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My Breakfast with Blassie. Nope.  Er, uh My Journey Battle with Newly-Discovered Cancer

By Michael Lano, DDS

 

I feel most everyone I’ve known in the biz from the boys, office staff of my Los Angeles wrestling office territory home base shooting for Mike Lebell’s program launching from there to shooting for every global newstand wrestling and boxing magazine, fans, etc. are my extended family.   Some of you know I’ve battled and thankfully been in remission from Multiple Sclerosis for years since Mayo Hospital in Minnesota first nailed my diagnosis.  Although M.S. isn’t supposed to be “familial” or “genetic,” it appears to run in my family as my great uncle had it, as did my mom. Both were quickly wheelchair-bound which I’ve thankfully not had to deal with.  In fact, most can’t tell there’s anything “wrong” with me other than I’m a goof.

 

That all changed after a freak gym accident this past Tuesday morning at 7:25 am when I was doing my last exercise thing before taking off.

 

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Dear Leader (that could be Vince) Part Deuce


– Dr. Mike Lano

 

After all this time and the great talk of a Diva, cough, now we’re not allowed to say that word anymore either?  Chalk that up as a positive and TNA aka WWE-Lite should soon be copying, er following suit in KO’ing their own word Knockout from its own lexicon).  Wow, Ms. Yim does sound like a tough something or other with a decent promo last night v Maria the K.

 

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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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