A host of wrestling names have paid tribute today to old school wrestling legend Danny Hodge who died on Christmas Day at the age of 88.
He had long been battling Alzheimer’s Disease.
Known to modern fans as the hero of Jim Ross, Hodge was born in Perry, Oklahoma.
Before his career in professional wrestling began he represented the USA in Freestyle Wrestling at the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne, Australia.
We have spotlighted a number of tributes to Hodge found on social media.
Hard to believe that my boyhood hero, riding partner, and mentor, the great #DannyHodge has passed away.— Jim Ross (@JRsBBQ) December 26, 2020
Danny was the best wrestler, amateur and pro, I’ve ever been around. #RIPCHAMP pic.twitter.com/JDPAFZNNS7
My HERO RIPDAN https://t.co/Rw4HVC9OQs— Gerald BRISCO 🤼♂️ (@Fgbrisco) December 26, 2020
I’ve just seen the saddening news from my friend @Fgbrisco that the legendary Danny Hodge has passed away. Please take the time to google this incredible man and his career both in Wrestling and Boxing. I always loved talking to him. My deepest condolences to his family. pic.twitter.com/NToh6LuGnc— William Regal (@RealKingRegal) December 26, 2020
RIP Danny Hodge. A great amateur and professional wrestler who is an absolute credit to our business. I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Hodge after a show in Oklahoma years ago and was fortunate enough to experience the infamous handshake. Godspeed sir.— Frankie Kazarian (@FrankieKazarian) December 26, 2020
RIP Danny Hodge…— Jeff Jarrett (@RealJeffJarrett) December 26, 2020
His athletic career almost reads as a fictional story; but, Danny was as real as it gets on and off the mat. If you don’t know his story do yourself a favor and read about it. Unbelievable stats…
The world lost a man’s man! pic.twitter.com/rMFhBm75FI
Godspeed, Danny Hodge. One time at the @wrestlingmuseum in Waterloo, he sat ringside for the matches. After mine, @JRsBBQ and @Fgbrisco called an audible on the spot and wanted me to “cut a promo” on him… 1/3 pic.twitter.com/jsQaTy4mQo— Adam Pearce (@ScrapDaddyAP) December 26, 2020
One of the best professional and amateur wrestlers ever, has passed away. Danny Hodge is gone to be with the Lord. Our loss, Heaven’s gain. RIP my friend. pic.twitter.com/hM99cY8fYE— Ted DiBiase (@MDMTedDiBiase) December 26, 2020
WWE is saddened to learn that Danny Hodge passed away today at age 88. https://t.co/hKWUuiMZ7r— WWE (@WWE) December 26, 2020
AEW and the wrestling world mourn the passing of the legendary hall of fame wrestler Danny Hodge, our thoughts are with his family, his friends and his fans. pic.twitter.com/IUyw9Z6ywm— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) December 26, 2020