Former WWE Star Michael Jones, Known As 'Virgil,' Dies at 61

He was best known for being the bodyguard for the “Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase during his time in the WWF and WCW.

Michael Jones, who became a star in the WWF (now WWE) as "The Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase's bodyguard Virgil, has died at age 61, CBS Sports reported.

Jones' death was confirmed by Mark Charles III, a close friend of Jones and a former wrestling referee, on his Facebook page.

"My dear friends, it is with great sorrow that I bring news from the Jones family of the passing of our beloved Michael Jones, whom we know and loved as Virgil, Vincent, Soul Train Jones, and more," Charles’ post read. "Virgil passed peacefully at the hospital this morning and I ask that you pray for him and for his family. May his memory be eternal!"

After leaving Virginia Union University, where he played football, Jones came into the wrestling business in 1985, after meeting Tony Atlas aka "Mr. USA" at a local gym. Atlas suggested that he train with Afa of the Wild Samoans.

Jones debuted in the WWF in 1986 but would come to prominence when he was introduced as "Virgil," the bodyguard for DiBiase in 1987.

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As Virgil, he became a hated heel who would interfere in DiBiase’s matches and demean fans with money during promos.

Eventually, Jones became a babyface (good guy) after turning on DiBiase in 1991. He would defeat DiBiase at WrestleMania and SummerSlam, two of WWF’s signature pay-per-view events.

In 1996, Jones joined rival company WCW with DiBiase and became a member of the New World Order, which was led by “Hollywood” Hulk Hogan. Although he only wrestled sparingly, Jones used the moniker "Vincent" and worked as a group bodyguard.

According to Wrestlezone, Jones appeared as “Soul Train Jones” on the AEW promotion, teaming up with Chris Jericho and The Inner Circle. 

His last televised wrestling appearance was on April 29, 2020, in an episode of AEW Dynamite.

We send our prayers and condolences to the family and friends of Michael "Virgil" Jones.

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