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Is Daniel Bryan’s in-ring WWE career over?

– Mike Mooneyham


Daniel Bryan’s dream came true when he won the WWE world title on April 6, 2014, after months of pursuing pro wrestling’s biggest prize.

It was less than two years ago when the unheralded but ultra-talented Bryan found himself the company’s world champion, the most over performer in the promotion, and showered with “Yes!” chants by an impassioned fan base wherever he appeared.


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Remembering Percival A (for Al) Friend

By Dr Mike Lano


We were all friends of the great Al Friend (born  Albion Joseph Friend who passed on the 23rd), a longtime Midwest manager, but more importantly a great friend and give-backer to the biz he so loved.  A regular for some 15 years at Cauliflower Alley Club and a phenomenally nice person.  Al had taught some of the Harts and Bob Johnson how to play the wrestler’s famous mainstay competitive board game (combining a lot of skill sets) in Cribbage as well as many others, and he was right up there at CAC, winning our annual Cribbage tournaments several times over other longtime winners in Destroyer Dick Beyer, Butcher Paul Vachon and Riki Ataki.


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Lance Russell, legendary ‘voice of Memphis wrestling,’ finding his way back home

– Mike Mooneyham

Fewer territories have a grander tradition than that of Memphis wrestling.

“The Fabulous One,” Jackie Fargo, was a master showman, performer and innovator during the territory’s heyday. “Often imitated but never duplicated,” the charismatic Fargo passed the proverbial torch to Jerry “The King” Lawler, who during the ’70s and ’80s sold out the Mid-South Coliseum on numerous occasions.


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Heidi Lovelace To Defend Her Newly Crowned Absolute Intense Wrestling Women’s Championship Next Saturday Afternoon, 10/3!


– Article & photos by Paul Stratoti; posters by AIW


AIW Girls’ Night Out — 3:00pm

followed by

AIW Fresh Meat  — 7:30pm

Saturday, Oct. 3


Our Lady of Mt. Carmel

1355 West 70th St.

Cleveland, OH


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Fit Tip, Rain vs April, My Birf-day, Hunter Ha Ha!


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Can Sting afford another WWE loss? Lana out with broken wrist

– Mike Mooneyham

Sting took part in his first WWE match amid much ballyhoo at Wrestlemania in March.

It was a major coup when WWE finally landed the superstar, its final major holdout and one of the top names of the WCW era, for the company’s biggest event of the year.


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Breast implants are like pro wrestling. Everyone knows they’re fake, but we’re entertained all the same.


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Old days never ended for pro wrestling’s Professor Elliot

– Mike Mooneyham


He was the answer to his own riddle.

Who was the only person in World Wide Wrestling Federation history to hold all five championship belts in one night?

Professor Elliot Maron, of course.


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Dr. Mike Lano Remembers Prof. Elliot Maron

– Article & photos (to be added soon) by Dr. Mike Lano


Longtime major major WWWF fan and much more, Professor Elliot Maron died the other day after a long fight with Diabetes and other ailments.  He was nonresponsive and rushed to the hospital.  Like Piper and so many of our friends and brothers, Elliot was far too young to have been taken from us.


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Piper Hollywood Memorial Event A Moving, Family Affair

By Invited Attendee, Dr Mike Lano (
Piper’s longest and in more countries photographer from 1975 to current



Was honored to have been part of Monday’s event at the historic Comedy Store on Sunset Blvd. along the strip in the western portion of Hollywood.   Drove the 8 hours to make the trip and was asked to bring down my photos of Piper from 1975 to current.  Had photographed his very first match in my home base Los Angeles/Lebell territory in January of 1976 just months after Chavo Guerrero arrived, followed soon by his legendary dad Gory.


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