WWE Hall of Fame inductee and all-around wrestling legend Blackjack Mulligan has sadly died. He was 73-years-old.
One of the toughest competitors of the 1970's, Mulligan was a real beast back then, with only the great Andre the Giant being able to dwarf him in the ring.
Standing 6-foot-9 and 345lbs, Blackjack was a monster in the ring but one of the nicest people in wrestling history out of it. He served as a member of the United States Marine Corps in Guam early on in his life and also played in the National Football League for the New York Jets.
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Storied life and Career
After football - he received tryouts from the New Orleans Saints and Denver Broncos - Mulligan was urged to go into wrestling, which proved to be a very wise decision as he became one of the biggest heels of the 70's with his iconic black trunks, black hat, black fingerless glove, and use of the iron claw submission hold as his finisher.
Blackjack Mulligan teamed up with Blackjack Lanza to form a tag team called 'The Blackjacks'. The duo went on to capture numerous tag team championships across several NWA promotions as well as the WWWF World Tag Team Championship in August 1975, under Vince McMahon Sr.
Mulligan and Lanza were enshrined into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2006, with their manager - Bobby 'The Brain' Heenan inducting the two.
Mulligan - who's real name was Robert Windham - had his legacy carried on by his family. His sons Barry and Kendall Windham also went into wrestling, with Barry becoming a WWE Hall of Famer in his own right as part of The Four Horsemen.
The Texan was also the father-in-law of Mike Rotunda, perhaps best known under the name Irwin R. Schyster or I.R.S. in the WWE. The lineage doesn't stop there, however, as two of Mulligan's grandchildren currently wrestle in the WWE as Bray Wyatt and Bo Dallas, you might have heard of them.
Mulligan had been in poor health in recent times after a heart attack last year. He was hospitalized in February and his condition had deteriorated so badly that both Wyatt and Dallas missed an episode of RAW last month to visit him one last time before his passing.
We would like to send our condolences to the Windham-Rotunda family at this time.