Stewart was famously SLAMMED to the mat by John Cena during "Monday Night Raw" back in August -- earning him TONS of respect from the wrestling faithful.
A-List Make-Up Artist
Beats The Crap Out of Robber
...With His Brushing Hand
10/4/2015 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
An A-list make-up artist known for his Audrey Hepburn eyebrows and clients like Mariah Carey and Jessica Chastain, turned from pretty boy to Batman after a guy tried robbing his pal's NYC jewelry store.
Kristofer Buckle says he was helping his friend open Thursday morning when he got jumped by a man trying to break into the closed shop.
Here's the thing ... kicking butt isn't part of Buckle's day-to-day ... he's usually powdering the noses of his really impressive clientele -- Carey, Chastain, Sheryl Crow, Khloe Kardashian, Christina Aguilera, Kelly Ripa and Julianna Margulies, to name a few.
Still, what happened outside the storefront doesn't fall far from his line of work because it reads like a movie script. Buckle tells us he was able to lift the guy on his back off the ground, backpedal, slam him into a parked truck out front, flip him over onto the sidewalk and throw a few jabs and kicks in.
Buckle only suffered a minor bruise to his pinky. As for the suspect, he got away before the cops came. Buckle says the bad guy will have to deal with the fact he got his ass beat by a pretty boy, which is punishment enough.
Lorenzo Lamas' Son A.J.
Meth Pipe Found
During Target Arrest
10/4/2015 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
TMZ broke the story -- A.J. was arrested last month after he allegedly tried walking out of a Target store in Van Nuys with a wrench, clothes and tennis shoes. Cops said A.J. made a getaway after punching a security guard while holding a baby in his arms. He was apprehended at a nearby hotel.
Now we're told A.J. will have to deal with charges of theft, battery, child endangerment, and possession of drug paraphernalia ... all misdemeanors. He's pled not guilty to the charges.
We reached out to a rep for A.J. So far, no word back.
MLB Rookie Hazing
Cross-Dressing Sends Dangerous Message
... Says LGBT Org.
10/3/2015 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
A powerful LGBT group -- backed by some HUGE athletes -- is calling for MLB teams to quit hazing rookies by forcing them to cross-dress ... because it sends a dangerous message to kids.
Several teams -- including the Oakland As, Miami Marlins and Chicago Cubs -- dressed their rookies up in women's clothing and paraded them around this week as part of a hazing tradition that's been going on for years.
Enter Hudson Taylor -- head of Athlete Ally -- an organization that promotes LGBT acceptance in sports. Taylor says the cross-dressing ritual is designed to embarrass the players ... which reinforces the message that men in women's clothing is something to be mocked.
"Requiring rookies to dress in feminine presenting clothing like wigs, dresses, and bikinis sends a strong and dangerous message that being a girl, woman, or feminine is somehow less than, and something to be mocked."
"Regardless of intent, as long as professional athletes participate in hazing of this kind, they will be continuing to perpetuate a culture that isolates, excludes, and marginalizes the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and female athletes."
Athlete Ally has more than 130 pro athletes on its "ambassador" roster -- including Andy Roddick, Abby Wambach, Kenneth Faried, Martina Navratilova, Donte Stallworth, James Blake, Sydney Leroux and Megan Rapinoe.
Star NFL Teammate Concerned
Over Prison Sentence
10/3/2015 12:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
At least one of Irving Fryar's old teammates still has his back -- ex-Miami Dolphins star Keith Jackson ... who says he believes Fryar is a good person at heart and is very concerned that he'll be spending the next 5 years in prison.
Jackson tells TMZ Sports ... he's remained friends with Fryar ever since they played together back in the '90s -- "That's my boy. I love him like a brother."
As we previously reported, Fryar was sentenced to 5 years behind bars this week for bilking people out of $1.2 MILLION in a mortgage fraud scheme.
"I'm concerned," Jackson says about the sentence ... "It's not good."
Jackson says he has a hard time accepting that his friend is now a convicted criminal ... but he's refusing to turn his back on Fryar.
"I'm still with him. I'm standing with him. It's hard for me to believe he did this... he was always a trustworthy, good person."
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Ex-Guitarist's Wife Wants $75k In Divorce ...
10/3/2015 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The estranged wife of ex-Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante says she needs $75k a month to keep the luxury train rollin' down the tracks.
Nicole Frusciante says in divorce docs the initial $20,000 payment she got from John doesn't cut it. She says it would be an enormous step down from their life as a married couple, with 3 homes, personal assistants and a private music studio.
Nicole says John has closed the vault on their fortune, leaving her with a bank account of under $30k. She wants access to his loot, which she claims hovers around $14 million.
TMZ broke the story ... the couple filed for divorce in May after being married for nearly 4 years.
Hey Bacon Worshipers ...
Wanna Buy My Vegas Crib?
10/3/2015 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Penn Jillette might just have the perfect buyers for his Las Vegas mansion and the new residents are all high ... in cholesterol.
The United Church of Bacon, a group of more than 12,000 religious skeptics and atheists has its collective eyes set on the 7,500 square foot pad. We're told they'll use the place for community meetings, weddings and for plain old, "having fun."
As for the home, which Jillette nicknamed "The Slammer," it sits on 8.5 acres and features a lap pool, catwalks connecting different wings of the house and even a fire pole from one level to the floor.
The church's central tenet is that bacon is real ... it's proven to exist. The church's money better be real too ... the home is listed at more than $2 million.
Woman Goes Crazy in Rapper's Restaurant
Taken Away in Restraints
10/2/2015 1:18 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
T.I. had a real lunch special Friday ... a customer so angry, so out of control, cops had to come, restrain her in a gurney and take her away.
A woman showed up at around 2:30 pm and at first seemed like a normal customer at his Scales 925 ATL restaurant. She quickly flew off the handle and began pushing over plates.
It's unclear what upset the woman, but law enforcement tells us she seemed so irrational they took her to a hospital for mental evaluation.
We've reached out to T.I.'s camp. So far ... no word back.
Back in the Danger Zone
Smoking Weed Onstage?
10/2/2015 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
We have no idea what happened to the joint. Where's Zapruder when you need him?
Justin Bieber has fallen off the wagon -- at least for a night -- because it appears he was smoking weed onstage ... one of the drugs that led to his DUI arrest and downward spiral.
Justin was performing in New Zealand with Rae Sremmurd, when he lit up a joint and puffed away.
He also took a big swig from a bottle of Hennessy.
The liquor isn't as alarming as the weed. Justin has never stopped drinking, though he insists it's never been excessive.
But marijuana is a different story. He was living in a constant haze during his low point, in large part because of pot. He was arrested for DUI in Miami last year and tested positive for marijuana.
We're told Justin regrets his New Zealand antics and did it on a dare, but there are pretty clear warning signs.
On the Prowl for a Hubby
... At University of Missouri
10/2/2015 8:21 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Sorry Vito ... Michael Sam is finally moving on -- 'cause the football player hit up his old stomping grounds at the University of Missouri yesterday and declared, "I might try to find a husband in here."
Sam was doing his first Periscope with his friend L'Damian Washington and decided to livestream from the campus of UM while talking to various students.
While walking into one of the buildings, L'Damian says, "I might find my wife today."
Sam retorts, "I might try to find a husband in here."
There was one other interesting thing that happened during the Periscope sesh ... Sam asks a woman if she'll be the mother of his kids -- and she says yes.
So, there's that ...
Terror Train Hero Alek Skarlatos
Oregon Shooting Hits Close to Home
... Bolts Out of 'DWTS' Rehearsal
10/1/2015 3:51 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Terror train hero Alek Skarlatos was rehearsing for "Dancing with the Stars" when he got gut-wrenching news -- his college was under attack from the shooter who killed 10 people on Thursday.
Sources at 'DWTS' tell us Skarlatos was in the middle of rehearsals with Lindsay Arnold when he got a phone call about the tragic shooting at Umpqua Community College. In addition to the 10 fatalities, police say the shooter injured at least 7 others.
We're told Alek immediately left the studio when he got the news, and was making calls back home to make sure his friends were safe.
Skarlatos, who's an Army National Guardsman in Oregon, is studying at Umpqua CC for a career in law enforcement.
Shortly after leaving the studio, he tweeted, "Everyone send prayers out to ucc."
Famed Adventurer Dies At 23
... Wingsuiting Accident
10/1/2015 2:03 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Johnny Strange -- who became famous for climbing the world's 7 tallest summits by the age of 17 -- has died in a wingsuiting accident in Europe ... TMZ Sports has confirmed with a family member and multiple people close to him.
Multiple sources connected to Strange tell us Johnny was in Switzerland -- where something went wrong during his jump ... and Strange was killed as a result.
Strange called in to "Kevin & Bean" on KROQ on Monday from Switzerland and said he was shooting a dangerous wingsuit proximity video where "we fly super close to stuff."
After the K&B interview, Strange shot a video doing some wingsuiting, which he posted to social media.
Johnny made national headlines as a teen -- appearing on "Conan O'Brien", CNN and CBS News when he became the youngest person to ever climb the "7 summits."
Strange climbed his first "world class peak" when he was 12 -- conquering Mt. Vinson Massif in Antarctica. Since then, he traveled the world doing extreme sports ... including base jumping into the Grand Canyon.
I Told You It Was B.S.!
Assault Case Effectively Closed
10/1/2015 11:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Chris Brown will not be charged in connection with an assault on his tour bus earlier this month -- the investigation turned up goose eggs.
Federal Heights PD in Colorado tells us the woman who initially filed the assault claim hired an attorney, and said she no longer wanted to pursue the case.
We're told cops interviewed other witnesses who were at the Denver strip club while Brown filmed a music video with Fetty Wap and French Montana -- and concluded they didn't have the goods to present the case for charges.
For now it's been ruled 'inactive,' ... which typically means put a fork in it.
Brown said from the beginning the whole claim was bogus ... looks like he was right.