Archive for the ‘Analyst Columns’ Category

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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Long Lost Dusty Rhodes Interview Now Online


– Chris Yandek

With the passing of Dusty Rhodes,CYInterview has released a tribute with a long lost 40 minute conversation with the American Dream from a 2003 conversation with Chris Yandek. Mr. Rhodes opens up about many topics.

 

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Dusty Rhodes, One of the All Time Greats


– Article & photo by Dr. Mike Lano

 

Glad to see so many young and not so young in the biz posting, Tweeting and remembering Big Dust who had so many great phrases and career arcs in wrestling.

 

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Tommy Rogers leaves behind Fantastic tag-team legacy


– Mike Mooneyham

 

Tommy Rogers, who passed away last week at the age of 54, was one of the profession’s finest practitioners of tag-team wrestling.

It was an art Rogers perfected with longtime partner Bobby Fulton, and it was more than just a little apropos that they were known collectively as The Fantastics.

 

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Ring of Honor joins TNA in Wednesday night mat lineup


– Mike Mooneyham

Destination America announced last week that it will be bringing Ring of Honor to the network beginning June 3. The weekly program will run at 8 p.m. ET on Wednesday and will serve as the direct lead-in to TNA’s Impact Wrestling.

 

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Wrestling and Hollywood’s Friend, Eric Caiden

– Article & Photo by Dr. Mike Lano

 

Eric was one of those incredibly nice people in wrestling who really was even better known (that’s hard to believe but true) within grind house and cult, horror movie circles as both an expert and historian.  He appeared in a number of those films but also never strayed from his pro wrestling roots with production involvement in the Adrian Street/John Tolos, etc. wrestling film Grunt! and many other projects including co-promoting some ISW shows, etc with his longtime pal Johnny Legend, projects with Andy Kaufman and Johnny’s sis Lynne Marguiles (My Breakfast W/ Blassie) who had been a longtime girlfriend of Kaufman’s, etc.

 

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