We here at eWrestlingNews are saddened to report the passing of Melissa Coates, aka “Super Genie”, who died on Wednesday at the age of 50. Coates was known for her work and also personal relationship with ECW Alumni, Sabu. The cause of her death has yet to be determined at this time.
Coates was known as a professional bodybuilder and took part in the International Federation of Bodybuilding in the 1990s and was ranked #9 in the world at one point. After she retired from bodybuilding, Coates was trained by Killer Kowalski as well as the UPW Academy run by Rick Bassman. She made her debut in 2002 and worked for several territories including WSU, NWA Anarchy and more.
Coates made a cameo at Backlash 2005 for WWE as a woman who took part in Chris Masters’ “Masterlock Challenge.” She proceeded to appear for both OVW and DSW and eventually returned to the independents. In 2014, she began to manage Sabu in her Super Genie persona. Coates appeared on two seasons of GSN’s Extreme Dodgeball series in 2004 and 2005 and made a couple of small appearances on film.
Sadly, she underwent a leg amputation in November of 2020 after doctors discovered several blood clots in her leg.
eWn would like to send out our thoughts, prayers and condolences to the family and friends of Melissa Coates during this tragic time.