Just Rememberin’ Some Righteous Brothers (and Sisters)
– Dr. Mike Lano
I recently wrote about remembering some of our great sisters and brothers in the biz. One of the greatest characters on the “distaff” side (I’ve never looked up what that means but I’m guessing female of course) actually three of the greatest characters used to come each year to our Cauliflower Alley Events. The Great Penny Banner who was also a pop culture icon, dated Elvis and did so many other things besides take all the gold at the Senior Olympics events she participated in, was one of our long-time CAC board members. And just the nicest person one could ever meet. She and fellow female grappling pal in Ida Mae Martinez used to duet doing karaoke any chance they got and not just CAC but Gulf Coast Reunion, Dean Silverstone’s Seattle, West Coast weekends, Red Bastien’s Dallas, TX Shoot Out annual events, Upstate NY Ilio DiPaolo annual reunion and more. Really miss Penny who had a heart of gold.
Let’s celebrate as well our still living legends. From Bruno to the Funk Brothers. Inoki, Sakaguchi, Sayoru Tiger Mask Sayama, Kobashi Kenta, Kawada. Mil Mascaras and his brothers Dos Caras y Sicodelico Sr. Negro Navarro and so many other top legends who continue to train others and give back to the industry and our planet.
Below is Terry Funk just headlocking fellow legend Kenny Patera for the hell of it. Above, Gene doesn’t look mean or even nonplussed at whatever the great Jerry Brisco is doing with our CAC prez in B Brian Blair! Gotta get longtime Florida elected politician Brian’s take on Trump and all his daily shenanigans.
And young legends in the making are the globe-trottin’ (well, New Japan and everywhere in N. America) Young Buck brothers who are thankfully reininventing exciting tag team wrestling here with MMA/pro wrestling star Shayna Baszler. Shayna has been part of Ronda Rousey’s “4 Horsewomen” which of course is unique from the NXT 4H club of “Charlotte,” Becky, Bailey (Pam aka formerly Davina Rose) and Sasha. And we’re happy for her big NXT try-out. Although she lost her last couple MMA shoot fights, she is still a star there and a growing wrestling star having grown up watching and loving it the way Bailey did. That IMO is the right way to actually become a pro wrestler. Rather than someone who never paid any attention (nor dues) nor really had love for graps simply answering a casting call, or being plucked out of a gym. If you love and understand the biz, it’ll show through even if you’ve done the Whiff’s “re-conditioning” process.
– Article & photos by Dr. Mike Lano