We are sad to report that “Pretty Boy” Doug Somers has passed away at the age of 65. The news was confirmed by his family on Facebook.
Most fans would remember him best from his run alongside tag team partner “Playboy” Buddy Rose in the AWA. Some of those matches from 1987 and 1988 were considered among the best matches in the country. If you’ve seen some of the old AWA shows on ESPN Classics then you got a chance to see how good Somers during their matches with The Midnight Rockers or when the faced the team of Scott Hall and Curt Hennig.
Somers was part of a 2011 lawsuit filed against WWE over AWA footage that was used on DVD’s, Blu Rays and the Classics on Demand service.
In a 2012 interview, he said, “The lawsuit is very simple. No one has the right to my name or my image and that means you can’t put my name on major DVDs and sell them without compensating me and for 12 years that’s exactly what they did until I got real pissed and I decided to sue them. Now Shawn Michaels gets royalties [and] Marty Jannetty gets royalties. Sherri and Buddy are passed, God bless their souls but I’m not and they owe me my due. They owe me for 12 years of DVD production of all Shawn Michaels’ major CDs out there and that’s what it is all about. When you work for somebody, you get paid. When they use you and don’t get your permission, they owe you.”
The courts eventually ruled against Somers.
We send along condolences to Somers friends and family during this difficult time.