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‘Gateway Boys’ help keep Mid-Atlantic wrestling memories alive


– Mike Mooneyham

For nearly 16 years Dick Bourne and David Chappell have formed one of the top teams in professional wrestling.

And that’s without having ever stepped inside a wrestling ring.

 

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Pro wrestling star Ilio DiPaolo’s legacy continues to live on


– Mike Mooneyham

 

Ilio DiPaolo was one of pro wrestling’s most popular and revered performers during the ’50s and ’60s, particularly in his home area of Buffalo, N.Y., where he established a family Italian eatery after retiring from the business in 1965.

The charismatic DiPaolo would later gain even more acclaim as a restaurateur and civic leader, giving more back to his community than perhaps any other in the long history of sports in Buffalo. As respected as DiPaolo was as a wrestler, the gentle giant would ultimately be defined more by his generosity and the size of his heart.

 

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‘Local Legend’ Burrhead Jones fighting toughest battle yet


– Mike Mooneyham

He’s affectionately known as “The Local Legend.” Anyone who ever met him will never forget him.

And, like he’s said in countless interviews over the years, “There’ll never be a cotton-pickin’ other.”

 

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Former WWE heavyweight champ C.M. Punk taking on new challenge, critics in UFC


– Mike Mooneyham

 

It’s been a while since C.M. Punk made any significant noise in the pro wrestling world, but the former WWE champion is finally poised to test his skills in an MMA ring.

 

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Reigns, Lawler suspensions shake things up in WWE


Mike Mooneyham

It wasn’t a good week for WWE.

Not for Jerry Lawler, not for Roman Reigns, and especially not for WWE head honcho Vince McMahon.

 

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Moolah helped Charleston woman realize wrestling dream


– Mike Mooneyham

 

Long before the glitz and glamor of today’s brand of women’s professional wrestling, a trailblazing legion of females helped pave the way for a future generation of lady grapplers.

Not only did these pioneering women battle each other inside the squared circle, but they also battled the sexism that was prevalent during a time when feminism was still in its infancy.

 

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Wrestling great Danny Miller leaves behind a treasure trove of memories


– Mike Mooneyham

“I’m just not sure anybody would remember me.”

That’s what Danny Miller told me shortly after he was invited to the Mid-Atlantic Wrestling Legends Fanfest in Charlotte back in 2013.

Miller had been selected as member of that year’s Hall of Heroes class, a high distinction that honors some of the greatest stars to ever appear in the old Mid-Atlantic territory.

 

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Men on a Mission’s Bobby Horne looking for recognition, closure


- Mike Mooneyham

 

“The greatest team you’ve never seen.”

I penned that line more than 25 years ago about a new tag team I had just witnessed in action for the first time.

Making their local debut at a flea market show in North Charleston, the duo wore hoods, had a catchy name and were massive physical specimens.

 

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WWE could turn corner with brand split; Cody Rhodes says goodbye


– Mike Mooneyham

 

What’s old is new again.

WWE’s big announcement last week regarding split brands could be a bonanza for a company that in recent months has been beset by injuries, stagnant ratings and creative impasses.

 

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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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