Archive for the ‘Analyst Columns’ Category

AIW Today

– Article & photos by Paul Stratoti


The success of AIW as a well oiled, highly competitive and unique indie fed cannot be denied.


The AIW Mother-ship which usually docks at the legendary Turner’s Hall is well into its 9th year and now holds regular training sessions in its 16′ X 16′ rings in effort to bring to the table the new, unique and exciting talent that Northeast Ohio and beyond boasts with trainers of notable stature. John Thorne and Chandler Biggins are usually always watching from back stage area to supervise the entire goings on while also tending to the needs of the wrestlers and fans.


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Former USC football star, pro wrestler Del Wilkes finds redemption after fall from grace

Mike Mooneyham


Del Wilkes was certainly no stranger to fame and the adulation of adoring fans.

One of the most celebrated football players to come out of the University of South Carolina, Wilkes later carved out a niche in the professional wrestling world, capturing a slew of titles and an international reputation.


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Kevin Steen Signs with WWE’s NXT

– Article & photos by Paul Stratoti


Pro Wrestling Digest and Absolute Intense Wrestling would like to give a big round of applause to Kevin Steen for his acceptance into Full Sail University and the NXT division! The self proclaimed Future of Professional Wrestling is now the Future of the WWE.


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Robin Williams, The Genius Of A Star Who Fell To Earth

by Mike Lano


Robin Williams was brilliant both as a comic and an actor and as many have said, there was no one like him and no one who did what he did. Nor ever will. Billy Crystal probably had it best simply Tweeting “no words” upon learning his friend had died in contrast to so many other celebs and posers who either had a camera shoved in their faces or Social Media’d out trite stuff. Williams deserved more and thankfully got it from a few. This man-child force of nature who seemed to be twenty entertainers all rolled into one.

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Mid-Atlantic mat memories: Curtain closes on Fanfest

–  Mike Mooneyham


They say all good things must come to an end. And so it was with Fanfest.

For the past decade, the annual four-day event had become a destination for thousands of fans who traveled from every nook and cranny of the country, and locales as far away as Japan and Australia, to converge for a weekend of wrestling nostalgia.


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Lano – Get Well Ata

August 11th, 2014 1 Comment

Get Well Ata

By Dr. Mike Lano


Thank Goodness for Ata Johnson (a Tribute and Major Get Well Wish From All of your friends)

By Dr. Mike Lano  (with photo taken of her just last month)


Many of us are still in shock hearing or seeing the news yesterday that Duane Johnson’s wonderful mom and wrestling cousin were hit by that drunk driver in Florida. Ata is one of the great ones on this planet, with one of the biggest hearts and just a lovely lady.


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Heel Turns, Part 2

– Article & photos by Paul Stratoti


There have been so many turns throughout wrestling and Sports Entertainment history that one would think that its resilience would have wore off decades ago. However, some of us need an alternative to the seasonally charged sports of baseball, football and basketball.


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” STARS OF WRESTLING” formerly Oaktown Championship Wrestling promotion

– Article & photos by Dr. Mike Lano


8/2/2014 Alameda Point Gym right on the water at our old military base

promoter: Icebox Robert Smith (roller derby longtime skater & heel manager). Oakland A’s star player angle below:


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Ageless Ricky Steamboat good guy inside and outside the wrestling ring

– Mike Mooneyham


With a name like Dick Blood, there was little chance Ricky Steamboat could have ever achieved his ultimate status as one of pro wrestling’s greatest babyfaces.

But when Richard Henry Blood became matinee idol Ricky Steamboat, the young wrestler’s fate changed almost overnight.


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Arn Anderson was heart of the Horsemen

- Mike Mooneyham


“Adversity introduces a man to himself.” – Arn Anderson

I always loved that quote. Especially when Arn Anderson said it … because you just knew he meant it.



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