Archive for the ‘Columns’ Category

Can He Get A Yes?

– Article & photos by Dr. Mike Lano, DDS

 

I’m certain everyone felt badly hearing the news the other day about Axl Rotten’s passing.  He was one of those total ECW pioneers who gave his body and craft to entertain everyone before, during the great ECW days and beyond.

 

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Dr. Mike’s Not Necessarily Da Super News

– Dr. Mike Lano

 

Not that there’s anything wrong with possibly being influenced by someone else’s fan fest around your biggest annual event  (meaning Mania vs Superbowl).  Some of the many longtime NFL press told me that the NFL’s been doing these fan interaction events at this level more years than the earliest WWE Access events which I think started in either 2004 or 5.

 

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Turning the Next Page

– Mike Mooneyham

 

“Parting is such sweet sorrow.”

I’ve always liked that quote from Shakespeare, and find it most applicable today.

 

After more than 40 years in the newspaper business, and all but a couple here at The Post and Courier, I’m beginning a new chapter in my life called retirement. It’s a new journey for me, but one that I have been planning for the past four years.

 

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Kamala’s Kickstarter Campaign Successful – You Can Buy His Book

– Article & photos by Paul Stratoti

 

Mr. James Harris (aka the Ugandan Giant Kamala) debuted in 1982 in the Memphis territory and was introduced by 2016 George Tragos/Lou Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame inductee JJ Dillon as the biggest threat to the career Jerry “the King” Lawler who is a WWE Hall of Famer and this year’s presenter to Lance Russell of the 2016 Cauliflower Alley Club’s Announcer’s Award.

 

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WWE Ref Charles Robinson Living the Dream

– Mike Mooneyham

 

As a teenager growing up in Mooresville, N.C., Charles Robinson had a dream.

And for the past 20 years, the lifelong wrestling fan has been living that dream each and every day.

 

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The CAC 2016 Reunion Is Coming 4/11 – 4/13

- Article by Paul Stratoti

 

You never know who you will be sitting with during a CAC banquet as that is one of the many unique aspects of our annual events

 

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Pro wrestling and a lifetime of County Hall memories

Mike Mooneyham
While looking back on over 50 years of covering the professional wrestling business, many highlights immediately come to mind.

Unforgettable Starrcades, the glitz of Wrestlemania, the Monday Night Wars, the Attitude Era.

 

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Pro Wrestling Guerrilla, As Good As It Gets 

Article & photo by Dr. Mike Lano

 

(Part one of several)

I’ve had the honor of watching Los Angeles-based Pro Wrestling Guerrilla (PWG and prowrestlingguerrilla.com) grow from its earliest days to the world force and showcase for the highest quality wrestling it remains today.  Spearheaded by founder (and long-time West Coast high flying star able to work any style of grappling) Super Dragon, it’s been unusual over its many years for often being able to bring in not just top American, Canadian, European, Japanese, Mexican, etc. athletes; but also from promotions ranging from ROH, TNA, Evolve and many others.  Literally the cream of the crop in an ever-changing industry landscape at their Reseda, CA home.

 

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Bob Leonard Will Be Missed

Article & photos by Paul Stratoti

 

We at Pro Wrestling Digest hereby offer condolences to the Leonard family as we announce the passing of 74 year old Bob Leonard, who began his wrestling career as a photographer and served our community as Cauliflower Alley Club honoree and Executive Board member.

 

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Remembering Jonnie Mae Young

– Dr. Mike Lano

 

Tomorrow is the one year anniversary of the passing of Jonnie Mae Young, born 3/12/23.  Total, total legend who helped train Lil/Moolah and so many others besides being a total pioneer in the biz along with greats like Mildred Burke, June Byers and later Mae Weston and so many others.

 

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