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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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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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Jim Ross to emcee ‘Mid-Atlantic Memories’ premiere at Fanfest Weekend


– Mike Mooneyham

 

It’s often been said that once upon a time never comes again.

But with the yearly gathering known as Fanfest Weekend, old memories can come alive, at least for a few magical days.

 

For the past 10 years, fans have come from as far away as Japan and Australia to attend the four-day reunion, rekindling friendships and reliving wrestling memories from their childhood.

 

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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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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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