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Remembering Wrestling Icon Michael ‘Virgil’ Jones: A Tribute to His Legacy

The wrestling community mourns the loss of a beloved icon as Michael Jones, known by his ring names Virgil and Vincent, passes away at the age of 61. Let’s take a moment to celebrate his remarkable career and the impact he made on the world of professional wrestling.

Early Beginnings and Rise to Fame

Michael Jones

Michael Jones, hailing from Pennsylvania, embarked on his professional wrestling journey in the mid-1980s under the moniker Soul Train Jones. His talent and dedication soon caught the attention of the World Wrestling Federation (WWF), where he debuted in 1986 and adopted the persona of Lucius Brown, later rebranded as Virgil.

The Virgil Persona

Virgil rose to prominence as the loyal bodyguard of Ted DiBiase, famously known as The Million Dollar Man. His partnership with DiBiase captivated audiences worldwide, and he became an integral part of the wrestling scene during the 1980s and 1990s.

Transition and Reinvention

Michael Jones

Following his tenure with the WWF, Jones continued to leave his mark on the wrestling world. He transitioned to the World Championship Wrestling (WCW) as Vincent, showcasing his versatility and adaptability as a performer. Despite facing challenges, Jones persisted in reinventing himself, briefly adopting the persona of Curly Bill with the West Texas Rednecks.

Health Struggles and Legacy

In the later years of his life, Jones battled health issues, including dementia, colon cancer, and strokes. Despite these challenges, he remained resilient, continuing to make independent wrestling appearances and leaving an indelible mark on fans and fellow wrestlers alike.

Tributes and Fond Memories

Tributes and Fond Memories

Following the news of his passing, tributes poured in from across the wrestling community. WWE Hall of Fame inductee Jake “The Snake” Roberts and fellow WWE star Luke Gallows were among those who paid homage to Jones’s legacy, reflecting on his contributions to the sport and the fond memories he created.


As we bid farewell to Michael “Virgil” Jones, we remember him not only as a wrestling star but also as a beloved friend and inspiration to many. His passion for the sport, resilience in the face of adversity, and dedication to his craft leave an enduring legacy that will be cherished by fans for generations to come. Rest in peace, Virgil, your spirit lives on in the hearts of wrestling enthusiasts worldwide.

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