Archive for the ‘Obituaries’ Category

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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The Incredible Almost True Life of Grappling Queen Johnnie Mae Young 

The Incredibly Great Johnnie Mae Young Was Also Human

By Mike Lano



Pioneer. Double-tough. Shooter. Trainer.  Comedic Star.  Hall of Famer. 


 ”The Great Ring Queen” Mae Young.


3/12/1923 to  1/14/2014



Johnnie Mae?  Johnnie Mae!”  remains a call still loudly echoing in my ears, almost like a farm dinner bell of “come and get it!”   I don’t think that anyone who ever heard that will ever forget it.


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WWE reports passing of Hall of Famer Mae Young at age 90

  • Mike Mooneyham


Pro wrestling legend and WWE Hall of Famer Mae Young passed away Tuesday night at her Columbia residence. She was 90.

WWE reported the news of Young’s passing on its website late Tuesday.


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Pro wrestling lost memorable names in 2013

Mike Mooneyham


It’s an appropriate time to reflect upon some of the pro wrestling personalities who passed away in 2013.

Many represented an era that will forever be etched in the memories of longtime fans.

They touched our lives in many ways. For those of us lucky enough to see them perform, we will never forget them.

They were athletes and performers who lived by the credo that “the show must go on.”


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Scott Epstein, One of a Kind

by another of his many friends in Mike Lano


Had just driven 9 hours home when I got emails from many including Evan Ginzberg (who wrote a terrific guest obit for SLAM), Bob M and our own Karen alerting me of this very sad, tragic news. Scott Epstein had passed in a horrible car accident Friday morning that was all over the news back east. He was still so young with so much left in him to accomplish and give back to the world.


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