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Former WWE Champ Jon Huber Dead at 41

Huber wrestled for WWE and AEW as Luke Harper and Brodie Lee

(Newser) - Jon Huber, a beloved professional wrestling champ known as Brodie Lee and Luke Harper in the ring, has died at the age of 41. Huber's wife, Amanda Huber, posted about the tragedy on Instagram . "My best friend died today," she wrote, . "surrounded by love ones after...

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...

WWE Star Goes Missing in Ocean Swim

Ex-wrestler Shad Gaspard's son was rescued after they were caught in rip current

(Newser) - Rescuers are searching the waters off Venice Beach for former WWE star Shad Gaspard, who was caught in a rip current Sunday. Lifeguards were able to pull out the other swimmers pulled out to sea, TMZ reports. Gaspard motioned the lifeguards to his 10-year-old son, who was rescued. But Gaspard,...

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...

Florida Deems WWE Essential

WWE resumes broadcasting live shows

(Newser) - World Wrestling Entertainment has been deemed an essential business in Florida. As TMZ reports (noting "no joke. This is real"), Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings was asked why WWE was still being allowed to film at Orlando's Performance Center. Demings said that while WWE was initially deemed...

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...

'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,...

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...

A Former Wrestling Star Is Dead at 39

Ashley Massaro said she'd suffering from depression, other injuries from WWE

(Newser) - She was a model who appeared on the cover of Playboy, as a contestant on Survivor, and as a contender in the ring for WWE . Ashley Massaro had done much in her 39 years, but the chance to do more was cut short early Thursday, when she was pronounced dead...

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...

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...

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...

WWE Star Breaks Character for Emotional Live Reveal

Roman Reigns (aka Leati Joseph Anoa'i) says he's been living with leukemia for 11 years, and it's back

(Newser) - Roman Reigns is now part of Wikipedia's "Breaking Kayfabe" page after an announcement during the WWE's Monday Night Raw live programming in Providence, RI. The professional wrestler (real name Leati Joseph Anoa'i), broke character and proclaimed he was giving up his WWE Universal Championship belt due...

2 Deaths Slam WWE World, Including Son of 'the King'

Brian Lawler reportedly hanged himself; Josip Peruzovic, aka 'Nikolai Volkoff,' dies at 70

(Newser) - The professional wrestling world lost two of its own over the weekend, including the son of WWE legend Jerry Lawler. Per Yahoo Sports and the Commercial Appeal , Brian Christopher Lawler, 46, was found hanging in his jail cell in Memphis, Tenn., Saturday evening and died the next day. "Corrections...

Pro Wrestler Arrested

Rich Swann is being held on battery and false imprisonment charges

(Newser) - Wrestler Rich Swann is being held without bail in a Florida jail after he was arrested and charged with battery and false imprisonment. Swann, who is 26 and a former WWE cruiserweight champion, was arrested Saturday, per the AP . According to Gainesville Police, Swann was arguing with his wife, who...

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...

Trump Posts Video of Himself Punching 'CNN'

He tweets clip of WWE match with CNN logo over opponent's face

(Newser) - President Trump escalated his Twitter war with CNN on Sunday, and in the process sparked more concern that he is advocating the use of violence against members of the media, the Hill reports. The president tweeted a modified video of a 2007 WWE wrestling match he took part in, obscuring...

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....

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...

Trump's Latest Cabinet Pick: WWE Co-Founder

Linda McMahon to head Small Business Administration

(Newser) - As though to remind us that he'll be the first US president in the WWE Hall of Fame , Donald Trump has chosen WWE co-founder Linda McMahon to head the Small Business Administration. After stepping down from the WWE in 2009, McMahon, 68, ran twice for the Senate as a...

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