Archive for the ‘Analyst Columns’ Category

UFC-bound C.M. Punk was best for WWE business

Mike Mooneyham


“I hope one day we’ll be able to get back together again.” – Vince McMahon on C.M. Punk

It may have been mere coincidence that WWE owner Vince McMahon and “Stone Cold” Steve Austin joined forces for a highly publicized podcast just days after former WWE superstar C.M. Punk launched “Pipe Bomb 2″ on a similar blockbuster show with Colt Cabana.


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WWE hits home run with new Randy Savage DVD, but burning question remains

– Mike Mooneyham


“I’m living on the edge of a lightning bolt, and I do not apologize for it.” – Randy Savage

One of the long-standing mysteries in the world of professional wrestling revolves around the late “Macho Man” Randy Savage and World Wrestling Entertainment.


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Wrestling book takes nostalgic look at County Hall reunion

– Mike Mooneyham


A truly memorable event was held on May 30, 1998, at the Charleston landmark formerly known as County Hall.

The venerable building for years had been the site of professional wrestling shows. But when the building fell into disrepair, a victim of leaky roofs, bad floors and balconies destroyed by termites, County Hall closed as an auditorium in 1985.

It would mark the end of an era for wrestling fans in the Lowcountry.


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WWE has a hugely successful opening night party in Santa Clara to kick off “first day” ticket sales


by Dr Mike Lano, wrestling/boxing/MMA/the arts photojournalism published globally since 1966


WWE had a free party and autograph event for fans as well as a media event for the press at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, CA last Friday night to commemorate the first day of Wrestlemania ticket sales the following day.


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Mick Foley gives Newsday tour of his Christmas room

- Josh Stewart, Newsday


Mick Foley gave Newsday a tour of his year-round Christmas room on Long Island and talked about his participation in the recently released documentary “I Am Santa Claus.”


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Celebrities hang out with WWE Superstars and other pro wrestlers from WCW, TNA, Impact Wrestling

– Josh Stewart, Newsday


You’d be surprised how many celebrities have stars that they swoon over — and a lot of them wear spandex and face paint to work. Take a look at WWE Superstars and the celebs who got their pro wrestling fix by hanging out with their grappling heroes.


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Randy Orton to shine in new WWE role

– Mike Mooneyham


Randy Orton never liked playing the role of babyface. But after the past couple of weeks on WWE television, Orton is quickly emerging as the hottest babyface in the company.

While his beatdown by The Authority last week on Raw will temporarily take him out of the picture, giving him time to do some film work on his latest WWE movie project, the door will be open for him to return for WWE’s Survivor Series pay-per-view on Nov. 23 in Orton’s hometown of St. Louis.


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Remembering Bob Geigel plus Column Stuff

– Dr. Mike Lano


Sorry guys to be behind on a Bob Geigel tribute but was swamped with not just S.F. Giants world series coverage when they played the Royals 2 out of the 3 games at San Francisco’s beautiful ATT Park right on the water, but also their victory parade and City Hall ceremony officiated by Mayor Ed Lee out here.  It was my third time covering the Giants world series games out here and victory parade in the celebrated 5 years.  And yep, I put out there that “Kung Fu Panda” Pablo Sandoval looks exactly like Taz in the latter’s prime, especially in that World Series close-up, headshot footage of him winking at the camera before hitting a triple against KC.   Also, CMLL’s Negro Casas is beginning to look like Perro Aquayo Sr. when the latter was starting to get old looking and burnt out.  No disrespect to Perro Sr. who put in decades of in-ring service as has the equally great Negro Casas who I first covered ringside at Korakuen Hall for New Japan.


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New book celebrates three decades of Wrestlemania

– Mike Mooneyham


Wrestlemania has long been known as “the Granddaddy of Them All” when it comes to premier sports entertainment events.

Then it only follows that “30 Years of Wrestlemania” should rightfully assume a similar title in the Wrestlemania-related books category.

From the creators of “WWE 50″ and the official “WWE Encyclopedia,” “30 Years of Wrestlemania” provides an in-depth look at the show of shows from its inception to the current day.


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Looking at Lucha Underground Debut Show

By Dr. Mike Lano


GREAT debut show and I give it 4.5 stars but everyone should love it.  Obviously high production values throughout, loads of cameras and unusual camera angles and shots plus a very cool Aztec symbol in the middle of the wrestling mat.  They also went to great pains to truly gave the taping site venue a gritty, fight club look.


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