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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 »

Jimmy 'Superfly' Snuka, WWE Legend, Dead at 73

Hall of Famer who'd faced murder charges lost his battle with cancer

(Newser) - Less than two weeks after a judge dismissed murder charges against him in a 30-year-plus case, a WWE legend has died. Hall of Famer Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka passed away at the age of 73, TMZ reports, with former WWE star Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson confirming his death on... 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 »

'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 »

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 »

Two Public Figures Come Out, One Loses Job

WWE wrestler Darren Young gets friendly reception, but...

(Newser) - Two gay men came out publicly this week and received totally different reactions. With Russia's anti-gay law making headlines , Russian TV personality Anton Krasovsky made his declaration on air, the Independent reports. "I’m gay, and I’m just the same person as you, my dear audience, as... More »

'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 »

Man Dies in 230° Sauna Contest

Two finalists were removed with severe burns

(Newser) - A Russian trying to win the Sauna World Championships died after collapsing with severe burns in the final stage of an event that required contestants to sit in a 230-degree room as water was tossed onto a searing stove. Vladimir Ladyzhenskiy, an amateur wrestler in his 60s, was pronounced dead... More »

College Boots Wrestlers for Baring All on Porn Site

Coach kicks Nebraska pair off team for nude Web videos

(Newser) - Two University of Nebraska wrestlers have been chucked off the team after posing naked for a gay pornography site, the Omaha World-Herald reports. The coach said the behavior of the two wrestlers, including 2007 125-pound NCAA champion Paul Donahoe, did not reflect "the standard of excellence we aspire to... More »

5 Joyriders Die After Car Flies 200 Feet

BMW hurtled off 85-high embankment at end of runway

(Newser) - Five young men were killed on a joyride in Florida last night when their speeding car careened off a private airstrip, flew 200 feet in the air, hit a large tree, and split in two. Three were thrown from the car and two were partly ejected, but all were pronounced... More »

WWE Wrestles With Drugs, Lifestyle

Untimely deaths, widespread abuse appear to be linked

(Newser) - Chris Benoit's murder-suicide last June spotlighted the disproportionate number of early deaths among professional wrestlers; one activist has counted more than 60 dead before reaching 50 over the past 10 years. And a taxing, drug-addled lifestyle plays a big role. More »

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