Friday, July 3, 2015

Ron Sutherland Book Finding Northwest Circulation

As he is running now in the Washington area, the book put  out on Lulu on Ron Sutherland will be seeing distribution at several SCW shows, be stocked in certain libraries, and be available at varied book fests in Washington and Oregon. The book will also be sold at some Arizona shows when Sutherland makes his return to Arizona for fall bookings 

The book may also be ordered at http://www.lulu.com/content/14847433

The book is not fancy, but full of data, covering the start of Sutherland's career in 1987, to his move to Washington.

Sutherland presently runs SCW. Info at http://www.wildmatch.blog.com

Give Eddie Lopez A Visit

Arizona mainstay, Eddie Lopez, is buried under his real name of Al Romero at the Resthaven cemetery in Glendale. His grave is a simple,  flat headstone.

Lopez wrestled from the 1960s into the 1990s regularly in Arizona. He held the Western States Tag Team title with Kurt Von Steiger and also held the Arizona title many years.

Curiously, he never wrestled as a rule breaker, but always a fan favorite.

Among his many opponents in Arizona  were Don Arnold, The Comancheros, Jody Arnold, Paul Harvey, Buddy Rose, Maniac Mike Gordon, Bobby Mayne (Jaggers), Apache Gringo, The Mercenary, Attacullaculla, John Ringer, the Lumberjacks, Tony Hernandez, the Von Steigers, Chuck Karbo, Don Kent, Jimmy Kent, Paco Nunez, The Warlock, Ali Bey, The Grim Reaper, Kangaroo Karson, Freddie Gomez, Sweet Daddy Watts, Bearcat Wright, Sweet Daddy Slime, Henry Pulusso, Killer Kane,  Dirty Dick Rains, The Mongol, John Shane, Zulu, Duke Keomuka, Karl Von Brock, Fidel Grimo, Nano Ortega, Eddie Sullivan, Ken Lucas, Woody Farmer, Cowboy Claw, Sergeant Shultz, Paddy Ryan, Chuck Hondo, Masked Frankenstein, Zodiac, Gallo Castro, El Mustang, Tony Bernardi, David Mendez, Buddy Dixon, Tom Ramirez, JT Law, Bull Zambrano, Black Mamba, Illustrated Man, Bonecrusher, Steve Dezire, Ron Newstrom and The Beast

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Big Dogg

While he has worked throughout the Midwest, southwest and parts of Mexico, Big Dogg from out of Texas has yet to make it to Arizona, but maybe someone will take note.

Trained at the wrestling school operated by Shawn Michaels in san Antonio and hen given added pointers by Manny Fernandez, it shows on this guy and if you find that hard to believe, search for some of his matches on You Tube.

Big Dogg started late. he was around 30 when he got into wrestling and has since put 15 years into this trade since. he is still going strong, barring a brief time out due to legitimate injury recently.  Matches with a luchador known as Extremo are well worth viewing.

Vocal on the mike, always making it a point to do promos or arrive at an interview in a suit, with a cowboy hat (picture how well the crowd likes a "black cowboy" in Texas). capable in the ring and as underhand as a rulebreaker as they come, he is a throwback to the 1980s rather than someone from the current crop of unoriginal Indy wrestlers out there.

Everything is right about this guy, really. He is even apt to remind really old fans of Sweet Daddy Siki.

If you have a chance to see him on a card, check this guy out.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Rick Renaldo & Real Heroics

Rick Renaldo was mainly known for his work in California, Washington, Canada and the deep south. He also made some brief appearances in Arizona in the late 1970s and early 1980s, mainly feuding with Eddie Sullivan.

Renaldo was responsible for two real life heroics outside the ring that fans are not always aware of.

Renaldo and Ray Stevens happened to foil a bank robbery on the spur of the moment when they happened to be walking down the street and crossed paths with a robber fleeing a bank he had just held up. Renaldo and/or Stevens decked the guy and knocked him flat.

Later, Renaldo was responsible for aiding law enforcement by infiltrating a Neo Nazi group operating in the Washington/Idaho area. By going undercover, he gained the confidence of some truly deadly individuals, some of whom had carried out bombings. This led to several arrests. In spite of the dangers of being a branded informant after the fact, Renaldo never denied his actions and was   justifiably proud of them, as if taunting these dangerous people to retaliate. They never did.

Wrestling In Akron Deals On Amazon

For those looking for better deals on Arcadia's Wrestling In Akron by Dale Pierce, go to amazon.com and log in the title and author as there are several places offering the book at discounts.

Many of the wrestlers in the book would wrestle in Ohio in the spring through fall and come to Arizona in the wine months to escape the snow.

There are many previously never published pictures in this book, which is a specialty of Arcadia's. they are know for editions with rare photos.

Among the wrestler sin the book who also appeared in Arizona are Bennie Mendeblis,  Billy Anderson, Don Kent, Killer Brooks, Sheik, Luis Martinez, Don Fargo, Ron Dupree, Chris Colt, brain Pillman, Chris Kole, The Time Traveler, Rainbow, Ben Justice,  Chris Markoff, Tony Marino, Jerry Graham, Andre The Giant, Kerry Von Erich, Dory Funk, Lou Thesz, Mildred Burke,  Dave Levin, Jim Londos, Wally Walberg, Tex Riley, May Weston, Fred Curry, Rip Tyler, Mr. Cock A Doodle Doo, Navajo Warrior,  Cowboy Bob Ellis, The Swedish Angel and more.




Mac McFarland

Mac McFarland was sometimes billed as being from Los Angeles and sometimes from Ogden, Utah, so take your pick, though for much of his latter career he did live in the California area.  Earlier, hew as seen in Midwestern states where he wa usually on the undercard, in spite of a magnificent build and undeniable talent.

McFarland's Arizona runs came in the 1970s where he worked under a masked routine  as The Spoiler. Though he did not use a claw hold as a finisher, as the original Spoiler, Dan Jardine, he did have a devastating finisher of his own in the form of a neckbreaker much like the one later revamped by Honkytonk Man.

McFarland also trained a number of California wrestlers in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

McFarland last did his Spoiler routine in Phoenix in 1978 when brought in as US Champ, he was set to lose to Tito Montez so Montez could ride the top in his promotion with the belt.  The belt later went form Montez to Jody Arnold, who held the title for a decade until retiring.

Three Big & Sad Deaths

The wrestling world has been stunned by three major deaths in a row.

First, there was Dusty Rhodes passing away at 69.  An international star of great charisma as everyone knows, Rhodes was seen in Arizona with the WWF and WCW promotions, invariably as an Everyman baby face known for his great interviews and finishing elbow smash. There is no point in repeated the many obituary articles that have already come.

Next came Cora Combs, the veteran woman wrestler and mother of Debbie Combs. Though mainly remembered for her work in the south, Combs did have varied matches in Arizona in the 1950s and early 1960s. After retirement, she ran a flower shop in Nashville.

Third and more shocking would be Natureboy Buddy Landel, another wrestler of amazing color and charisma. Details of is death remain sketchy as of now.

This page offers a fond farewell to these great wrestlers. You will live on in legend.