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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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Mike Lano with the Valiants

Mike Lano with the Valiants

 

 WWE presence at major BET awards last night…


– Mike Lano

 

Dr. Mike is back with comentary on WWE’s presence at the BET Awards.

 

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Reigns, Lawler suspensions shake things up in WWE


Mike Mooneyham

It wasn’t a good week for WWE.

Not for Jerry Lawler, not for Roman Reigns, and especially not for WWE head honcho Vince McMahon.

 

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Moolah helped Charleston woman realize wrestling dream


– Mike Mooneyham

 

Long before the glitz and glamor of today’s brand of women’s professional wrestling, a trailblazing legion of females helped pave the way for a future generation of lady grapplers.

Not only did these pioneering women battle each other inside the squared circle, but they also battled the sexism that was prevalent during a time when feminism was still in its infancy.

 

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