Hardcore wrestler died after drug overdose – then wrestled the same night

He was the wrestler who famously "died" from a drugs overdose then came back to life to wrestle on the same night.

The Sandman, real name James Fullington, was reportedly brought back to life after taking an overdose of the pain reliever Nubain back in 2000.

And quite incredibly he managed to wrestle in the ring later on the same evening.

The incident was recalled by his friend and fellow wrestler Tommy Dreamer who said he was preparing for an Extreme Championship Wrestling event in Milwaukee when fellow wrestler Rhino stormed into his room.

Rhino was to tell him that the The Sandman had injected himself with pain killer Nubain and had "died" in his car on the way to the show from a drugs overdose.

Rhino was in the car with fellow wrestler Little Guido and former wresting referee and manager Bill Alfonso when the shocking event took place.

Speaking on the Sam Roberts Wrestling Podcast Tommy Dreamer said: "I am running a show. No Sandman. Rhino comes in with tears in his eyes saying 'I need to f****** talk to you right now.'

"He says 'I can't drive with these guys any more. Sandman is dead.' I said what you mean Sandman died? Stupid him. Now I have been told my friend is dead.

"He is crying, flipping over tables. He says 'We brought him back to life.' Sandman overdoses on Nubain. Shoots himself, gets up in the car Sandman turning purple. By the grace of god they see a hospital.

"They pull up threw him to the floor and say 'we found this guy we think he is dying.' We didn't know if he was alive or dead.

"I have to run the show. He rings me and says 'they stuck adrenalin right in my heart like Pulp Fiction. I am ready to go.' So Sandman died on his way to a show in Milwaukee adrenaline shot to his heart and wrestled the same night.

"Sandman would tell me I have died three times before. He doesn't wrestle now but makes appearances. He doesn't do drugs now."

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Sandman, who is now 58, continued to be successful and feuded with names such as Justin Credible, Test and Mike Knox even having an opportunity to win the ECW Heavyweight Championship for a sixth time against The big Show. He made his last appearances in the ring back in 2019.

On May 31 2019 he appeared during an episode of Impact Wrestling between Eddie Edwards and Killer Cross where he gave a Kendo stick to Edwards to help him win the match. Then on the June 14, 2019 episode of Impact Wrestling Sandman lost to Killer Cross.

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