Archive for the ‘Obituaries’ Category

Apter’s mat memoir funny, poignant; Remembering the great Nick Bockwinkel

– Mike Mooneyham


Leave it to Bill Apter to come up with a title like “Is Wrestling Fixed: I Didn’t Know It Was Broken!”

For nearly 50 years Apter has been at the forefront of pro wrestling journalism. As well known and influential as many of the top stars he has covered over that half century, Apter has solidified his spot among wrestling’s hierarchy.


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Diametric Opposites
Remembering Nick Bockwinkel and Don Fargo

– Article & photos by Dr. Mike Lano

Sorry guys for being late with some personal thoughts on these two greats of the industry.


It’s been very hard to process Nick’s Alzheimer’s the past few years, let alone losing him the other day with Donny the week prior.


Both great in their own way but complete opposites.


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Nick Bockwinkel, “The Smartest Wrestler Alive,” died after an illness on Saturday night, Nov. 14, 2015.  The WWE Hall of Fame member and 4 time AWA Heavyweight Champion was 80 years old, born Dec. 6, 1934.


Bockwinkel was trained by his father Warren and the great Lou Thesz. He was managed by Bobby “The Brain” Heenan, and held the AWA Tag Team Championship with Ray Stevens.


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Remembering Don Fargo

— Article & photos by Paul Stratoti


Wrestling legend Don Fargo died November 8, 2015, after an illness.  He passed on not long after going into hospice.  We at ProWrestlingDigest extend our condolences and deepest sympathies to his family and friends..


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Remembering Rowdy Roddy Piper

– Article & photos by Paul Stratoti


With the unrest that prevailed in the Northeast Ohio area in what was then recent memory (aka Hough riots, Kent State University shootings, the riot at the Cleveland Arena that Ox Baker incited, the near riots that the Sheik incited there) this reporter became alarmed at the anxiety that overwhelmed me the night of August 24, 1984, when as the momentum of its expansion was now in full swing, WWE debuted at Cleveland Convention Center. Roddy Piper came to the ring first during one of the under card matches and demanded the mic. All of the sudden in typical Hot Rod heel fashion he started screaming into the mic demanding that his opponent “Get your ass in this ring you, n@xxxx!” That’s right, Roddy f’bombed twice during this untelevised pre match promo and I noticed that half of the fans in the front row appeared to be of African American decent.


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Remembering Percival A (for Al) Friend

By Dr Mike Lano


We were all friends of the great Al Friend (born  Albion Joseph Friend who passed on the 23rd), a longtime Midwest manager, but more importantly a great friend and give-backer to the biz he so loved.  A regular for some 15 years at Cauliflower Alley Club and a phenomenally nice person.  Al had taught some of the Harts and Bob Johnson how to play the wrestler’s famous mainstay competitive board game (combining a lot of skill sets) in Cribbage as well as many others, and he was right up there at CAC, winning our annual Cribbage tournaments several times over other longtime winners in Destroyer Dick Beyer, Butcher Paul Vachon and Riki Ataki.


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Old days never ended for pro wrestling’s Professor Elliot

– Mike Mooneyham


He was the answer to his own riddle.

Who was the only person in World Wide Wrestling Federation history to hold all five championship belts in one night?

Professor Elliot Maron, of course.


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Dr. Mike Lano Remembers Prof. Elliot Maron

– Article & photos (to be added soon) by Dr. Mike Lano


Longtime major major WWWF fan and much more, Professor Elliot Maron died the other day after a long fight with Diabetes and other ailments.  He was nonresponsive and rushed to the hospital.  Like Piper and so many of our friends and brothers, Elliot was far too young to have been taken from us.


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Piper Hollywood Memorial Event A Moving, Family Affair

By Invited Attendee, Dr Mike Lano (
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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Rowdy Roddy Piper Always Knew How to Make an Exit

– Mike Mooneyham

Henry Marcus was pacing nervously through the dressing room at County Hall.

“Anyone seen Roddy Piper yet?” the veteran promoter asked a group of wrestlers huddled in the corner.


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