Former WWE developmental wrestler Steve Bradley was found dead this morning in his car in a Manchester, New Hampshire parking lot across the street from where he once operated Top Rope Wrestling Academy. He was 32 years old.
Bradley started wrestling in 1991. After much success on the East Coast he signed a contract with the then-WWF in 1998 and was assigned to their developmental territory Power Pro Wrestling in Memphis, Tennessee. Bradley feuded with a rookie Kurt Angle over the Power Pro Wrestling championship, which was voted "Underrated Feud of the Year" by Pro Wrestling Illustrated. Bradley became the first wrestler to defeat Angle. In 1999, he won the third annual ECWA Super 8 tournament, defeating current TNA wrestler Christopher "Curry Man" Daniels. Bradley was ultimately released by WWE in the summer of 2002 during a talent purge. Following his release from WWE Bradley returned to the New England area and opened his wrestling school, which was shut down within the past six months. Bradley dealt with personal issues over the years and was one of the former talents who took up WWE's offer of getting help within the past year.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.