By Mike Mooneyham
Aug. 20, 2006
Spirit Squad leader Kenny (Ken Doane) was served with two warrants last week at Raw on charges of assault and battery and vandalism.
The charges stem from a report filed by a fan who had asked Doane, 20, and former WWE women’s champ Mickie James, 26, for autographs while the WWE performers were in a car stopped at a red light. James, Doane’s real-life girlfriend, signed an autograph but when the traffic lights turned to green, Jason Wilson claims that Doane held onto his sign and pulled off, allegedly causing Wilson to fall and his sign to tear. He claims that he strained his left shoulder during the incident and pledged to try and get charges raised against Doane.
WWE’s Gary Davis, vice president for corporate communications, was quoted in July as saying that the company backed Doane 100 percent and that WWE offered Wilson autographed photos but Wilson refused and asked for money, which led to WWE requesting a written report.
Doane is scheduled to appear in court in Roanoke on Aug. 31.
– The wrestling world recently said goodbye to a pair of wrestlers who made their marks in the ’60s and ’70s as tag-team specialists.
Donald Lortie, who worked as one half of The Masked Medics along with Tony Gonzales, died Aug. 5 of congestive heart failure at the age of 75. The hooded team, decked out in their sterile, hospital whites, was a main-event act throughout the Southeast. Gonzales died in 2002 at the age of 72.
Walter Nurnberg, who as both Karl and Skull Von Stroheim formed one of the great Nazi heel teams with “brother” Kurt Von Stroheim (Kurt Rutkowsky), passed away Aug. 13 from a heart attack at age 77 in Tampa. The chrome-domed, goateed, barrell-chested ring ruffians headlined a number of local shows during the ’60s and the ’70s and held an assortment of regional tag titles. Rutkowsky died in 1993 at the age of 69.
The Canadian-born Nurnberg, who also wrestled under the monikers Henry Von Stroheim and Skull Nurnberg, lived out his last years in a son’s trailer that was shared by his son’s wife and two grandchildren. He had suffered from dementia, had both knees replaced, and his left leg was amputated just below the knee.
– WWE Hall of Famer Pat Patterson, 65, was released from the hospital last week after successful four-hour heart surgery to remove a cyst from his main artery.
– The Rock (Dwayne Johnson) is featured in the new edition of the Guinness Book of World Records as the highest-paid actor in history for a debut role (“Scorpion King”).
– George’s Sports Bar, 1300 Savannah Highway, will air the Summer Slam pay-per-view at 8 p.m. tonight. Cover charge is $10. George’s also will air the UFC 62 pay-per-view at 10 p.m. Aug. 26 with a $10 cover.