The Best of Dr. Death Steve Williams
Wrestling fans remember 'Dr. Death' Steve Williams as being one of the toughest and most agile powerhouses in the business. Other than his unfortunate run with the WWE/F (damn that Vince Russo and his Brawl-4-All idea), Williams was a champion every where he went. He was one of the most successful American wrestlers to work in Japan. He had dominate runs in the NWA/WCW, Mid-South Wrestling, UWF and dozens of other promotions. In fact, in North America, Dr. Death Steve Williams was unpinned from 1987 to 1997.
But outside the wrestling world, Steve was one of the nicest guys on the planet. He was a long time Shreveport guy. In the 70s and 80s while working for Mid-South Wrestling, Williams, Hacksaw Jim Duggan and Ted DiBiase used to run the roads and party in Shreveport.
Years later, he moved here and stayed for decades. He had a gym in Shreveport for years. Williams was just a huge part of the community until his tragic death due to head and throat cancer at the age of 49.
I never had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Death outside of a wrestling context, but I have yet to meet anyone who has a bad word to say about Steve Williams. We have hours of tape of visits he made to the station. Dozens of people who still work here have hours and hours of stories about how great of a dude he truly was. He was just a nice man who was willing to do anything to make someone else's day better. Which, sadly in our world, is all too rare of a thing.
I still hold out hope that one day, even if not a full blown induction, I hope Dr. Death can make it into the WWE Hall of Fame. He was a talented man whose list of accomplishments are lengthy for his work both in and out of the ring.