Roger Kirby passes away at 79

Roger Kirby died on 3/18/19 from pneumonia and pancreatic cancer. Kirby was a excellent technical wrestler who made everyone look good. He was a regular in the NWA Central States territory when I was a kid watching wrestling. I vividly remember him as Central States Champion in 1982 in matches with Harley Race. He held the title on five different occasions.

Kirby was also a former NWA World Junior Heavyweight Champion defeating the legendary Danny Hodge for the title in 1971.

In 1986, Kirby worked for the WWF a times as a prelim/talent enhancement guy before retiring the same year.

Kirby was trained by The Original Sheik and Dick the Bruiser.

Roger Kirby and Bob Sweetan vs. Pat O’ Connor and Spike Huber