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Memphis' Buddy Wayne passes away at 81

Dwayne Peale, best known as Buddy Wayne and Buddy Wayne Peale, a fixture on the Memphis wrestling scene for three decades, passed away today after a long battle with pulmonary fibrosis, is son Ken reported this morning.

Peale was 81.  Ken Wayne (Ken Peale) said that his father had spent the week in the hospital and asked to leave to go into hospice care on Tuesday night as he knew he wasn't going to last long.  He passed away at 1:30 a.m

"He passed with dignity and loved ones," Ken wrote on the Wrestling Classics message board. "He is at peace now."

Peale started in the territory in the late 50s until his real name, but was best known as Buddy Wayne.  His most memorable program would have been a father-and-son tag team feud with Buddy & Ken Wayne against Tommy & Eddie Gilbert.

Buddy Wayne, not to be confused with the Northwest wrestler of the same name, used to promote shows in the Memphis area for Nick Gulas and later Jerry Jarrett.