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Rock gives Raw shot in the arm, but ratings slide continues

Mike Mooneyham

 

Even The Rock couldn’t save Raw.

The charismatic wrestler-turned-actor made a surprise appearance on last week’s show, and for nearly 15 minutes displayed why he was once known as “the most electrifying man in sports entertainment.”

The crowd erupted, the Twitter world exploded, and longtime fans reminisced about the Attitude Era. For a glorious – albeit brief – period, all seemed right in the WWE Universe.

Ultimately, though, it was just a fleeting glimpse of how great things once were.

 

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Remembering Cowboy Bob Kelly

– Dr. Mike Lano

 

Cowboy Bob Kelly was easily the biggest, most beloved babyface in Gulf Coast wrestling territory history.  Just got the news and more remembrances will come as he passed away just hours ago.  He was a longtime fellow Cauliflower Alley Club board member and if that was not enough, he was also president of the Gulf Coast Reunion board (their wonderful annual reunion in Mobile is for the boys only – I was honored to attend two of them since I’d jobbed and at the 1996 one, I flew with Ray Stevens and his lady wrestler wife Terese Thies who in turn had me drive the rental car from New Orleans airport, picking up Bob and driving in a downpour to Mobile where the rain suddenly stopped when we arrived).

 

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Shine Wrestling Tonight & New Video!

 

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Flair-Steamboat produced magic in the ring

- Mike Mooneyham

 

The classic rivalry between Ricky Steamboat and Ric Flair ranks among the greatest in the modern era of professional wrestling.

Few performers worked together better than these two during their legendary battles over a 17-year period.

 

A three-match series in 1989 over the NWA world title is ranked at the top of a lofty list.

 

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Jim Ross open to WWE cameos, but relishing Battlegrounds MMA debut – Newsday

– Josh Stewart

 

Back when the only thing you needed to watch TV was actually owning a television, a young Jim Ross looked forward to “Friday Night Fights” on NBC and later ABC, sponsored by Gillette Super Blue Blades and featuring the commentary of Don Dunphy.

 

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WWE not faring well in numbers game

Mike Mooneyham

 

The professional wrestling business is all about numbers, and right now the numbers don’t look all that promising.

WWE continues to struggle building its subscription base for its new network. The “only $9.99″ pitch has been overplayed to the point of annoyance, but that hasn’t stopped the company from releasing a song and music video to hammer its popular price home.

 

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Dr. Mike’s Not Necessarily the News

– Dr. Mike Lano

 

No More Hogan promos-bullet points written on his hand? 2 F’ups-”watch it on the WWE universe” the funniest that you can watch (I quickly forgot what his point was) on the WWE universe…”   that was bad and the second/worst of his two verbal f’ups in that brief promo last night on Squaw. Certainly they couldn’t have transported him in, paid him for that bit of lameness last night.  He had to have been doing it gratis (just being sarcastic) out of “the goodness of his heart, right? Nope?

 

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Remembering the Great Don Manoukian, Don the Bruiser: NFL and Pro Graps Star

By Mike Lano

 

Don was a multi tag champ for San Francisco and West Coast promoter Roy Shire but also had Japan and Honolulu tours, worked for Don Owen, Cal Eaton in Los Angeles and other West Coast promoters like Gene Kiniski.  He was broken in in part by Ray Stevens who both said were each other’s best legit friends.  Don used to live with Ray and his lady wrestler wife Terese Thies who helped break in Ray along with Frankie “Great Mephisto” Kane.

 

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My Two Arm-Chairing Cents

By Dr Mike Lano, Newstand Mag Columnist and Photographer globally since 1966

 

When any of WWE’s women or men are out for surgery, injuries, etc;  they certainly have been doing a poor job of late at keeping them in their audience’s mind.

 

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A tribute to longtime friend and friend of pro wrestling: Eric “The Midget/The Actor” Lynch
By Dr. Mike Lano

 

Eric “the Actor” as he preferred Stern to call him on the Howard Stern radio show on Sirius/XM channels 100 and 101, was in reality, Sacramento-based Eric Lynch.  Quiet, polite and a really nice person.  He was never really able to walk, and was just a bit over 3′ tall.  He was born with various other maladies like club feet and malshaped fingers that made it hard to grasp his phone or other objects.  But he never let any of that get in the way of him enjoying and living life to the fullest.

 

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