Archive for the ‘Analyst Columns’ Category

Adam Rose’s inspirational story: From the streets to WWE


– Mike Mooneyham

When I first heard that former WWE champion-turned-executive Triple H (Paul Levesque) was high on the Adam Rose character, I had some serious reservations.

To me, the gimmick reeked of cartoonish 1980s WWF, looking like a prime candidate for the waste heap of failed WWE characters.

 

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Verne Gagne helped shape mat industry; E:60 documentary on WWE a can’t miss

– Mike Mooneyham

 

 

The impact of Verne Gagne’s influence on professional wrestling may never be fully known.

But it can be said that if there had never been a Verne Gagne, pro wrestling most certainly would be the poorer for it.

Gagne, who passed away last week at the age of 89 after an extended battle with Alzheimer’s disease, was an Olympic-caliber athlete who excelled in football and wrestling in college, and parlayed those skills to the pro wrestling arena where for decades he was one of the sport’s most celebrated performers and promoters.

 

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Shimmer – It Is That Damn Great


Article & photos by Dr. Mike Lano

I know at times it sounds like I’m an old blowhard.  I have shot just about every group I ever wanted to shoot, nearly everyone in-ring (except for Johnny Powers in his prime, but I did get him to pose in the locker room with Inoki, Sheik, Ernie Ladd and others backstage for Eddie Einhorn’s magnificent IWA (those three great Roosevelt Stadium outdoor New Jersey shows and then my boss Eddie had the tv tapings at NYC’s famous Beacon Theatre which is still a chic place for events).

 

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Some Verne Gagne Thoughts

– Article & photos by Dr. Mike Lano

The great Verne Gagne.

 

Very sad to hear of the passing of just a fantastic athlete, both on an amateur, collegiate and professional level in all departments.  A hooker/shooter in the company of Thesz, Hodge, Asseriti, Robinson, Bill Miller, Stu, Larry Simon and maybe some lesser known guys like Hans Mortier.

 

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Mickie James Returns To the Ring In Hot AIW & TNA Action!


– Article & photos by Paul Stratoti

 

Results and photos from Absolute Intense Wrestling’s Make ‘Em Say Uhh! on Friday, April 24 at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel School, 1355 West 70th St., Cleveland, OH.

 

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Wrestling imparted life lessons to Eblen Charities’ Bill Murdock


– Mike Mooneyham

Bill Murdock is co-founder and executive director of Eblen Charities.

 

You won’t see many photos of Bill Murdock floating around social media.

It’s not because the Arden, N.C., resident is withdrawn or camera-shy. Far from it.

 

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Trip To Bountiful (Las Vegas, Cauliflower Alley’s 50th Anniversary)
Or, “The Girlfriend Experience” (I’m just kidding around)


Article & photos by Dr. Mike Lano

 

Exhausted and back from Vegas and I think most everyone had an overall fantastic time at Cauliflower Alley Club’s 50th anniversary in Las Wages/Vegas over those big 3 days. Last Sunday night saw night one of the associated CAC wrestling card that hard-working and capable wrestler/promoter Billy Blade does under his Vendetta Pro wrestling group/training center banner.

 

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Bad blood brewing between Scott Steiner, Hulk Hogan


– Mike Mooneyham

It’s a match that will never happen, although social media and Internet sites stirred the pot last week regarding an incident involving Hulk Hogan (Terry Bollea) and Scott Steiner (Scott Rechsteiner).

Celebrity gossip website TMZ.com reported that Hogan’s wife, Jennifer Bollea, told police that Steiner threatened to kill her husband.

 

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Wrestlemania Weekend 2015 Photo Gallery!


– Dr. Mike Lano

 

Dr. Mike Lano took a lot of great photos over Wrestlemania weekend!  Keep checking back for additions as he goes through them all.

 

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Sting vs. Undertaker: Too late for an epic? … Top diva AJ Lee ‘retires’ … Justin Roberts questions WWE motives


– Mike Mooneyham

It would have been one of the most anticipated matches in the modern history of professional wrestling.

For the past couple of decades fans have yearned for “The Ultimate Showdown: The Icon vs. The Phenom.”

 

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