Matthew Perry: Wrestling Community Mourns Loss of Beloved 'Friends' Star

Industry Unites in Grief over Unexpected Celebrity Passing

by Atia Mukhtar
Matthew Perry: Wrestling Community Mourns Loss of Beloved 'Friends' Star
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This weekend delivered devastating news as we bid farewell to Matthew Perry, famed for his iconic role as Chandler Bing in the legendary TV show "Friends." The 54-year-old actor left us under tragic circumstances, as reported by TMZ, drowning in his home jacuzzi on Saturday morning.

The incident has sent shockwaves through the entertainment industry, prompting an outpouring of heartfelt tributes, including from unexpected quarters like the wrestling world. Prominent personalities from WWE have come forward to express their sorrow and pay their respects to Perry.

Kayla Braxton, a WWE host and commentator, took to her social media to share her disbelief and grief, stating, "Omg Matthew Perry!?! What! This is so sad. This feels like a personal loss." Similarly, Nikki Cross, WWE Superstar, curated a touching thread filled with some of Perry’s most inspirational quotes and moments, commemorating his legacy.

Fellow WWE Superstars Alexa Bliss and Carmella also joined in, dedicating their Instagram stories to honor the memory of the “Friends” legend. Bayley, another prominent name in WWE, paid homage to Perry’s iconic sitcom character with a tweet, "Ms.

Chanandelor Bong forever," accompanied by a love heart emoji, recalling a classic “Friends” moment. Mick Foley, a WWE Hall of Famer, is no stranger to the world of “Friends,” often sharing his admiration for the show and its characters.

He took to his social media platform to share his personal connection with Chandler Bing, writing, "RIP MATTHEW PERRY. I am really so sorry to hear of the death of actor Matthew Perry. I am such a big fan of Friends (I've been wearing a Friends shirt the past two days) and Perry's Chandler Bing character was the one I identified with most.

My heart goes out to his family, friends, and his many fans."

Wrestling Stars Remember Perry

The wrestling community's connection to Perry extended beyond WWE, with AEW and Ring of Honor star Leila Grey and Cassie Lee, formerly known as Peyton Royce in WWE, sharing their shock and sorrow on social media.

Despite Perry never having a direct association with the wrestling industry, his influence was evidently vast, touching lives across various entertainment spheres. Perry’s legacy goes beyond his portrayal of the witty Chandler Bing.

His filmography includes standout performances in “The Whole Nine Yards,” “17 Again,” and notable television roles in “The West Wing” and “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip”. Beyond the screen, he was a committed philanthropist, establishing Perry House for recovering addicts, and earning accolades for his contributions to rehabilitation programs.

Matthew Perry leaves behind a rich legacy of laughter, compassion, and influence, making the world a little dimmer with his passing.