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The Great Ox/Doug Baker Remembered

By His Friend Mike Lano

 

Ox Baker was one of the more important figures in our industry.  I was very sad when I saw the subject like of Karen’s email a few hours ago – Ox Baker.   I knew what that meant without her writing anything else or opening it up.  He’d been ailing for some time now and had been on a downward health spiral overall since his most recent wife passed away.  Not just the Ray Gunkel or Torres brother death in the ring which he had nothing to do with, (just freak heart conditions on the part of Gunk and Torres) but which promoters for good or bad capitalized on in promoting him.  And for which he used the op to publicize his “heart attach punch” later shortened thankfully to “Heart Punch.”

 

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Remembering Cowboy Bob Kelly

– Dr. Mike Lano

 

Cowboy Bob Kelly was easily the biggest, most beloved babyface in Gulf Coast wrestling territory history.  Just got the news and more remembrances will come as he passed away just hours ago.  He was a longtime fellow Cauliflower Alley Club board member and if that was not enough, he was also president of the Gulf Coast Reunion board (their wonderful annual reunion in Mobile is for the boys only – I was honored to attend two of them since I’d jobbed and at the 1996 one, I flew with Ray Stevens and his lady wrestler wife Terese Thies who in turn had me drive the rental car from New Orleans airport, picking up Bob and driving in a downpour to Mobile where the rain suddenly stopped when we arrived).

 

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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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