Archive for the ‘Obituaries’ Category

Sean O’Haire’s final fight was one he couldn’t win

– Mike Mooneyham

 

It was a dream come true when Sean O’Haire landed a full-time job with World Championship Wrestling in 2000.

The Hilton Head High graduate wanted to be a wrestler because he was a fighter, first and foremost, shaped by years of kick boxing, mixed martial arts and toughman contests.

 

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Robin Williams, The Genius Of A Star Who Fell To Earth

by Mike Lano

 

Robin Williams was brilliant both as a comic and an actor and as many have said, there was no one like him and no one who did what he did. Nor ever will. Billy Crystal probably had it best simply Tweeting “no words” upon learning his friend had died in contrast to so many other celebs and posers who either had a camera shoved in their faces or Social Media’d out trite stuff. Williams deserved more and thankfully got it from a few. This man-child force of nature who seemed to be twenty entertainers all rolled into one.

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Remembering Shu Aoki

By Mike Lano

 

Firstly, mutual historian and friend Mick Karch (who began in the late 60′s as the plexi for the Bockwinkel Brigade fan club and later became an announcer for the AWA and many top midwest promotions in the 80′s and 90′s) has the absolute best Shu tribute text online and I urge everyone to go there.  There’s also a photo of Shu, Mick and Bill Apter from I believe some fanfest 2 years ago where they’re all smiles, having one of those great and rare nowadays, pro wrestling fun times.

 

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Remembering “Arriba” Luis Martinez

– Article & photos by Paul Stratoti

 

I last saw Luis in 1987 when he was working a program for the Great Lakes Wrestling Association during which time he wrestled the Sheik as “Apache” Luis Martinez.  He was working in conjunction with 3M Productions with Howard Mann (aka Howard “the Animal” Steel). I never found out who the other partner was but on this night it didn’t matter as he was wrestling the Sheik for the Sheik’s United States championship and he still had it in him as his ailment hadn’t quite made it to him yet. He may have lost that match by having fire thrown at him that night at Willard High School but he would continue to do battle in the ring or the foreseeable future although his active wrestling career had winded own to a trickle.

 

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WWE, Wrestling World Mourn the Passing of a Warrior

– Mike Mooneyham

 

Days after the sudden and tragic passing of one of the profession’s most colorful figures, the wrestling community is still coming to grips with the loss of The Ultimate Warrior.

It’s a loss made even more painful due to the events preceding his death at age 54.

His final week was a script right out of a Shakespearean play. It had been a glorious week – the returning hero being hailed by an adoring audience that never stopped loving him.

 

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Legendary tough man Billy Robinson’s passing marks the end of an era in pro wrestling

 

He was called “a wrestler’s wrestler.”

But that doesn’t even begin to describe Billy Robinson.

 

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Coliseum set for WWE Smackdown, Remembering King Mabel, and The Hulkster returns

 

The Road to Wrestlemania tour makes a stop at the North Charleston Coliseum on Friday night when WWE rolls into town for a Smackdown event.

Two of WWE’s biggest stars, current world heavyweight champ Randy Orton and former champ John Cena, will meet inside a steel cage to headline the show.

 

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Remembering Nelson (Mabel, Viscera, Big Daddy Voodoo, Big Daddy, Big Daddy V, etc)

Photos and Text By Mike Lano

 

We were all saddened to hear of Memphis-born, Memphis-great,  Nelson Frazier Jr’s passing.  A great big teddy bear of a guy whose ring names included Mabel (of Men on a Mission once they got to WWF), Viscera in the Attitude Era and more recently Big Daddy V (in the botched ECW reboot by WWE).  Bleached mohawk, often scary looking contacts, but he said he has the “most fun doing my Teddy Pendergrass and Barry White lover man tribute in a robe” gimmick with Lillian Garcia and other on-air women.  He was indeed a loving man born on Valentine’s day and recently celebrated his 43rd birthday.  Legit tough guy when pressed.

 

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Many thanks to Dr. Mike Lano and The Phantom, who joined forces for this tribute to the late, great Shirley Temple and her wrestler brother George Temple.

– Dr. Mike Lano & The Phantom of the Ring (The Phantom’s comments in italics)

 

“She was way, way bigger than Honey Boo Boo.  But with talent!”

 

And talent Shirley Temple had in excess, from her soles to beyond the top of her famous curls.

 

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George Scott leaves legacy of greatness in professional wrestling

  • Mike Mooneyham

 

 

It’s probably a safe bet that most younger fans of today’s version of professional wrestling aren’t familiar with the name George Scott.

 

And that’s a shame.

 

Scott, who passed away last week at the age of 84, was one of the most influential men in the business for several decades.

 

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