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Tracy Smothers succumbs to cancer

As announced on his Facebook page, "Wild-Eyed Southern Boy" Tracy Smothers passed away on October 28th.  After battling lymphoma for years, he first publicly reported it in December 2019 and regularly updated everyone through his social media about his battle with...

Joe Black was an iconic Toronto photographer

Just around the corner from Toronto's Maple Leaf Gardens was Joe Black's studio, Graphic Artists, on Yonge Street. The location meant that Black was a regular at sporting events around the city for years. Though he didn't shoot tons of live wrestling, Black did...

B.C. referee Gary Allen was ‘The King’ and one of the boys

“Jesus Christ, Denton, this kid’s a real mark!” Gary Allen said this to me in the middle of the ring one night. Al Tomko had brought in yet another guy to try out in his All-Star Wrestling territory, which was based out of Vancouver, British Columbia. Al had sent me...

Singer John Condrone, with a past in wrestling, dies from COVID

Singer-songwriter John Condrone passed away on October 20, 2020, from complications due to COVID-19. Although more known for his music such as "If You Stole My Heart", "But Then," and "Since I Found you," he also dished out numerous hits inside the squared circle....

Young European stars Karsten Beck and Ryan Smile pass away

Tributes have been pouring in for two young stars from the independent scenes in Europe that have died. Ryan Smile, from England, was 31 and Germany's Karsten Beck was 33. Smile, who had been battling mental health problems since he was aged 15, passed away on October...

Tennessee icon Len Rossi dies at 91

In the Tennessee wrestling territory known for over-the-top, anything-goes action, Len Rossi was an anomaly. He was a plain-and-simple babyface, not given to shrieking, hollering, or playing to the crowd. He was the son of Italian immigrants at a time when Tennessee...