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Eric Cohen

Two Recent Passings

By October 27, 2008

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I am saddened to have to report the recent deaths of two people that used to be involved in the professional wrestling business.

S.D. Jones 1945 - 2008
Conrad Efraim, known to wrestling fans as Special Delivery Jones, passed away on Sunday in Antigua due to complications from a stroke he suffered on Wednesday. He was 63 years old.

Special Delivery Jones was without a doubt the most famous of all the jobbers the WWE used to feature in the '80s. While he would sometimes get a win and would occasionally partner up with the popular wrestlers of the era, he would often lose his televised matches in relatively competitive fashion. As a competitor in the first WrestleMania, he was demolished by King Kong Bundy in a matter of seconds. Despite his poor won-loss record, LJN produced a Special Delivery Jones action figure in the '80s.

Slam Sports has written a touching obituary for SD Jones and have offered to pass on any condolences to his widow, Kay.

Leah Maivia
Last week, Leah Maivia passed away at the age of 81. She was the widow of WWE Hall-of-Famer Peter Maivia and the grandmother of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. After the death of her husband in 1982, Leah ran NWA Polynesian Pro Wrestling, based out of Hawaii, until 1988.


October 29, 2008 at 4:45 pm
(1) Iron Mike says:

Although I agree SD Jones was popular for a jobber, what about Steve Lombardi aka Brooklyn Brawler? Lombardi made it further in the ranks than Jones, having several title shots and the privilege of being managed by Bobby “The Brain” Heenan.

October 29, 2008 at 5:36 pm
(2) Eric says:

Hi Iron Mike,

I tend to think of Brawler as the top jobber in the ’90s era as opposed to SD being the top jobber during the ’80s.

When both men were in the WWE at the same time, I feel that SD was the more popular of the jobbers. Lombardi didn’t get his big break until after he became known as the Brooklyn Brawler during the Heenan-Taylor feud which started after SD had left the company.

Since that feud was in ’89 and the Brawler stuck around I tend to consider him more a part of the ’90s than the ’80s.

SD Jones got an action figure and wrestled in a match at WM in the ’80s, two things the Brawler didn’t do until a few years later. While I know Brawler appeared in Heenan’s corner at WM V, he didn’t actually compete in a match until WM X-7


October 31, 2008 at 12:30 pm
(3) Pete says:

watched sd jones for many years with his hip shot and just wrestled it appeared he was just a jopper and never complained. to bad he was one of the good guys in wrestling. pc

October 31, 2008 at 9:27 pm
(4) bill Ryan says:

SD holds a special place in my wrestling heart.
He was the first wrestler I ever met, outside the Nassau Coliseum around 1974.
He’d been trounced in a match but was in the lobby signing autographs and talking to the fans afterward. In or around 1987, I ran into
him and Tony Atlas in a video arcade in San Juan, Puerto Rico and got trounced in a game of 2 on 2 foosball.
Rest in peace, Big Guy.

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