Alexander Giovanni Payne

December 2, 1992January 18, 2019

PAYNE, Alexander Giovanni, 26, of Tampa passed away on January 18, 2019. He was born on December 2, 1992 in Tampa. Alex was a graduate of Ethline R Williams Prep School and he attended Hillsborough Community College. He was semi pro wrestler “A.P.” Alex Perry! He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Linda Smith; paternal great grandparents, George & Betty Smith; maternal great grandparents, Ray & Nanny ‘Blanche’ Ray Gregory and Mama Betty and Mama Rose; and his beloved cat aka ‘kitty’ Sylvester & dog Jasper. Survivors include his loving mother, Michelle Payne; brother, Adam Payne; grandfather, Edward Smith; Aunt Trish Gregory; Uncle Tray (Stacy) Payne; Uncle Tony (Benita) Gregory; Uncle Tom (Suzi) Larocca; Uncle Elliott (Leslie) Elrod; Uncle Billy Rhodes; furry companion, Ebony; many cousins, extended family members, friends & wrestling family; and a special thank you to his trainer & mentor, Jay Lethal. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.


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Debbie Josh

February 8, 2019


When we met Alexander we knew it was more than a mere acquaintance. When he blessed us with his presence he filled us with joy and laughter and left us with a warm comforting feeling which took us to a higher place . He made us want to be better people and made us laugh outloud. Yes he left a permanent imprint upon our souls from merely knowing him. He is true legend a whom will live on in our hearts and souls forever and will never die. ROCK ON ALEXANDER, ENJOY YOUR HEAVENLY REWARDS. Until we meet up again at the heavenly gates. In Loving Memory Deb n Josh

Dave Gegenfurtner

January 30, 2019

Alex was one of the first guys I met in training, He had such a big heart for the business, and always dreamed big. It seemed like the more we knew about each other, the more we just clicked. I looked after him like he was my little brother. When he needed help I would always try to pull him back up, because I knew he would do the same for me. One hell of a wrestler in my book and an even better friend.
AP, you will always be the ultimate underdog, full of heart and desire to fight to be the best regardless of what anyone thought of you or other circumstances standing in the way. A lot of people could benefit from showing the fight and tenacity that you illustrated in life. I won’t ever forget you, I love you brother, and you will be deeply missed. Please rest easy in paradise and say hello for me to a few of our brothers up there.

Ruben Boucher

January 30, 2019

Bro you’re going to be missed big time RIP AP

Melinda Campbell

January 30, 2019

I met Alex thru wrestling. Anytime he was doing a local show, I wanted to be there. And he’d walk past, he gave me some kind of acknowledgement and would later thank me for coming to the show. I didn’t really get to know him outside of wrestling, but he was such a sweet guy. My condolences and sincere hope he found peace. We will all miss him.

Amanda Bishop

January 30, 2019

Alex was such a great guy. He loved wrestling and his wrestling family. I met Alex at a NXT show with my now best friend Steven Frick. We all 3 knew each other so well. We became best friends. We use to sit on the tables at the TBP shows and remember old times. I'm gonna miss you bestie. I love and will never forget you.

Rafael Gonzalez

January 29, 2019

Hes was a guy with a big heart and never stopped he tried and gave it his all..... blessings brother..

Edward Smith

January 29, 2019

Alexander I will always miss you. You were a part of my life since the day you were born. You will live on in my heart for the rest of my life. Rest In Peace.


January 29, 2019

I got into wrestling because of you! Going to miss you.

Trish Gregory

January 27, 2019

Bill Rhodes

January 26, 2019

Someone with so much potential and such opportunities has left us far too soon. May your soul's heavenly journey be one of peace. Memories of you will always have a special place in the hearts of those you left behind. Your family loved you dearly. Rest peacefully Alex.