RIP Blade Braxton

73 Submitted by on Sun, 28 March 2021, 20:07

What can you possibly say when you lose one of your best friends?
What can you say when you know he won’t be there on the other end of the tin can and string when you call?
What can you say but…I love you. As I try to type with tears in my eyes…I just realize how my life was blessed with you in it. And I know that anyone who ever knew you, who ever truly knew you, felt the same way.
Every time we talked on the phone, every single time, we always made each other laugh. We always said it and it was always true – the funniest stuff was never recorded. It was just two friends laughing together. Knowing that is gone is heartbreaking, but knowing I was blessed to have you in my life for so many years is something I will forever cherish.
I’ll have more to say in the coming days when I can attempt to wrap my brain around this, but for now, I simply say this:
I love you and miss you my friend.
(We thank everyone who paid for Blade’s funeral expenses through GoFundMe.)


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73 Responses to "RIP Blade Braxton"
  1. Ahmer Ali says:

    I am at a complete loss for words.

  2. SaviorGabriel says:

    I wish I could come up with something better to say. All I can say is, thanks for all the laughs, Blade.

  3. Joseph says:

    Love you both so much.

  4. TimeLordSoundwave says:

    My deepest condolences during this difficult time.

    I was such a huge fan of WrestleCrap Radio back in the day, that I briefly made a crude web comic based on you two which I would post on the old forums. The day you actually talked about the comic on the podcast made me so excited, and I loved how you even used a couple of them as the WrestleCrap Radio page’s header sometimes. I even corospnded with Blade about a few of them, and he was always so friendly and supportive.

    Again, my condolences to all his family and friends. He will be missed.

    RIP Blade. ☹

  5. Neil Purcell says:

    I’m without words. He was a funny guy. I just don’t know what to say. My thoughts go out to you, his family, and everyone who was blessed to have known him.

  6. Garrett Edward Spears says:

    So sorry for your loss RD. I know what it’s like to lose someone that meant so much to you.

  7. Saint Stryfe says:

    I’m so sorry, I don’t know what happened yet but this news is crushing. All peace with you and his family.

  8. Rebel says:

    RIP Blade

  9. Joe says:

    Sorry for your loss, RD. RIP Blade!

  10. Paul R. from Spook Central: The Ghostbusters Companion says:

    Truly a sad day.

    — Paul

  11. Ultimo Gallos says:

    RIP Blade.

    Thanks for all the laughes you provided for myself and millions of others.

  12. Ramanujam says:

    Please accept my sincerest and heartfelt condolences Mr Reynolds may Mr Braxton rest in God’s eternal love. My prayers to his near and dear ones

  13. Len says:

    Rest in Peace Blade.
    Time out, real quick…
    I was pretty much a day-one Crapper but I took a break from wrestling ( and a lot of things) a few years ago and came back at just about the time the podcast came back. I was like being reunited with old friends. I had such a great time hearing you guys banter and doing all the classic bits. I don’t know how many hours I’ve spent listening to you guys, but it was a lot, and it’s been a long time.
    The only direct interaction I ever had with Blade was when he left a comment on my MySpace page after I added him, which I really appreciated at the time. You could tell by the comment that he had taken the time to go to my page and look around as he had commented on some of my interests. That was a long time ago (obviously) but I always remembered that, even now, so many years later. You could always tell that in spite of his flaws and struggles (which we all have) that he was a good man with a good heart, and a great sense of humor. My favorite moments were when you guys would get on a roll and crack each other up to the point of tears. I’d often be crying right along with you. I’m going to miss him, but I won’t ever forget him.

    Hang in there RD, I am sure this is very difficult.

  14. mitch says:

    RIP Blade, saddened to hear of your passing. Thank you for your work here that invariably made me laugh. My deepest condolences to RD and his friends and family.

  15. Ben says:

    Damn. As if last year wasn’t bad enough, there’s no end to this madness.

    Extending my condolences to those who were left behind his passing.

  16. Richard Phillips says:

    I thought this was a rib.

    Damnit I thought it was a rib.

  17. Sean Bateman says:

    He’s in good hands up in the Dinner Theater In The Sky with Uncle Burt n ol’ Hot Rod

  18. Jim says:

    This sucks. I checked the site to see if there were any Headlies or something else funny because I’m having a bad day, and this hit me like a tonne of bricks. It isn’t even on Reddit yet, where I just came from.

    Sorry R.D. And my condolences to Blade’s friends and family. Always loved that crazy mofos hilarious comments on every topic, his bizarre segues, obscure references, and his ability to make disturbing sexual innuendos regardless of the situation.

  19. Ross says:

    Really sorry to hear this news, Wrestlecrap radio was probably the first wrestling podcast that I listened to way back when, and I loved Blade’s sense of humor, irreverence, and clear love for wrestling in general. Although I did not know him personally, his character always resonated with me – and he was clearly loved and appreciated by many across the world. My condolences to his family, friends and fans – sent from Galway, Ireland.

  20. Ezenwa says:

    I’m in shock, and I’m heartbroken. RIP to one of the funniest I’ve ever heard. Thank you so very much for everything, Blade. And, R.D., my deepest and humblest condolences to you, your family, and Blade’s family as well. I still remember all the hours I put forth listening to Wrestlecrap radio and laughing my head off. I thank you both for that and all you’ve done for this wacky wrestling world.

  21. GeordieCrapper says:

    Rest in Peace. I was a late comes to the site so missed out on a lot of the early stuff. But knew as soon as I read his Jobber of the Week Articles he was a funny and Talented Guy. Listening to Wrestlecrap Radio it seemed like Blade and R.D. We’re more like brothers than friends, they may have annoyed each other sometimes but you could tell they had love and respect for each other. In will always remember Blade doing the Das Wunderkind Dance and his Midnight Rose Character. Hope your doing O.k R.D..
    Thanks for all the laughs and Good Times throughout the Years.

  22. Tom Hastings says:

    Deeply saddened to hear this. My condolences to Blade’s family and to you, RD.

    To many, too soon.

  23. Adam Dennis says:

    This has hit hard. I’ve been following the site since 2001 and listening to the Wacker since the beginning and you guys have gotten me through some tough times over the years especially in ’06.
    My thoughts are with you RD, as well as Blades family & friends. You could tell the chemistry you guys had on the show came from a good friendship away from WrestleCrap, I’m sure the shows really would be 8 hours long if you didn’t stick to the itinerary!!
    Thank you Blade for all the laughs, rest in peace and keep the people behind the pearly gates waiting as long as we all have for the big announcement!!

  24. Joseph Paul says:

    When I read it this morning it was like a punch in the gut. I never met Blade but through the countless hours listening to him on WCR and interactions on social media he felt like an old friend. I can’t tell you how many times I relayed a story he told to other people based on how funny and/or ridiculous it was.

    Thanks for all the laughs over the years and helping me get through some really rough times.

  25. Carl Zayas says:

    The old saying never hits as hard as the moment it needs to be said. Never take anything for granted, because you never know when it will be gone. I’ve tried and failed to come up with something profound and heart warming, but I just can’t do it. I’ve deleted and restarted too many times because i just doesn’t seem real. If we feel this way, imagine how RD feels. I’m truly sorry for your loss. Thank You Blade Braxton for everything.

  26. Todd the Bod says:

    Man, this one hurts. I am truly sorry for your loss. Blade was an awesome guy and he will be missed. RIP, Blade, you were a great person. 🙁

  27. Gerard says:

    rip blade only you and god know what your big announcement is now !! keep on crapping up there in heaven my friend xxxx

  28. Erik Majorwitz says:

    Words cannot express the pain and sadness I’ve getting since hearing about his passing late last night. Though I never met the man in person, I truly considered him a close friend and thank him for the countless times his antics on the show made me chuckle and forget whatever crap life was throwing at me.

    I shall cherish my autographed Boo Berry box and my framed Boogeyman haiku forever.

    17 Syllables cannot do the man justice, but I’ll give it the Joseph Haiku Sr. try.

    Our hobo is gone.
    The Big Announcement was live
    life to the fullest!

    Going to miss you brother!

  29. The Angry Jobber says:

    So sad to hear. Thanks for all the humor over the years. The chemistry you 2 had really showed on Wrestlecrap Radio. RIP Blade.

  30. Andy says:

    Oh my gosh I wasn’t expecting this, visiting in to the site today. I can’t even put words to how I’m feeling. My heart is breaking for his friends, his family, and for every life he touched.. every person he made laugh all these years. RIP Blade, you will be missed and you were loved by so many in this world. Shine bright my friend.

  31. Mike M. says:

    So sorry, Deal. You and Blade have always been so friendly and welcoming to peoople. This is a big loss.

  32. GeneMean says:

    This is such a punch to the gut. Wrestlecrap Radio, The RD & Blade Show, and the site have been a regular (and hell, sometimes the only) part of my wrestling fandom for as long as they’ve been around. I obviously didn’t know Blade outside of a few quick exchanges online, but that’s all it took to know he was one of the good ones. R.I.P. Blade

  33. Charley says:

    I remember when this site began, and this reminds me of when Merle suddenly died.


  34. Adam Dennis says:

    Troma have put out a vid:


  35. Terry Koss says:

    RIP Blade. Such a funny dude.

  36. PlasticDiverGuy says:

    I’ve been around long enough to remember the “Recreate Some Crap” contest and “Revenge of the Black Scorpion”. Who knew it would lead to almost 20 years of friendship. RIP Blade. The Crap family will miss you.

    • DB says:

      Holy crap…. this is very shocking! I remember that from ‘The Crap years ago and listened to the first bunch of Wrestlecrap Radio during work. He was really funny. THat’s really sad…. very unexpected to see this.

  37. DarthPitch says:

    Man, I was really hoping this was just some kind of early April Fool’s thing when I clicked on it. I wish it was. RIP Blade, and condolences to RD and everyone who knew him.

  38. Simon says:

    RIP Blade, thank you for all the laughs. The great thing about Wrestlecrap radio was it genuinely always sounded like two great friends just messing around having fun, one of my favourite podcasts to listen to& would always cheer me up / have me laughing away. Such sad news, thoughts with his family and friends including yourself RD, so so sorry to hear this.

  39. Matt Rodabaugh says:

    RIP Blade. We’ll miss you.

  40. Paolo says:

    RIP. He will be dearly missed.

  41. Lanny's Perm Juice says:

    I never thought there would be a day when watching the silly YouTube videos I used to make would genuinely bring tears to my eyes, but here we are. Goodbye, Blade.

  42. C Boz says:

    Just read this. And it breaks my heart. My thoughts are with you RD.

    RIP Blade. You put a smile on my face so many times I cannot count them. You will be remembered.

  43. Brian Joiner says:

    We are all hurting right now, I’ll miss you Blade. I used to leave him messages as the crazy bill collector on face book for his birthday and his replies were so cool. Every time I see the bottle of malt vinegar in the pantry I chuckle. His interview with Mike Reno was legendary. Hug your family and make amends, life can change in the blink of an eye.

  44. KatieVictoriasSecret says:

    My deepest condolences to y’all.

  45. Alvin L Dingle says:

    I’ve been listening to Wrestlecrap Radio for so long. I can’t believe what I’m reading. I’m sorry.

  46. Brent says:

    The interplay between Blade and RD was so great and so funny and so….different. Blade was effortlessly funny while also seeming always 100% himself.

    Something like could never have existed in popular media before the Internet, which is maybe why it resonated so much with me.

    I hadn’t got back into listening since you guys stopped the first time, but this still hurts a lot. My condolences, rest in peace Blade, I didn’t even know you were sick.

  47. Nicholas DeLarge says:

    No joke, when I saw this my first reaction was “huh… that joke’s in pretty poor taste” because it didn’t register that such a larger-than-life guy as Blade would actually have died. So I checked Facebook and… my God. I’ve never met either of you guys, but I’ve been a fan of the site and the show for so long I feel like I really lost a friend. WCR got me through some tough times in my life and I just can’t wrap my head around Blade actually being gone. I can’t imagine how it feels for you, RD.

  48. OPC says:

    He’s wrestling Nicole Bass up in that ring in the sky now. RIP Blade.

  49. Michael AC says:

    I’m shocked.

  50. Tony D says:

    I just heard about this today and I was hoping it was a really bad April Fool’s joke. II can’t believe Blade is really gone. I already miss him more than I thought would be possible, so I can’t even imagine what RD and others who really knew him are going through. Thank you Blade for 20 years of fun and laughter, and my condolences to RD and all the rest of Blade’s friends.

  51. Scott Jeffrey says:

    Oh no! Sad to hear this news! As an avid Wrestlecrap reader. Horrible news! RIP Blade Braxton

  52. Andrew Sarkis says:

    How did Blade pass away?

    • Nicholas DeLarge says:

      I wondered the same thing myself, and to be completely honest: based on what we know (suddenly and young) I think we’d really rather not know. Let’s imagine that, like, he actually ate the Alien Ham or went out in some over-the-top Troma way.

  53. Cuthbert says:

    Dang, that sucks. I first read this and was bummed, then realized I am reading it on April 1st and was less bummed. Then I saw when it was actually posted and was even more bummed than the start.

  54. Mr Forth says:

    I literally heard of this only a few minutes ago. Wanted to say I am deeply sorry to RD, Art, & everyone that knew him. I always loved hearing whatever whacky bits of humor. Will never forget the bit where he believed Rebecca DiPietro saying that she’d do anything to win a fan vote was that type of proposition. Will miss you Blade, RIP.

  55. Murphy says:

    This is my first time commenting on this site. I’ve been reading this site for a decade for sure. I love all the inductions and have laughed more times then I can count. I read this post on April 1st and was thinking, more like hoping, it was some really morbid April Fools prank. Then I looked at the date. I’m so sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with Reynolds, Braxtons family and friends, and to all the others who have been lucky enough to have been entertained by this man. RIP and may you be up entertaining in heaven with all the great craptastic memories of wrestling that you got to share with us first.

  56. Golgo 13 says:

    This one hurts. Been a loyal crapper since the early 2000s (before WCR). I listened to a bunch of the April Fools Day WCR episodes on April Fools Day in Blade’s honor. Classic stuff. RIP Blade. You are missed.

  57. MIB says:

    R.I.P Blade

  58. Matt says:

    Wtf happened? Im so sorry and Im at a loss for words.

    Remember the movie La Bamba? The scene where Bob is working on the car and hears on the radio that Ritchie passed? Thats how I am.

    God bless Blade and his family and friends during this horrible time.

  59. Jay says:

    Sadness. He brought a lot of joy over the past 2 decades with his takes on the worst in pro wrestling. Big John Tenta and the Brain welcome him with open arms I’m sure.

    RD: I hope you find peace and comfort with the outpouring of love everyone is leaving here.

  60. El Atomico says:

    So sorry to hear this, my heart goes out to his family and friends

  61. Michael James Zack says:

    Thank you for the laughs and smiles.
    Thank you for reminding me about what I loved about wrestling.
    Thank you for the decades of entertainment.

    RD, I am sorry for your loss. I cannot imagine what you are going through. You have my sincere sympathies. I wish nothing but the best for you in the coming weeks and months.

  62. DC says:

    So Jungle Boy in AEW’s current theme is a song called Tarzan Boy which is an awesomely 80tastic song and music video. There was an episode of Wrestlecrap Radio in 06 I want to say where we were instructed to fire up YouTube and watch the music video with RD and Blade and it was genuinely one of the most funny experiences I ever have had. When I hear the song to this day, I immediately think of that episode and laugh.

    RIP Blade thank you for that and making me aware of Taco flavored Doritos years before they were available in my area to purchase. You will be missed and I am going to listen to watch the Tarzan Boy music video now in your honor.

  63. Mister Glen says:

    I’m flabbergasted reading this. I was a long time listener of Wrestlecrap Radio, and Blade was always the type of guy you always felt you could sit down with and shoot the breeze with. He was so chilled out and nothing seemed to phase him. I interacted with him a bit on SNS and he always answered back in a cordial and generous way.
    I haven’t been as big into wrestling fandom due to an increase in demands. I check in every four or so months and am really still struggling to process that someone who made me laugh for nearly over a decade will no longer do so.
    My heart goes out to you RD and the family Blade had. Blade had such a good friend in you and your rapport was one of the best parts of the show.

  64. Mitchell Colburn says:

    Heartbroken and stunned. Blade gave me and so many others tremendous laughs over the years. Godspeed, Mr. Braxton, and to you, RD, and Mr. Braxton’s family, I want to give my sincere condolences. I will keep you and the entire Wrestlecrap family in my prayers.

  65. UncleShangalar says:

    Well, damn…
    I’ve been a regular on this site for darn near two decades and I can hardly believe what I’m reading.
    Thanks for all the great laughs over the years, Blade.
    You can go now, brother. The rest of us will keep your spirit alive.

  66. Paul says:

    Sorry to hear about Blade’s passing. Thanks for the hours of endless entertainment. Just heard about it on the podcast. RIP Blade.

  67. Junior says:

    RIP blade thanks for all the laughs

  68. Obi1jabroni says:

    I am so sorry to hear this. I am honestly shocked and saddened. My sincere condolences to you and all Blade’s friends and family, I wish I could give some words of comfort but I am at a loss for words. Thank you Blade.

  69. williamcampbell says:

    I’m really late, but it’s been quite a while since I last visited Wrestlecrap (I’ve been going through hard times battling depression), and I don’t really know what to say as this is shocking news to me.

    As you may know, wrestling is not a popular thing in Brazil, and through the years I’ve been blessed not only to be a wrestling fan, but to know your website and laugh along with you. I never met any of you, but this is really shocking and hard to me as I know that you were close friends. I’m really sorry for you and Blade’s family, my condolences, and I hope he’s in a better place. I’m not sure what caused him to pass away, but it is of my personal belief that there is something after this material world – and I rather think that he’s doing well over there. I don’t know what else to say.

    • Trekkie313 says:

      RIP Dude, you’re writings bought me so many late night laughing fits through the decades!

  70. Bowmen says:

    In total shock just hearing this news so late after his passing, way too soon…

    I’ve been so busy with life and work because the lockdowns has increased the workload at my job ten fold, along with Instagram being my only social media presence, I feel oblivious.

    Will miss Blade’s obscure sense of humor, his random stories about stories like ghetto He-Man, trips to flea markets, grocery stores, etc. His haiku’s, alter-personas, just his passion for things he enjoyed and actively pursued them whether it be horror films, wrestling, or just having a good time.

    When I had more time messing with photoshop, he genuinely enjoyed the art I did making it all worthwhile. His kindness was always showcased through his humor trying to make others smile, which made him perfect for WrestleCrap and is one half of why WCR is my favorite podcast of all time.

    Miss you brother,

    R.I.P Blade

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