I just read on Twitter from Velvet Sky that former Ring of Honor (ROH) Champ Xavier, known outside the ring as John Kirius, today has passed away. He was 42. Details of his death have yet to emerge.
A talented competitor, I remember Xaiver as a mainstay on the East Coast indies in the early 2000s. I am pretty sure I watched him wrestle on the same cards with Low Ki, Crowbar, and The Amazing Red.
ECW star Tony Devito trained Xaiver, who last wrestled in October 2016, defeating Indigo Child at ICW One Night Only.
The New York City native was scheduled to square off against Jay Lethal at ROH Past vs. Present on March 14.
Unfortunately, the pandemic caused the card, and all other live events, to be canceled just days before the show.
— Jerry Del Priore