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Switzerland to Sex Workers: You'll Need to Social Distance

Nation gives OK to prostitutes but still prohibits judo, boxing, wrestling, ballroom dancing

(Newser) - If you're a sex worker in Switzerland, you'll soon be back in business. If you're a judo, ballroom dancing, or boxing aficionado, you're going to have to wait a little longer. Bloomberg reports that the country's legal prostitution industry will be permitted to reopen on... More »

Wrestler's Last Words: 'Save My Son'

Body of Shad Gaspard, 39, washes ashore in Venice Beach, Calif.

(Newser) - Former WWE star Shad Gaspard has been confirmed dead after he disappeared in a rip current off Venice Beach, Calif., on Sunday. A person reported a body on the beach near Venice Pier around 1:30am Wednesday. The Los Angeles County coroner's office has since confirmed the body is... More »

Former WWE Champ Accused of Horrific Sexual Assault

Jose A. Rodriguez Chucuan, aka Alberto Del Rio, arrested in Texas

(Newser) - A professional wrestler is facing charges after a woman accused him of a horrific, hours-long assault, News 4 San Antonio reports. Jose A. Rodriguez Chucuan, 42, known to wrestling fans as Alberto Del Rio, was arrested in San Antonio, Texas, after a woman told police that Chucuan beat her on... More »

She Beat All the Boys, Making Her State Wrestling Champ

North Carolina's Heaven Fitch was inspired to get into wrestling by her older brothers

(Newser) - Heaven Fitch was 6 years old when the wrestling bug first hit her. Growing up with older brothers who wrestled, the North Carolina girl was fascinated, and she started pestering her parents to let her do the same. "They didn't want me to wrestle," she told the... More »

The Rock's Famous Dad Is Dead at 75

Rocky Johnson, father of Dwayne Johnson, reportedly died at home after illness

(Newser) - WWE Hall of Famer Rocky Johnson, father of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, has died at age 75. Sports journalist Dave Meltzer broke the news, later confirmed by the WWE , in a Wednesday tweet , per People . Born Wayde Douglas Bowles, the Canadian competed in the National Wrestling Alliance before joining... More »

He Gave It His All in the Ring. It Killed Him

Mask-wearing Mexican pro wrestler 'La Parka' dies at age 54 after October in-ring injury

(Newser) - A horrific in-ring accident in October reportedly left a Mexican pro wrestler paralyzed—and now he has succumbed to his injuries. Per the New York Daily News , "La Parka" (real name Jesus Alfonso Huerta Escoboza), known for donning elaborate costumes and masks, most notably ones depicting skeletons, died Saturday... More »

'Greatest Wrestler on God's Green Earth' Has Died

'King of the Ring' Harley Race was 76

(Newser) - It's a royally sad day in the world of wrestling: Harley Race, better known as the "King of the Ring," has died. The 76-year-old World Wrestling Entertainment Hall of Famer, who won the National Wrestling Alliance World Heavyweight Championship eight times, died of complications from lung cancer,... More »

They Stole a Porch Package, Then Found Out What It Was

Thieves apologize, return replica belt meant for sick 5-year-old with brain tumor, autism

(Newser) - Thieves swiped a wrestling belt replica that belonged to a sick 5-year-old Delaware boy—but this story has a somewhat happy ending. Timothy Vick Sr. tells WBOC that little Timmy Vick was diagnosed with autism when he was just a toddler, but then, another development in October: Timmy had a... More »

Wrestler in Jack Black Film Dies During Match

Mexico's Cesar Barron, the 'Silver King,' suffers apparent heart attack in London

(Newser) - Tragedy on a London wrestling stage Saturday night: A Mexican wrestler who appeared in the Jack Black movie Nacho Libre died during a match from an apparent heart attack, reports the Guardian . Cesar Gonzalez Barron, who wrestled as The Silver King, was 51. Those who saw the 2006 movie might... More »

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 »

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