Scott “Bam Bam” Bigelow, a former wrestler at Neptune High School, was found dead Friday morning at his home in Hudson, Fla., according to WWE.com. Bigelow, 45, worked for World Wrestling Entertainment, Extreme Championship Wrestling and World Championship Wrestling throughout his 20-year sports-entertainment career. A former ECW champion, ECW television champion and WCW tag-team champion, he is perhaps best known for his rivalry with Lawrence Taylor that culminated in the main event at WrestleMania XI in 1995.
Bigelow was a two-time district and Region 6 champion, and a two-time NJSIAA state place winner in the late 70s. In his sophomore year, he was upset in the state championships by Bruce Baumgartner, who went on to win gold medals at the 1984 and 1992 Olympic games.
Lance Storm’s eulogy from yesterday credits Bigelow for boosting any number of young hopefuls during their days in ECW.
He started the Spike Dudley œGiant Killer gimmick by putting him over clean at the Arena. He cemented both Taz and Rob Van Dam as top level performers with great feuds and clean wins. Everyone who was in ECW or a fan of it (the Original ECW) owes a debt of gratitude to Bam Bam Bigelow for helping make it and us what we were.