Brian Pillman is gone but clearly not forgotten as WWE reaches a new deal with his family.
Brian Pillman made his name in WCW where he partnered with Stone Cold Steve Austin as The Hollywood Blonds. After that team came to a premature end, Pillman ended up allegedly engineering his own release from the company as part of his “Loose Cannon” gimmick but worked the system to head to WWE in 1996.
While in WWE, Pillman ended up feuding with his own partner Steve Austin, and joined The Hart Foundation shortly after WrestleMania 13. Pillman’s story has a tragic end, however, as he was found dead hours before the Badd Blood pay-per-view on October 5th, 1997 aged just 35.
Pillman’s daughter, Brittany Pillman Evans took to social media to reveal that her father’s estate has signed a legends deal with WWE and that new Brian Pillman merchandise will be on its way as she wrote:
I never thought I would see this day but after 27 long years, my siblings and I finally own the rights to our father’s legacy!
I just want to say THANK YOU to all the fans for keeping my father’s name alive, this is all because of YOU, and thanks to WWE for making this happen! Stay tuned for new merch coming soon!
Brian Pillman’s Legacy Lives On In WWE
The new deal solidifies Pillman’s legacy in WWE where his own son currently competes. Brian Pillman Jr. signed with WWE in 2023 following his spell in AEW.
Brian Pillman Jr. dropped his father’s name as he became Lexis King – taking the surname of his stepfather. King is currently part of the NXT roster.