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Mike Mastrandrea's SLAM! Wrestling Photo Galleries


Sweet Daddy Siki in an early Mike Mastrandrea photo

Mike Mastrandrea's earliest memory of wrestling was channel surfing on a lazy Saturday afternoon and stopping on an attention-grabbing, loud-mouthed, over-the-top character wearing a kilt: Rowdy Roddy Piper. After watching him battle such greats as Greg Valentine, Jimmy Snuka and Mad Dog Vachon, Piper was finally stopped in his tracks by the immortal Hulk Hogan ... and he was hooked. Hence the countless trips to Toronto's Maple Leaf Gardens for Sunday shows, purchasing of wrestling figures and wearing of t-shirts. A wrestling geek was born.

Mike Mastrandrea's SLAM! Wrestling Photo Galleries:

WWE SummerSlam Heatwave Tour
> July 6, 2014 in Toronto, Ontario

WWE SummerSlam Heatwave Tour
> July 5, 2014 in London, ON

WWE Money in the Bank
> June 29, 2014 in Boston, MA

ROH Border Wars
> May 10, 2014 in Toronto, Ontario

WWE Live
> May 6, 2014 in Buffalo, NY

WWE Live
> April 25, 2014 in Toronto, Ontario

WWE Monday Night Raw
> April 7, 2014 in New Orleans

WWE WrestleMania XXX - Main Events
> April 6, 2014 in New Orleans

WWE WrestleMania XXX - Opening Half
> April 6, 2014 in New Orleans

WWE Hall of Fame Ceremony
> April 5, 2014 in New Orleans

WWE Hall of Fame Red Carpet
> April 5, 2014 in New Orleans

WWE Make-A-Wish pizza party
> April 5, 2014 in New Orleans

WrestleMania 30 Fan Axxess
> April 3-6, 2014 in New Orleans

WrestleMania 30 Fan Axxess Artefacts & Setup
> April 3-6, 2014 in New Orleans

WWE Superstars for Kids red carpet party
> April 3, 2014 in New Orleans

WWE and We Give Books reading celebration
> April 3, 2014 in New Orleans

WWE Superstore
> April 3, 2014 in New Orleans

WWE Royal Rumble PPV
> January 26, 2014 in Pittsburgh, PA

WWE Live
> January 11, 2014 in Buffalo, NY

WWE Live Holiday Tour
> December 30, 2013 in Toronto, Ont.

WWE Survivor Series
> November 24, 2013 in Boston, MA

WWE Battleground
> October 6, 2013 in Buffalo, NY 

WWE Night of Champions PPV
> September 15, 2013 in Detroit, Mich. 

WWE Monday Night Raw
> September 9, 2013 in Toronto, Ont.

WWE Live
> September 8, 2013 in Hamilton, Ont

Santino Marella's Battle Arts Academy open house
> September 8, 2013 in Mississauga, Ont

WWE Live
> September 7, 2013 in Windsor, Ont

Ring of Honor All Star Extravaganza V
> August 3, 2013 in Toronto, Ont.

WWE Money in the Bank PPV
> July 14, 2013 in Philadelphia

WWE Payback
> June 16, 2013 in Chicago, IL

Ring of Honor Border Wars
> May 4, 2013 in Toronto, ON

Monday Night Raw
> April 8, 2013 in East Rutherford, NJ  

WrestleMania 29: Main Events
> April 7, 2013 in East Rutherford, NJ  

WrestleMania 29: First Half
> April 7, 2013 in East Rutherford, NJ  

WWE Hall of Fame
> April 6, 2013 in New York, NY  

WrestleMania 29 Fan Axxess
> April 4-7, 2013 in East Rutherford, NJ  

WrestleMania 29 Press Conference
> April 4, 2013 in New York, NY  

WWE Monday Night Raw
> March 4, 2013 in Buffalo, NY  

Hardcore Roadtrip
> March 2, 2013 in London, Ontario  

WWE Road to WrestleMania
> March 1, 2013 in Toronto, Ontario  

WWE Royal Rumble
> January 27, 2013, in Phoenix, Arizona  

WWE Royal Rumble Fan Axxess
> January 26-27, 2013, in Phoenix, rizona  

WWE TLC PPV
> December 16, 2012 in Brooklyn, NY  

WWE Survivor Series PPV
> November 18, 2012 in Indianapolis, IN

WWE Smackdown & Superstars
> September 25, 2012 in Buffalo, NY 

WWE Smackdown World Tour
> September 23, 2012 in London, Ontario  

WWE Money in the Bank PPV
> July 15, 2011 in Phoenix  

WWE Over the Limit PPV
> May 20 in Raleigh, NC  

Ring of Honor Border Wars
> May 12, 2012 in Toronto, ON  

Titans In Toronto 5 Fundraising Dinner
> Toronto, ON, April 15, 2012  

WrestleReunion 8
> Toronto, ON, April 13-15, 2012  

Evolve
> Toronto, ON, April 13, 2012  

WWE Monday Night Raw - Lesnar's return
> April 2 in Miami

WWE WrestleMania XXVIII - main events (Rock vs Cena; Punk vs Jericho; Team Teddy vs Team Johnny)
> April 1 in Miami  

WWE WrestleMania XXVIII - early bouts (Undertaker vs Triple H; Phoenix & Eve vs Kelly & Menounos; Rhodes vs Big Show; Kane vs Orton; Sheamus vs Bryan; pre-show tag; press conference)
> April 1 in Miami  

WWE Hall of Fame
> March 31, 2012 in Miami  

WrestleMania 28 Art and Fashion show
> March 29, 2012 in Miami Beach, FL  

WrestleMania 28 Fan Axxess
> March 29-April 1, 2012 in Miami  

WWE Raw World Tour
> March 10, 2012 in London, Ontario  

WWE Raw World Tour
> March 9, 2012 in Toronto, Ontario  

WWE Royal Rumble
> January 29, 2012 in St. Louis  

WWE TLC PPV
> December 18, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland  

WWE Survivor Series PPV
> November 20, 2011 in New York, NY  

WWE Vengeance PPV
> October 23, 2011 in San Antonio, TX  

WWE Night of Champions PPV
> September 18, 2011 in Buffalo, NY  

WWE Smackdown and Edge Appreciation Night
> September 13, 2011 in Toronto, Ontario  

WWE Raw house show
> September 10, 2011 in London, Ontario  

WWE Raw house show
> September 9, 2011 in Barrie, Ontario 

WWE Over The Limit PPV
> May 22, 2011 in Seattle  

CWI Brawl at the Bush
> May 14, 2011 in Brantford, ON  

WWE WrestleMania 27 - The Main Events
> April 3, 2011 in Atlanta  

WWE WrestleMania 27 - Opening Matches
> April 3, 2011 in Atlanta  

WWE Hall of Fame
> April 2, 2011 in Atlanta  

Ring of Honor "Honor Takes Center Stage"
> April 1, 2011 in Atlanta  

WrestleMania 27 Fan Axxess - Day 1 & Day 2
> March 31-April 1, 2011 in Atlanta  

WrestleMania Art Exhibition
> March 30, 2011 in Atlanta  

WWE Monday Night Raw
> February 28, 2011 in Buffalo, NY  

WWE Smackdown Road to Wrestlemania
> February 5, 2011, in Toronto, ON  

WWE Monday Night Raw
> January 24, 2011 in Detroit, MI  

WWE Survivor Series PPV
> November 21, 2010 in Miami, FL 

Ring of Honor
> November 13, 2010, in Mississauga, ON  

WWE Bragging Rights PPV
> October 24, 2010 in Minneapolis, MN  

Titans In Toronto IV Fundraising Dinner
> Toronto, ON, September 18, 2010  

WWE Raw house show
> September 11, 2010 in Hamilton  

WWE Raw house show
> September 10, 2010 in Toronto  

WWE Money In The Bank pay-per-view
> July 18, 2010 in Kansas City

WWE Fatal 4-Way pay-per-view
> June 20, 2010 in Long Island, NY

Ring of Honor's Death Before Dishonor VIII pay-per-view
> June 19, 2010 in Toronto

WWE Over The Limit PPV
> May 23, 2010 in Detroit

WWE Monday Night Raw
> May 17, 2010 in Toronto

WWE Raw house show
> May 14, 2010 in Barrie, Ontario

WrestleMania 26: Main Event matches -- Undertaker vs HBK, Cena vs Batista, Edge vs Jericho, Women's match, Hart vs McMahon
> March 28, 2010 in Phoenix
stleMania 26: First-half matches -- Punk vs Mysterio, Triple H vs Sheamus, Money in the Bank, Orton vs Rhodes vs DiBiase, Miz & Big Show vs R-Truth & Morrison, Pre-show battle royal
> March 28, 2010 in Phoenix

WWE Hall of Fame
> March 27, 2010 in Phoenix

WrestleMania 26 Fan Axxess - Day 2
> March 26, 2010 in Phoenix

Ring of Honor
> March 26, 2010 in Phoenix

WrestleMania 26 Fan Axxess - Day 1
> March 25, 2010 in Phoenix

WrestleMania 26 Fan Axxess - Artifacts, Displays and Goodies
> March 25, 2010 in Phoenix

Wrestlemania Art Exhibition
> March 24, 2010 in Phoenix

Ring of Honor
> March 20, 2010, in Mississauga, ON

WrestleMania 27 announcement
> February 1, 2010 in Atlanta

WWE Royal Rumble PPV
> January 31, 2010 in Atlanta

WWE Survivor Series PPV
> November 22, 2009 in Washington

Ring of Honor
> November 14, 2009, in in Mississauga, ON

WWE Raw
> October 27, 2009, in in Buffalo, NY  

WWE Bragging Rights PPV
> October 25, 2009 in Pittsburgh  

WWE Monday Night Raw
> September 14, 2009 in Toronto  

WWE Breaking Point PPV
> September 13, 2009 in Montreal  

WWE Supershow
> September 12, 2009 in Ottawa  

Dragon Gate USA Enter the Dragon debut show
> July 25, 2009 in Philadelphia  

Ring of Honor Death Before Dishonor
> Night 1 - July 24, 2009 in Toronto  

Blue Demon Jr. & Incognito at BSE Pro
> July 18-19, 2009 in Toronto  

WWE Extreme Rules PPV
> June 7, 2009 in New Orleans  

Monday Night Raw
> Buffalo, NY, May 4, 2009  

Ring of Honor
> Markham, ON, April 18, 2009  

Wrestlemania weekend
> April 2-5, 2009 in Houston, TX  

Edge, Natalya and Rocky Johnson at the food bank
> Toronto, ON, December 3, 2008  

Ring of Honor
> Markham, ON, November 8, 2008  

Border City Wrestling
> Windsor, ON, October 4, 2008  

The Score Housewarming Party with CM Punk and Natalya
> Toronto, ON, September 20, 2008  

TNA No Surrender PPV
> Oshawa, ON, September 14, 2008  

TNA promotional stop -- Kurt Angle, Angelina Love, Kevin Nash, Earl Hebner
> Toronto, September 2008  

The Wrestler screening
> Toronto International Film Festival, September 7, 2008  

Ring of Honor Gallery 2
> Toronto, July 25, 2008  

Ring of Honor Gallery 1
> Toronto, July 25, 2008  

Batista autograph signing
> June 21, 2008 in Toronto

WWE Smackdown taping
> May 6, 2008, in London, ON  

WWE ECW/Smackdown taping
> May 6, 2008, in London, ON  

WWE Monday Night Raw
> May 5, 2008, in Toronto, ON  

WWE Raw house show
> May 4, 2008, in Barrie, ON  

WWE Raw house show
> May 3, 2008, in Hamilton, ON  

Trish Stratus' Stratusphere Yoga opening
> Toronto, ON, April 24, 2008  

WrestleMania 24 - Edge-Taker; Orton-Cena-HHH
> Orlando, FL, March 30, 2008  

WrestleMania 24 - Big Show-Floyd Mayweather
> Orlando, FL, March 30, 2008  

WrestleMania 24 - Flair-Michaels
> Orlando, FL, March 30, 2008  

WrestleMania 24 - Finlay-JBL; Women's match; Misc.
> Orlando, FL, March 30, 2008  

WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
> Orlando, FL, March 29, 2008  

WWE No Way Out
> Las Vegas, February 17, 2008 -- Gallery #1: Edge-Mysterio, Smackdown Chamber, ECW title bout, Kane-Benjamin
> Gallery #2: Flair-Kennedy, Cena-Orton, Raw Chamber

WWE Fan Axxess
> Toronto, February 2-3, 2008  

WWE Raw
> Miami, Fl, November 19, 2007  

Ring of Honor
> San Francisco, October 21, 2007  

WrestleFanFest - Gallery 1
> San Francisco, October 19-21, 2007  

WrestleFanFest - Gallery 2
> San Francisco, October 19-21, 2007  

WrestleFanFest - Gallery 3
> San Francisco, October 19-21, 2007  

WrestleFanFest - Live show
> San Francisco, October 19, 2007  

Necro Butcher vs Bill Skullion - Weapons Match
> GWE Oshawa, ON, September 21, 2007  

Ring of Honor Gallery 1
> Detroit, September 14, 2007  

Ring of Honor Gallery 2
> Detroit, September 14, 2007  

Melina, Maria, Punk & Morrison
> August 24, 2007 in Toronto at Ontario Place  

Ballpark Brawl VIII
> August 23, 2007 in Buffalo, NY  

Chris Benoit
> A special gallery  

Smackdown
> May 27, 2007, in London, Ontario  

ECW
> May 27, 2007, in London, Ontario  

WWE Monday Night Raw
> May 28, 2007, in Toronto  

WWE house show
> May 11, 2007, in Hamilton  

Shelton Benjamin autograph signing
> May 10, 2007, in Toronto  

The Condemned Toronto premiere
> April 11, 2007, in Toronto  

WrestleMania 23
> April 1, 2007, in Detroit  

WWE Hall of Fame Ceremony
> March 31, 2007, in Detroit  

Ring of Honor All Star Extravaganza III
> March 30, 2007, in Detroit  

THQ Superstar Challenge
> March 29, 2007, in Detroit  

Fan Axxess with Maryse, Kenny Dykstra, JTG and Elijah Burke
> March 28, 2007, in Windsor, ON  

Johnny Nitro appearance
> March 27, 2007, in Windsor, ON  

Mickie James & Kenny Dykstra appearance
> March 20, 2007, in Toronto, ON  

Ken Kennedy signing
> March 17, 2007, in Niagara Falls, ON  

UWA Hardcore King of the Death Match Tournament
> February 24, 2007, in Bolton, ON  

WrestleMania 23 Press Conference Windsor
> February 2, 2007, in Windsor, ON  

TNA Bound For Glory PPV
> October 22, 2006, in Plymouth, Mich.  

TNA Fanfest
> October 21, 2006, in West Bloomfield, Mich.  

WWE Unforgiven PPV
> September 17, 2006 in Toronto, ON  

Combat Zone Wrestling
> June 10, 2006 in Philadelphia, PA  

Ring of Honor
> March 31, 2006 in Chicago Ridge, Illinois  
Fast forward many years and Mike found himself enrolled in a Photography course at Emery Collegiate Institute. One of the assignments included photographing a sporting event. While all the students decided to shoot the traditional hockey, basketball or football games, Mike was off to Monarch Park in downtown Toronto on the July 1st, 1990 long weekend to shoot at Sully's Gym wrestling show. While photographing the show, Mike was approached by gym trainer Sweet Daddy Siki and asked if he could stop by the gym next week and show the boys the photos. Opportunity knocked and for the next few years Mike was the staff photographer for Sully's Gym. During his tenure there Mike was able to photograph many future wrestling stars including Edge, Christian, Johnny Swinger/Parisi, Just Joe (aka Joe E Legend), and Rob Fuego.

Once college began, Mike faced the traditional cost of tuition problem all students face and decide to conquer that with an untraditional method -- selling wrestling photos. While spending many years hitting the road and shooting any and every local Ontario/Upstate NY wrestling Indy Mike mailed out packages to many local promoters and international magazines and steady work was found with British wrestling publication where Mike has been a photographer since 1995.

Mike's work has appeared in:

Newspaper
The Toronto Star

Magazines
Pro Wrestling Illustrated, World of Wrestling, New Wave Wrestling

Books
WOW: Best of WWF, WCW, and ECW, Adam Copeland on Edge

Staff Photographer
Sully's Gym, Renegade Wrestling Alliance, UWA Hardcore Wrestling ... and now SLAM! Wrestling