Pat Kenney(formerly known as Simon Diamond in Extreme Championship Wrestling and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling, now known as IMPACT wrestling) has been dealing with some health issues lately as Mike Johnson of PWInsider reported that he suffered a “mild stroke.” It was further reported that he was hospitalized last Friday. Though he was released from the hospital on Wednesday, he is currently dealing with impaired vision. He will reportedly “have a long recovery period ahead.”
Pat Kenney to miss some events due to the health concerns
Kenney serves as the Director of Talent Relations for the National Wrestling Alliance. It has been noted that he will not be able to make it for NWA Crockett Cup this weekend. It is understood that Kyle Davis will reportedly lead the events.
The former IMPACT Wrestling star Kenney last competed inside the squared circle back in 2010 at TNA Hardcore Justice. He competed in a Last Stand match teaming with Kid Kash & Johnny in a loss to The FBI (Guido Maritato, Tony Luke & Tracy Smothers). He started working as a producer and commentator for IMPACT/TNA when he signed with the company in 2003.
He had gained popularity during his run as Simon Diamond in ECW. He was paired with Swinger in May 2000 during an ECW World Tag Team Championship tournament and the duo had later formed a tag team which would endure for five more years. Diamond and Swinger joined forces with C.W. Anderson in mid-2000, and began to go up in the ranks of the promotion.
Then the bankruptcy of ECW in 2001 compelled Diamond to seek employment elsewhere, and he began negotiations with WCW employee John Laurinaitis, which fell through when WCW was purchased by WWE in 2001. Diamond then worked for various independent promotions before signing with TNA(now IMPACT Wrestling). He became Director of Talent Relations for NWA in 2021 when the company returned from hiatus.