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Remembering Lyle C. Williams



It goes without saying that sometimes the biggest heroes in the world of professional wrestling are the people behind the scenes and out of the limelight. Sometimes in the midst of all the chaos in the ring, it’s those rare souls that are truly able to make the show function, or in this case, by making those competitors in the limelight shine brighter through his craft.

The world of professional wrestling undoubtedly feels a collective sadness today as it continues to mourn the passing of heralded wrestling photographer Lyle C. Williams, who captivated us all with his amazing photographs and imagery. While I never had the honor of knowing the man himself, Lyle was always quick to lend a photograph for an article or story and inspired more words through his work than I can ever describe.

What Lyle saw through the lens of a camera was truly a sight to behold. He saw a deeper beauty in the blood and brutality and captured it in a breathtaking way. He photographed the young faces of future champions and wrestler’s in their infancy that will exist forever. Lyle was described by many as one of the kindest, most warm hearted souls in the business. Predominantly known as CZW’s main photographer, Lyle photographed future superstars such as Jon Moxley, Sami Callihan, Kevin Owens, Kimber Lee and many others in the early stages of their careers; many of which have taken to social media to remember his contributions to the sport.

It would be with deep remiss if I didn’t take the time to acknowledge the life and work of someone so ingrained in the sport who truly felt and loved it. Though he is no longer here, he left an unparalleled body of work and a lasting effect on his colleagues and peers that will live forever.

Rest in Peace, Mr. Williams. You forever live on in the images you captured.

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Nicholas Grooms is an accomplished writer, journalist and hip hop artist with many writing credits to his name. He is best know for his work creating songs for the Kansas City Chiefs football organization and is author of the book "Me, Myself & I Hate You: Stories of Adventure, Lust & Shi**y Paychecks". He regularly writes for FightBoothPW, SteelChair Magazine, Vulturehound Magazine and freelances elsewhere. He is also host of the "Nick is Pissed!" podcast which is based on his misadventures in life. You can find him @NicholasGrooms on Twitter or @officialnicholasgrooms on Instagram.

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  1. Colin West

    June 6, 2019 at 2:14 am

    Thank you for this well-written, thoughtful tribute. Lyle was one of the unsung heroes of our business, a great photographer and most importantly, a wonderful man.

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