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Massage therapy gives pro wrestling new edge; Who’ll beat the invincible Brock Lesnar?

– Mike Mooneyham

 

It’s hardly a secret that professional wrestlers take a pounding.

So how do they get relief from the constant wear and tear on their bodies?

 

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Former USC football star, pro wrestler Del Wilkes finds redemption after fall from grace

Mike Mooneyham

 

Del Wilkes was certainly no stranger to fame and the adulation of adoring fans.

One of the most celebrated football players to come out of the University of South Carolina, Wilkes later carved out a niche in the professional wrestling world, capturing a slew of titles and an international reputation.

 

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Mid-Atlantic mat memories: Curtain closes on Fanfest

–  Mike Mooneyham

 

They say all good things must come to an end. And so it was with Fanfest.

For the past decade, the annual four-day event had become a destination for thousands of fans who traveled from every nook and cranny of the country, and locales as far away as Japan and Australia, to converge for a weekend of wrestling nostalgia.

 

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Ageless Ricky Steamboat good guy inside and outside the wrestling ring

– Mike Mooneyham

 

With a name like Dick Blood, there was little chance Ricky Steamboat could have ever achieved his ultimate status as one of pro wrestling’s greatest babyfaces.

But when Richard Henry Blood became matinee idol Ricky Steamboat, the young wrestler’s fate changed almost overnight.

 

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Arn Anderson was heart of the Horsemen

- Mike Mooneyham

 

“Adversity introduces a man to himself.” – Arn Anderson

I always loved that quote. Especially when Arn Anderson said it … because you just knew he meant it.

 

 

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Former WWE star C.M. Punk has fans still guessing

Mike Mooneyham

 

They say absence makes the heart grow fonder.

If that’s true, then WWE fans must be really missing C.M. Punk, who bolted the company several months ago and never looked back.

 

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Former WWE champ Daniel Bryan facing uphill battle upon return

– Mike Mooneyham

 

A mere two months ago, Daniel Bryan was on top of the wrestling world.

He had emerged victorious in the biggest match of his career, winning the WWE heavyweight title at Wrestlemania 30 in front of 75,000 fans in New Orleans, a storybook scenario that could have only been scripted in the pro wrestling arena.

The story, though, was supposed to be just beginning.

 

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New book, ‘Big Gold,’ unveils secrets of famous pro wrestling belt

– Mike Mooneyham

 

One of professional wrestling’s most celebrated championship belts is examined in meticulous fashion in a new book that is bound to whet the appetite of grappling purists.

“Big Gold,” authored by Dick Bourne with an assist from acclaimed beltmaker Dave Millican, looks at the creation, crafting, recovery, salvage and legacy of what many consider the most famous pro wrestling belt ever – the original “Big Gold” belt that was used by the National Wrestling Alliance, New Japan Pro Wrestling and World Championship Wrestling from 1985 until 2001.

 

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Darius Rucker talks Ric Flair, old school wrestling

Mike Mooneyham

 

Some of Darius Rucker’s favorite childhood times were spent watching pro wrestling on television and attending live grappling events at the former County Hall.

The territory days are long gone, and County Hall is a relic of the past.

 

But his love for the “old days” and one particular performer has never waned.

 

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No longer reason to believe in The Shield?

– Mike Mooneyham

 

What a difference a day makes.

During a 24-hour period last week, The Shield went from being the most dominant faction in pro wrestling to a fragmented unit with the surprise heel turn of Seth Rollins.

One night after The Shield (Rollins, Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns) dominated Evolution at WWE’s Payback pay-per-view, eliminating all three members without losing a man,

the tables were turned on Raw.

 

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