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Roddy Piper

He Should Get a Statue

... Says Wrestling Star JTG

8/1/2015 2:25 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Roddy Piper deserves a monument ... to honor his incredible life and career ... so says former WWE star JTG.

JTG says he was a huge Piper fan from the first time he met the legend at Wrestlemania ... and says the guy was ALWAYS a warm, welcoming dude that would greet people with hugs and kisses.

As for the statue, it's just an idea for now ... but with how beloved Piper was -- ya gotta think, it's not out of the question.

'Rowdy' Roddy Piper

Dies at 61

From Cardiac Arrest

7/31/2015 2:52 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0731_roddy_piper_gettyWrestling legend "Rowdy" Roddy Piper has died at the age of 61 ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

Piper -- born Roderick George Toombs -- died from cardiac arrest in his sleep at his home in Hollywood on Thursday night. He was discovered on Friday. 

Piper was a wrestling icon -- one of the biggest stars in the WWE back in the '80s, and even wrestled in "Wrestlemania I" back in 1985 ... squaring off against Hulk Hogan and Mr. T. 

Roddy's rep tells us, "I am devastated at this news. Rod was a good friend as well as a client and one of the most generous, sincere and authentic people I have ever known. This is a true loss to us all."

Piper had been diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma in 2006, but last November he said he was cancer free. A family source tells us he was "cancer free" at the time of his death.

A family member tells us, "Our family is saddened by the sudden passing of our father and beloved husband, Roderick Toombs aka Rowdy Roddy Piper." 

Roddy was admitted into the WWE Hall of Fame back in 2005 and was one of the top 50 villains in the history of the WWE.  

Piper had a long relationship with WWE -- last wrestling back in 2008 ... but appeared on various WWE shows up until 2014.  

Roddy is survived by his wife Kitty and their 4 kids -- including 3 daughters and son Colton who's pursuing a career in professional wrestling. 

The death is especially shocking considering we just spoke to him on Friday and asked his opinion about the Hulk Hogan scandal.

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Ric Flair

On Roddy Piper:

'World Won't be the Same'

7/31/2015 4:27 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0731-flair-piper-tmz-01Ric Flair -- one of Roddy Piper's longest and closest friends -- has issued a statement to TMZ Sports on the death of the wrestling legend:

"We've shared the ring, traveled the world, maintained a friendship throughout the ups and downs of the wrestling world, and battled to see who was the better heel," Flair said.

"It's almost impossible to express my grief. My condolences to his children and to his wife Kitty. I'll miss you Roddy. The world will never be as Rowdy without you. " 

Hulk Hogan

Roddy Was My Best Friend

... I'll Miss Him

7/31/2015 3:18 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0731-hogan-piper-tmz-getty-01 Hulk Hogan tells TMZ Sports ... he's devastated over the news of his friend Roddy Piper -- saying, "I will forever miss him."

"He was my best friend. He is a legend."

Hogan adds, "God's gain is our loss. May his family in this time of need, find peace. Much love forever, HH."

Hogan and Piper were the two of the biggest stars in wrestling back in the '80s -- and famously did battle at "Wrestlemania I" in 1985. 

But outside the ring, they were tight -- and remained friends for decades. 

The Iron Sheik has also issued a statement ... saying, "Roddy Piper. I love you forever. God bless you bubba."

WWE legend Virgil -- "My main man. Always had my back. RIP #RoddyPiper."

Kevin Nash -- "RIP to Roddy Piper. Prayers to his family and loved ones."

Bill Goldberg -- "#RIP #RoddyPiper ........damn sure one of the good guys. Gonna miss ya buddy"

Jim Ross -- "Rest in peace, Roddy Piper. You will live in our hearts forever"

UFC's Dana White -- "Sad day. RIP Rowdy Roddy Piper."

John Cena -- "One of the true greats of all time. My heart goes out to his family and the fans he entertained over the years. RIP Rowdy."

WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon -- "Roddy Piper was one of the most entertaining, controversial and bombastic performers ever in WWE, beloved by millions of fans around the world. I extend my deepest condolences to his family." 

We're constantly updating this post .... 

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Bret 'The Hitman' Hart

Trolls Meek Mill Over Diss Track

7/31/2015 10:51 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

0731-bret-the-hitman-hart-meek-mill-GETTY-TMZ-01Another Canadian superstar is going in on Meek Mill -- Bret "The Hitman" Hart ... who just poured salt in the wound ... saying Meek's diss track was WEEEEAAKKKK!!!

"I’m glad to see a fellow Canadian walk away with the championship gold around his waist #drake #canadian #ovo #thebestthereiswasandeverwill," Hart posted. 

And as our friends at BSO pointed out, he also posted a pic of Drake's OVO owl. 

0731-subasset-bret-hitman-instagramDepending on who you talk to, Bret "The Hitman" Hart is the greatest Canadian professional wrestler of all-time and is considered one of the greatest if not the greatest technical wrestler of all-time. 

The fact even he is dissing Meek Mill tells you how big this battle between Drake and Meek has gotten.

If you wanted to use a wrestling analogy to describe the beef, Drake is currently John Cena and Meek is Fandango.

Yes, it is going that bad for Meek at the moment.

20 Sexy Shots of Charlotte Flair

& Her Abs To

Wrestle Your #WCW Love!

7/29/2015 12:11 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Charlotte Flair may be following in her famous father's footsteps on WWE's "NXT" -- but her abs are something Ric Flair only ever dreamed of having.

Before you tap out, check out 20 shots of Charlotte's seriously sexy stomach!

John Cena

BREAKS NOSE ON LIVE TV

... From Knee to Face

7/28/2015 6:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking nose

0728-john-cena-wwe-noseStill think wrestling is fake?? 

WWE superstar John Cena -- star of one of the biggest movies in the country right now -- broke his nose during Monday Night Raw last night ... after Seth Rollins bashed him in the face with a flying knee. 

Despite blood dripping from his honker, the "Trainwreck" star continued with the match 

WWE doc Steve Daquino says Cena suffered a nasal fraction -- and explained, "He’s got quite a bit of displacement, so we sent him over to the local emergency room so he can be evaluated by the ears, nose and throat doctor who’s on call tonight and see what can be done to properly repair it."

Damn. 

By the way, Cena ended up WINNING the match. 

Big Show

John Cena's 'Trainwreck' Junk

... Is Too Much for Me

7/25/2015 12:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

John Cena naked might be a glorious thing to behold, but his fellow WWE star Big Show draws the line at seeing the man's semi-erect penis on a massive movie screen.

We got Big Show at LAX, and filled him on (spoiler alert) Cena's scene in "Trainwreck" where he shows off a good bit of his championship goods. The big man's reaction is priceless -- at first, he's totally comfortable, but the details of the scene push him over the edge ... in a funny way.

Also comical -- our photog suggested Big Show, who played college hoops at Wichita State, could have taken Shaquille O'Neal back in the day.

Yes, he's a 7-footer ... but every man knows his limit.

George Foreman

Quit Grilling Hulk

... He's a 'Good Guy'

7/24/2015 3:40 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0724-george-foreman-hulk-hogan-tmz-01Boxing legend George Foreman isn't jumping on the bandwagon against his "friend" Hulk Hogan -- and swears he's not a racist.

Foreman told TMZ Sports ... “I have known Hulk Hogan for well over 20 years. I do not condone the language he used, but he is no racist, he is a good guy."

And instead of distancing himself from Hogan -- on the heels of the n-word scandal -- the ex champ went out of his way to verbally embrace him. 

Foreman added, "He is a friend of mine. We have hung out together and we have even been in the ring together. I consider him a friend.” 

WWE Legend Virgil

The Hulk Hogan I Knew

Was Not Racist

7/24/2015 12:09 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0724-hogan-jones-tmz-wwe-01Virgil -- one of the most iconic black wrestlers ever -- says the Hulk Hogan he considered a mentor and a friend never showed any signs of racism in all the years he's known him. 

Virgil tells TMZ Sports he was saddened Friday morning when he read about Hogan's N-word rant on a sex tape, and says he doesn't condone racism or racist behavior one bit. 

But Virgil tells us, "You can only judge a person based on past experience. Hulk Hogan has never given me a reason to believe he is a racist."

Hogan has since apologized for the comments he made on the sex tape -- which was recorded 8 years ago. 

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Dennis Rodman

Black Celebs Wanted ...

To Support Hulk Hogan

7/24/2015 11:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0724-hulk-hogan-dennis-rodman-GETTY-01Dennis Rodman's not only standing up for Hulk Hogan ... he's desperately trying to get together a squad of famous African-Americans to vouch for Hulk NOT being a racist.   

Rodman says he's known Hulk for 25 years, and claims ... "There isn't a racist bone in that man's body." The Worm also called in the cavalry ... or tried to anyway.

He tweeted, ""Lets lend our support to the Hulkster  who most certainly is not a racist @Scottiepippen @MagicJohnson @Shaq @MikeTyson." So far, he's gotten zero response publicly.

Dennis, might wanna stick to North Korea.

Hulk Hogan

Sex Tape N-Word Rant ...

Is Not Who I Am

7/24/2015 9:41 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

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Hulk Hogan is apologizing for using the n-word during an angry rant about his daughter's ex-boyfriend, and it doesn't reflect who he really is -- but a transcript of the remarks paints a much different picture. 

Hulk tells us ... "Eight years ago I used offensive language during a conversation. It was unacceptable for me to have used that offensive language; there is no excuse for it; and I apologize for having done it." 

The language he's referring to is outrageous -- coming on the tail end of his sex tape. Hulk says ... "I mean, I don't have double standards. I mean, I am a racist, to a point, f**king n**gers." 

He continues, "I mean I'd rather if she was going to f**k some n**ger, I'd rather have her marry an 8-foot tall n**ger worth a hundred million dollars! Like a basketball player."

Hogan is suing a website for releasing the sex tape, and the n-word rant is expected to come out when the case goes to trial later this year. 

In his apology, Hogan says ... "I am disappointed with myself that I used language that is offensive and inconsistent with my own beliefs. It is not who I am. I continue to work every day to improve as a person, and this matter is an important learning experience for me in that regard."

He adds, that language "is inconsistent with my own beliefs." 

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Hulk Hogan

FIRED by WWE

As N-Word Scandal Erupts

7/24/2015 6:48 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Exclusive Details

0724-hulk-hogan-tmz-01The WWE is cutting all ties with wrestling legend Hulk Hogan ... after finding out about him angrily using the n-word to describe someone who was dating his daughter. 

Our sources say the WWE fired Hogan after learning of a transcript of comments made on his sex tape. Hogan is in the middle of a lawsuit over the tape ... and the n-word remarks are expected to come out once the trial begins later this year.

The WWE released a statement Friday morning saying, "WWE terminated its contract with Terry Bollea (aka Hulk Hogan). WWE is committed to embracing and celebrating individuals from all backgrounds as demonstrated by the diversity of our employees, performers and fans worldwide."

TMZ has seen the tape ... and on it, Hogan is discussing his daughter Brooke's music career. He repeatedly used the n-word while talking about an African-American guy she was dating.

Hogan's attorney tells TMZ ... Hulk claims he was NOT fired, and actually resigned from the WWE late Thursday night. 

Story developing ...

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