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'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 »

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... 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 »

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... More »

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... More »

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... 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 »

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... 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 »

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 »

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... 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 »

Chyna's Brain to Be Screened for CTE

'We want to know what made Chyna tick,' says manager

(Newser) - Chyna's brain will be donated to science following her death last week , reports NBC4 Los Angeles . The former wrestler's manager says her brain will be screened for chronic traumatic encephalopathy, the brain disease linked to repeated knocks to the head. Anthony Anzaldo tells the New York Daily News... More »

Manager: Intervention Reached Out, but Chyna Was Dead

Anthony Anzaldo: A&E show said they could pull the intervention together quickly

(Newser) - The manager of beloved WWE legend Chyna says he was so worried about her prescription drug use that he was working to secure her a spot on the A&E TV show Intervention—but she was already dead when producers "started reaching out" to her. Anthony Anzaldo tells E!... More »

WWE Star Chyna Dies at 45

She was one of the best-known female wrestlers in history

(Newser) - Chyna, the WWE star who became one of the best-known and most popular female professional wrestlers in history, has died at age 45. Police in Southern California say they were responding to a 911 call from a friend of the former wrestler when they found her dead in her Redondo... 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 »

WWE Stunner: Jon Stewart Rams John Cena With Chair

Because of course he did—it's SummerSlam, people

(Newser) - Since the Daily Show finale earlier this month, Jon Stewart has been keeping busy. Last night the comedian hosted a different kind of show to help WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins defend his title against the face everyone loves to hate: John Cena, SBNation.com reports. The match at... More »

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