UK Wrestling Legend Adrian Street Dies At 82

Adrian Street

The wrestling world is in mourning as Adrian Street has passed away aged 82.

BBC News has reported that Adrian Street passed away in Cwmbran’s Grange University Hospital in Wales with confirmation coming from the star’s family. Street had recently undergone brain surgery.

Hailing from the borough of Blaenau Gwent in Wales, United Kingdom, Adrian Street eschewed the life that many of his contemporaries would have been destined for and the one his own father had built by dodging work in the coal mining pits and instead embarking on a career in the wacky world of pro wrestling. Street himself famously noted that he believed the mines were “Too dark down there, I was born for the spotlight.”

And the spotlight he received as Adrian Street rewrote the rules of what it meant to be a pro wrestler in the UK with his flamboyant style earning him the nickname “the sadist in sequins.”

Adrian Street made his name in the UK during the sixties and after taking much of the seventies off, made a new life for himself in the eighties when he went to North America. Street competed in Stampede Wrestling in Calgary, the CWA in Tennessee, and Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling where he shared the ring with the likes of Dusty Rhodes, Jimmy Valiant, and Randy Savage.

Street appeared at WWE Clash at the Castle in his native Wales in September 2022, receiving a rapturous reception from the crowd packed inside the Principality Stadium in Cardiff.

“The kindest, most lovely and loving man I’ve ever known” – Miss Linda on Adrian Street

Street’s long-time wife and manager Miss Linda gave an insight into Street’s latest health struggles and what eventually cost him his life:

“He’d had a heart problem a while ago which was resolved. But then he had a stroke earlier this month which resulted in a bleed on the brain.

“He was recovering from that at home when he developed colitis – a chronic inflammatory bowel disease – which later turned into sepsis. That’s what killed him. It all came about so quick. I’ve still not come to terms with it yet.”

Linda revealed that Street will be cremated and she plans to scatter his ashes in the mountains near their home in Cwmbran:

“He loved the outdoors and we’d go on long walks in the countryside all the time. He’d really be at peace up there.”

Everyone at TJRWrestling sends their condolences to the family, friends, and fans of Adrian Street at this difficult time.