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Piper Hollywood Memorial Event A Moving, Family Affair

By Invited Attendee, Dr Mike Lano (wrealano@aol.com)
Piper’s longest and in more countries photographer from 1975 to current

 

 

Was honored to have been part of Monday’s event at the historic Comedy Store on Sunset Blvd. along the strip in the western portion of Hollywood.   Drove the 8 hours to make the trip and was asked to bring down my photos of Piper from 1975 to current.  Had photographed his very first match in my home base Los Angeles/Lebell territory in January of 1976 just months after Chavo Guerrero arrived, followed soon by his legendary dad Gory.

 

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Dr. Mike Lano Remembers Rowdy Roddy Piper


Article & photos by Dr. Mike Lano

Still trying to process Dusty Rhodes and Verne Gagne’s passings (and that of Hogan’s career).  Now this.

 

This is really hard to take in because he was still a kid at 61.  Way, way too young to leave this world.  The Hodgkins had reportedly been in remission for years, according to him directly to me.

 

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Lano – Who Wrote Go Set a Watchman? Harper Lee or Harper-Collins?

 

Wrestling with Deep Thoughts (not by SNL‘s Jack Handey) but By Dr. Mike Lano

 

Forget Go Set A Watchman.  We prefer the unreleased (and “over my dead body”) book found in the same safety deposit box next to matches and a gasoline tank, Harper Lee’s unfinished Go Get a Walkman.  Set in 1981 with a near senile “Attica” Finch.  Not really.

 

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Dusty Rhodes, One of the All Time Greats


– Article & photo by Dr. Mike Lano

 

Glad to see so many young and not so young in the biz posting, Tweeting and remembering Big Dust who had so many great phrases and career arcs in wrestling.

 

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Wrestling and Hollywood’s Friend, Eric Caiden

– Article & Photo by Dr. Mike Lano

 

Eric was one of those incredibly nice people in wrestling who really was even better known (that’s hard to believe but true) within grind house and cult, horror movie circles as both an expert and historian.  He appeared in a number of those films but also never strayed from his pro wrestling roots with production involvement in the Adrian Street/John Tolos, etc. wrestling film Grunt! and many other projects including co-promoting some ISW shows, etc with his longtime pal Johnny Legend, projects with Andy Kaufman and Johnny’s sis Lynne Marguiles (My Breakfast W/ Blassie) who had been a longtime girlfriend of Kaufman’s, etc.

 

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Shimmer – It Is That Damn Great


Article & photos by Dr. Mike Lano

I know at times it sounds like I’m an old blowhard.  I have shot just about every group I ever wanted to shoot, nearly everyone in-ring (except for Johnny Powers in his prime, but I did get him to pose in the locker room with Inoki, Sheik, Ernie Ladd and others backstage for Eddie Einhorn’s magnificent IWA (those three great Roosevelt Stadium outdoor New Jersey shows and then my boss Eddie had the tv tapings at NYC’s famous Beacon Theatre which is still a chic place for events).

 

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Some Verne Gagne Thoughts

– Article & photos by Dr. Mike Lano

The great Verne Gagne.

 

Very sad to hear of the passing of just a fantastic athlete, both on an amateur, collegiate and professional level in all departments.  A hooker/shooter in the company of Thesz, Hodge, Asseriti, Robinson, Bill Miller, Stu, Larry Simon and maybe some lesser known guys like Hans Mortier.

 

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Trip To Bountiful (Las Vegas, Cauliflower Alley’s 50th Anniversary)
Or, “The Girlfriend Experience” (I’m just kidding around)


Article & photos by Dr. Mike Lano

 

Exhausted and back from Vegas and I think most everyone had an overall fantastic time at Cauliflower Alley Club’s 50th anniversary in Las Wages/Vegas over those big 3 days. Last Sunday night saw night one of the associated CAC wrestling card that hard-working and capable wrestler/promoter Billy Blade does under his Vendetta Pro wrestling group/training center banner.

 

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Wrestlemania Weekend 2015 Photo Gallery!


– Dr. Mike Lano

 

Dr. Mike Lano took a lot of great photos over Wrestlemania weekend!  Keep checking back for additions as he goes through them all.

 

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From Mania: WALTMAN explains it all to me (he was in both nWo & DX so the angle was kinda weak…)


Article & photos by Dr. Mike Lano

 

I talked to *9LivesPak at the after-party and asked him about the sensibility of having DX “fight” with the nWo last night in a grand show of politics.

 

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