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Looking at Lucha Underground Debut Show

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.


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New Video, Gallery and Halloween Ha Ha’s!


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Grappler’s journey through the world of professional wrestling

– Mike Mooneyham


Just a few short years into his career, Len Denton was ready to hang up his wrestling boots.

The money wasn’t particularly good, the traveling was grueling and his career just wasn’t talking off the way he had planned.

Tired of doing jobs for hard-nosed promoters and with little monetary reward to show for it, Denton decided to give the business one last shot in the Carolinas.



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The Great Ox/Doug Baker Remembered

By His Friend Mike Lano


Ox Baker was one of the more important figures in our industry.  I was very sad when I saw the subject like of Karen’s email a few hours ago – Ox Baker.   I knew what that meant without her writing anything else or opening it up.  He’d been ailing for some time now and had been on a downward health spiral overall since his most recent wife passed away.  Not just the Ray Gunkel or Torres brother death in the ring which he had nothing to do with, (just freak heart conditions on the part of Gunk and Torres) but which promoters for good or bad capitalized on in promoting him.  And for which he used the op to publicize his “heart attach punch” later shortened thankfully to “Heart Punch.”


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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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