Archive for the ‘Dr. Mike’s Canvas Cavity’ Category

Dr. Mike’s Not Necessarily the News

– Dr. Mike Lano

 

No More Hogan promos-bullet points written on his hand? 2 F’ups-”watch it on the WWE universe” the funniest that you can watch (I quickly forgot what his point was) on the WWE universe…”   that was bad and the second/worst of his two verbal f’ups in that brief promo last night on Squaw. Certainly they couldn’t have transported him in, paid him for that bit of lameness last night.  He had to have been doing it gratis (just being sarcastic) out of “the goodness of his heart, right? Nope?

 

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Remembering the Great Don Manoukian, Don the Bruiser: NFL and Pro Graps Star

By Mike Lano

 

Don was a multi tag champ for San Francisco and West Coast promoter Roy Shire but also had Japan and Honolulu tours, worked for Don Owen, Cal Eaton in Los Angeles and other West Coast promoters like Gene Kiniski.  He was broken in in part by Ray Stevens who both said were each other’s best legit friends.  Don used to live with Ray and his lady wrestler wife Terese Thies who helped break in Ray along with Frankie “Great Mephisto” Kane.

 

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My Two Arm-Chairing Cents

By Dr Mike Lano, Newstand Mag Columnist and Photographer globally since 1966

 

When any of WWE’s women or men are out for surgery, injuries, etc;  they certainly have been doing a poor job of late at keeping them in their audience’s mind.

 

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A tribute to longtime friend and friend of pro wrestling: Eric “The Midget/The Actor” Lynch
By Dr. Mike Lano

 

Eric “the Actor” as he preferred Stern to call him on the Howard Stern radio show on Sirius/XM channels 100 and 101, was in reality, Sacramento-based Eric Lynch.  Quiet, polite and a really nice person.  He was never really able to walk, and was just a bit over 3′ tall.  He was born with various other maladies like club feet and malshaped fingers that made it hard to grasp his phone or other objects.  But he never let any of that get in the way of him enjoying and living life to the fullest.

 

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Robin Williams, The Genius Of A Star Who Fell To Earth

by Mike Lano

 

Robin Williams was brilliant both as a comic and an actor and as many have said, there was no one like him and no one who did what he did. Nor ever will. Billy Crystal probably had it best simply Tweeting “no words” upon learning his friend had died in contrast to so many other celebs and posers who either had a camera shoved in their faces or Social Media’d out trite stuff. Williams deserved more and thankfully got it from a few. This man-child force of nature who seemed to be twenty entertainers all rolled into one.

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Lano – Get Well Ata

August 11th, 2014 1 Comment

Get Well Ata

By Dr. Mike Lano

 

Thank Goodness for Ata Johnson (a Tribute and Major Get Well Wish From All of your friends)

By Dr. Mike Lano  (with photo taken of her just last month)

 

Many of us are still in shock hearing or seeing the news yesterday that Duane Johnson’s wonderful mom and wrestling cousin were hit by that drunk driver in Florida. Ata is one of the great ones on this planet, with one of the biggest hearts and just a lovely lady.

 

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” STARS OF WRESTLING” formerly Oaktown Championship Wrestling promotion

– Article & photos by Dr. Mike Lano

 

8/2/2014 Alameda Point Gym right on the water at our old military base

promoter: Icebox Robert Smith (roller derby longtime skater & heel manager). Oakland A’s star player angle below:

 

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Remembering Shu Aoki

By Mike Lano

 

Firstly, mutual historian and friend Mick Karch (who began in the late 60′s as the plexi for the Bockwinkel Brigade fan club and later became an announcer for the AWA and many top midwest promotions in the 80′s and 90′s) has the absolute best Shu tribute text online and I urge everyone to go there.  There’s also a photo of Shu, Mick and Bill Apter from I believe some fanfest 2 years ago where they’re all smiles, having one of those great and rare nowadays, pro wrestling fun times.

 

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Major top title changes, Melissa Anderson re-joins APW last Friday night (photos and results)
By Mike Lano

 

The second installment of the new and improved West Coast 20 year old All Pro Wrestling (APW) promotion had a sold-out, SRO show last night just blocks from San Francisco’s venerable Roy Shire’s building of the Cow Palace.  And the Cow Palace, rarely used anymore other than for ethnic music concerts, gun shows and Grand National annual rodeos that Shire and his wife Dorothy used to show off their prize horses and cows from their Sebastapol, CA, ranch;  was also packed for a Filipino-American celebration at the same time as APW had several major title changes, major star debuts and more last night.

 

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Cauliflower Alley Club’s 49th Annual Pro Wrestling Reunion: Plus Some History

By CAC Photographer Dr Mike Lano

 

Cauliflower Alley Club (“The Ring of Friendship where heat is left at the door”) is the longest brotherhood organization in our community.  We held our 49th annual reunion this year at the Gold Coast Hotel in Las Vegas amidst a lot of awards, many major changes and some controversy.  Nearly everyone has attended or been honored there including Rikidozan’s son and family on his behalf, along with his granddaughter Ria Momoto, Shohei Baba, Inoki, Seiji Sakaguchi, Mitsuhara Misawa, Destroyer Dick Beyer who I’ve served with on the CAC board of directors, Judo Gene Lebell, Sam Muchnick, George Cannon, the Vachons, Bret, Steve Austin, Johnny Powers, Buddy Rogers, Mildred Burke, Penny Banner, former Presidents Lou Thesz, Red Bastien and Nick Bockwinkel, Pat Patterson, Bobby Heenan, Grand Wizard, Lou Albano, Arnold Skoaland, Fred Blassie of course, Ray Stevens, Angelo Mosca, Chigusa, Devil Masami, Ernie Ladd, Mil Mascaras, Verne and Greg Gagne, Buddy Wolfe and Lars Anderson, Abdullah the Butcher, Jim Cornette, the entire McMahon family and nearly everyone in the business.

 

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