Archive for the ‘Obituaries’ Category

Old School Championship Wrestling presents Caged Carnage


- Mike Mooneyham

 

The second local pro wrestling show in a week will be held Sunday at the Hanahan Rec Center as Old School Championship Wrestling returns with one of its biggest events of the year.

OSCW’s Caged Carnage show will feature a return match between former WWE stars Gangrel and Kevin Thorn along with an eight-man tag-team tournament.

Former WWE performer Chris Masters also will make his first OSCW appearance in several years. He will team with the seven-foot-tall Asylum in the tag-team tourney and will be managed by Ms. Harden.

 

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Beloved Georgia favorite El Mongol leaves lasting legacy


– Mike Mooneyham

Few pro wrestlers made as big an impact in the talent-laden Georgia territory during the late ‘60s and early ‘70s as Raul Molina.

While that name probably wouldn’t ring a bell with most longtime fans, his mat alter ego, El Mongol, was one of the biggest stars on the Atlanta circuit during an era in which wrestling was held on a weekly basis in towns such as Savannah, Augusta, Columbus and Macon.

 

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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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Remembering Mr. Fuji, Photo Gallery

Photos by Dr. Mike Lano, article by Karen Belcher

 

Dr. Mike Lano remembers Mr. Fuji with a gallery of his favorite photos of the legendary wrestler and manager.

 

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BILL CARDILLE: R.I.P.


– The Phantom of the Ring

The true unsung hero of televised wrestling is the announcer sitting at ringside. He is the first person we meet as youth tuning into wrestling for the first time, and the quality of his announcing will often determine the level and passion of our love as fans. One of the true greats of that art form passed away on July 21, 2016 at the age of 87 at his home of pneumonia after a long battle with cancer. He was Bill Cardille, better known to the fans in Pittsburgh as “Chilly Billy” in reference to his longtime status as host of his station’s Chiller Theater. He was a fixture on Pittsburgh’s NBC affiliate, WIIC-TV (now known as WPXI-TV), Channel 11. He did whatever the station needed, serving as a newsman, weatherman, announcer, and television host for various programs, this in an era when local stations originated most of their own programming. (In fact, it was Cardille who signed WIIC onto the air on September 1, 1957. )  He also worked as a radio personality, actor and producer. died early Thursday morning at his McCandless home of pneumonia.

 

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Mike Lano with the Valiants

Mike Lano with the Valiants

 

In Memory of Pepper Gomez’ Famous Wife Bonnie


– Dr. Mike Lano

Bonnie Gomez passed Friday, She was a fixture backstage, and will be greatly missed.

 

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Wrestling great Danny Miller leaves behind a treasure trove of memories


– Mike Mooneyham

“I’m just not sure anybody would remember me.”

That’s what Danny Miller told me shortly after he was invited to the Mid-Atlantic Wrestling Legends Fanfest in Charlotte back in 2013.

Miller had been selected as member of that year’s Hall of Heroes class, a high distinction that honors some of the greatest stars to ever appear in the old Mid-Atlantic territory.

 

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Pro wrestling superstar Chyna was a force of nature


– Mike Mooneyham

 

When will Chyna be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame?

It has been an oft-asked question among wrestling fans over the past decade. And with good reason.

 

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All The Angles—Remembering Chyna

– John Willett

 

They met in 1996; one from Nashua, NH, one from Rochester NY. Little did they know that their meeting would change both of their lives forever. Paul Michael Levesque and Joan Marie Laurer are two stark symbols of what the business of wrestling can do both for you, and to you.

 

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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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