Daniel Quirk

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Dan Quirk
Daniel Quirk.jpg
Born (1982-07-19)July 19, 1982
Bridgeport, Connecticut, United States
Died May 28, 2005(2005-05-28) (aged 22)
Taunton, Massachusetts
Website WrestlingSpider.com at the Wayback Machine (archived March 29, 2007)
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Spider
Stuart
Billed height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Billed weight 151 lb (68 kg)
Trained by John Brooks
Bert Centano
Debut July 21, 2002
vs. Bo Douglas

Daniel Michael Quirk (July 19, 1982 – May 28, 2005) [1] was an American professional wrestler, known by his ring name Spider, who competed in several Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic independent promotions including Assault Championship Wrestling, Chikara, the Millennium Wrestling Federation, the National Wrestling Alliance, World Wrestling Alliance and World Xtreme Wrestling.

One of the youngest-ever NWA New England Junior Heavyweight Champions, he faced some of the top light heavyweights in the Northeast including longtime friend and trainer John Brooks, Jason Rumble, Eddie Edwards, Mikey Whipwreck, and Gran Akuma. In 2004, he and Akuma met in the opening round of Chikara's Young Lions Cup tournament.

Quirk's ring death in 2005 was the first major death to occur on the independent circuit as the result of an in-ring accident and concern was voiced by many in the professional wrestling industry including Al Snow,[2][3] Percy Pringle [4] and Dan Mirade [5][6] over negligence and regulation of independent wrestling in the United States.

Career[edit]

Early life and career[edit]

Daniel Quirk was born to Mike Quirk and his wife in Bridgeport, Connecticut and grew up in Shelton, Connecticut. According to Quirk, he initially became interested in wrestling when a friend showed him action figures of Demolition in second grade. He began watching the World Wrestling Federation around 1990. Bret Hart, Mr. Perfect and The Rockers (Marty Jannetty & Shawn Michaels) would later influence his ring style. He was involved in "backyard wrestling" with his brothers and friends as a teenager and, in early 2002, Quirk began training under John Brooks and Bert Centano at the USA Pro Wrestling School in West Haven, Connecticut.[7] He also attended clinics held by Christopher Daniels, Mike Quackenbush and Tom Prichard.

Quirk began appearing in local wrestling shows as Stuart the manager of the Scottish Gigolo. On July 21, 2002, Quirk made his professional debut against Bo Douglas in a gauntlet match for Jason Knight's Assault Championship Wrestling. A month later, he appeared on another gauntlet match for ACW teaming with trainer John Brooks in a tag team match against Bulldog & Shabba on August 24. He also lost a match to the Scottish Gigolo in Worcester, Massachusetts at the end of the month. He would spend much his early career on the road with frequent rival and a later personal friend, Nocturne.[8]

Independent circuit[edit]

Later that year, he made his first appearance for the New Age Wrestling Federation when he defeated White Blaze and later participated in a battle royal on October 20. In mid-November, he lost to "Beautiful" Billy Body at a show for Afa's World Xtreme Wrestling on November 23 and teamed with Mark Gore against WXW Tag Team Champions Tommy Suade & Supreme Lee Great the following night. On December 1, he returned to ACW for another gauntlet match defeating Pepsi Boy but losing to DC Dillinger later on that night.

During the next year, he would quickly become a regular on the independent circuit. On February 23, he took part in a gauntlet match for Pro Wrestling Alliance defeating Slate, Wicked before being eliminated by J-Busta. Quirk would trade matches with him at a PWA and NAWF show the next month. He also feuded with Mark Gore over the NAWF Junior Heavyweight Championship and eventually defeated him for the title in a ladder match on April 27, 2003.

He would once again team with John Brooks defeating Leroy & Genesis at an NAWF event on May 21. The following week for South Coast Championship Wrestling, Quirk lost a five-way match for the SCCW Lightweight title against Stevie Sky, Derrick Destiny, The Kreeper and Kid Capri on May 30. Entering a championship tournament for the MWF Heavyweight Championship the next night, he was eliminated by John Brooks. On June 8, he also lost a four-way match to Jeff Rocker, Shabba White and Wiqued at an ACW show.

On July 26, he won his first major title when he and Captain Charisma defeated NWA New England Junior Heavyweight Champion Jason Rumble & Paulie Gilmore in a tag team match. As a result of the pre-match stipulations ordered by NWA Commissioner Marc Greene, both Quirk and Captain Charisma are named co-champions. This is one of the very few, if any, that a title was defended by two wrestlers at once. Although the two would defend the title in a handicap match against Rumble on September 20, the title would eventually be vacated and declared inactive within another month.

Successfully defending his NAWF title in a three-way match against Nocturne and Genesis, he lost to Genesis in a non-title match on September 6. The next night, he also failed to defeat Eddie Edwards for the ACW Junior Heavyweight Championship. On September 28, he lost a four-way match against J-Busta, Luis Ortiz and Mikey Whipwreck at an XBoku event. On October 5, he fought two matches in one night at an MWF show losing to Mighty Mini, Eddie Edwards and participating in a battle royal. At an October 18 East Coast Pro Wrestling show, he lost a three-way match to John Brooks and Genesis. On October 30, he lost a match to SSCW Lightweight Champion The Kreeper. In November, he lost to Supreme Lee Great at a November 16 show for LXW but defeated J-Busta at a CCW show a week later. He also made a brief appearance for the World Wrestling Alliance at the end of the month.

On February 29, 2004, Quirk teamed with UltraMantis and Mister Zero to defeat Nocturne, Jigsaw and Rorschach at an LXW show. Feuded with Gran Akuma over the NAWF Junior Heavyweight Championship, he defeated him for the title on April 4. He held the title for two months before losing the title back to Akuma. On July 10, 2004, he also lost to Gran Akuma in the opening rounds of Chikara's Young Lions Cup tournament. He and Dave Cole were also given a title shoe against UCW Tag Team Champions The Millennium Killaz later that month, but failed to defeat them.

Quirk would spend the rest of the year in Connecticut Championship Wrestling, East Coast Pro Wrestling and World Xtreme Wrestling. On September 10, he lost to Low Ryda in a match for the WXW Cruiserweight Championship. He also lost to CCW Northeast Champion Dave Cole two months later. On April 2, 2005, he teamed with Jason Blade and Nocturne against Mister Zero, Rorschach and Ultramantis defeating his former allies. He also appeared in Assault Championship Wrestling, Powerhouse Wrestling and Ultimate Championship Wrestling during early-2005.[9]

Death[edit]

Dan Quirk died after suffering fatal injuries at an Ultimate Championship Wrestling event in Taunton, Massachusetts.[10] After being thrown to the floor, Quirk's opponent Hi-Lite Kid went for a Piscada but Hi-Lite Kid's foot became caught the top rope. Quirk tried to compensate for his falling opponent by catching him unusually high; this resulted in Hi-Lite Kid's ribs falling against Quirk's head and Kid's entire bodyweight forcing Quirk into the floor head-first. Quirk was unable to use his hands to brace the fall and the entire impact of Hi-Lite Kid's fall was caught by Quirk's head, with blood visible on the floor, and the match was stopped. An ambulance was called, but all efforts to revive Quirk were unsuccessful.[11][12] According to eyewitnesses, no mats had been provided outside the ring and that may have been the deciding factor resulting in his fatal injuries.[13]

Aftermath[edit]

In the days following his death, it was announced on his former website that the Daniel Michael Quirk Memorial Scholarship Fund would be set up in his memory.[14] His father, Mike Quirk, said that the fund would be available for a graduating senior from Shelton High School majoring in graphic arts and communications. Quirk had studied graphic design at Northeastern University and the University of New Haven[15] and later designed websites for various independent wrestlers and promotions in addition to being the webmaster of NAWF's official website.[7]

On June 11, 2005, Connecticut Championship Wrestling dedicated its WrestleJam 2 supercard to Quirk's memory. Prior to the show, a special ceremony was held at the ACES Collaborative Alternative Magnet School for Leadership in Northford, Connecticut while promoter Joe LaChance and Bulldog Blanski both gave a speech to the crowd. The entire CCW roster, including Matt Hardy, was present during the ceremony. Quirk's death, according to Blanski, prompted he and Mike Milano to contact Jason Knight whom they had not spoken to since leaving Assault Championship Wrestling to form their own promotion. Among the wrestlers who headlined the event included April Hunter, Ariel, Cindy Rogers, Scotty Charisma, Rob Eckos, Jay Lethal, Slyck Wagner Brown, The Logan Brothers (Bryan and Matt), The Outkast Killaz (Diablo Santiago and Oman Tortuga) and All Money Is Legal (K-Pusha and K-Murda). The main event featured a tribute ten man tag match featuring the team of Nocturne,Ron Zombie, Mark Gore, Bulldog Blanski and Jose Perez against the Iron Eagle, Dave Cole, Anthony Michaels, J Busta and Tim Kilgore. Both Monsta Mack and Low Ki made a surprise appearance on the show. John Brooks, also made an appearance at the event alongside Matt Hardy.[16][17]

On the one year anniversary of his death, All Out Mayhem held a 10-bell salute to Quirk at a show in South Portland, Maine.

In wrestling[edit]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Will, Gary. "Deceased Pro Wrestlers -- A Tribute to Mat Stars of the Past". Gary Will's Pro Wrestling History. GaryWill.com. Archived from the original on May 23, 2015. 
  2. ^ Byrd, Betsy (2006-06-06). "Al Snow, JJ Dillon Speak Out On ECW PPV, McMahons, More". 411mania.com. 
  3. ^ Martin, Adam; Doc Young (2005-06-07). "Al Snow Interview: Talks about One Night Stand, OVW training, & more". WrestleView.com. 
  4. ^ Pringle, Percy (2005-06-06). "Percy Pringle Comments on Spider & Indy Wrestling". BostonWrestling.com. 
  5. ^ Mirade, Dan (2005-05-29). "Dan Mirade On Another Tragic Passing". BostonWrestling.com. 
  6. ^ Frissore, Michael (2007-11-27). "The Dead Wrestlers Society, Part III: Look For the Union Label". Flak Magazine. 
  7. ^ a b Dolan, Adam. "Interview with Spider." DeclarationofIndependents.net. November 2003. 15 Sep. 2008 <www.declarationofindependents.net/doi/pages/specialsubmits/adam/spider.html>.
  8. ^ Cybart, John J. (2005-05-31). "Commentary". Nocturne-Wrestling.com. Archived from the original on 2008-04-24. 
  9. ^ Rufo, Anthony (May 2005). "Rest In Peace Dan "Spider" Quirk". UCWentertainment.com. 
  10. ^ Stein, Nate (2005-05-30). "Northeast Wrestling Spyder/Dan Quirk Passes Away". 411mania.com. 
  11. ^ DeBlasi, Anthony (2005-05-29). "Tragedy At Indy Wrestling Event Saturday Night (Taunton MA), Dan 'Spider' Quirk Passes Away At 21". Wrestling-News.com. Archived from the original on 2011-07-18. 
  12. ^ Linda, Robin (2005-05-29). "Linda's Thoughts - Matt/Lita and Edge". ProWrestling.com. Archived from the original on 2011-06-07. 
  13. ^ McCaffrey, Sean. "Dan "Spider" Quirk Passes Away at Age 22." DeclarationofIndependents.net. May 2005. 15 Sep. 2008 <www.declarationofindependents.net/doi/pages/spider.html>.
  14. ^ Millennium Wrestling Federation (2005-05-28). ""Spider"/Dan Quirk Passes Away/Scholarship Fund Info". MWFprowrestling.com. 
  15. ^ Quirk, Mike (2005-06-06). "News: 6.06.05". WrestlingSpider.com. Archived from the original on 2007-03-29. 
  16. ^ Dolan, Adam (2005-06-17). "CCW WrestleJam 2 in Northford, CT with Matt Hardy, Dan "Spider" Quirk Remembered and More". PWInsider.com. Archived from the original on 2007-09-11. 
  17. ^ Connecticut Championship Wrestling: "Wrestle Jam II" 6.11.05-Northford, CT. 2005. DVD. B. Brown Video.
  18. ^ Roelfsema, Eric; Earl Oliver (2007). "CWA/NWA New England Junior Heavyweight Title History". Solie's Title Histories. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Muchnick, Irvin. Wrestling Babylon: Piledriving Tales of Drugs, Sex, Death, and Scandal. Toronto: ECW Press, 2007. ISBN 1-55022-761-0

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