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The pollen levels are so high this year that it has the crac heads trying to convert their meth back into Sudafed.

 

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Pro wrestling superstar Chyna was a force of nature


– Mike Mooneyham

 

When will Chyna be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame?

It has been an oft-asked question among wrestling fans over the past decade. And with good reason.

 

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P.R. Hungry “Manager” Wants To Donate A Brain (thank goodness it’s not his)


Article & photo by Dr. Mike Lano


Joanie was a sweet person with a good heart.  She’d admitted to me by phone and in person that she had made a lot of bad choices since she left WWF/E and many of them were letting in people who claimed they’d help promote her, but who ended up using her.  She said she really hated getting taken advantage of, but that her nature was to be trusting first.  I’d tell her to “do some due-diligence” on anyone coming into her life that she didn’t already fully know.

 

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All The Angles—Remembering Chyna

– John Willett

 

They met in 1996; one from Nashua, NH, one from Rochester NY. Little did they know that their meeting would change both of their lives forever. Paul Michael Levesque and Joan Marie Laurer are two stark symbols of what the business of wrestling can do both for you, and to you.

 

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A Tribute to Joanie, Combate Kurosai Joanie-San

By Dr Mike Lano

 


I think we can all agree that the last 24 hours have been pretty brutal in terms of deaths of notable people who affected us all uniquely, and who we’ll all miss (yup, even Trips especially after Joanie cornered him like last year, wanting to make amends).  First Joanie Lauer, and then soon after confirmation Prince had been found dead at his Paisley Park, MN, home and studio; wrestling got word that a longtimer had passed in Ruth Silverstone.  Many of you may not recognize Ruth’s name but she helped her husband Dean for years promote a major outlaw wrestling promotion in the Pacific Northwest that encompassed Washington State with some shows in Oregon, etc. using names like Lumberjack Luke, Paddy Ryan and more in the 70′s and 80′s.

 

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51st Annual Cauliflower Alley Club Reunion

by Former Torch Japan Columnist, Dr. Mike Lano

 

Wrestling’s brotherhood, fraternal organization Cauliflower Alley Club was founded 51 years ago as a non-profit by name wrestler and film/tv actor Mike Mazurki and his boxing publicist friend Art Abrams as an informal, several times/year downtown Los Angeles meet and greet, break-bread group.  Awards weren’t even given out until some time later, and they were divided into thirds for his pro wrestling friends, boxing and boxers and his movie/tv/stuntman friends.  Amongst those many genres have seen names from Sly Stallone to Oscar De La Hoya, Elliott Gould, Terry Moore, Buddy Rogers, Baba and Inoki attend.

 

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NXT is the new wave of pro wrestling


- Mike Mooneyham

 

“If NXT is the future of WWE, then WWE’s future is extremely bright.”

I wrote that line about NXT more than a year ago. Nothing since has made me feel differently. If anything, I feel stronger than ever about NXT’s potential impact on the future of the biggest wrestling company in the world.

 

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Pro wrestling’s Blackjack Mulligan created a character for the ages


– Mike Mooneyham

 

It’s never easy saying goodbye to an old friend. But that’s what the professional wrestling community had to do last week when Bob Windham, better known to millions of fans around the world as Blackjack Mulligan, passed away Thursday at the age of 73.

 

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The Other Side of the Ropes – “You Can Call It a Comeback, But I Don’t…”


– “Redd” Reddick

 

Hi,

Remember me? I was that guy who claimed to have fried optic nerves and synapses over a decade ago on Myspace by text and popped up late night weekly on video on Facebook up until 2 years ago while I shot from the hip about pro wrestling from a pro wrestler’s point of view. Then I stopped without warning or preamble.

 

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Remembering Blackjack Mulligan


By Dr Mike Lano

 

Very sad getting this horrible news, right after Merle Haggard’s passing yesterday.  Most all of you know Bob Windham’s basic story.  He came from football right into pro wrestling, and one of his first territories as a green Bobby Windham was my home base Los Angeles Cal Eaton/Mike Lebell territory.  He was like John Studd when Walter first broke him in, also in L.A.  Big, tall and green clumsy.  But a great talker from the get go.

 

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