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Ox Baker: 45 years of memories
When one of the heroes of our wrestling youth passes away, time seems to stand still for a few brief moments as we reflect upon the memories they instilled in us over the years. They say, time waits for no one, but as I try to recall all my wonderful episodes involving Ox Baker, father time is going to have to take a break for a few minutes, or take a fatal heart punch, as I relive these memories of the past 45 years.

The rib that shrunk Johnny Canuck
By "DIRTY" DAN DENTON - For SLAM! Wrestling
It is at the point where I hate getting phone calls from Canada early in the morning. That is because it can only mean one thing and that is exactly how today started for me. I actually had two calls and I knew it was time to sit down and reflect on my adventures with Johnny Canuck from Vancouver, B.C.
Remembering Johnny Canuck, a Lumberjack and a Loverboy

Guest column: Living the dream along with Michael Elgin
By SEAN "DR. MASK" MURLEY - For SLAM! Wrestling
The first time I ever saw Michael Elgin was at an indy show at Durham College in Oshawa, Ontario. He did not have an opponent or a match that afternoon; he was sitting in front of my son and I on the day we were both introduced to independent wrestling. He had a broken arm and was wearing a pink shirt.

Father's Day Guest Column: Is the love of wrestling genetic?
I'm going to start this article with a statement some may find controversial -- I let my then two-year-old son watch wrestling, and play with wrestlers. The first question this may pose to many is likely, "Is that a good idea?" and the other question is probably, "Is that responsible parenting?" This comes down to a matter of opinion for me, and is something I'd like to explore.

Saying thanks to "Wildman" Gary Williams
By JASON MOSHER - For SLAM! Wrestling
Friday night at the historic Forum arena, Halifax will give "Wildman" Gary Williams one final standing ovation as he bids farewell to his in-ring wrestling career.

My Mom is still my hero
By BAMBI HALL - For SLAM! Wrestling
I love hearing stories from when I was a kid at wrestling shows. I remember when I was about eight years old, we had stopped by a training school in VanCity. Obviously I was not going to pass up the opportunity to play in the ring! So I went in and at one point got up on the ropes, when I heard my Mom -- wrestler Raven Lake -- say, "Oh no, I can see the future now." Little did we know what the future held. Here we are a few years later, and I'm wrestling regularly, and she has just retired.

Why grown men can't resist Wrestlemania
By JOHN LAW - Niagara Falls Review
It hits at the same time every spring. The fretting. The stressing. Can I afford it this time? Will something bad happen if I just skip it? No, not taxes. Wrestlemania.

My tribute to Bill Moody / Paul Bearer / Percy Pringle III
One year ago, I lost a very dear friend of mine. I knew him as Bill. Some called him Percy. A lot of people called him Paul. He was actually all three of these people, and each name represented a different part of his personality. And because he was truly larger-than-life in so many ways, the gravity of his passing is something I still have trouble formulating in my own mind.

Harry Smith remembers Billy Robinson
By HARRY SMITH - For SLAM! Wrestling
Harry Smith is a third-generation professional wrestler, a star in New Japan, and addicted to learning more about his craft. To further his training, he sought out Billy Robinson for further tutoring on the grappling game. Today, he shares some of the lessons learned from the late British superstar.
Billy Robinson dead at 74

Guest column: How an unprofessional referee can ruin a great match
By STEVE HOOPER - For SLAM! Wrestling
The other night I had the opportunity to watch a recent match between Michael Richard Blais and Richie Rage, from a PWA show in Calgary. The match itself was quite good; there were a few things here and there I could comment on, but on the whole it was a solid match and I enjoyed their hard work. I've never had the pleasure of working with Mr. Rage, but I certainly remember working many times with a porky little white kid named Chucky Blaze who has matured and turned into a good-looking worker named MRB. Great to see, kid! But the reason for these comments is not to critique the work of the wrestlers themselves, but the referee.

Mar 1 ... Ashley Sixx: My personal fight against cancer

Feb 3 ... What might happen (probably should happen) in grand jury homicide investigation of Jimmy Snuka

Jan 29 ... Guest column: If Punk's gone from WWE, where does it leave us fans?

Jan 20 ... Tony ‘Cannonball’ Parisi was the real deal

Dec 27 ... Tireless agent Scott Epstein never lost his enthusiasm for pro wrestling

Dec 22 ... How a Canadian Giant inspired Disco Fury

Oct 22 ... Remembering "Hardbody" Calvin Knapp

Sep 11 ... Thank you, Jim Ross

Jun 10 ... Finding comfort in Japan's Zero-1

May 17 ... Guest column: A 'crazy and improbable' WrestleMania moment

Which of the two Hell in a Cell Matches on the upcoming pay-per-view are you most interested in?
  John Cena vs Randy Orton
  Dean Ambrose vs Seth Rollins


Why Ox Baker was at my wedding and other memories

Ox Baker: 45 years of memories

Reflections on the Cowboy

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