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New Zealand great John Da Silva dies

John Da Silva, who died on April 8 at the age of 86, was one of the top pro wrestlers ever to come out of New Zealand. How big a name was he in that country? He was awarded New Zealand's Queen's Service Medal in 1994, as a recognition for his contributions to both...

Detroit historian Mark Bujan dies

How do you measure a wrestling historian? Is it their knowledge? Their collection? In the case of Mark Bujan, the Detroit historian who died on Sunday, April 11, from an apparent heart attack at the age of 61, it was his willingness to share. Besides the couple of...

Kathie Vachon, widow to Mad Dog, dies

Kathie Vachon, who was married to Maurice "Mad Dog" Vachon for 40 years, including when he was struck by a car and had his leg amputated, has passed away. She died on March 23, 2021 in Nebraska. Vachon had battled Alzheimer's disease for the last number of years. The...

Mat Matters: My friend Barry Orton

Sometimes as a journalist a story becomes more than just a story. In 2005, my clumsy self literally walked right into Barry Orton while he was doing some filming at the Cauliflower Alley Club (CAC) reunion. Honestly, I turned around swiftly and ran smack into him and...

Sheik’s son, Captain Ed George, dead at age 71

Ed Farhat Jr., the oldest son of "The Sheik," died this morning, March 22, 2021, due to complications from COVID-19. He was 71 years old.  The news was shared this morning by Kari Farhat, the widow of Tom Farhat, the other son of Joyce and Ed Farhat.  Farhat Jr....

My dad, Buddy Colt

By RICKY NANCE - For SlamWrestling.net I’m going to do my best to put what my father, Buddy Colt, meant to me here, and I’ve literally spent the last two weeks trying to capture all of the thoughts running through my head and try to get them to make sense. Not just...

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