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 Posted: Sat Mar 16th, 2019 02:24 am
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Count Grog
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I was just informed John Mango aka WWWF Terry has passed away.  I'm on my kindle and unable to share the link to the Altoona paper.  



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 Posted: Sat Mar 16th, 2019 02:42 am
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TerryWWWF


I always thought that was him.  John Mehno

Authored a couple very good sports books.

RIP John.


http://www.altoonamirror.com/sports/professional-sports/pirates/2019/03/mirror-columnist-dies-at-64/

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Those of you that have been on the board since the beginning may remember that TerryWWWF was not part of the 'OSW' crew.

I 'recruited' TerryWWWF myself after talking with him and interacting with him on Kayfabememories.


I don't know if I was drawn to his wit or his sarcasm. Probably both. Thought he'd be great for here. He never disappointed.

'Tip Of The Cap' from me to him. Rest In Peace my friend.

Please join Papa Voo, Grog and myself in respectful celebration of the memory of TerryWWWF.

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Here is a column he did on Bruno.


Thursday, April 19, 2018


Altoona Mirror, April 19, 2018

He was one of those one-name performers. Bruno.

One name suffices. Roberto. Franco. Mario. Bruno.

Back in the day, there was a wrestling show every month at the Civic Arena. On those Friday nights, the phones in the Post-Gazette sports department would ring constantly from people who couldn't wait for the main event result.

Danny Palmer, the clerk who answered the phones, made the task easy.
"I say 'Bruno won' and I hang up," he said.

That information was almost always accurate.

Bruno Sammartino wasn't the champion because he could beat everyone else. That didn't matter. He was the headliner for nearly 15 years because promoters knew he would draw crowds and make money for them.

When Sammartino died on Wednesday at 82, a real piece of Pittsburgh's sports history was lost, even if pro wrestling wasn't really a sport.

Saturday evening's "Studio Wrestling" was the most accidentally watched TV show in town. Everybody knew what happened, but nobody admitted they watched it.

It was always, "The kids had it on and I overheard it" or "My grandmother likes it and I watch it with her."

People watched because it was an entertaining show, and it was built around Sammartino. A former construction worker, he hit it big after promoter Rudy Miller spotted him on a TV show performing feats of strength.

The wrestling business has traditionally shoveled up tons of background fiction about its performers. The most compelling story of all was Sammartino's, and it was true.
He barely survived World War II after the Nazis occupied his family's village in Italy. Sammartino's father was already in Pittsburgh, working a mill job to earn enough money to bring the rest of the family to America.

The Sammartinos fled to the mountains after the troops landed. His mother would sneak back to the house at night to take as many jars of canned food as she could carry. Then she would carefully ration the food, bean by bean, to keep her family alive.

When they finally got to Pittsburgh, kids bullied Bruno, who was malnourished and struggled with English. A teacher steered him to a weightlifting gym and it was love at first sight.

Soon the weakling was a beast. He started as a bodybuilder, then turned to wrestling. Three years after he entered the business, he was the star attraction for the World Wide Wrestling Federation, which operated in all the big cities in the Northeast.

He remained on top because he sold tickets. It was a bonus that he did things the right way. He wore a suit to the arenas. He wouldn't even have a glass of wine with dinner for fear someone would say they saw him drinking. He stayed away from the bars and the groupies who populated them. He was a gentleman.

When he wanted out of the business, they stalled him for a year and a half because they feared what would happen without him. When his replacement disappointed, the WWWF begged him to come back. He wisely used that leverage for a sweet deal, unprecedented for the times.

When Vince McMahon killed the wrestling Bruno knew and replaced it with steroid-fueled and R-rated "sports entertainment," he protested bitterly. Otherwise, he led a quiet life in the suburbs, lifting weights in the afternoon while he listened to either radio talk shows or his beloved opera music.

He would do autograph appearances and hear the same story a million times -- "We used to watch you every Saturday night." He would smile, offer thanks and say, "A long time ago." He seemed to be genuinely surprised that people remembered him.


His uncommon charisma allowed him to connect with fans, who cheered his entrances because it was Bruno, not because fireworks were exploding and music was blasting.


In fact, a lot of people were convinced that wrestling was fake, "except for Bruno's matches."


That doesn't make any sense, but it does tell how people perceived him. Even when they knew wrestling was make believe, they were certain Bruno was real.


(John Mehno can be reached at: johnmehnocolumn@gmail.com)

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Here was his blog which he ran which contained his columns over the last year or so.


http://johnmehnocolumn.blogspot.com/



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This fucking blows. We lost another one of the “good guys”. I hate this part of the hobby - you lose good people in life and it never gets easier. RIP to a guy that I feel was one of the best people on the board. We all owe Beejmi a debt of gratitude for bringing him here. For what it’s worth, I was recruited by Beej the same way - I had never been part of a wrestling board before this one. Beej said he was starting this and I would be a good part of it. He was right, I love it here. Even when you all are dicks and Srossi is complaining about stupid political shit.



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I always liked his contributions here.


RIP John Mehno 
TerryWWWF

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Sad news to come home to on a Friday night. He wasn’t exactly a verbose poster so it’s a bit surprising to learn that he was a writer, and that his name wasn’t Terry. He came across like a cantankerous old coot and he’ll be missed on these boards. I believe his last post was in memory of Dick Beyer, who died last week.



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I liked him. My condolences

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I became friends with him on the Kayfabe Memories board and later here. I met him at a Pirates game years ago. We were friends on facebook and his was a regular contributor on my Steel Belt Wrestling page there. I enjoyed complaining about the Pirates draft picks and lack of ability to develop what players they had with him.



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Man that sucks. Weird we have all spent many years on these boards together.

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Quattro wrote: Man that sucks. Weird we have all spent many years on these boards together.

I thought the same thing.   For some, it has been two decades.  

I think I started communicating with John around 2001.  It was whenever that whole Buddy Rose bullshit was going on at KM.  In fact, I believe Mehno was the one who set Rose off and Loaded Glove as a KM mod just tore into Rose under his I Was There True Story handle and this eventually led to Rose having to post as himself on the KM Board.  

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When did KM start? 1999? I had an early post there, and I still remember what it was about. The Hogan-Okerlund tag match in MN. So I believe this is my 20th anniversary as part of the IWC. I know a few go back a few more years to the days of AOL chat rooms.



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Wow. This never gets easier. Even though many of the wrestling board posters have never met face to face, a lot of us have interacted with each other on a near daily basis for as long as 20 years. In some cases we have conversed more on here than we do with family and life long friends. Speaking for myself, I value the relationships forged here on the boards.


John was always a guy I loved interacting with online.


Condolences to his family and may you rest in peace Brother.

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