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May 13, 2009

ARCHIVE 9/7/07: WRESTLING BABYLON Reviewed in New Zealand

The website New Zealand Pro Wrestling Informer has a positive review of Irvin Muchnick’s WRESTLING BABYLON: Piledriving Tales of Drugs, Sex, Death, and Scandal at http://www.nzpwi.co.nz/home/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3575&Itemid=70.
May 13, 2009

ARCHIVE 9/10/07: Not Fit to Print in The Washington Post

After doing a preliminary edit, The Washington Post, in its wisdom, has declined to publish my letter in response to a story last month about the alarming number of pro wrestler deaths.
May 13, 2009

ARCHIVE 9/13/07: WRESTLING BABYLON Author Muchnick’s Essay, ‘WWE Death-O-Mania!’, at BeyondChron.org

“WWE Death-O-Mania!” is the headline over WRESTLING BABYLON author Irvin Muchnick’s essay in today’s (Thursday, September 13) issue of Beyond Chron, the San Francisco online daily newspaper.
May 13, 2009

ARCHIVE 9/13/07: Correction: Congressman Tom Davis Is From Virginia

In my Beyond Chron piece today on the Congressional committee investigations of pro wrestling’s culture of drugs and death, I mistakenly identified Tom Davis, ranking minority member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, as being from Maryland. Davis represents Virginia.
May 13, 2009

ARCHIVE 9/14/07: WWE Death-O-Mania!

Two committees of the House of Representatives are edging toward hearings this fall that will further define the blurred lines of our junk-besotted popular culture. The essential question before them is whether the lives of professional wrestlers are as highly valued as those of aging character actors and exploited children.
May 13, 2009

ARCHIVE 9/18/07: Did Randy Orton Attempt Suicide?

A rumor is swirling that World Wrestling Entertainment star Randy Orton attempted suicide within the last year. Very well-placed wrestling sources tell me that the rumor is true.
May 13, 2009

ARCHIVE 9/18/07: P.S. — Randy Orton’s Grandfather’s Words

In 1987 I covered the convention in Los Angeles of the Cauliflower Alley Club, an organization of retired wrestlers, for a story for People magazine that was not published. There I met Bob Orton Sr.
May 13, 2009

ARCHIVE 9/18/07: Orton ‘Legend Killer’ Reference Was Overstated

Readers have pointed out that the blog item about Randy Orton’s rumored suicide attempt referred erroneously to his “Legend Killer” gimmick. Orton began using the gimmick well before Eddie Guerrero died.
May 13, 2009

ARCHIVE 9/19/07: Orton: Further Notes

Brian Stull invited me onto his “Stranglehold” show Tuesday night on KFNS radio in St. Louis to discuss the blog report on Randy Orton’s rumored suicide attempt.