Chuck Williams a.k.a Rockin' Rebel involved in suspected murder-suicide

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Chuck Williams, who wrestled as the Rockin’ Rebel, and his wife Stephanie Burtnett are believed to be dead following an alleged murder-suicide in the couple’s home on Friday.

Early Friday morning, the West Goshen Township Police Department were dispatched to a home with a male and female declared dead.

A statement was released by the police where they cited what appears to be a shooting-related murder-suicide. There were no outstanding suspects and no danger to the public. The bodies were discovered by family members and the police were called.

The West Goshen Township Criminal Investigations Unit will be investigating the incident to determine what led to the deaths.

Williams broke into the industry in 1988 after being trained by Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson, and hence the name he opted to use throughout his career.

Williams worked for Joel Goodhardt in the Tri-State Wrestling Alliance, becoming the promotion’s first champion. After the company folded, he would resurface with the remnants forming Eastern Championship Wrestling and later Extreme Championship Wrestling. He remained with ECW until 1995, where he challenged for the Television title on several occasions when Mikey Whipwreck and Jason were champions. He also teamed with Pitbull #1 in a Double Dog Collar Match against Tommy Dreamer and Tommy Cairo at “The Night Line Was Crossed” in Feb. 1994.

Williams would work throughout the Northeast independent scene throughout his career after leaving ECW, with CZW, Jersey All Pro Wrestling, PWF, PWU and 3PW among the places he worked. He formed a team with Greg Matthews, who competed on Tough Enough, and they teamed together for years.

POST Wrestling has reached out to the authorities for any additional information and will relay that news when it becomes available.

I did see Joey Janela’s tweets about Rebel and wondered what happened. He did not have nice things to say about the man and sadly I’ve never heard a good thing about Rebel either.

I remember he loaned out his Pennsylvania promoter’s license to a few promotions, including ROH following Rob Feinstein’s ousting, in exchange for a spot on the card in addition to whatever he charged. So on a few ROH shows in Philadelphia, between 2004 and 2006, he (and later as a team with Greg Matthews) would get to wrestle in dark matches that never made it on DVD.

What’s especially horrifying about this story is that apparently their children were in the house at the time, but unharmed.