Archive for the ‘Columns’ Category

Ageless Ricky Steamboat good guy inside and outside the wrestling ring

– Mike Mooneyham

 

With a name like Dick Blood, there was little chance Ricky Steamboat could have ever achieved his ultimate status as one of pro wrestling’s greatest babyfaces.

But when Richard Henry Blood became matinee idol Ricky Steamboat, the young wrestler’s fate changed almost overnight.

 

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Boots on eBay, Canada Tour, Foley!

 

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Arn Anderson was heart of the Horsemen

- Mike Mooneyham

 

“Adversity introduces a man to himself.” – Arn Anderson

I always loved that quote. Especially when Arn Anderson said it … because you just knew he meant it.

 

 

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Former WWE star C.M. Punk has fans still guessing

Mike Mooneyham

 

They say absence makes the heart grow fonder.

If that’s true, then WWE fans must be really missing C.M. Punk, who bolted the company several months ago and never looked back.

 

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AIW’s Absolution IX

– Article & photos by Paul Stratoti

 

June 29, 2014 at legendary Turner’s Hall, Cleveland, Ohio.

 

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Remembering Shu Aoki

By Mike Lano

 

Firstly, mutual historian and friend Mick Karch (who began in the late 60′s as the plexi for the Bockwinkel Brigade fan club and later became an announcer for the AWA and many top midwest promotions in the 80′s and 90′s) has the absolute best Shu tribute text online and I urge everyone to go there.  There’s also a photo of Shu, Mick and Bill Apter from I believe some fanfest 2 years ago where they’re all smiles, having one of those great and rare nowadays, pro wrestling fun times.

 

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Former WWE champ Daniel Bryan facing uphill battle upon return

– Mike Mooneyham

 

A mere two months ago, Daniel Bryan was on top of the wrestling world.

He had emerged victorious in the biggest match of his career, winning the WWE heavyweight title at Wrestlemania 30 in front of 75,000 fans in New Orleans, a storybook scenario that could have only been scripted in the pro wrestling arena.

The story, though, was supposed to be just beginning.

 

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Shine Wrestling LIVE, eBay, Hunter Ha Ha!

 

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New book, ‘Big Gold,’ unveils secrets of famous pro wrestling belt

– Mike Mooneyham

 

One of professional wrestling’s most celebrated championship belts is examined in meticulous fashion in a new book that is bound to whet the appetite of grappling purists.

“Big Gold,” authored by Dick Bourne with an assist from acclaimed beltmaker Dave Millican, looks at the creation, crafting, recovery, salvage and legacy of what many consider the most famous pro wrestling belt ever – the original “Big Gold” belt that was used by the National Wrestling Alliance, New Japan Pro Wrestling and World Championship Wrestling from 1985 until 2001.

 

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Darius Rucker talks Ric Flair, old school wrestling

Mike Mooneyham

 

Some of Darius Rucker’s favorite childhood times were spent watching pro wrestling on television and attending live grappling events at the former County Hall.

The territory days are long gone, and County Hall is a relic of the past.

 

But his love for the “old days” and one particular performer has never waned.

 

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