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Andre The Giant’s remarkable life headed to the big screen


– Mike Mooneyham

 

One of the most famous attractions to ever step inside a professional wrestling ring will be the subject of a new biopic.

 

Production is scheduled to begin soon in Hollywood on a film based on the life story of the late Andre “The Giant” Rousimoff.

 

 

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My Breakfast with Blassie. Nope.  Er, uh My Journey Battle with Newly-Discovered Cancer

By Michael Lano, DDS

 

I feel most everyone I’ve known in the biz from the boys, office staff of my Los Angeles wrestling office territory home base shooting for Mike Lebell’s program launching from there to shooting for every global newstand wrestling and boxing magazine, fans, etc. are my extended family.   Some of you know I’ve battled and thankfully been in remission from Multiple Sclerosis for years since Mayo Hospital in Minnesota first nailed my diagnosis.  Although M.S. isn’t supposed to be “familial” or “genetic,” it appears to run in my family as my great uncle had it, as did my mom. Both were quickly wheelchair-bound which I’ve thankfully not had to deal with.  In fact, most can’t tell there’s anything “wrong” with me other than I’m a goof.

 

That all changed after a freak gym accident this past Tuesday morning at 7:25 am when I was doing my last exercise thing before taking off.

 

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Inspirational story of WWE’s Adam Rose takes sad turn with arrest


– Mike Mooneyham

Exactly one year ago I wrote a column on the inspirational story of Ray Leppan, whose remarkable journey took him from homelessness to a spot on sports entertainment’s biggest stage.

Leppan, better known to millions of wrestling fans as Adam Rose, overcame numerous obstacles to reach the bright lights of WWE.

 

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WWE performers take to social media in airing grievances


– Mike Mooneyham

It was a week of WWE performers taking to social media to air their grievances with the company.

 

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Dear Leader (that could be Vince) Part Deuce


– Dr. Mike Lano

 

After all this time and the great talk of a Diva, cough, now we’re not allowed to say that word anymore either?  Chalk that up as a positive and TNA aka WWE-Lite should soon be copying, er following suit in KO’ing their own word Knockout from its own lexicon).  Wow, Ms. Yim does sound like a tough something or other with a decent promo last night v Maria the K.

 

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Ring of Honor’s Adam Page no ordinary weekend warrior


– Mike Mooneyham

During the week, Stevie Woltz is a high school teacher in Virgilina, Va., a blue-collar spec on the map located on the Virginia-North Carolina border. But on weekends, the soft-spoken educator seamlessly morphs into his alter ego of Adam Page, one of the top young performers on the Ring of Honor roster.

Only 24 years old, Page already has eight years experience and has emerged as one of the brightest prospects on the pro wrestling scene. But he’s no ordinary weekend warrior.

 

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Pro wrestling’s weekend warriors chasing dreams

– Mike Mooneyham

 

Professional wrestling has been called a soap opera for men, and described as a synthesis of morality plays and burlesque.

The French cultural theorist Roland Barthes, in his famous 1957 essay “The World of Wrestling,” expressed an even deeper meaning for the pseudo-sport. Wrestling, he contended, was a spectacle of excess; a mode of theatric performance, a physical allegory for modern life.

 

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Pro wrestling superstar Chyna was a force of nature


– Mike Mooneyham

 

When will Chyna be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame?

It has been an oft-asked question among wrestling fans over the past decade. And with good reason.

 

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P.R. Hungry “Manager” Wants To Donate A Brain (thank goodness it’s not his)


Article & photo by Dr. Mike Lano


Joanie was a sweet person with a good heart.  She’d admitted to me by phone and in person that she had made a lot of bad choices since she left WWF/E and many of them were letting in people who claimed they’d help promote her, but who ended up using her.  She said she really hated getting taken advantage of, but that her nature was to be trusting first.  I’d tell her to “do some due-diligence” on anyone coming into her life that she didn’t already fully know.

 

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All The Angles—Remembering Chyna

– John Willett

 

They met in 1996; one from Nashua, NH, one from Rochester NY. Little did they know that their meeting would change both of their lives forever. Paul Michael Levesque and Joan Marie Laurer are two stark symbols of what the business of wrestling can do both for you, and to you.

 

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