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– Mike Mooneyham
A truly memorable event was held on May 30, 1998, at the Charleston landmark formerly known as County Hall.
The venerable building for years had been the site of professional wrestling shows. But when the building fell into disrepair, a victim of leaky roofs, bad floors and balconies destroyed by termites, County Hall closed as an auditorium in 1985.
It would mark the end of an era for wrestling fans in the Lowcountry.
by Dr Mike Lano, wrestling/boxing/MMA/the arts photojournalism published globally since 1966
WWE had a free party and autograph event for fans as well as a media event for the press at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, CA last Friday night to commemorate the first day of Wrestlemania ticket sales the following day.
- Josh Stewart, Newsday
Mick Foley gave Newsday a tour of his year-round Christmas room on Long Island and talked about his participation in the recently released documentary “I Am Santa Claus.”
– Josh Stewart, Newsday
You’d be surprised how many celebrities have stars that they swoon over — and a lot of them wear spandex and face paint to work. Take a look at WWE Superstars and the celebs who got their pro wrestling fix by hanging out with their grappling heroes.
– Mike Mooneyham
Randy Orton never liked playing the role of babyface. But after the past couple of weeks on WWE television, Orton is quickly emerging as the hottest babyface in the company.
While his beatdown by The Authority last week on Raw will temporarily take him out of the picture, giving him time to do some film work on his latest WWE movie project, the door will be open for him to return for WWE’s Survivor Series pay-per-view on Nov. 23 in Orton’s hometown of St. Louis.
– Dr. Mike Lano
Sorry guys to be behind on a Bob Geigel tribute but was swamped with not just S.F. Giants world series coverage when they played the Royals 2 out of the 3 games at San Francisco’s beautiful ATT Park right on the water, but also their victory parade and City Hall ceremony officiated by Mayor Ed Lee out here. It was my third time covering the Giants world series games out here and victory parade in the celebrated 5 years. And yep, I put out there that “Kung Fu Panda” Pablo Sandoval looks exactly like Taz in the latter’s prime, especially in that World Series close-up, headshot footage of him winking at the camera before hitting a triple against KC. Also, CMLL’s Negro Casas is beginning to look like Perro Aquayo Sr. when the latter was starting to get old looking and burnt out. No disrespect to Perro Sr. who put in decades of in-ring service as has the equally great Negro Casas who I first covered ringside at Korakuen Hall for New Japan.
– Mike Mooneyham
Wrestlemania has long been known as “the Granddaddy of Them All” when it comes to premier sports entertainment events.
Then it only follows that “30 Years of Wrestlemania” should rightfully assume a similar title in the Wrestlemania-related books category.
From the creators of “WWE 50″ and the official “WWE Encyclopedia,” “30 Years of Wrestlemania” provides an in-depth look at the show of shows from its inception to the current day.
By Dr. Mike Lano
GREAT debut show and I give it 4.5 stars but everyone should love it. Obviously high production values throughout, loads of cameras and unusual camera angles and shots plus a very cool Aztec symbol in the middle of the wrestling mat. They also went to great pains to truly gave the taping site venue a gritty, fight club look.