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Lashley hurts ankle, Boogieman burns corneas at Oakland indie show Stars of Wrestling last night (RESULTS)


– Article & Photos by Dr. Mike Lano

11/12/16  Stars of Wrestling    
Alameda High School, Alameda, CA 
(regulars are Lashley, Boogieman & Carlito w/ the latter not here for the first time in 5 shows)

 

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Cody in 5 star match w/Joey Ryan, best APW card since King of Indies tournament last night here.


– Article & Photo by Dr. Mike Lano

Double-checked results with current APW promoter/class booker Markus Mac (but no followup date announced yet as this was APW/the late Roland Alexander’s All Pro Wrestling promotion’s) very last show of the year.  Believe they have 2017′s first show in early January but will forward that when we get that info.

 

*Show title:  11/11  (which is the Twitter hashtag and what the crowd chanted when they weren’t chanting the usual “A-P-DUB!”

 

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Inside Matt Hardy’s head – yday at APW in S.F., CA (‘attacks’ Photog Lano@ringside after his match too…)


– Dr. Mike Lano

At both APW vendor times for the boys,  Matt spent quality time with fans, and even though the assistant/handler wanted him to speed the fans along faster, Matt wouldn’t hear of it.  He seemed to get pleasure in the fact everyone who paid for an 8 x 10, a photo op taken on their cell, Hardy shirts, all his cool catchphraises on plastic wristbands and that he had one of the largest fan lines to buy merch of any APW visitor last Friday night at their 20th annual All Pro Wrestling Halloween Hell show near SF’s Cow Palace.

 

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Just Rememberin’ Some Righteous Brothers (and Sisters)


– Dr. Mike Lano

I recently wrote about remembering some of our great sisters and brothers in the biz.  One of the greatest characters on the “distaff” side (I’ve never looked up what that means but I’m guessing female of course) actually three of the greatest characters used to come each year to our Cauliflower Alley Events.  The Great Penny Banner who was also a pop culture icon, dated Elvis and did so many other things besides take all the gold at the Senior Olympics events she participated in, was one of our long-time CAC board members.  And just the nicest person one could ever meet.  She and fellow female grappling pal in Ida Mae Martinez used to duet doing karaoke any chance they got and not just CAC but Gulf Coast Reunion, Dean Silverstone’s Seattle, West Coast weekends, Red Bastien’s Dallas, TX Shoot Out annual events, Upstate NY Ilio DiPaolo annual reunion and more.  Really miss Penny who had a heart of gold.

 

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Never Forgetting Our Family Members, Roddy Piper and Steve “Dr. Death” Williams


– Dr. Mike Lano

 

I’m ashamed I can’t remember today when we lost Steve Williams, but was thinking today about what a pussycat, nice, supremely ethical and great friend Steve always was to me.  He was the first of my many long-time friends who stood up with me to oppose the husband/wife cheating crooks at that 2007 Cow Palace “Wrestling Fanfest” fiasco to try to help the boys/girls of the biz cheated by these thieves and their accomplices.

 

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Black Lives Matter In Pro Wrestling Too: Beatrice Domino, Champion Feature


By Dr. Mike Lano

 

I was e-talking to Karen and Phantom last month, wondering how long before someone (The Whiff perhaps?) tried to capitalize somehow (a tight dance that) on the Black Lives Matter, Stop police shootings of African-American people and other major problems in this country.  Here’s hoping Trump won’t interrupt Clinton (if he does in fact show up for the last 2 debates) 59 or more times as he did Monday, while she tries to give her opinion, possibles to fixing these problems.

 

Beatrice Domino is one of the dominant women wrestlers on the West Coast and just won the first ever BTW tournament to crown their very first champion, but she wrestles for nearly every group out here including Bushido, APW, EWF, PCW, etc.  And she’s been paired with other, group champs like Gold Rush Pro Wrestling’s equally talented Kikko Nakamura in champ vs champ, old school 70′s type interpromotionals ala Race vs Superstar Graham, Backlund/Nick B, etc. we all loved so much back in the day.

 

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Missing Our Friends


– Dr. Mike Lano

Losing some giants in our industry recently like Lord Roger Littlebrook and Mr. Fuji weighed heavily on my mind.  I’d interviewed Roger about 5 years back; aided by his two sons he trained and booked around the country for years.  Roger had suffered a stroke or several prior to this, and had difficulty speaking.  But I could easily tell he still had his “200% passion and love for the biz,” as he used to put it to me.  I believe he was still based out of the KC area and had trained quite a few other “little people” stars as well as helped book them en-mass but in an honest, caring way.  That’s a real rarity in wrestling.   I was blessed to have photographed him as well as Harry/Mr. Fuji in their primes, many times.  Littlebrook was absolutely one of the greatest midget (I still hate using that word but most still refer to themselves by it) world champs in the Little Beaver and Sky Low Low era, but well past Fuzzy Cupid and some of the great 40′s-60′s stars that Beaver and Low were a part of via the prior Montreal booking office with some aid from classic wrestling photographer, the great Tony Lanza who graciously mentored me a few times when I went up there for some of the awesome Grand Prix and Rougeau magic.

 

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TNA = “Marilyn Manson wrestling,” Hardz or Billy C out of control w/ the moronic stuff-is the caretaker guy dead? R Jeff & the Drone dying or dead?…


– Dr. Mike Lano

Noche pasado (last night) I couldn’t stop watching TNA (maybe if Billy the Corgan buys the thing we can call it that instead of “Impact”) but for “all the wrong reasons” yet again last night.  Just my opinion, but parts or all of the Hardy vignettes were out of control ridiculousness (the build up through forgettable matches to the final filmed/video Halloween meets Game of Thrones meets Sparticus plus some “not with my kid you bitch” at-length vignette).  It was wilder than the Matt vs Jeff filmed thing which I believe was the most recent of these pre-taped pieces.  The Damaged Matt Prince-like logo bursting into flames and surrounding the two male Decay members was Close Encounters cool/silly.

 

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Dr Mike’s Not Necessarily The News:  ”AGEEEN, you obsolete mule


By Take a Guess

 

RAW is Gorilla Harambe/TMZ claims Conor/Nate “best UFC ft ever”/Lashley copied territory, Jeff Hardy entrance music sounds like 50′s Yakity Yak (time to sue)

 

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The Journey Continues (cancer still at the same stage, but slightly shrinkin’ or shrunk)
By Ol’ Dr Mike Lano

 

Think I mentioned that I’ve probably got so much irradiated chemicals and materials in me to help shrink the tumors (largest is 6 cm in diameter) that I’d set off an airport screening device.  Told the purpose is to continue to hopefully reduce their size because if they were to go in and operate (lay a flap, open me up) to remove them to date, “even the most skilled surgeon might inadvertently nick the nerves supplying your voice box.”  I’m sure most who know the mouth here might see my not being able to talk as a blessed benefit.  Like the great, missed Roger Ebert;  I’d still be able to tap away or write my thoughts.

 

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