It was a tough weekend for wrestling fans with the deaths of two big wrestling names, Nikolai Volkoff and Brian Christopher Lawler. Volkoff, aged 70 died after a bout of pneumonia, he was 70 years old. Christopher died after hanging himself in prison facing several DUI and other charges; he was 46. Fans and fellow wrestlers shared stories and memories of the two on social media. Both men were widely respected in wrestling and left enduring legacies among those they met.

WWE paid tribute to both with a ten-bell salute at an NXT event.

Jeff Jarrett tagged with Christopher in Memphis and virtually grew up alongside him and shared this story.

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bl2c0gcnJPz

In a bittersweet moment, Brian Christopher himself spoke on the issue of suicide among wrestlers.

https://twitter.com/AKonWrestling/status/1023778630638465024

The podcast of Jerry Lawler’s podcast posted this simple tribute.

While never a huge star in WWE, Christopher was a big name in the Memphis wrestling scene, transcending the shadow of his legendary father.

He was the Rock’s first tag partner in USWA

https://www.facebook.com/100006040813719/posts/846826172195402/

https://twitter.com/courtbauer/status/1023923038126067712

Brian Christopher was known as a great talent in and out of the ring. James Ellsworth shared this memory of meeting Christopher as a fan.

The Iron Sheik, who tagged with Volkoff shared these tributes to Christopher and Volkoff.

Matt Hardy’s first ever match in WW(F)E was against Volkoff.

https://twitter.com/real_steamboat/status/1023624119697530882

Unfortunately, there was one glaringly disrespectful comment made by ECW wrestler and noted provocateur New Jack. You can read the comments here.

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