FROM THE ARCHIVES: Jan’s interview with Charlie Haas

NOTE: Originally published on Sept. 18, 2004 in The Kingston Whig-Standard. All rights reserved. For the second time in less than three years, Charlie Haas has been left to fend for himself. On Dec. 15, 2001, Charlie’s brother and tag-team partner, Russ, died of heart failure at the age of 27. The following month, Charlie had this to say about his brother’s death: “Russ and I thought we’d had all our dreams fulfilled when we signed our contracts with…

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Pro Wrestlers vs. Zombies blends Piper’s passions

One look at the life and career of the man known the world over as Rowdy Roddy Piper and one word comes to mind: trailblazer. In professional wrestling, he was one of the first beloved heels in the business. He is acknowledged as being one of the very best on a microphone not only of his generation, but of all time. And no one has ever worn a kilt more successfully than the so-called Rowdy one. Piper, who is…

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From the archives: Jan’s interview with Kurt Angle from May 3, 2003

Originally published in The Kingston Whig-Standard, all rights reserved. ‘The difference from before the surgery and after is nothing but a miracle.” These words come from a man who won an Olympic gold medal with a broken neck. Let’s just say that Kurt Angle, the World Wrestling Entertainment superstar, has nothing on Kurt Angle, the man. Angle, who chatted with yours truly last week, is spending some rare time away from the squared circle recovering from neck surgery. But don’t expect this workhorse…

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