInsider first reported the news that former Ring of Honor World champion Xavier died unexpectedly late Saturday or early Sunday (Aug. 15 - 16). ROH confirmed it a short time later.

Xavier began on the New York City independent scene in the late 1990s, and worked with ROH from the company’s inception. In 2002, he defeated Low Ki to become their second ever champion. His run on top lasted for six months, as he defeated the likes of AJ Styles, Paul London, and Jay Briscoe before losing the belt to Samoa Joe in 2003.

He continued to work with ROH for several years, and was booked for a return match this spring at a “Past vs. Present” show that had to be cancelled due to the pandemic.

There’s no word on cause of death. Xavier’s friends and colleagues have been paying tribute to him on social media:

On behalf of the entire Cageside Seats community, we extend our condolences to his family & friends, and everyone who is missing Xavier today.

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