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Moving away from the details of his passing I figure now is as good a time as any to take a brief look at O'Haire's career.
He was one of the bright spots of later-day WCW. In the Natural Born Thrillers stable he was the highlight of it in my mind. "Above Average" Mike Sanders was excellent in the mouthpiece role from what I recall, but O'Haire was the guy that you looked at and said, "He's going to be a star."
That being said most of his success came with two tag teams, Jindrak and O'Haire and Palumbo and O'Haire. Honestly, that wasn't a bad role at all for a guy like him to get some seasoning. WWE purchasing WCW was kind of a blessing and a curse. I have no doubt that he would have been better off in WCW despite its failings simply because there was more room for a guy like him to grow and he would be able to attain a higher level of stardom. On the other hand, he got some exposure on a bigger stage by being part of the WCW invasion of WWE as a WCW World Tag Team champion with Chuck Palumbo. Unfortunately, WWE bungled that angle badly.
It seemed though that with his new Devil's advocate gimmick that O'Haire was finally going to get the push that many of us originally saw in his future. The vignettes were pretty cool and then even as it was modified his pairing with "Rowdy" Roddy Piper seemed like a winner. I've used this word a lot in this post, but unfortunately WWE seemed to lose faith in it for whatever reason and/or Piper was released for other reasons and O'Haire's push evaporated.
After his abrupt retirement/departure from the business, it didn't take long for him to start showing up on people's "unfulfilled potential" lists. That really is a shame because for a guy his size he got around the ring well from what I recall. He was extremely athletic as well.
Ultimately, I can't help but to think that he is like many other guys from that era that would have benefited from having more options available to him than just WWE.
Of course any issues with his career pale in comparison to the real-life issues he must have dealt with. It's always sad for us to lose yet another individual from this industry too soon. Again thoughts and prayers with his loved ones.
RIP Sean O'Haire