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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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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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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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