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Hulk Hogan Apologizes for Racist Rant

Says offensive language he used in audio clip 'is not who I am'

(Newser) - A tweet posted last night by Hulk Hogan seemed to portend serious news: "In the storm I release control, God and his Universe will sail me where he wants me to be, one love. HH." That news was revealed by a WWE statement issued this morning, per Sports ... More »

Ex-WWE Wrestler Found Dead of Apparent Suicide

43-year-old Sean O'Haire was known for his mysterious 'Devil's Advocate' character

(Newser) - Just months after losing the Ultimate Warrior , WWE has lost another of its own. Sean O'Haire, a 43-year-old former professional wrestler best known for his dark "Devil's Advocate" character, died Monday of an apparent suicide in South Carolina, E! Online reports. According to police reports seen by... 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 »

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 »

Whoops: WWE Match Results Leak Online

'Dolphins1925' has posted them all on Reddit

(Newser) - You guys, I think … I think professional wrestling might be fake. OK, OK, so that's not exactly a revelation, but the suspension of disbelief has been just a little bit harder lately, thanks to a Reddit user with the handle "Dolphins1925." He has correctly predicted the... More »

John Oliver Takes on WWE's Immigration Heel

With a little assist from Mick Foley

(Newser) - Immigration is a big issue for John Oliver—given that he is himself an immigrant—so when he heard that villainous WWE manager Zeb Colter had complained of "foreigners sneaking across our borders like rats in the streets," he got a little offended. But when he saw a... 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 »

Wrestling's Dark Side Dogs McMahon Run

Did McMahons cut too many corners in building WWE?

(Newser) - Linda McMahon, GOP Senate hopeful in Connecticut , vows to bring the "real world experience" of running the wrestling powerhouse WWE to the political arena. Though politics and stunt fighting may seem an amusingly apt fit, the New York Times reports that McMahon's spectacularly successful empire has a seriously dark... More »

11 Sex Tapes You Should Skip

That's about as much of Danielle Staub's O-face as you want to see

(Newser) - Danielle Staub’s sex tape is out Monday, but the Daily Beast highly recommends you skip watching it. Ten more sex tapes none of us ever wanted to see:
  • Dustin Diamond: His too-gross-for-words sex tape, Screeched, is also—appropriately enough—known as Saved by the Smell. If you don’t
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Palin: Our First WWE Politician

Pick an asshole, any asshole, and she'll rock the house

(Newser) - Sarah Palin is America’s “first WWE politician,” barren of actual political ideas but on a crusade against “assholes,” Matt Taibbi writes. The governor-turned-author is “a cartoon combatant who inspires stadiums full of frustrated middle American followers who will cheer for her against whichever villain... More »

Wrestling Dynamo Captain Lou Dead at 76

Manager's celebrity helped wrestling crossover to the mainstream

(Newser) - “Captain” Lou Albano, a professional wrestler who also enjoyed success as a mainstream entertainer, died today at 76. Starting in the late '50s as one-half of tag team “the Sicilians,” Albano’s wrestling career spanned four decades. With his signature look—Hawaiian shirt, rubber-band goatee—and a... More »

GOP Lukewarm on Wrestling CEO's Senate Bid

McMahon has money to burn, but may not be able to unseat Dodd

(Newser) - With Linda McMahon eying him as the ultimate takedown of her takedown-filled career, Sen. Chris Dodd has reason to be nervous. The former CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment has sharp business acumen, star power—and, perhaps most significantly, $30 million she’s willing to spend to wrest his Connecticut Senate... More »

Wrestling CEO Linda McMahon to Run for Senate

Says Chris Dodd has 'lost his way and our trust'

(Newser) - In an announcement sure to inspire a barrage of “stepping into the ring” cracks, Linda McMahon, wife of Vince McMahon and until now CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment, is seeking the Republican nomination to take on Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd, the Hartford Courant reports. McMahon promised to be “... More »

Rourke Will Wrestle Off-Screen

Actor will take his Wrestler character to WrestleMania 25

(Newser) - Mickey Rourke will take his character from The Wrestler to the off-screen world of pro wrestling, Wrestling Online reports. Rourke will appear at WrestleMania 25 in Houston on April 5, challenging star Chris Jericho. “The boys from the WWE called me and asked me to do it,” Rourke... More »

Indie Wrestlers Hope for Big Time

(Newser) - The WWE isn’t the only pro-wrestling battleground: Outside the mainstream are several indie wrestling leagues where lesser-known fighters can duke it out, the Wall Street Journal reports. There’s little pay—sometimes only $25 a night—and crowds can range from 20 to 18,000, says one contender. ... More »

WWE Comes Out Swinging in Japan

Wrestling giant opens Japanese office to compete in key Asian market

(Newser) - Move over, sumo. WWE is pushing hard into Japan, tailoring its blend of sport and spectacle to this key Asian market, AP reports. The company opened a Japanese office this year—its only overseas outpost devoted to a single country—and now 35,000 Japanese users subscribe to WWE’s... More »

Candidates Climb Into the Ring

'Hillrod,' Obama, McCain play to the WWE audience

(Newser) - The three presidential candidates have each recorded a stilted video for tonight's episode of Raw, the WWE show that attracts 5 million viewers a week. In the segments, intended to promote voter participation, the candidates do some grandstanding with goofball quotes, including Clinton referring to herself as "Hillrod,"... More »

Benoit Suffered 'Striking' Levels of Brain Damage

Suicidal wrestler had injuries of an elderly Alzheimer's patient

(Newser) - Brain damage may have led pro wrestler Chris Benoit to kill his wife, their son, and himself, a neurosurgeon said today, calling the injuries “striking and maybe shocking.” Tests performed on the WWE performer’s brain showed “dead brain cells,” Julian Bailes told ABC, and the... More »

Wrestling Stars Smacked Down for Steroid Use

10 suspended after they're named in doping investigation

(Newser) - Some top stars of World Wrestling Entertainment are being taken to the mat after a New York district attorney uncovered steroid use by over a dozen wrestlers. The list of athletes, obtained by the New York Daily News, includes big names like Randy Orton, Robert “Booker T” Huffman and... More »

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