Johnny Rodz, Charles Wright (a/k/a Papa Shango), and Mike
Bennett celebrate birthdays today.
Emile ‘King Kong’
Czaja died at the age of 61 on this day in 1970, and Andy Kaufman was 35 when
he passed in 1984. Little Coco passed away when he was 40 on this day in 1993.
Shoichi Arai died at 36 on this day in 2002, and Alex ‘Big Dick Dudley’ Rizzo
was 34 when he passed that same day. Ricky Cortez died at the age of 83 on this
day in 2008.
Recreating the feel of a bygone era is no small feat.
But that’s exactly what Greg Price is attempting to do
with a wrestling documentary that is expected to be released next summer.
Price, along with videographer John Andosca, is producing
“Mid-Atlantic Memories,” a feature-length documentary that aims to capture the
sights, sounds and feel of one of wrestling’s most revered territories and
“I’m completely stoked about the opportunity we have to
put something together that will conjure up everybody’s positive memories of
when they grew up watching wrestling,” says Price, the brainchild behind the
annual Mid-Atlantic Wrestling Legends Fanfest.
“I think there’s a tremendous audience out there for not
only the product, but for the wrestling itself ... the wrestling from your
Thousands of fans, from all corners of the globe, flock
to the summertime gathering to relive some of their most cherished moments when
they faithfully followed Mid-Atlantic wrestling.
Price hopes to expand that Fanfest experience with his
Doug Basham and
Ricky Ortiz celebrate birthdays today.
Buck Davidson died
at the age of 81 on this day in 1989, and Danny Little Bear passed at 65 in
1991. Johnny Eagles passed away at the age of 64 on this day in 1999. Penny
Banner died at 73 on this day in 2008, and Leo Garibaldi passed the same day at
78. Jet Monroe passed away at 70 on this day in 2010.