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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 »

Death In the Ring Rattles Mexico's Lucha Libre

Perro Aguayo's death sent shock waves through wrestling

(Newser) - On the night of March 20, 2015, legendary Mexican wrestler Pedro “Perro” Aguayo Jr. took part in a four-man match in Tijuana that would end his 20-year career … and his life . In a sprawling feature in Playboy , Thomas Golianopoulos recounts Aguayo's career and explores the impact his... More »

'Rowdy' Roddy Piper Dead at 61

He died in his sleep

(Newser) - His parents named him Roderick George Toombs, but the world came to know him as "Rowdy" Roddy Piper. The wrestling legend died last night in his sleep of cardiac arrest, reports TMZ . Piper is a World Wrestling Entertainment Hall of Famer who was one of its biggest stars in... More »

Wrestling Legend Dusty Rhodes Dead at 69

RIP 'American Dream'

(Newser) - One of professional wrestling's earliest and most colorful stars is gone: Dusty Rhodes, known as the "American Dream," died at age 69 at a hospital in Orlando, Fla., after taking a fall in his home, reports TMZ . His real name was Virgil Runnels. In announcing his death,... More »

'Lucha Libre' Wrestler Dies of Hit Taken in the Ring

Pedro Aguayo Ramirez had wrestled for 20 years

(Newser) - A Mexican lucha libre wrestler died early yesterday from a flying kick he took inside the ring in a match that continued for almost two minutes before anyone realized he was injured. As NBC News reports, Pedro Aguayo Ramirez was rushed to a hospital a block away from the Tijuana... More »

'Tony the Tiger' Voice Dead at 64

Lee Marshall was also wrestling announcer, rock DJ

(Newser) - One of America's most iconic voices is no more. Lee Marshall, who began voicing Tony the Tiger in Kellogg's Frosted Flakes ads in 1999, has died of esophageal cancer at the age of 64. Marshall "spoke in deep, rich, practically evangelical tones," the Los Angeles Times... More »

Ultimate Warrior’s Cause of Death: Massive Heart Attack

No toxicology results yet, but death listed as 'natural'

(Newser) - Ultimate Warrior, the wrestling icon who collapsed and died last week just after his return to the WWE, suffered a massive heart attack, Radar reports. The medical examiner's office listed his cause of death as "natural," due to heart disease, but will still conduct a death investigation.... More »

Wrestling Icon 'Ultimate Warrior' Dead at 54

James Brian Hellwig collapsed outside hotel

(Newser) - The Ultimate Warrior was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame Saturday, appeared at WrestleMania XXX on Sunday, and on Monday, he appeared on Monday Night Raw for the first time in years. Yesterday he died unexpectedly, at the age of 54. "Every man's heart one day beats... More »

It's Back: Wrestling Rejoins the Olympics

IOC votes to reinstate it for 2020 Games

(Newser) - Just seven months after it got dumped by the IOC , wrestling has been officially reinstated for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, reports the AP . The sport swatted away challengers for a spot at the Games with ease: Wrestling won 49 votes to 24 votes for baseball-softball and 22 for squash. "... More »

Teen's Wrestling Moves Kill Sister, 5: Cops

Devalon Armstrong, 13, charged with 2nd-degree murder

(Newser) - Police say a 13-year-old Louisiana boy decided to try out wrestling moves he saw on TV on his half-sister, and ended up killing the 5-year-old girl Sunday. Devalon Armstrong, who was babysitting sister Viloude Louis at the time, told Jefferson Parish police he was imitating WWE moves, and continued for... More »

Wrestling Back at Olympics? It's a Big Step Closer

IOC makes it one of 3 finalists, along with squash and baseball-softball

(Newser) - Wrestling might be back at the Olympics after all. The sport will be one of three finalists—along with squash and a combined bid from baseball and softball—vying for the last open spot in the 2020 Games, reports USA Today . The International Olympic Committee, which outraged purists three months... More »

Wrestling Axed From 2020 Olympics

Even though it's one of Games' oldest events

(Newser) - The pentathlon looked most likely to get the ax in a review of the 26 Olympic sports, but it's wrestling that's been cut from the 2020 Games. Dropping a sport allows the International Olympic Committee to pick one up for that year—and now, wrestling will be competing... More »

TV's Top 5 Racist Shows

2 Broke Girls, Glee, and WWE Wrestling indulge in stereotypes: Ian Forte

(Newser) - Americans have come a long way since watching Benson seemed progressive and Archie Bunker was an amusing prime-time racist ... right? Not so, argues Ian Forte at Cracked . He lists five shows "that seem to not just exist in a vacuum, but revel in just how intolerant or ignorant of... More »

Norway Wants Back US Gold Medals ... From 1904

They say wrestlers were Norwegian, not American

(Newser) - Call it the opposite of instant replay: Norway is trying to get the US to hand over gold medals that it won 108 years ago. Wrestlers Charles Ericksen and Bernhoff Hansen had just emigrated from Norway when they took gold for the US in the 1904 Olympics, and now sports... More »

We'll Miss You, Randy 'Macho Man' Savage

Hulk Hogan: 'I'm Completely Devastated'

(Newser) - News that Randy "Macho Man" Savage died in a car accident age 58 has triggered plenty of nostalgic tributes:
  • David Brown, Yahoo Sports : "A small part of my childhood died. ... Other than Hulk Hogan or Andre the Giant, no WWF rassler was more popular than Savage in the
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'Macho Man' Randy Savage Killed in Car Accident

WWF wrestler has heart attack while driving

(Newser) - "Macho Man" Randy Savage, the WWF wrestler and Slim Jim spokesman, has died in a Tampa car accident, TMZ reports. The 58-year-old had a heart attack while driving, said his brother. The Jeep sped through oncoming traffic and struck a tree head-on, highway officials said. Savage died in the... More »

ASU Wrestler Wins NCAA Title—With 1 Leg

Anthony Robles was born without right leg

(Newser) - The NCAA may be better associated with madness in March, but it was all inspiration last night as Anthony Robles, an Arizona State University wrestler born without a right leg, snagged an NCAA title in what he says is the final match of his life. The 125-pounder took a 7-1... More »

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