Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Give Iron Mike A Visit

Mike DiBiase is a legendary wrestler who is the adopted father of legendary wrestler "Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase. He is also known as "Iron" Mike DiBiase. He is a former NWA champion and a former AWA champ ion. He died in the wrestling ring from a heart attack when he wrestled against Man Mountain Mike.   

Iron Mike rests in the Sunset Cemetery in Willcox, Arizona. 

Mike was the father of Ted Diviase.

 

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Two Bob Crumby Books Coming

Longtime wrestling fan net  writer, Bob Crumby,m plans two books with a wrestling theme for Lulu in the winter.

First will be a book on woman wrestlers and second will be a book titled Once Upon A Time In Hell, The Fiction Horror Of Dale Pierce

Crumby has always been a major wrestling fan and as he pouts it "a mark for both Dale Pierce/The Time Traveler and for lady great The Fabulous Moolah. Moolah and many of her trainees will play a big part in the female wrestling book, which places more emphasis on the Indy women today and greats form the past.

Crumby claims to have one of the most inclusive wrestling autograph collections in the ISA. Henc a possible thrid  book.

he makes his home in Douglas Arizona.

Give Moolah A Visit

Fabulous Moolah, perhaps the msot well knwon and respected female wretsler of all time, rests within the Memorial Park Cemetery in Columbia, South Carolina.


Monday, September 12, 2016

Western Old Timer Reunion

On September 11, 2016, the annual Western States Old Timer Reunion resumed in Seattle, held at dean Silverstone's Golden Oldies store.

Attendees included Jimmy Flame, Michelle Starr, The Time Traveler, Rainbow, Scott teal, Ken Hamlin, writer Vrian Wescott and others.


Saturday, September 10, 2016

Alfonso Dantes



Dantes started wrestling at 17-years-old in 1960 in Morelia using the name of Edmundo Dantes after going through rigorous training from his maestro Diablo Velasco. Alfonso came from great stock as his father Al Amezcua (Golden Terror) was a great wrestler and his brother Vick Amezcua would go on to fame as Septiembre Negro. Alfonso took the hair of many wrestlers with the best known being El Faraon & El Halcon who was his main rival throughout their careers. Alfonso also held many titles as he was an Occidental Middleweight champion, which started his legendary run in his home of Guadalajara, 3-time Mexican National Lt. Heavyweight champion, 5-time NWA World Lt. Heavyweight champion (which was considered “his title”), and a 2-time Mexican National Heavyweight champion.

Dantes was seen on rare occaisons in Arizona, but was  more often seen  in the USA for shows in the Los Angeles area.

The Galavison wrestling program helped rociet him to recognition in the USA. 

Aside from singles action, Danyes also formed an effective tag team with Mil Mascaras.

He died some time ago and was laid to rest in his native Guadalajara.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

The History Of Bullfighting & Lucha Libre Book On Way To Publisher

The long anticipated book by Dale Pierce, The Pictorial History Of Bullfighting& Lucha Libre  In Mexico is on its way to the publisher, Lateral Ptess in Phoenix and should be out by April of 2017.

The book includes many never before seen photos of past and present bullfighters and wreslers.

Among the never seen before bullfight photos are images of Luis procuna, Calesero, Guillermo Montes Sortibran, Fernando Dos Santos, El Gallo, Chilolin, Eligio Garcia, Mariano Ramos, Manolo Martinez, Curro Leal, Manolete, Carlos Arruza and many more.

Wrestlers depicted include Galeno, Sheik Abdul, Konnan, Mil Mascaras, The Time Traveler, Nano Ortega, Stephen De Leon, Pancho Pico, Gory Guerrero, Eddie Guerrero,  Ham Lee, Tito Montez, Santo and more.

The bigger focus is on the past rather than the current crop.


Adonis

Adrian Adonis always provoked heat when the WWF was in Phoenix, first as his bad assed biker routine and later as a blatant homosexual schtick where he even came to the ring in drag.

Adonis not only got heat witht he fans, but was not as popular as he could have been with his fellow wrestlers. Billy Anderson speaks of how unfondly he remembers Adonis delivering a shot to his mouth that busted his lips and required stitches to heal. Adonis never even apologized for the slip.

Then there was the time Adonis did promos with a veil over rhis face, to hide the black eye and lumps he'd been given with gusto by another wrestle he got into a locker room fought with, biting off more than he could chew.

On the Phoenix bouts, he was usually on the undercard, but still ahd the fans ready to riot, which was especially difficult as this was the era when fans were being smartened right and left to the business. More than once, he actually knocked fans trying to swing at him back into their seats.

In the bar at the hotel on Van Buren where most of the wrestlers stayed, Adonis was even more uncanny, even heard uttering these words, though breaking the code of silence was something  cared less and elss about by this time.

"It's all fake! Leave me alone."

Adonis died in a driving accident several years ago, along with other wrestlers. Even if fans and some wrestlers hated him with a passion, they were stricken to see him pass in such a way.

While Adrian was best known in Phoenix for his WWF run, his career highlight might well have been ealrier in the AWA, where he and Jesse Ventura formed a magnificent tag team.

Adrian's real name was Keith Franks.