Matthew Wade Osborne

date of birth July 27 1957

date of death June 28 2013

Matthew Wade Osborne was born July 27th, 1957 in Charlotte, North Carolina to Anthony W. Osborne and Nona Faye Osborne.  He led an enthusiastic life, and followed his father’s footsteps into the wrestling business.  He was trained by his father Tough Tony Borne, along with the likes of Roddy Piper, Jesse Ventura, Rip Oliver, Buddy Rose, becoming a legend of his own in the process.

Matt made his way from Portland wrestling and became Big Josh in Texas, later creating the role of Doink the Clown for the WWF.  He was very well respected by those in the business, and loved by all who knew him. 

Matt passed away on June 28th, 2013 in Plano, Texas.  He is survived by his mother Nona Muller, his sister ToniRae Osborne-Foy, son Anthony Wade Osborne, daughter Rena Osborne, daughter Teagan Osborne, son Matthew Osborne, and well as his two nieces Lani Foy and Lacey Foy. 

Matt’s family wishes to honor him and his life with those who loved him.  A celebration of his life will be held at the Oak Grove Bar & Grill on Saturday, July 13th, from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.  All who loved this man are invited to attend.

Arrangements by Crown Memorial Center - Milwaukie

More information about Matthew's life can be found here:



87 tribute candles have been lit

Candle lit by Staff at Crown Memorial Center Our sincere condolences.

Candle lit by Mona Ellis (Gribble) RIP Matt, may the light of your candle and soul burn forever and know that you are in our hearts for ever. Mona Ellis (Gribble)Class of 1975.

Candle lit by You will be missed matt I'm still in shock over it

Candle lit by Valerie M. I am very sadden of your passing. You were a special friend and I will never ever forget you! I treasure all the memories. Prayer are sent up for your family in this difficult time. Hope to see you on the other side dear friend.

Candle lit by Rest In Peace Matt You are missed and forever will be by everyone that has ever watched you or even just met you Everyone at Genesis Championship Wrestling will forever keep you in our hearts On July 27 we honor you for everything you have done for FDA

Candle lit by Connie Cook I love and miss U Matthew Wade Osborne.. I will remember your last words to me: I will always love u and I love u: see I was listening to you.. Until I see u again my love "RIP" ---I hope u are having fun with your daddy now :)

Candle lit by Will miss you...........RIP Friend

Candle lit by Marilyn Degmetich Rest in Peace Matt! You were well thought of and well loved by all who knew you. Prayers for those he loved as nd loved him.

Candle lit by Marilyn Degmetich Rest in Peace Matt! You were well thought of and well loved by all who knew you. Prayers for those he loved as nd loved him.

Candle lit by Ken Stilwell, aka Chi-Town Ken Matt, thank you for everything you did to help me get further in the business. You've always been and will continue to be a great teacher and friend.

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Candle lit by RIP Matt you will be miss

Candle lit by RIP Matt. I'll always remember you and have good memories of your brief time in Georgia. You left us all far too quick. My prayers and thoughts are with your family and those you loved. Linda

Candle lit by I love and miss U Matthew Wade Osborne "RIP"

Candle lit by Rocky Johnson and Family R.I.P. Matt

Candle lit by billy two eagles matt your heart and soul was wrestling. you will be remember as a rough tough wrestler as your father was well know for.the love for game showed. you entertian fans thurout this world.i always had respect for you,you gave a ton of knowledge to a lots of young guys in this bussiness, R.I.P my friend.

Candle lit by Tonya Egger Matt...I can't thank you enough for all you did for Mike. You treated him as one of your own and treated both him and I with nothing but love and respect. You were an amazing friend. Im so glad I was able to call you friend. Ill always cherish the memories of the weekend you spent here with us. RIP. You will be missed greatly. Love you.

Candle lit by Cheryyl C. We were in Mrs. Lundquist's first grade together (hector Campbell School, and was my puppy crush), and it was a huge deal when Matthew's Dad went on a field trip with us. For whatever reason, I thought about Matthew several times over the past few months. Sad to see his obituary, and his family will be in our prayers.


Candle lit by Big Ben Thanks for the Memories

Candle lit by Rhonda Walker 1987 Matt is when we first met. I'll miss the late night phone calls and texts just to talk about nothing. I know you're at peace and with our Lord - we talked about that too - and no longer stressed and troubled by your environment. Rest in peace my friend. I will see you again one day!

Candle lit by Marilyn J. Leno You will be forever missed and always in my heart, you're at peace now and with you dad.

Candle lit by we had fun and crazy times. we talked, we cried. you made me laugh and made me mad but never will I forget or regret you. R.I.P Matt

Candle lit by Art. Benner Matt, you will be missed a lot my Brother. You was my best friend, and someone I could always talk to. My heart hurts when I found out that you was gone...I Love you my Brother, and we will for sure see each other again....

Candle lit by Matt loved a lot of people and we all loved Matt. I can hear him calling saying "Hey Woman, what are you doing" and always ending our conversations with "You know I love you." Well I did and you knew how much I loved you. It was on Wednesday, June 26th that we last spoke and said those words. I'm glad you're happy now, you deserve it. RIP.

Candle lit by Rudy Gonzalez Rest In Peace my friend. See you soon

Candle lit by Dotti Dunaway R.I.P Matt..... Prayers go out to family and friends during their time of sorrow.....

Candle lit by Dan snyder You left us far to early, R.I.P. Matt.

Candle lit by Cathy Kemp I hope you have found the peace you were looking for. I still cant believe you are gone. This has been the roughest week ever. You were always there when I needed someone. I'll never forget you having Marilyn run you up to the store so you can get me some chicken noodle soup when I was sick. ha ha. You just wanted me to get better. Always taking care of me. I'm going to miss you so much. I will always love you and you will forever be in my heart.

Candle lit by John Rambo My condolenses to Matt's family and friends.

Candle lit by Bob Matlick R.I.P. Matt. You will be missed by all

Candle lit by Brian Goldsmith I'll always remember you...

Candle lit by Moondog Manson You'll always have a place in my heart, I owe you so much for the knowledge you've passed on to me. You'll be miss. I still remember hearing those words from your mouth "we are part of a dying breed". See you on the other side!

Candle lit by Susan and Mark Vellios (Michelle Starr) Matt I do believe there is a better place once we leave here and I know you are there now. We will miss you and think of you often. Rest in peace. Raise a little hell in heaven as we all know you will.

Candle lit by John Fleece Rip Matt

Candle lit by still doesn't seem real.

Candle lit by Rick Miller Rest in peace Matt. May God hold you and your family near.

Candle lit by Brian Westcott Thank you, Matt, for everything you did in professional wrestling. Your work will never be forgotten. God bless.

Candle lit by Nathan Disco God bless your soul. RIP your legacy will never be forgotten!

Candle lit by Stuart Kemp I first got to know Matt in 1993 as part of an ECCW Wrestling event in Canada. Throughout the next couple of decades we were on shows, or talked to each other about shows and the wrestling business as a whole. Matt was a great complex person, who we welcomed into our personal home on many occasions. Those visits will be missed as well as a great friend. Memories are very lengthy and vivid and will be with us for eternity. Be in Peace Matt.

Candle lit by Connie pacheco Love you Matt


Candle lit by Velvet McIntyre RIP Matt.....will never forget our mixed tags and battle royals in Portland area, or our camel ride in funny memories that I love to laugh about....will miss our little chitchats....until we meet again.....:-)

Candle lit by Marsha Lethlean and family.. RIP Matt

Candle lit by Lori Hurst For so many years you were a dear friend. I will always love you and miss you.You will always know where your special place is in my heart. Rest In Peace now my friend.

Candle lit by Galen Long Matt, I watched you since your days back in WCCW, taking on the von Erichs. I always loved watching you........ You were a unique talent brother...... you will be missed.....

Candle lit by Kelly Lake You were always larger than life, Matt, and I will always remember you with great of the last things you said to me was "I'll see ya soon!"...well, maybe it won't be here, but someday we will hang out again! RIP and enjoy heaven & know that lots of us are missing you right now.....

Candle lit by jerry walker rip matt love ya miss ya 2 watch u alot t.v. prays go 2 your family

Candle lit by Tommy Montano R.I.P. Brother! Thanks for all the memories and knowledge you gave

Candle lit by sue nicoll Matt you will ever be in our minds. But close to our heart. fly with the angels my friend RIP

Candle lit by michelle osborne I will make sure r kids r taken care while u watch out for us from above, I know u loved us all and we will miss you and we love you matt always and forever

Candle lit by leda branson I love u and miss you and I'll make sure Michelle and my godchildrenare taken care of

Candle lit by cheyanne R.i.p. matt

Candle lit by James S. RIP Matt. You were so much more than a mentor and friend to me. You were family. The love and appreciation I have for you not only as a performer, but as a man, is never ending. You are a huge part of the reason I am where I am. I will miss the late night wrestling talks, the advice you gave me that you wouldn't give to anyone else and the random phone calls of "what're ya doin, over?!" Your love will live on in those that truly knew and loved you. It lives on everyday in me and I promise you I will finish what we started. You were one of the most genuine men I've ever known, a man's man, who adored his family. Rest in Paradise, my friend. I love you.

Candle lit by Jeffrey Howell. A.K.A. Super Tramp I will Miss You my Friend,I always enjoyed any time that we could could visit. Save me a place in that Big Area in the Sky. Much Respect to one of The Greats in Our Profession. R.I.P.

Candle lit by Steven I had planned to call you the night before you left us after I'd returned home from work. My wife had been going through some photos of yours and something was telling me that I needed to call you, but instead I passed out from working a 12 hr. shift and the next day is when I learned the news. I'm blessed and privileged by the fact that I was worthy of your friendship as a human being and mentorship as a professional. I'm going to have to wait for that match of ours, but I know that now you've been reunited with your folks as I'm sure they waited at the gates of St. Peter upon your arrival. Just know you are sorely missed amongst us here on Earth. God rest your soul and I hope to see you again soon someday. We love you, brother.

Candle lit by Michael McCurdy A pleasure to meet you a few years back. Sad to see you go. RIP.

Candle lit by Claudia Bacon-Tonihka R.I.P. Matt... you meant so much to so many. thanks for all that you brought to the ring from all VE Nation. see you when we get home too, until then I know you're keeping a watchful eye out for all those you love

Candle lit by RIP Matt! Now you and your dad can spar again! I'm proud to say I was able to watch both of you wrestle in Portland and it was just last year or so I got to see you in Portland wrestling again. You still had it and always will.

Candle lit by Janis Maingot Matt, How short your time with us was.I have never met anyone more in tune with God's will.Your friendship meant the world to me.I wish I hadn't missed the chance to see you last month!I have never known a gentler soul!You were more of a brother than a friend.Your family is in my prayers.God Bless and keep you my dear Matt.

Candle lit by I can't say goodbye but until we meet again. Rest in peace my friend and save me a seat. See ya on the other side. You will always have a place in my heart and I will think of you often as I have done all this past week. Make sure to stop in once in awhile I will know when it is you. In a dream or some special kind of way. You are now watching all of us as we watched you for many years. Hope we can make you proud and you made us. Love always

Candle lit by Teagan Osborne I love you dad. I'll always be your little girl. Miss you more than you'll ever know

Candle lit by David Farmer (Fuller) Matt, You befriended me in 2010 like I had been on the road with you for 20 years, You treated myself & my family so well, you helped our company out so much, you'll never know how much you meant to so many. I can't believe you are gone, I will miss seeing you, At the same time I feel so blessed that I got the chance to get to know you & call you friend. We love you sir, we will miss you eternally & we are praying for your family during this tough time. Thank you Matt for everything.

Candle lit by Karen Van Loo Stamps you are finally at peace and we are all left with our memories. I will miss you, you will be forever in my heart

Candle lit by JimmyO Oz.... Rest in peace, brother. I will always remember our times together. Some Mustangs are born to be wild. Live on #66!

Candle lit by Arboleda's Gone way to soon with so much still to do. You were a Great Friend , will be very missed.

Candle lit by Johnny Mantell & Family GOD Bless you my friend. You will be missed greatly by many. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family and kids as you continue to watch over them from above!

Candle lit by victor you will be missed by so many rip

Candle lit by Lynette & Shawn Bryant Hadn't seen you in years and now through the tears I will remember how you were. You were a light in the eyes in many up-and-comers and to all that you trained you will forever be the flame that lights their butts on fire. Have a safe journey my friend, you are forever in our hearts!

Candle lit by Donovan (Buddy Highway) Love you brother!! You mean the world to me and your legacy will live on. God bless you and may god protect you!! RIP BROTHER!!

Candle lit by You have gave so much humor on earth, we know that you are making them laugh up there. Demetri Bell

Candle lit by Bob Fisk - Securty for Elton and Don RIP Matt known you since you were young miss taking care of you and your sister when your dad one of my best friends would bring you to the matches --your father tough tony and all the guys who had a chance to work with you will understand

Candle lit by Vicki Matt, My Friend, My Antagonist, My Brother. I will miss the road trips and the ribs....Be finally at peace....You left this world way to soon Brother. We never got to finish our last conversation....Not a fair way to get the last word. You will be missed more then even I think you ever knew.

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Candle lit by Deborah Thank you my friend.Forever in my heart. Peace at last.

Candle lit by Deb Resting in peace now. He was always expressing his love for his family, my heart goes out to all of you.

Candle lit by Teri Papa Lambert Matt, I am so sadden by your sudden death but so happy that we reconnected back in January. I am so glad you suggested our trip to Portland because you got to see your family and friends but most of all the kids when you went on to Pittsburgh. I would have never thought it would be the last time? I have never met a more loving person and I miss you so much it hurts. RIP my love...

Candle lit by michelle osborne I still can't believe ur gone Matt, sometimes I think it's not real but than I look @ our kids and know it is from the hurt in their hearts and eyes, I know how much u loved us that's what keeps me strong for our kids. I know u had a woman @ each statelol but ur true love and woman was me, I spent a lot of my life with u, way more than any other woman and we had 2 beautiful children 2gether, that's1 thing that no one can take from us. I'm really gonna miss u Matt and I'm gonna do my best 2 be both mom and dad but u n can still come and help me every once in awhile tho lol love u matt

Candle lit by Teagan Osborne Love you daddy. Miss you so much

Candle lit by william ) chillie willie R.i .p brother you will be miss

Candle lit by william ) chillie willie R.i .p brother you will be miss

Candle lit by kathy washburn Rest In Peace Matt We will miss you.

Candle lit by Marie I will miss you always. I always remember the good times that we had and also the crazy times. You will always be in my heart. I will love you always.

Candle lit by Laureen Joy Johnson I hold a candle for you so you can find your way home to God. I'll miss you my friend. Laureen, a long time fan

Candle lit by Thomas E. Rest in Peace.

Candle lit by shellee Rest in peace

Candle lit by James Stinger Loved you as a wrestler.