The wrestling family and community of Southern California have been struck by the sudden loss of a beloved friend. Jon Ian, who had been connected to many a promotion in SoCal in one form or another, had passed away and the sad news was shared on January 6th. According to Mike Johnson of PWInsider, he first began working in wrestling in the Empire Wrestling Federation under Jesse Hernandez. He’d also worked for UPW, AWS, PWG, and Championship Wrestling from Hollywood, as well as many others. His roles would range from ring announcer to producer, filling in roles as needed. Jon also owned and operated his own promotion for a time, Mach-1 Pro Wrestling.
Many wrestlers, backstage workers, trainees, fans and friends shared their shock and sorrow on social media. These ranged from those he knew through his passion for basketball, baseball, or wrestling. The universal theme through all of the many comments was that he was a larger than life personality, very kind and funny. Longtime friend and co-worker, CWFH promoter David Marquez had this to say:
“My Brother. My Partner. My beautiful friend is gone. There are not enough adjectives to describe Jon Ian. We had an amazing relationship, you know the type. We could look at one another and know exactly what we’re thinking. We could crack each other up without speaking a word. In wrestling he had a major influence, always giving EVERYONE a chance. He worked with everyone from John Cena to Sexy Chino, there were just the “Boys” to him. I’m truly heartbroken. He was a giant.
So long old Pal.
I love you.”
Jon Ian leaves behind a massive hole in the hearts of those lucky enough to call him a friend. He is survived by his mother, for whom a fundraiser has been set up to help with this tremendous loss. Also left behind is his beloved dog, G Money. We here at the Pro Wrestling Post express our deepest and sincere condolences to the family and friends of Jon Ian.