Former Ring of Honor wrestler “Trent Acid” (Michael Verdi) was found dead by on Friday. Acid created quite a name for himself with stand out independent promotions on the East Coast like Combat Zone Wrestling, Pro Wrestling Unplugged, and most notably, Ring of Honor. He was 29 years old.
Read more about Trent Acid’s career on his wiki page
In ROH, Acid had an outstanding run with partner Johnny Kashmere as the Backseat Boyz (the pair captured the World Tag Team Titles) and he also had a memorable feud with Homicide. Since leaving ROH in 2004, Acid worked in main event roles for Pro Wrestling Syndicate, Juggalo Championship Wrestling, and Pro Wrestling Unplugged. But drug abuse started to hurt Acid’s personal and professional life.
Acid was arrested on drug related charges several times in the last few years. In April of this year, Acid was arrested for possession of heroin, public intoxication, and drug paraphernalia. In May after a plea deal, he was sentenced to 23 months of house arrest and mandated to attend rehab.
Early speculation is leaning towards Acid’s death being related to drugs. This can not be confirm as an investigation is under way
Combat Zone Wrestling which runs the Philladelphia area, has issued a statement on Acid’s passing. They have also announced a tribute/benefit show called Acidfest.
Rest in Peace – Mike “Trent Acid” Verdi
11/12/1980 – 6/18/2010
It is with deep regret that CZW management has the unfortunate duty to report on the passing of one of it’s own. Early this morning, Michael “Trent Acid” Verdi passed away in his home in South Philadelphia at the age of 29, just blocks away from the building where he helped revolutionize the business he so deeply loved. The entire extended CZW family is in mourning over the loss of one its true homegrown stars, and a man who was a friend to so many, both inside the business and out. We extend our deepest condolences and sympathies to his family and friends as they grieve for his loss.
Trent Acid lived to wrestle. From the time he first stepped thru the curtain at the world famous “ECW Arena”, it was clear that he was no ordinary wrestler. This kid from the streets of South Philly was born to entertain, and for more than a decade, he did all that and more. In his storied career, Trent Acid won titles all over the world, but the ones that meant the most to him were those that came in his own neighborhood. In 2002, Trent acheived what many would consider to be the highlight of his career when he defeated Jody Fleisch in front of a capacity crowd at the Arena to become CZW’s second ever “Best of the Best” Champion. Trent was also a gifted tag-team wrestler, tagging with longtime friend and partner Johnny Kashmere to form the “Backseat Boyz”, together changing the tag-team game as we knew it, while taking their act all over the world in the process. In addition to his contributions in the ring, Trent gave back to the business outside the ring. As a trainer, he helped mold the careers of many of the next generation of professional wrestlers. His advice was priceless, and it was sought by many who wanted to be the very best at their craft.
For over a decade, we watched as he grew from the flashy, energetic youngster with the infectious smile, to becoming a certifiable International Superstar. Now, for many years to follow, we will remember him as one of the greatest independent wrestlers of all time, and his memory will never die.
On the afternoon of Saturday, July 10th at 230pm, The Arena in South Philly, along with CZW and Trent’s friends and family will come together to present a very special tribute show to honor his life, and memory. Admission to the event will be free, with a suggested $10 dollar donation. 100% of the proceeds will go to Trent’s family, many of whom will be on hand for what should be a very emotional afternoon. Stay tuned to CZWrestling.com, and the usual media outlets for more on this event.
Check out this video of Trent Acid in action