Pro wrestler Rick Bognar, formerly known as ECW and FMW’s ‘Big Titan’ and most famous known to WWE fans as ‘Fake Razor Ramon,’ has died. No cause of death has been announced yet, but Bognar reportedly passed away unexpectedly on September 20 at only 49 years old.
Former WCW referee Billy Silverman broke the news in a post on Facebook, by way of Bognar’s brother.
RIP Rick Bognar
It is with great sadness that I share some news with Rick’s Facebook friends. On September 20th Rick passed away suddenly and unexpectedly at the young age of 49. It is tough to comprehend and will likely never sink in fully.
Rick left behind a great legacy and I know he will be remembered and missed by all of us.
Ken Bognar (Rick’s brother)
Bognar found the most success in the early ’90s as part of Japan’s Frontier Martial-Arts Wrestling, where he held the FMW Brass Knuckles Heavyweight Championship as well as the Brass Knuckles Tag Team Championships alongside with the Gladiator, aka Mike Awesome. He’d briefly compete as Big Titan in ECW before signing with WWE in 1996, becoming part of one of the most infamously bad angles in company history.
Our love and best wishes go out to Bognar’s family and friends. You can watch a few videos from Bognar’s career and see the reaction from his friends and peers in the business below.
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Sorry to hear about the passing of my old friend @titan.rick today. Rick was a constant opponent and friend from the first month I moved to Calgary in 1990, all the way until we (and @stormwrestlingacademy) worked for #WAR in in Japan in 1995. He ended up in @WWE as the “fake” #RazorRamon and then become a motivational speaker. He was a funny guy who did great impressions and a literal giant in the ring! I last saw him before a @fozzyrock gig in Calgary a few years ago and it was great to reconnect and catch up. 49 is way too young to pass away, but I’ll always remember his big smile and drinking #chuhi with he and @dr.luther whilst singing Karaoke in Japan! God bless you Rick! #ricktitan
Sad to hear about the passing of Rick Bognar/Rick Titan. Great a d funny guy from the time I met him in ECW. Some remember him as Fake Razor Ramon. That gig came out of him doing it on an ECW house show. He popped the boys and the crowd. God speed Rick!
— Brian Heffron aka The Blue Meanie (@BlueMeanieBWO) September 28, 2019
Sad to hear the news about Rick Bognar aka Rick Titan, Big Titan, Razor Ramon 2 passing away. 🙏🙏 this photo was taken while running into Rick a few years back at Chinook Center, and unfortunately was the last time I saw Rick, but we had a good talk about Japan🇯🇵R.I.P. Rick 🙏 pic.twitter.com/we0blAoLkd
— Davey Boy Smith Jr. (@DBSmithjr) September 28, 2019