A GoFundMe campaign was launched yesterday for professional wrestler Sabu to raise funds to repair his left hip, ravaged after many years of work inside and outside the squared circle.
The 51-year-old Hardcore Legend is seeking $50,000 USD for surgery, including pre-operational and post-operational rehabiliatation.
Sabu and his valet Super Genie Melissa Coates, who writes a column for MMA Crossfire called The Super Genie Diary, recently traveled to Japan to perform a series of shows. Trained by his uncle The Sheik, he turned pro and became known for his risk-taking style competing in Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) and in Japan.
“Sabu has spent 30 years entertaining fans with his high-flying style that has earned him nicknames like the Houdini of wrestling and this style is what set him apart as such an innovator and a crowd pleaser,” Coates explained to MMA Crossfire.
“This style unfortunately is so high impact on the body, that 30 years later he is paying for it in excruciating daily and nightly pain that necessitates this surgery. The doctor he feels comfortable with for the surgery doesn’t accept Obamacare, apparently most of the better surgeons don’t. And with these pre-existing conditions, there is no way to get covered by any insurance.
“So here is why we needed to start the GoFundMe and hope the fans he had entertained for so many years will feel that they want to give back to the man who gave it all.”
As of this writing, $773 has been raised by 37 people in approximately 22 hours. The campaign has been aided by the backing of many prominent wrestlers, including Rob Van Dam and The Blue Meanie.
@TherealRVD wanted to make sure I donate to correct gofundme for sabu as its my 1st time using it, is it the one started by Thomas j rude?
— Chris Buterbaugh (@workinmancjb) August 11, 2016
“Sabu loves his fans, and we both thank each and every one of you for your loyalty and support during the years, and especially now,” Coates added. “He is counting on you. Let’s not let him down, the same way he’s not let the fans down.”