California producer, former WWE creative team member Joe Franciosi passes away

Joe Franciosi, who was part of the creative team for Championship Wrestling from Hollywood, passed away earlier today from a heart attack.

Franciosi had worked for WWE in creative several years back, once doing a segment where he took out his fake eye.

He started his tenure in wrestling working for Rick Bassman’s UPW promotion.

A number of Southern California wrestlers posted on it.

“He was brutally honest in a business full of lairs and thieves,” wrote Joey Ryan. “Some faulted him for it.  I admired it.  RIP to a good friend.”

“Lost another good brother way too early,” wrote Frankie Kazarian.  “RIP Joe Franciosi.  thanks for more than 15 years of friendship.”

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