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WWE has a hugely successful opening night party in Santa Clara to kick off “first day” ticket sales

 

by Dr Mike Lano, wrestling/boxing/MMA/the arts photojournalism published globally since 1966

Wrealano@aol.com

 

WWE had a free party and autograph event for fans as well as a media event for the press at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, CA last Friday night to commemorate the first day of Wrestlemania ticket sales the following day.

 

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Remembering Bob Geigel plus Column Stuff

– Dr. Mike Lano

 

Sorry guys to be behind on a Bob Geigel tribute but was swamped with not just S.F. Giants world series coverage when they played the Royals 2 out of the 3 games at San Francisco’s beautiful ATT Park right on the water, but also their victory parade and City Hall ceremony officiated by Mayor Ed Lee out here.  It was my third time covering the Giants world series games out here and victory parade in the celebrated 5 years.  And yep, I put out there that “Kung Fu Panda” Pablo Sandoval looks exactly like Taz in the latter’s prime, especially in that World Series close-up, headshot footage of him winking at the camera before hitting a triple against KC.   Also, CMLL’s Negro Casas is beginning to look like Perro Aquayo Sr. when the latter was starting to get old looking and burnt out.  No disrespect to Perro Sr. who put in decades of in-ring service as has the equally great Negro Casas who I first covered ringside at Korakuen Hall for New Japan.

 

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Looking at Lucha Underground Debut Show

By Dr. Mike Lano

 

GREAT debut show and I give it 4.5 stars but everyone should love it.  Obviously high production values throughout, loads of cameras and unusual camera angles and shots plus a very cool Aztec symbol in the middle of the wrestling mat.  They also went to great pains to truly gave the taping site venue a gritty, fight club look.

 

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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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