Archive for the ‘Analyst Columns’ Category

Dear Leader (that could be Vince) Part Deuce


– Dr. Mike Lano

 

After all this time and the great talk of a Diva, cough, now we’re not allowed to say that word anymore either?  Chalk that up as a positive and TNA aka WWE-Lite should soon be copying, er following suit in KO’ing their own word Knockout from its own lexicon).  Wow, Ms. Yim does sound like a tough something or other with a decent promo last night v Maria the K.

 

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Ring of Honor’s Adam Page no ordinary weekend warrior


– Mike Mooneyham

During the week, Stevie Woltz is a high school teacher in Virgilina, Va., a blue-collar spec on the map located on the Virginia-North Carolina border. But on weekends, the soft-spoken educator seamlessly morphs into his alter ego of Adam Page, one of the top young performers on the Ring of Honor roster.

Only 24 years old, Page already has eight years experience and has emerged as one of the brightest prospects on the pro wrestling scene. But he’s no ordinary weekend warrior.

 

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Pro wrestling’s weekend warriors chasing dreams

– Mike Mooneyham

 

Professional wrestling has been called a soap opera for men, and described as a synthesis of morality plays and burlesque.

The French cultural theorist Roland Barthes, in his famous 1957 essay “The World of Wrestling,” expressed an even deeper meaning for the pseudo-sport. Wrestling, he contended, was a spectacle of excess; a mode of theatric performance, a physical allegory for modern life.

 

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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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