Another sad passing to report in the world of pro wrestling. Former Westside Xtreme Wrestling Unified World Champion Karsten Beck has passed away after a long battle with brain cancer. Beck was a regular in wXw as well as several other promotions around Europe in his time in the ring. He retired from competition in 2016 and underwent surgery for his condition later that year. He still appeared for wXw as an authority figure and was a beloved figure behind the scenes.
The promotion reported the passing on Twitter today, paying him tribute and wishing the best to his family and his significant other, Ruth. Beck was 33.
We wish Karsten's family and Ruth, those who have walked along Karsten until the very end, all the strength in the world.
We miss you, Karsten.
— wXw Germany (@wXwGermany) October 15, 2020
Colleagues and fans from around the wrestling world posted their own tributes to the fallen competitor, many including favorite memories from their time together in the ring.
I'll never forget this moment for as long as I live.
Thank you for everything and rest easy, my friend.
I love you.https://t.co/ctwQ4VFjKa
— Jurn Simmons (@JurnSimmons) October 15, 2020
Sleep well Karsten Beck 😢 pic.twitter.com/WyJBV485nY
— Paul Tracey (@PaulTraceyLOTM) October 15, 2020
We always asked him for feedbacks and ideas since he got a different vision about wrestling. We really appreciated every time when he shared his knowledge with us.
Danke für alles Karsten Beck 🖤 https://t.co/2RtetBq3FG pic.twitter.com/z1PutOEAWc
— Áron Icarus Arrow (@IcarusAaron) October 15, 2020
Karsten Beck was a friend to all in CZW. We are saddened to here of his passing. Our condolences to his friends and family. RIP Karsten. We will miss you. https://t.co/7CEqJwioev
— CZW Combat Zone Wrestling (@combatzone) October 15, 2020
Got the chance to meet karsten beck many moons ago on a brief germany tour. I remember him being one of the most recognizable guys on the wxw roster and european scene. He was full of character in n out of the ring, someone who was respected and loved by his friends n peers. RIP
— alex colon (@alexcolon0139) October 15, 2020
Awful news 😭 RIP ♥️
— Session Moth Martina🍻 マーティナセッション (@mothfromdaflats) October 15, 2020
— Amale Dib (@AmaleFrenchHope) October 15, 2020
Thoughts are with his friends an family. Awful, awful news.
— Chris Ridgeway クリスリッジウェイ (@chrisridgeway__) October 15, 2020
RIP Karsten 😢 This is not the news I wanted to wake up to. He was such sweet, outgoing guy. He looked out for me while I was in Germany. I’m glad you’re not in pain anymore https://t.co/VnzoWq8m4G
— Bobby Hill’s Opening Act (@fayejackson419) October 15, 2020
I tagged with Karsten in WXW for a few years, we had many great laughs. I last saw him in the summer 2019 and we shared another good memory.
— Sha Samuels (@Shasamuels) October 15, 2020
Karsten… He was always so nice to me. Rest in peace buddy. ❤️ https://t.co/YgtelJbm1u
— Shanna シャナ (@Shannanjii) October 15, 2020
Beck was a great guy when he came in to CZW. Sad to hear this news. Everyone give those positive thoughts to the WXW crew and family. https://t.co/jqd1GRZ8jV
— Robert Ego Anthony (@Egos1313) October 15, 2020
I’ll miss him.
— 𝐊𝐈𝐋𝐋𝐄𝐑 𝐊𝐄𝐋𝐋𝐘 (@Kelly_WP) October 15, 2020
— LuFisto (@LuFisto) October 15, 2020
Very sad news to hear. One of the nicest guys Ive ever met. My thoughts are with his friends and family. https://t.co/yP36gaheft
— Joe Gacy (@JoeGacy) October 15, 2020
So much tragedy is happening around us. Such sad times. https://t.co/qYpEVl3Wim
— Dave Mastiff ‘Hoss of Hosses’ (@DaveMastiff) October 15, 2020
Everyone at WrestleZone wishes only the best to Karsten Beck’s friends, fans, and family in this tragic time.