IMPACT Wrestling’s emotional message regarding Frank Wycheck’s passing was deeply saddening.
Frank Wycheck left a lasting mark in the NFL during his tenure with the Tennessee Titans from 1995 to 2003. Notably, he was a three-time Pro Bowl player and also found his place in the Titans’ Ring of Honor.
In 2007, Wycheck ventured into professional wrestling following an altercation with James Storm that culminated in a guitar shot delivered by Wycheck. A match at Slammiversary 2007 saw him teaming with Jerry Lynn to defeat the team of Storm and Ron Killings (now R-Truth).
The legendary Tennessee Titans star tragically passed away on December 10, 2023, after sustaining a fatal head injury from a fall at his Chattanooga home. IMPACT Wrestling, in response, shared a heartfelt message, extending condolences to Wycheck’s loved ones.
“We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Tennessee Titans legend Frank Wycheck, who competed in a TNA ring at Slammiversary in 2007. We offer our sincere condolences to his friends and family.”
Additionally, Scott D’Amore, President of IMPACT Wrestling, addressed the presence of CM Punk backstage during a recent wrestling taping. D’Amore emphasized Punk’s respectful conduct and positive interactions with the personnel, reflecting an open-door policy at the promotion.
“We have a pretty open door policy. If you wanna come by and visit at IMPACT Wrestling, now TNA Wrestling, you’re really welcome. There’s one simple rule – don’t be an a-**le. Be respectful, and you will be respected. Punk showed up earlier this year, and was a pleasure to have in the locker room.” [28:16 – 28:36]
“He chatted with some of the talent. I got to sit there and watch him and Josh Alexander have a nice long chat. What a great opportunity to have somebody like CM Punk in there, even to just have a conversation. He’s welcome at events of ours.” [28:46 – 29:08]
The impact of Frank Wycheck’s legacy and the behind-the-scenes presence of wrestling personalities like CM Punk are significant moments in the wrestling and sports community.