Archive for the ‘Analyst Columns’ Category

Dr. Mike Lano Remembers Rowdy Roddy Piper


Article & photos by Dr. Mike Lano

Still trying to process Dusty Rhodes and Verne Gagne’s passings (and that of Hogan’s career).  Now this.

 

This is really hard to take in because he was still a kid at 61.  Way, way too young to leave this world.  The Hodgkins had reportedly been in remission for years, according to him directly to me.

 

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‘Mid-Atlantic Memories’ to flow at Charlotte Fanfest


– Mike Mooneyham

Videographer John Andosca figures he’s logged hundreds of hours in the editing room and thousands of miles on the road preparing for the big night.

“Mid-Atlantic Memories,” a 75-minute documentary on one of pro wrestling’s most revered territories, will make its world premiere Thursday night in Charlotte when the Mid-Atlantic Wrestling Fanfest opens it annual four-day run.

 

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Charlotte’s Mid-Atlantic Wrestling Legends Fanfest taking final bow


__ Mike Mooneyham

As Yogi Berra once said, “It ain’t over till it’s over.”

Longtime Fanfest followers probably thought the same thing when promoter Greg Price announced that the 2014 Fanfest would be his last.

 

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WWE Star Cesaro Still Waiting for His Shot at the Brass Ring


– Mike Mooneyham

 

“This man has the makings of a future champion.” — John Cena on Cesaro

The above statement is high praise, indeed, particularly coming from 15-time world champion John Cena, who in recent years has been regarded as the face of WWE.

 

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Lano – Who Wrote Go Set a Watchman? Harper Lee or Harper-Collins?

 

Wrestling with Deep Thoughts (not by SNL‘s Jack Handey) but By Dr. Mike Lano

 

Forget Go Set A Watchman.  We prefer the unreleased (and “over my dead body”) book found in the same safety deposit box next to matches and a gasoline tank, Harper Lee’s unfinished Go Get a Walkman.  Set in 1981 with a near senile “Attica” Finch.  Not really.

 

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Pampero Firpo Calls Out To Pedro Morales, Plus Other News


— Article by Paul Stratoti
— Photos by Paul Stratoti & Wayne Palmer, as noted

 

Every so often I am asked what it is like to be up, close and personal with today’s wrestling and “Sports Entertainment” professionals.

 

First of all let me explain that I do not necessary put myself in the same realm as the superstars and Legends yet I maintain diligence in doing what I can to celebrate victories with them, and to document and report on their accomplishments for publication.

 

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‘Nature Boy’ Buddy Landel battled his demons, but found redemption


__ Mike Mooneyham

 

“If ever there was such a talented rascal who would always be unconventional, it was Buddy Landel.” — Cowboy Bill Watts

Buddy Landel, who passed away last week at the age of 53, never had a problem admitting to anyone that he — far too often — had been his own worst enemy.

 

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Back from injury, Pete Kaasa again flying high in the ring


– Mike Mooneyham

 

Pete Kaasa, who took the independent wrestling scene by storm until a serious injury curtailed his career more than a year ago, has returned to the ring with a renewed focus.

The James Island native had his first match back two months ago in Union for the Trans-South Wrestling promotion, and says he feels better than ever.

 

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Sweet dreams to an American icon: Dusty Rhodes was a true original


Mike Mooneyham

 

I’ve wined and dined with kings and queens, and I’ve slept in alleys and ate pork and beans.” — “American Dream” Dusty Rhodes

 

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Pro wrestling legend ‘American Dream’ Dusty Rhodes dead at 69


– Mike Mooneyham

 

 

Dusty Rhodes, one of professional wrestling’s most iconic stars, died Thursday at the age of 69.

Rhodes, whose real name was Virgil Riley Runnels Jr., was better known to millions of wrestling fans worldwide as “The American Dream.”

 

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