Archive for the ‘Analyst Columns’ Category

Kamala’s Kickstarter Campaign Successful – You Can Buy His Book

– Article & photos by Paul Stratoti

 

Mr. James Harris (aka the Ugandan Giant Kamala) debuted in 1982 in the Memphis territory and was introduced by 2016 George Tragos/Lou Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame inductee JJ Dillon as the biggest threat to the career Jerry “the King” Lawler who is a WWE Hall of Famer and this year’s presenter to Lance Russell of the 2016 Cauliflower Alley Club’s Announcer’s Award.

 

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WWE Ref Charles Robinson Living the Dream

– Mike Mooneyham

 

As a teenager growing up in Mooresville, N.C., Charles Robinson had a dream.

And for the past 20 years, the lifelong wrestling fan has been living that dream each and every day.

 

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The CAC 2016 Reunion Is Coming 4/11 – 4/13

- Article by Paul Stratoti

 

You never know who you will be sitting with during a CAC banquet as that is one of the many unique aspects of our annual events

 

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Pro wrestling and a lifetime of County Hall memories

Mike Mooneyham
While looking back on over 50 years of covering the professional wrestling business, many highlights immediately come to mind.

Unforgettable Starrcades, the glitz of Wrestlemania, the Monday Night Wars, the Attitude Era.

 

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Pro Wrestling Guerrilla, As Good As It Gets 

Article & photo by Dr. Mike Lano

 

(Part one of several)

I’ve had the honor of watching Los Angeles-based Pro Wrestling Guerrilla (PWG and prowrestlingguerrilla.com) grow from its earliest days to the world force and showcase for the highest quality wrestling it remains today.  Spearheaded by founder (and long-time West Coast high flying star able to work any style of grappling) Super Dragon, it’s been unusual over its many years for often being able to bring in not just top American, Canadian, European, Japanese, Mexican, etc. athletes; but also from promotions ranging from ROH, TNA, Evolve and many others.  Literally the cream of the crop in an ever-changing industry landscape at their Reseda, CA home.

 

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Bob Leonard Will Be Missed

Article & photos by Paul Stratoti

 

We at Pro Wrestling Digest hereby offer condolences to the Leonard family as we announce the passing of 74 year old Bob Leonard, who began his wrestling career as a photographer and served our community as Cauliflower Alley Club honoree and Executive Board member.

 

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Remembering Jonnie Mae Young

– Dr. Mike Lano

 

Tomorrow is the one year anniversary of the passing of Jonnie Mae Young, born 3/12/23.  Total, total legend who helped train Lil/Moolah and so many others besides being a total pioneer in the biz along with greats like Mildred Burke, June Byers and later Mae Weston and so many others.

 

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David Bowie, Not Of This Earth

– Mike Lano

 

Maybe it was for the best that the general public didn’t know that David Bowie had been very ill with cancer the past 18 months.  CBS Morning News opened this morning with Charlie Rose interviewing him back in 1989, and Bowie was smoking during the entire interview sadly ala Keith Richards in his own, old days.  Bowie even coughed the smoker’s deep cough which was chilling several times during the piece.  Although he might not have seemed of this world, otherworldly while fallling into it; he forever changed this planet.  I know this has nothing to do with boxing, MMA or pro wrestling, but David Bowie sort of does. Well the color, spectacle and showmanship he brought to his performances and video certainly were influential even in pro wrestling.  One wouldn’t have an Adrian Street without Bowie’s influence.  Or Iggy Pop and the Stooges, Velvet Underground’s Lou Reed on up to George Clinton and Bootsie Collins, NY Dolls, Kiss, Talking Heads, Madonna, Marilyn Manson, Gaga, Katie Perry, and so many others who lifted from the Bowie palate.  Most anyone doing anything with flair and color since 1971 has DB to thank.

 

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Cena Injury Latest WWE Setback

– Mike Mooneyham

 

Don’t look now, but with less than 90 days from Wrestlemania, there’s still no sign of a blockbuster main event to headline what has been billed as the biggest event in the 32-year series of the “granddaddy of them all.”

It’s not all WWE’s fault. Injuries have taken a devastating toll on the upper tier of the roster in recent months. The latest setback came last week when John Cena, WWE’s flag-bearer and 15-time world heavyweight champion, underwent shoulder surgery to repair a torn labrum. The operation, performed Thursday in Birmingham, Ala., will likely keep Cena off WWE’s biggest show of the year.

 

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On Bob Leonard and Joyce Grable (and other stuff)

– By Dr. Mike Lano

 

Karen sent me an email that I just received today and was very happy to hear super nice person Joyce Grable put out online that she’s doing great.

Joyce Grable just posted this on her Facebook:

I am back home. 4 days in hospital but have new valves in my heart. 1 -2 weeks before I can drive. Just very thankful I am feeling good and on my way to better health. God is so good to me. Will see you in Mobile.

 

Which we’re all praying means after all her cancer therapy, is that she’s in remission. I just emailed my longtime pal to send her more encouragement. And that why does it seem often in wrestling the really nice, caring people seem to get ailments, etc. while the total a-holes live forever, often problem and disease-free.   Joyce has always been a total sweetheart, plus of course a great young legend in the biz.  Keep those positive vibes going for her everyone.

 

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