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‘Gateway Boys’ help keep Mid-Atlantic wrestling memories alive


– Mike Mooneyham

For nearly 16 years Dick Bourne and David Chappell have formed one of the top teams in professional wrestling.

And that’s without having ever stepped inside a wrestling ring.

 

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Latest Journey Blog…


– Dr.Mike Lano

 

Sorry it’s taken awhile to update what is supposed to be a “journey.”  Well, it ain’t no bloody cruise as Blassie once said during a classic Honolulu promo.  Forget about me-how about Holly Holm losing last night and that bleeding gash in the process on the side of her head. Yowza.  I don’t get why she and Meisha lost the belt in their first title defense.  Makes one appreciate what Ronda Rousey continually did-what, 5 or more title defenses?   Most speculate she’ll only fight once, maybe twice more now that she’s a major Hollywood star and pop culture icon.  Hope she does more than that.

 

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BILL CARDILLE: R.I.P.


– The Phantom of the Ring

The true unsung hero of televised wrestling is the announcer sitting at ringside. He is the first person we meet as youth tuning into wrestling for the first time, and the quality of his announcing will often determine the level and passion of our love as fans. One of the true greats of that art form passed away on July 21, 2016 at the age of 87 at his home of pneumonia after a long battle with cancer. He was Bill Cardille, better known to the fans in Pittsburgh as “Chilly Billy” in reference to his longtime status as host of his station’s Chiller Theater. He was a fixture on Pittsburgh’s NBC affiliate, WIIC-TV (now known as WPXI-TV), Channel 11. He did whatever the station needed, serving as a newsman, weatherman, announcer, and television host for various programs, this in an era when local stations originated most of their own programming. (In fact, it was Cardille who signed WIIC onto the air on September 1, 1957. )  He also worked as a radio personality, actor and producer. died early Thursday morning at his McCandless home of pneumonia.

 

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Bravo Lucha Mexico!


– Article & photo by Dr. Mike Lano

 

The Lucha Mexico documentary has great-footage in each city, plus music that makes one feel like they’re there.

re: Lucha Mexico Documentary

rating: Lano gives it 4.8 stars out of 5

 

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Pro wrestling star Ilio DiPaolo’s legacy continues to live on


– Mike Mooneyham

 

Ilio DiPaolo was one of pro wrestling’s most popular and revered performers during the ’50s and ’60s, particularly in his home area of Buffalo, N.Y., where he established a family Italian eatery after retiring from the business in 1965.

The charismatic DiPaolo would later gain even more acclaim as a restaurateur and civic leader, giving more back to his community than perhaps any other in the long history of sports in Buffalo. As respected as DiPaolo was as a wrestler, the gentle giant would ultimately be defined more by his generosity and the size of his heart.

 

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Tony Nese wrestles with big-time plans in Cruiserweight Classic


– Alfonso Castillo

 

In pro wrestling vernacular, it’s known as a “babyface turn” — that moment when a bad guy, or “heel,” sees the light, turns over a new leaf and is embraced by the fans.

After losing a June 10 match in Florida for an independent wrestling outfit known as Evolve, a frustrated Tony Nese grabbed the house microphone and made his intentions clear. His days as a rule-breaking villain were “done with.”

 

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‘Local Legend’ Burrhead Jones fighting toughest battle yet


– Mike Mooneyham

He’s affectionately known as “The Local Legend.” Anyone who ever met him will never forget him.

And, like he’s said in countless interviews over the years, “There’ll never be a cotton-pickin’ other.”

 

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Mike Lano with the Valiants

Mike Lano with the Valiants

 

 Results of Lashley teaming w/ Carlito & Boogieman as babyfaces near Oakland, CA the other night…


– Dr. Mike Lano

Before the results:  Bonnie Gomez’ memorial Mass is Monday July 18 at 2 pm at Church of the Presentation, 1515 W. Benjamin Holt Drive, Stockton, CA 95207.  In lieu of flowers, please make any donation to any cancer or liver charity of your choice in Bonnie’s name.

 

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Former WWE heavyweight champ C.M. Punk taking on new challenge, critics in UFC


– Mike Mooneyham

 

It’s been a while since C.M. Punk made any significant noise in the pro wrestling world, but the former WWE champion is finally poised to test his skills in an MMA ring.

 

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Mike Lano with the Valiants

Mike Lano with the Valiants

 

In Memory of Pepper Gomez’ Famous Wife Bonnie


– Dr. Mike Lano

Bonnie Gomez passed Friday, She was a fixture backstage, and will be greatly missed.

 

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