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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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Making Nice

By Dr. Mike Lano

 

As noted on the all-new All Pro Wrestling (APW)’s 2nd card at the great near Cow Palace venue in a few weeks is that Cheerleader Melissa will be on not just the show facing Reby Skye, but also on her first APW card in about 7 years since she and Jason Deadrich broke away from the original owner/founder of APW in Roland Alexander.  Roland sadly passed away last fall and since Roland’s long-time talented booker Markus Mac has purchased the name rights, etc to APW and put on a wildly successful first card which Roland would’ve been proud of,  Markus has done quite a bit of fence-mending.

 

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Top West Coast Major Wrestling Card Events

By Mike Lano (who’ll be covering all of them as reporter/photographer)

 

The major West Coast post-Cauliflower Alley Club Vegas reunion card promoted by Butch Haugh using all sorts of great West Coast talent follows a huge two-day Vendetta Pro, Billy Blade promoted show this coming Sunday and Monday(in Las Vegas, directly at our CAC Hotel).  The San Jose May 7th lineup is:

 

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I Smell A Whiff Of What They’re Cookin’ (and It Stinks)

– Dr. Mike Lano

 

The Whiff still can’t get tag team wrestling right or just doesn’t get it, period.  Nada.

 

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Hey CNN, Still No Trace Of The Plane!

– By Mike Lano

 

WWE World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Brian Danielson and Brie “Bella” (where did that name come from anyway) recently wed along the rushing creek along that magical Sedona’s L’Auberge de Sedona resort property sits upon.  I know the digs well because we’ve visited former champ Superstar Billy Graham in nearby Phoenix, and my wife and I have stayed at the 5-star L’Auberge many times.  Great hiking, no matter one’s difficulty level.  Be aware with the red clay soil, you’re going to ruin tennis shoes no matter the color.  From black to white and other color shoes, that clay dust just won’t wash out and I have the photos to prove it.  One of the great mystical, energy-vibe mysterious places on earth there.  And so clear at night with little pollution allowing one to see most all the stars and constellations.

 

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