The wrestling world is in mourning today as Ryan Smile has passed away.
The native of Birmingham, England, was a mainstay on the U.K. scene and had success as a singles star. Smile held the RevPro Undisputed British Cruiserweight Champion in 2017, was the Over The Top No Limits Champion that same year for 182 days, and was also a three-times Relentless Division Champion in Kamikaze Pro.
Wrestlers have been paying tribute to Smile on social media in a wonderful display of respect:
No words. RIP Ryan Smile forever our All Day Star. pic.twitter.com/8U9aAakF00
— Revolution Pro (@RevProUK) October 14, 2020
RIP Ryan Smile
So undeniably talented, such a major part of the early days of OTT, such a help to me in the beginning of my career and was a joy to be around. I hope you are at peace now ♥️ pic.twitter.com/jvdMI6P9i2
— Session Moth Martina? マーティナセッション (@mothfromdaflats) October 14, 2020
Our team is devastated to learn of the loss of Ryan Smile. His talent and contribution set the standard for what British/Irish wrestling was to become.
A tragic loss
— OTT WRESTLING (@OTT_wrestling) October 14, 2020
RIP Ryan Smile
I worked with Ryan on a lot of early @BWR_UK designs, he helped so much with the branding of the company.
Regardless of the controversy surrounding his professional life, every interaction with him was a pleasure.
My thoughts go out to his family and friends.
— Adam (@deathbydevlin) October 14, 2020
Rest in Peace Ryan, thanks for everything. pic.twitter.com/tEdQ2FrgzP
— Pete ‘BUTCH’ Dunne (@PeteDunneYxB) October 14, 2020
Absolutely gutting news tonight.
Thanks for everything you did for the scene and for helping out so many of the boys.
RIP Ryan Smile x
— Kid Lykos II (@KidLykosII) October 14, 2020
A tragic loss… RIP Ryan Smile.
Our thoughts are with his family and loved ones at this difficult time. pic.twitter.com/y0KKZl00AK
— TNT Extreme Wrestling (@TNTExtremeWres) October 14, 2020
Can’t believe this. One of the people to help me and welcome me during my first UK tour. Ryan Smile, thank you. RIP
— Michin 미친 (@MiaYim) October 14, 2020
We had a match at @RevProUK after a hectic day on my behalf getting to the show, he was a great professional, we talked about the match for 10 minutes and went out there & had one of my best matches across the pond! RIP https://t.co/8HZTY5vfRh
— “The Bad Boy” Joey Janela (@JANELABABY) October 14, 2020
Over The Top Wrestling has several matches featuring Smile available in YouTube, so be sure to check them out. Below are a few.
WrestleZone sends condolences to Smile’s friends and family during this tragic time.