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At Center of Battery Charge: a Famous Wrestling Move

Florida teen charged with attempting to assault principal; attorney says it was just horseplay

(Newser) - A high school student in Florida was arrested this week after he was recorded raising his hands toward his principal's neck. "It shouldn't have been arrestable," a lawyer for 18-year-old Gianny Sosa of Miami Southridge Senior High School told a judge on Thursday, per the Miami ... More »

At WWE's Hall of Fame Event, a Surprise Tackle

Bret 'the Hitman' Hart tackled by spectator as he gives a speech

(Newser) - As the WWE was putting on its Hall of Fame ceremony on Saturday night, it was besieged by a very WWE moment: A spectator ran into the ring and tackled Bret "the Hitman" Hart as he was giving a speech at the Barclays Center, reports the AP . CNN identifies... More »

WWE's 'Walking Condominium' Has Fallen

King Kong Bundy dead at 61

(Newser) - The "walking condominium" has fallen. The death of 61-year-old WWE legend King Kong Bundy, real name Christopher Pallies, was confirmed Tuesday by his promoter and friend David Herro. "Today we lost a Legend and a man I consider family. Rest in Peace Chris. We love you," he... More »

WWE's Most Recognizable Interviewer Has Died

'Mean Gene' Okerlund was 76

(Newser) - The man the WWE calls "the most recognizable interviewer in sports-entertainment history" has died, and Deadspin says that's no exaggeration. Gene Okerlund, better known by the "Mean Gene" moniker bestowed on him by Jesse Ventura, was 76. No cause of death was given. The WWE reports he... More »

Why Teen Wrestler's Hair Can't Be Fixed

It's probably an honest mistake, but still

(Newser) - Andrew Johnson's unkind cut might have been fixed, except for one thing: His dreadlocks were thrown out, TMZ reports. Seems the teen wrestler's dreads— sheared off by referee demand last week in New Jersey before a match—could have been reattached if school officials had kept them. It'... More »

He Came Ready to Win. Then, a Ref's 'Cruel' Demand

NJ athletic officials investigating why Alan Maloney made young athlete shave off his dreadlocks

(Newser) - In 2016, Alan Maloney was accused of using a racial slur against a colleague. Now the high school wrestling referee is in hot water again, this time for forcing a young athlete to have his dreadlocks shaved right before a match. NBC News reports the incident took place Wednesday night,... More »

Hollywood Star Bloodied in Dive Bar 'Death Match'

It's part of David Arquette's wrestling comeback

(Newser) - David Arquette's wrestling comeback took an ugly turn Friday when he participated in a so-called "death match" that left him bloodied and clutching an open wound, Fox News reports. The 47-year-old Scream actor faced off against Nick Gage at the Hi Hat bar in Los Angeles, where they... More »

Paul Ryan: Allegations Against Rep. Jordan Are 'Serious'

'The university has rightfully initiated a full investigation into the matter,' Ryan says

(Newser) - With political pressure rising, House Speaker Paul Ryan spoke up Friday on the question of whether Jim Jordan knew about sexual abuse by Ohio State University's wrestling-team doctor decades ago, USA Today reports. "These are serious allegations and issues," Ryan says via a spokesman. "The university... More »

Wrestling Legend 'Luscious' Johnny Valiant Is Dead

71-year-old was hit by a pickup truck in Pennsylvania

(Newser) - A big name in wrestling is gone. "Luscious" Johnny Valiant, aka Thomas Sullivan, was struck and killed by a pickup truck while crossing a busy road Wednesday morning in Pennsylvania's Ross Township, reports WPXI . The 71-year-old first gained fame as a wrestler back in the 1970s, winning the... More »

Smashing Pumpkins Singer Reboots Wrestling's NWA

'Wrestling needs to get younger,' Billy Corgan says

(Newser) - Billy Corgan is set to reboot the National Wrestling Alliance, founded in 1948 and the once proud stomping grounds of Ric Flair and other wrestling legends, the AP reports. Up first, the main event: NWA champion Tim Storm defends the belt against British star Nick Aldis on Sunday at a... More »

Wrestling Icon's Unexpected Legacy: His Daughter

Charlotte Flair, daughter of Ric Flair, already has made a name in the ring

(Newser) - Even those who don't follow the spectacle of pro wrestling might be familiar with the name Ric Flair. He is, after all, "the most famous man in the billion-dollar, 65-year history of professional wrestling as we know it," writes Dave Schilling at Bleacher Report . Flair is 68... More »

Legendary WWE Commentator Dead at 73

Iconic manager, commentator had battled cancer

(Newser) - Legendary World Wrestling Entertainment manager and commentator Bobby "The Brain" Heenan died Sunday at age 73, reports ESPN , which calls Heenan "one of the most renowned managers and commentators in the history of professional wrestling." A cause of death hasn't been confirmed, but Heenan had been... More »

Transgender Teen's Wrestling Win Courts Controversy

Critics say Texas' Mack Beggs shouldn't have competed against girls—a fact he agrees with

(Newser) - The outcry started building after Mack Beggs started winning match after match in Texas' high school wrestling tournament—and once the 17-year-old from Trinity High School in Euless clinched the championship Saturday, the controversy reached its peak. NBC News reports that the junior won to "cheers and jeers,"... More »

Transgender Boy Forced to Wrestle Girls Causes Stir

Mack Beggs is on the verge of winning the 6A championship in Texas

(Newser) - After winning his third straight match of the Texas state tournament Saturday, wrestler Mack Beggs of Euless Trinity High School is headed to the championship match—of the girl's 110-pound weight class. The Forth Worth Star-Telegram reports Beggs was born female and is transitioning to male. The transgender teen,... More »

WWE Mourns George 'The Animal' Steele

He was a wild man in the ring and a teacher during the week

(Newser) - WWE Hall of Fame member George "The Animal" Steele, whose given name was Jim Myers, has died at age 79. WWE announced Friday the death of Steele, who was living in Florida. The Detroit native had tweeted and blogged in recent months about his declining health, the AP reports.... More »

Columbia Wrestlers Benched Over Racist Texts

They include use of n-word, homophobic slurs

(Newser) - Columbia University is investigating racist and homophobic group text messages reportedly sent by members of its men's wrestling team just days after similar incidents at Harvard University and the University of Pennsylvania . According to student-run news site Bwog , which received screenshots of GroupMe messages sent over the past three... More »

Olympic Wrestler Turns Down Silver Medal

Yogeshwar Dutt's opponent tested positive for doping after his death

(Newser) - It's not often an Olympian turns down a medal, but that's exactly what Indian wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt is trying to do. Yogeshwar won bronze at the 2012 Olympics in London, Indian Express reports. But the wrestler who beat him, Russia's Besik Kudukhov, was discovered to have been... More »

Pro Wrestlers Sue Over Brain Injuries, Too

Jimmy 'Superfly' Snuka is among those going after the WWE

(Newser) - Add pro wrestlers to those suing their former employer over brain injuries suffered on the job. More than 50 retired wrestlers—including Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka—filed suit against World Wrestling Entertainment on Monday, reports Reuters . Other big plaintiff names from wrestling's early days are Joseph Laurinaitis, 55, known... More »

Wrestler: Cancel Championship, I Got Herpes From Mat

But Calif. high school senior says he's been floored by reaction to his news

(Newser) - Days after he competed in a February wrestling tourney, Blake Flovin began exhibiting odd symptoms: He started itching, got a rash, and "the left sides of my face by my lymph nodes started to swell," the high school student tells KTVU . His father likened the 17-year-old's face... More »

Ex-WWE Star Bret Hart Fights 'Toughest Battle': Cancer

Says he'll 'wage fearsome fight' against prostate cancer

(Newser) - The ex-professional wrestler known to his fans as "The Hitman" has just taken a hit of his own. Bret Hart has prostate cancer, he told fans in an Instagram post Monday, and he says he'll be having surgery within days, ESPN reports. "Mark Helprin wrote: 'We... More »

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