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May 13, 2009

ARCHIVE 12/3/07: Mr. Kennedy Still Can’t Shut Up

Because he has the trust of wrestlers and just lets them talk, Mike Mooneyham of the Charleston Post and Courier can be an indispensable primary source for their apparently straight-faced malarkey. Last week it was Batista, master of the torn triceps, decrying a “witch hunt” and making a comical and garbled defense of the WWE wellness policy. (See the November 25 posts on this blog.) This week it’s Ken Kennedy.
May 13, 2009

ARCHIVE 12/4/07: Review of BENOIT in Canada’s Quill & Quire

BENOIT: Wrestling with the Horror That Destroyed a Family and Crippled a Sport, by Steven Johnson, Heath McCoy, Irvin Muchnick, and Greg Oliver, is reviewed in the December issue of the Canadian book publishing trade magazine Quill & Quire.
May 13, 2009

ARCHIVE 12/11/07: Dave Sheldon Was 54 Years Old

We earlier reported the November death in Texas, from undisclosed causes, of retired wrestler Dave “Angel of Death” Sheldon. Early obituaries listed Sheldon’s age as 43. However, an article about Sheldon’s life on the authoritative site SLAM! Wrestling now says that Sheldon was 54 years old.
May 13, 2009

ARCHIVE 12/20/07: Are the Congressional Wrestling Hearings Dead?

The answer to that question appears to be “yes.”
May 13, 2009

ARCHIVE 12/26/07: Congressional Non-Hearings Explained in New SLAM! Wrestling Column

What happened to the Congressional hearings on the pro wrestling industry, which were being explored by two different committees of the House of Representatives in the wake of the June double-murder-suicide of wrestler Chris Benoit? (The Benoit case is No. 8 on Time magazine’s list of the year’s top crime stories.) I explain in “Looks like wrestling will dodge Congress’ steroid bullet,” a column today at SLAM! Wrestling on canoe.ca, “Canada’s home page for sports.”
May 13, 2009

ARCHIVE 12/26/07: Greg ‘Mr. Gillis’ Gillies Is 11th Pro Wrestler to Die Young in 2007

Greg Gillies, 44, a musclebound journeyman Canadian pro wrestler who was booked “Mr. Gillis,” has died of a heart attack at age 44.
May 13, 2009

ARCHIVE 12/29/07: Why Wrestling Dodged the Congressional Bullet

In an Orwellian world where wellness policies are not well, the other shoe of life’s wrestling angle is not quite ready to drop, after all. At 100+ dead and counting, it’s still in the tease stage.
May 13, 2009

ARCHIVE 12/29/07: List of 11 Wrestlers Under Age 50 Who Died in 2007

I’ll go out on a limb here and predict that no more pro wrestlers under age 50 will die in the last three days of 2007. If so, the number will hold at 11.
May 13, 2009

ARCHIVE 12/29/07: P.S. List of Wrestlers Under Age 50 Who Died in 2007

I’m getting immediate feedback with additions to my just-posted list of 11 names. I’ll be following up shortly.