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God Bless Pepper Gomez

May 6, 2004

Pepper Gomez dies
By GREG OLIVER -- Co-Producer, SLAM! Wrestling

Pepper Gomez

Pepper Gomez, who was known as "The Man with the Cast Iron Stomach" and was a major star in California and Texas, was taken off life support on Wednesday night.

Gomez had the the first of two emergency surgeries in early April, and was unconscious since the second surgery on April 16.

Paul Gomez, the 1949 Mr. California as a bodybuilder, debuted as a pro wrestler in January 1953 after training under Mexican wrestling legend Miguel "Blackie" Guzman. However, he blew out his knee during his first match, which was in El Paso, Texas.

Dubbed Pepper Gomez, he would become a huge star in Texas and California, and wrestle many places across North America as well.

Gomez held the Texas heavyweight title 12 different times from 1955 to 1963. He was also the AWA U.S. champion, the WWA heavyweight champ, and the NWA Pacific Coast Junior heavyweight champion.

The title "The Man with the Cast Iron Stomach" wasn't just a gimmick.

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