Professional wrestler Tim Roberts, also known as “Tim Arson,” passed away Wednesday morning at the age of 38. His cause of death is undetermined at this time, all that is known is he was found unresponsive in his home.
Roberts’ career spanned 13 years, as he spent much time in Puerto Rico following his wrestling debut in 2001. He established credibility working in organizations such as IWA Puerto Rico, NWS and World Wrestling Council, telling PWInsider’s Mike Johnson he aspired to hold the physique and ring-style of former WWE Champion Triple H.
The most famous, or rather, infamous moment of Roberts’ career came on the debut episode of “ECW” on Syfy, as he was booked in a match against The Sandman. He had been referred to WWE officials by Big Vito, and worked a dark match on “Monday Night Raw” against Matt Striker. The next night, Roberts was initially intended to play a martian as part of a tie-in with the new network deal, but network executives decided a martian would be too offensive to its loyal viewers.
Instead, Roberts debuted as “The Zombie,” staggering his way to the ring in a trance as he growled into a microphone. He was promptly beaten mercilessly with a singapore cane. The incident can be seen below.
Roberts would not sign a deal with WWE, but would take advantage of the character’s notoriety. He would use the gimmick in the future, booking himself on the independent scene with it and even appearing at Halloween parties as “The Zombie.”
PWInsider notes Roberts was most recently seen at the “Impact Wrestling” tapings in New York City, and he expressed interest in returning to the ring. Wrestling Rumors sends condolences to his family.
One of those “I remember where I was” moments in wrestling, amazingly. Condolences.