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Mat Memories: Revisiting Tom Cole makes for a tough show

This weekend, my Pro Wrestling Spotlight Live YouTube and Facebook show was one of the hardest I have ever done in my entire 40-year career in pro wrestling journalism. On February 12, 2021, Tom Cole, one of the key figures in the 1992 WWF ring boy scandals, committed...

Family says goodbye to Tom Cole at funeral

On February 19, 2021, a small group of family and friends gathered to say goodbye to Tom Cole, in a ceremony in Fishkill, NY. The funeral itself was private, although it was accessible to all via livestream. It was a simple service with no frills, and no mention of...

Beloved wrestler, trainer Rusty Brooks dies

There was a time when wrestling schools weren't a dime a dozen. A select few in the late 1980s and early 1990s taught the skills to next generation. One of the best was Rusty Brooks, whose death shook the tight-knit Florida wrestling community on February 11. He was...

Leon Spinks’ many wrestling connections

Former boxing world champion Leon Spinks -- who surprised everyone by beating Muhammad Ali in 1978, has died. He was 67. According to a public relations firm that represents him, he died on Friday, February 6, after suffering from prostate and other cancers for five...

Peers react to the death of ‘Hacksaw’ Butch Reed

As the news of the death of Bruce Reed, who wrestled as “Hacksaw” Butch Reed and was in the tag team Doom, reached the masses, the pro wrestling community has taken to social media to express their grief, share their memories and pay tribute. Reed suffered a heart...