- Mike Mooneyham of The Post & Courier has a great article at this link that remembers wrestlers who passed away in 2014. Mooneyham listed the following wrestlers who passed away last year:
Don Chuy, Jan. 6, age 72; Mae Young, Jan. 14, 90; George Scott, Jan. 20, 84; Gloria Barattini, Jan. 27, 84; Vic Rositanni, Feb. 6, 74; Ryu Nakata, Feb. 15, 51; Viscera (Nelson Frazier Jr.), Feb. 18, 43; Billy Robinson, March 3, 74; Jerry Kozak, March 5, 79; Lorenzo Parente, March 15, 78; The Ultimate Warrior (Jim Hellwig), April 8, 54; Lee Marshall, April 26, 67; Joe Turner, May 1, 74; Larry Nelson (Larry Shipley), June 23; Ken Lucas, Aug. 1, 73; Ted Heath, Aug. 17, 80; Bonnie Watson, Aug. 21, 82; Don Green, Aug. 29, 84; Sean O'Haire (Sean Haire), Sept. 8, 43; Rikki Starr (Bernard Herman), Sept. 20, 83; Don Manoukian, Sept. 23, 80; Cowboy Bob Kelly, Oct. 12, 78; Dr. Ken Ramey, Oct. 16, 84; Ox Baker (Doug Baker), Oct. 20, 80; Johnny Angel (Johnny Lee Clary), Oct. 21, 55; Bob Geigel, Oct. 30, 90; Brad Batten, Nov. 18, 56; Rodger Kent (Rodger Vogel), Nov. 24, 90; The Mighty Wilbur (Randall Lee Buchanan), Nov. 26, 57; Jimmy Del Ray/Jimmy Backlund (David Ferrier), Dec. 6, 52.
- In the video below, former WWE and WCW star "Hurricane" Shane Helms talks to Title Match Wrestling about his famous Ladder Match at WCW Starrcade 2000 against the Jung Dragons, the WWE Network and more. Helms said the three-way ladder match at Starrcade 2000 was the best Ladder Match in WCW history.
Helms also talks about the success of OMEGA Championship Wrestling with Matt Hardy and Jeff Hardy. The next OMEGA event takes place on February 28th at Northern High School in Durham, NC. The Hardys, Helms, CW Anderson and others have been announced.
- As of Monday, Ric Flair still had not been to Pittsburgh for WWE’s medical tests that are required before he can be brought back as a regular on-air talent.
One source believed that Flair could still be dealing with the blood clot in his leg. WWE doesn’t allow their active performers to use blood thinners so that could be a problem. For what it’s worth, it was mentioned in Flair’s new interview with Mike Mooneyham that his blood clot issue had “cleared up.”
As noted, Flair was backstage at Tuesday night’s tapings in Atlanta but we haven’t heard an update yet.
- Ric Flair recently spoke with Mike Mooneyham of The Charleston Post & Courier. Flair noted that he’s down to 228 pounds and is in the best shape he’s been in since his TNA run.
The article confirms a recent report that Flair is scheduled to wrestle for a Japanese promotion in September. Flair also talked about wanting to manage Dolph Ziggler when he returns to WWE soon. Flair commented on Ziggler:
“I think he’s awesome. He’d be a great guy to manage. He looks like a million bucks. He just can’t find his gimmick. He needs to work on his entrance. I could help him with that.”
Flair also talked about his daughter, NXT Women’s Champion Charlotte:
“She will be the greatest Flair of all time. Her credentials speak for themselves,” says Flair. “I’d put her resume up against anybody. She’s Rey Mysterio but bigger. She is going to be the greatest female wrestler and the most famous diva in the history of the WWE.”
- Mike Mooneyham of The Charleston Post & Courier in South Carolina, who has been reporting updates on Mae Young since she was hospitalized in December, says she has not passed away after incorrectly reporting it earlier. Mooneyham tweeted:
“Mae Young has not passed away. The source who reported her passing received incorrect information. Mae is gravely ill, but still alive.”
- Mike Mooneyham of The Charleston Post & Courier reports that WWE Hall of Famer Mae Young has passed away at age 90. She was hospitalized back on December 30th and was taken off life support at her home last night after being under hospice care. Mooneyham has written a piece on Mae’s career at this link.
- Mike Mooneyham of The Charleston Post & Courier in South Carolina reports that WWE Hall of Famer Mae Young was taken off life support tonight. He wrote on Twitter:
“Sad news to report. Received word tonight that #MaeYoung has been taken off life support. Prayers for this grand lady of wrestling.”