Archive for the ‘Obituaries’ Category

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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Pro wrestling’s Blackjack Mulligan created a character for the ages


– Mike Mooneyham

 

It’s never easy saying goodbye to an old friend. But that’s what the professional wrestling community had to do last week when Bob Windham, better known to millions of fans around the world as Blackjack Mulligan, passed away Thursday at the age of 73.

 

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Remembering Blackjack Mulligan


By Dr Mike Lano

 

Very sad getting this horrible news, right after Merle Haggard’s passing yesterday.  Most all of you know Bob Windham’s basic story.  He came from football right into pro wrestling, and one of his first territories as a green Bobby Windham was my home base Los Angeles Cal Eaton/Mike Lebell territory.  He was like John Studd when Walter first broke him in, also in L.A.  Big, tall and green clumsy.  But a great talker from the get go.

 

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Pro wrestling and a lifetime of County Hall memories

Mike Mooneyham
While looking back on over 50 years of covering the professional wrestling business, many highlights immediately come to mind.

Unforgettable Starrcades, the glitz of Wrestlemania, the Monday Night Wars, the Attitude Era.

 

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Bob Leonard Will Be Missed

Article & photos by Paul Stratoti

 

We at Pro Wrestling Digest hereby offer condolences to the Leonard family as we announce the passing of 74 year old Bob Leonard, who began his wrestling career as a photographer and served our community as Cauliflower Alley Club honoree and Executive Board member.

 

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David Bowie, Not Of This Earth

– Mike Lano

 

Maybe it was for the best that the general public didn’t know that David Bowie had been very ill with cancer the past 18 months.  CBS Morning News opened this morning with Charlie Rose interviewing him back in 1989, and Bowie was smoking during the entire interview sadly ala Keith Richards in his own, old days.  Bowie even coughed the smoker’s deep cough which was chilling several times during the piece.  Although he might not have seemed of this world, otherworldly while fallling into it; he forever changed this planet.  I know this has nothing to do with boxing, MMA or pro wrestling, but David Bowie sort of does. Well the color, spectacle and showmanship he brought to his performances and video certainly were influential even in pro wrestling.  One wouldn’t have an Adrian Street without Bowie’s influence.  Or Iggy Pop and the Stooges, Velvet Underground’s Lou Reed on up to George Clinton and Bootsie Collins, NY Dolls, Kiss, Talking Heads, Madonna, Marilyn Manson, Gaga, Katie Perry, and so many others who lifted from the Bowie palate.  Most anyone doing anything with flair and color since 1971 has DB to thank.

 

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On Bob Leonard and Joyce Grable (and other stuff)

– By Dr. Mike Lano

 

Karen sent me an email that I just received today and was very happy to hear super nice person Joyce Grable put out online that she’s doing great.

Joyce Grable just posted this on her Facebook:

I am back home. 4 days in hospital but have new valves in my heart. 1 -2 weeks before I can drive. Just very thankful I am feeling good and on my way to better health. God is so good to me. Will see you in Mobile.

 

Which we’re all praying means after all her cancer therapy, is that she’s in remission. I just emailed my longtime pal to send her more encouragement. And that why does it seem often in wrestling the really nice, caring people seem to get ailments, etc. while the total a-holes live forever, often problem and disease-free.   Joyce has always been a total sweetheart, plus of course a great young legend in the biz.  Keep those positive vibes going for her everyone.

 

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Gone but not forgotten: Professional wrestling lost memorable names in 2015

– Mike Mooneyham

 

It’s an appropriate time to reflect upon some of the pro wrestling personalities who passed away in 2015.

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.

 

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