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The W - Pro Wrestling - Rest In Peace "Llakor" Michael Ryan (Page 2)
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Thirty Millionth Hit

Since: 2.1.02
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#21 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.51
I didn't know him at all, nor ever even had a PM with the guy, but I feel like I "know" him through all of his writings.

He has a passion for wrestling like I used to have but lost years ago. I'm really in disbelief now.


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Boudin rouge

Since: 1.5.03
From: California, Home of THE LAKERS!

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#22 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.59

After a late night out ( with some local wrestlers at a midget wrestling show ) I woke up to see SmartMark Video post the news on facebook. I always enjoyed his writing here on the board & we were following each other on twitter. He turned us on to some cool people like the afore mentioned El Generico & LuFisto. The wrestling world has lost a truly passionate supporter and we have lost a true friend. Rest In Peace Michael.

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Lap cheong

Since: 2.1.02
From: Darkenwood

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#23 Posted on | Instant Rating: 10.00
Man, that SUCKS.



Since: 26.2.04
From: Manchester, England

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#24 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.00
I passed the odd message online with Michael over the years. He always came across as a really nice, genuine man. I really enjoyed his articles he'd post here from time to time.

Rest in peace.
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Lap cheong

Since: 11.2.03
From: Hackettstown, NJ

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#25 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.87
I always enjoyed reading Llakor's thoughts, especially those classic "When We Were Marks" columns where he would talk about how he experienced wrestling as a boy, and constantly seemed to be promising an imminent column about "The Match That Convinced Us That Wrestling Was Real." (Did he ever actually post that.) His enthusiasm for the workers on the Canadian indie scene was undeniable and infectious--he made me a fan of Lufisto when I never really got to see her work!

He will be greatly missed in the online wrestling community, and I can only imagine how much more so he'll be missed among those who knew him more closely. My deepest condolences to his loved ones, and he'll be in my thoughts.
DJ FrostyFreeze

Since: 2.1.02
From: Hawthorne, CA

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#26 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.45
Read it and weep, fella

This is a little embarassing. I "knew" Llakor from ITVR and CRZBoard/Weinerboard/The-W forever, and I've been Facebook friends with Michael Ryan for a few years too. But only today did I realize they were both the same guy. Like I said, embarassing.

We talked and goofed around on the messageboards for years and years and we chatted a few times on FB too. He was a cool dude. Shocked and saddened to read about his passing on FB this morning. Part of me still feels like it isnt true and and someone is going to come along and correct this little piece of misinformation we've all been given, but I guess if that was gonna happen it would've happened by now.


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Boudin blanc

Since: 21.2.02
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#27 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.50
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I learned about National Novel Writing month because of him, and I've recounted Generico's origin story out loud to anyone who would listen.

This place won't be the same without him.

(edited by J. Kyle on 25.4.13 0418)


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#28 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.98
Terrible news. My thoughts are with his family.

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Boudin blanc

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#29 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.10

Much like samoflange , I didn't know or interact with him personally, but he was a constant and appreciated presence on The-W. This terribly sad news.

Since: 2.1.02
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#30 Posted on
It's been many, many years since I remember chatting with Llakor. Since then, I've moved away from pro wrestling fandom, although I still watch from time to time, but what always struck me about Llakor was his passion for it and how he really poured his heart and soul into his work with IWS. He was one of the good ones. Although I did not know him well, that much I know for sure.

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Matt Tracker

Since: 8.5.03
From: North Carolina

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#31 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.83
My heart breaks for his family, and my thoughts are with those who knew him. I'm glad to have had time with him here.

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Since: 2.1.02
From: MD, USA

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#32 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.75

very sad news.

i just checked my PM inbox and i still have some correspondence from him from a couple years ago discussing comics.

He also once name-checked me in a tongue-in-cheek manner at an Incredibly Strange Wrestling show in Montreal, since I had been to the previous show but he missed it.


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#33 Posted on | Instant Rating: 1.12

He will be missed. My thoughts for his friends and family.

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Since: 17.11.02

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#34 Posted on | Instant Rating: 1.41
Shit man. I hate this. Any idea what happened?


Well, I found this. It says it might have been a stroke. Shit.

(edited by Cerebus on 25.4.13 2150)

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Since: 12.1.02
From: Fresno, CA

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#35 Posted on
I had only spoken directly with him once, asking for a couple recommendations on some IWS tapes ages ago. He gave me a list of about twenty.

This sucks.
Tribal Prophet

Since: 9.1.02
From: Winnipeg, MB, Canada

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#36 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.80
    Originally posted by Zeruel
    I didn't know him at all, nor ever even had a PM with the guy, but I feel like I "know" him through all of his writings.

    He has a passion for wrestling like I used to have but lost years ago. I'm really in disbelief now.

That's how it feels for me too. I never talked with him, but Llakor is one of those names I just got used to always seeing around here.

It's a really sobering feeling. It's easy to forget sometimes that each name has a real person behind it. I feel terribly for his friends and family. This is just terrible news.

Since: 8.6.02
From: Canada

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#37 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.73
Looks like a lot of the Canadian posters met or at least had some interaction with him. I only knew him through his writings, as others have said. Really sad. RIP.

Quiet, Or Papa Spank!

Since: 20.1.02
From: Quebec City, CAN

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#38 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.00
Met & spoken with the man many times. A truly good guy and a fine writer to boot. He was often my go-to resource for obscure comic book characters seeing as he was such a huge comics fan (every time I saw him, he had a Spider-Man shirt). I know in the last few years he had been having on and off health problems, so I really hope that wasn't too much of a factor. No one will do as much for Quebec indies as he did.

Rest in peace, brother.

PS: I never DID get around to asking him what his name meant.

(edited by JST on 26.4.13 0046)

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Eddie Famous

Since: 11.12.01
From: Catlin IL

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#39 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.03

45 is way too young. RIP Youngster.

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Potato korv

Since: 21.8.03
From: the people who brought you Steel Magnolias....

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#40 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.17
This is awful. Rest in peace Llakor.
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