Dr. Mike Lano Remembers Edouard Carpentier

Some Great Carp Memories

by Dr. Mike Lano

 I never clarified with L’Excellance Ed as to the correct spelling of his name or his preference, because since 1959 we saw all sorts of spellings from Edouard, Edourd, Edourdo, etc. whether he was “the first” AWA or WWA world champ (helping start both promotions actually), the Omaha “AWA” champ for the Duseks, his various WWWF appearances, both major runs in my homebase territory of Los Angeles, for Baba’s AJPW in ’73 and later the AWA-related IWE; of course his AWA and Montreal main runs and more.

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Phantom – Preaching to the Choir

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The Phantom of the Ring

Phantom – Preaching to the Choir

.The Phantom reviews Drawing Heat the Hard Way By Larry Matysik, ECW Press, 259 pp., paper, $19.95.

Larry Matysik, author of Wrestling at the Chase, tantalizes us with a new book, which, despite its title, is actually “The Wrestling World According to Larry Matysik.”

And what’s wrong with that? Matysik is a joy to read and one can take comfort that he knows whereof he speaks, having been in the business in some form or another since 1964, mostly working for Sam Muchnick, the Poobah of St. Louis and President of the NWA during its glory years.

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Phantom – Jack Brisco, R.I.P.

Jack Brisco - Photo by Dr. Mike Lano

Jack Brisco - Photo by Dr. Mike Lano

The Phantom of the Ring

Phantom – Jack Brisco, R.I.P.

The sudden death of Jack Brisco on February 1 left the wrestling world saddened. For many, he was the first NWA champion they grew up watching, and he was one of the last “pedigreed” champions (those with solid collegiate wrestling backgrounds) to hold a world’s championship..

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