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P.R. Hungry “Manager” Wants To Donate A Brain (thank goodness it’s not his)


Article & photo by Dr. Mike Lano


Joanie was a sweet person with a good heart.  She’d admitted to me by phone and in person that she had made a lot of bad choices since she left WWF/E and many of them were letting in people who claimed they’d help promote her, but who ended up using her.  She said she really hated getting taken advantage of, but that her nature was to be trusting first.  I’d tell her to “do some due-diligence” on anyone coming into her life that she didn’t already fully know.

 

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A Tribute to Joanie, Combate Kurosai Joanie-San

By Dr Mike Lano

 


I think we can all agree that the last 24 hours have been pretty brutal in terms of deaths of notable people who affected us all uniquely, and who we’ll all miss (yup, even Trips especially after Joanie cornered him like last year, wanting to make amends).  First Joanie Lauer, and then soon after confirmation Prince had been found dead at his Paisley Park, MN, home and studio; wrestling got word that a longtimer had passed in Ruth Silverstone.  Many of you may not recognize Ruth’s name but she helped her husband Dean for years promote a major outlaw wrestling promotion in the Pacific Northwest that encompassed Washington State with some shows in Oregon, etc. using names like Lumberjack Luke, Paddy Ryan and more in the 70′s and 80′s.

 

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51st Annual Cauliflower Alley Club Reunion

by Former Torch Japan Columnist, Dr. Mike Lano

 

Wrestling’s brotherhood, fraternal organization Cauliflower Alley Club was founded 51 years ago as a non-profit by name wrestler and film/tv actor Mike Mazurki and his boxing publicist friend Art Abrams as an informal, several times/year downtown Los Angeles meet and greet, break-bread group.  Awards weren’t even given out until some time later, and they were divided into thirds for his pro wrestling friends, boxing and boxers and his movie/tv/stuntman friends.  Amongst those many genres have seen names from Sly Stallone to Oscar De La Hoya, Elliott Gould, Terry Moore, Buddy Rogers, Baba and Inoki attend.

 

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Remembering Blackjack Mulligan


By Dr Mike Lano

 

Very sad getting this horrible news, right after Merle Haggard’s passing yesterday.  Most all of you know Bob Windham’s basic story.  He came from football right into pro wrestling, and one of his first territories as a green Bobby Windham was my home base Los Angeles Cal Eaton/Mike Lebell territory.  He was like John Studd when Walter first broke him in, also in L.A.  Big, tall and green clumsy.  But a great talker from the get go.

 

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Lucha Underground Sets and Exceeds the Industry Standard for In-Ring Disinfection, Health and Safety

 

Wrestling Health Report by Dr. Mike Lano, DDS, MS

 

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Can He Get A Yes?

– Article & photos by Dr. Mike Lano, DDS

 

I’m certain everyone felt badly hearing the news the other day about Axl Rotten’s passing.  He was one of those total ECW pioneers who gave his body and craft to entertain everyone before, during the great ECW days and beyond.

 

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Dr. Mike’s Not Necessarily Da Super News

– Dr. Mike Lano

 

Not that there’s anything wrong with possibly being influenced by someone else’s fan fest around your biggest annual event  (meaning Mania vs Superbowl).  Some of the many longtime NFL press told me that the NFL’s been doing these fan interaction events at this level more years than the earliest WWE Access events which I think started in either 2004 or 5.

 

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Pro Wrestling Guerrilla, As Good As It Gets 

Article & photo by Dr. Mike Lano

 

(Part one of several)

I’ve had the honor of watching Los Angeles-based Pro Wrestling Guerrilla (PWG and prowrestlingguerrilla.com) grow from its earliest days to the world force and showcase for the highest quality wrestling it remains today.  Spearheaded by founder (and long-time West Coast high flying star able to work any style of grappling) Super Dragon, it’s been unusual over its many years for often being able to bring in not just top American, Canadian, European, Japanese, Mexican, etc. athletes; but also from promotions ranging from ROH, TNA, Evolve and many others.  Literally the cream of the crop in an ever-changing industry landscape at their Reseda, CA home.

 

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Remembering Jonnie Mae Young

– Dr. Mike Lano

 

Tomorrow is the one year anniversary of the passing of Jonnie Mae Young, born 3/12/23.  Total, total legend who helped train Lil/Moolah and so many others besides being a total pioneer in the biz along with greats like Mildred Burke, June Byers and later Mae Weston and so many others.

 

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David Bowie, Not Of This Earth

– Mike Lano

 

Maybe it was for the best that the general public didn’t know that David Bowie had been very ill with cancer the past 18 months.  CBS Morning News opened this morning with Charlie Rose interviewing him back in 1989, and Bowie was smoking during the entire interview sadly ala Keith Richards in his own, old days.  Bowie even coughed the smoker’s deep cough which was chilling several times during the piece.  Although he might not have seemed of this world, otherworldly while fallling into it; he forever changed this planet.  I know this has nothing to do with boxing, MMA or pro wrestling, but David Bowie sort of does. Well the color, spectacle and showmanship he brought to his performances and video certainly were influential even in pro wrestling.  One wouldn’t have an Adrian Street without Bowie’s influence.  Or Iggy Pop and the Stooges, Velvet Underground’s Lou Reed on up to George Clinton and Bootsie Collins, NY Dolls, Kiss, Talking Heads, Madonna, Marilyn Manson, Gaga, Katie Perry, and so many others who lifted from the Bowie palate.  Most anyone doing anything with flair and color since 1971 has DB to thank.

 

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