Former WCW star Johnny Meadows (real name John Condrone) lost his battle to COVID-19 as he passed away on Tuesday at the age of 59.
Condrone had been fighting the novel coronavirus since late September. The Daily Times reports that the former wrestler had been on ventilator support since September 28th.
Condrone was a Dove & Grammy-nominated ASCAP songwriter and had lengthy stints with touring music groups, namely Tranquility Express and The Roane State Boys.
Condrone’s wrestling career began in 1979 against Larry Cheatham in Chattanooga, TN. He would later go on to wrestle notable performers such as Dick Murdoch, The Mongolian Stomper, Terry Taylor, Kevin Sullivan, Big John Studd, Hector Guerrero, and Blackjack Mulligan.
The deceased WCW star also faced off against several world champions, namely, Ric Flair, Kevin Nash, Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Steiner Brothers, Barry Windham, Diamond Studd, Cactus Jack (Mankind, Mick Foley), and “Crazy” Luke Graham.
Condrone’s portrayal of on-screen wrestling characters includes The Paradise City Rockers (w/ Joey Cazana), The Dream Team (w/ Don Lucas), The Crusiers (w/ Terry Bronson), The Stingers (NWA/WCW henchmen for Ric Flair against Sting, Brian Pillman & others), The Italian Stallion and The Red Rocker.
Condrone’s in-ring career spanned 17 years during which he traveled extensively and appeared in thousands of matches, television shows, and pay-per-view events.
WrestlingWorld sends their deepest condolences to the family and friends of Johnny Meadows.