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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 »

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 »

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