“Nature Boy” Buddy Landel, real name William Ansor, passed away on Monday June 22, 2015. He was 53 years old
According to Dave Meltzer, Ansor was in a serious car accident over the weekend, but checked out of the hospital on Sunday. When his wife checked today, he had passed on.
Landel was set for a huge push in Jim Crockett promotions in the 1980s, managed by JJ Dillon to take on Ric Flair, but drug issues caused him to lose that spot.
Update, WWE issued a statement:
WWE is saddened to learn of the passing of William Ansor, aka “Nature Boy” Buddy Landel.
Landel made his in-ring debut in 1979, performing in regional promotions before signing in 1985 with the NWA’s Jim Crockett Promotions. With flowing blond locks, glittering robes and WWE Hall of Famer J.J. Dillon in his corner, Landel set his sights on then-NWA World Champion “Nature Boy” Ric Flair. Though he left Crockett Promotions by the end of the year, Landel left his mark, defeating Terry Taylor at Starrcade 1985 to capture the NWA National Championship.
Landel continued to compete in various promotions in Tennessee and Alabama, then returned to the NWA in 1990 to face off with Flair in a “Battle of the Nature Boys,” before moving on to compete in Smoky Mountain Wrestling. He also made brief appearances in WWE in 1995 and 1996.
WWE extends its condolences to Landel’s family, friends and fans.
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