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Dead Wrestlers #8: Lance Cade

     Another good man joined the ranks of famous wrestlers on August 13, 2010, when Lance Kurtis McNaught, better known to fans of World Wrestling Entertainment as Lance Cade (previously Garrison Cade), passed away in San Antonio, Texas, at the age of 29.

Reportedly trained by Shawn Michaels, Cade made his debut in 1999, after having been signed to a developmental contract. Cade served his apprenticeship in Memphis Championship Wrestling and later Heartland Championship Wrestling. In 2003, Cade found himself working at Ohio Valley Wrestling, where he formed a tag team with fellow grappler Mark Jindrak.

The new team was chosen for specific promotion by the WWE’s Raw brand. However, Cade and Jindrak split later that year, after which Cade returned to Raw with a new partner, Trevor Murdoch. This team lasted nearly three years, after which Cade began being paired with Chris Jericho and Shawn Michaels in an “experimental” storyline which failed to ignite fans’ interest, and resulted in Cade being unceremoniously released from the organization on October 14, 2008. Fellow wrestler Jim Ross later opined that Cade had “made a major league mistake while utilizing bad judgment”. This lapse was inferred by many in the know to be a cocaine-induced seizure Cade had suffered on an airplane, which had resulted in his requiring emergency medical care.


However, not one to rest on his laurels, Lance Cade soon began accepting bookings with Trevor Murdoch as a tag team attraction on the independent wrestling circuit, including small and mid-level organizations such as Independent Wrestling Association Mid-South and NWA Showcase. He also returned to Japan with erstwhile partner Rene’ Dupree’ for Hustle, appearing together in humorous guise as masked wrestlers Dyna and Might Sharpe. However, a week later at their final match in Japan, the Sharpes lost to the team of Tenyru and Koshinaka. Shortly afterward, Cade was scheduled to compete against NWA North American Heavyweight Champion Apollo in a title match for NWA On Fire. Unfortunately, Cade was unable to attend due to what was later revealed to be a family emergency. In September 2009, Cade signed once more to WWE, and appeared in bouts with its developmental organization Florida Championship Wrestling. However, Cade was once again released in April 2010, having never returned to WWE’s “A” roster. In June 2010, Cade inked a deal with All-Japan Pro Wrestling. At the time of his passing, he was scheduled to compete alongside Rene’ Dupree’ for the AJPW Unified World Tag Team Championship.