Student at pro wrestling academy run by WWE’s Seth Rollins dies

A student at the Black and Brave Wrestling Academy in Moline, Ill., died last Thursday after suffering a medical emergency at the school.

Jonah Snyder, 20, of West Seneca, New York, was at the academy, which trains participants to become pro wrestlers.

The gym is run by Colby Lopez, best known as WWE Superstar Seth Rollins.


The Rock Island County coroner, Brian Gustafson says Snyder was training with eight other people at the gym, when he started to feel ill. According to the coroner, the trainers instructed Snyder to sit down. Snyder’s condition continued to worsen and trainers called 911. Paramedics arrived and Snyder went into cardiac arrest. He was taken to the Genesis Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. 

An autopsy done on Friday was inconclusive according to Gustafson. The Moline Police are continuing to investigate the death.

Foul play is not believed to be involved.

Black and Brave Wrestling Academy released a statement on Twitter:

Snyder had been a student the University of Buffalo. A friend, Jack Jerabek, told Snyder was a junior communications major at Buffalo and took the semester off to attend the Black and Brave Academy.

“It was his first day of really working out and really going to classes and things like that for his program,” Jerabek said.