Former ROH World Champion Xavier Dead At 43

Former ROH World Champion John “Xavier” Kirius has died at the age of 43, according to Mike Johnson. Circumstances surrounding his passing are not immediately known.

Xavier was the second ROH World Champion in the promotion’s history, winning the title from Low Ki at Unscripted 2002. He went on to hold the title for 182 days. Xavier, who had not worked for ROH since 2007, was scheduled to return to the promotion at ROH Presents: Past vs. Present in March but the show was canceled due to COVID-19.

Xavier worked as an extra for WWE several times and was also known for work in Defiant Championship Wrestling, East Coast Wrestling Association, Ultimate Championship Wrestling and USA Xtreme Wrestling.

He also tried his hand in mixed martial arts, fighting as John Xavier. He won his first fight in 2009 and lost his second by decision. Both fights were under amateur rules.


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