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Stone Cold Steve Austin No Concussion Epidemic In WWE Daniel Bryan's the Exception

2/12/2016 8:04 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Stone Cold Steve Austin does NOT believe the WWE  has a CTE problem on its hands -- saying the issues with Daniel Bryan are isolated ... and a direct result of his wrestling style. 

Bryan retired from wrestling earlier this week -- citing health concerns (including post-concussion seizures) after suffering at least 10 concussions during his career.

The big question ... will Bryan's issues lead to a sweeping changes in pro wrestling to protect the entertainers? 

Stone Cold doesn't think so.

"I just think Daniel Bryan worked a very physical cruiser weight style ... and finally after everything that he did, it kinda took it out of him. I don't think it's gonna be an epidemic, I just think it is what it is."

Daniel Bryan I'M RETIRING FROM WWE ... Here's Why

2/8/2016 10:12 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

0208-daniel-bryan-WWE-01WWE superstar Daniel Bryan is officially DONE in the squared circle -- claiming he's retiring at 34 years old for medical reasons. 

Bryan just issued a statement saying, "Due to medical reasons, effective immediately, I am announcing my retirement. Tonight on Raw, I'll have a chance to elaborate. #gratitude."

Bryan has talked about his medical issues in the past -- telling "Busted Open" he had concussion issues. 

He has also praised WWE for protecting him by making him seek treatment from a barrage of specialists and preventing him from getting in the ring until he was cleared by doctors. 

Now, with this announcement ... it doesn't appear he'll ever get the clearance and that might be why he's hangin' it up for good. 

Story developing ... 

Steve Austin I Don't Wanna See Sunny's Porno Friends Don't Watch Friends Bang

2/7/2016 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Count Steve Austin out for a screening of fellow WWE legend Sunny's sex tape ... 'cause the rattlesnake says he's "not interested" in watching his old pal get carnally pinned.

Austin was arriving at LAX when we had to ask ... is there any chance he might check out "Sunny Side Up" ... his ex co-worker's first foray into the world of lube and regret.

Peep the video -- Austin makes it clear he has zero chance of putting eyes on the work of art ... saying the two were just too friendly back in the day for him to be into it.

Good man. We'll watch for you and let you know how it turned out.

Cryme Tyme We Want Back In the WWE

2/3/2016 11:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Former WWE superstar Shad Gaspard -- part of the tag team Cryme Tyme -- says he and JTG are ready to make their triumphant return to the WWE ... if Triple H will have them back. 

TMZ Sports spoke with Gaspard out in L.A. and he told us straight up -- "The honest truth is me and Jay would love to come back to the company."

Shad was released from the WWE back in 2010 and has focused on his acting career ... but says his true passion is wrestling -- and he's confident he can come back better than ever. 

So now, the ball's in WWE's court -- stay tuned.  

WWE Diva Tammy Sytch Challenges Chyna to a Sex Match!

2/2/2016 8:22 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

0201-tammy-sytch-chyna-TMZ-Twitter-01Tammy Sytch is licking her chops at the release of her celeb porn video that hit the Internet Monday and challenged former wrestler turned porn star Chyna to a match.

Now that she's prime time in the porn world, Tammy's taking the opportunity to challenge her friend Chyna, telling us ... "without a doubt she can kick my ass in the wrestling ring, but I really don't think she stands a chance against me where it matters most. In the bedroom."

Tammy's feeling confident, now that her Vivid Entertainment video "Sunny Side Up" is live on the web, but remember ... Chyna is no stranger to the porn ring.

Tammy even gave her the option of either a one-on-one sex match or they could bring in a man and see who taps out first. 

Let the games begin! 


Bret 'Hitman' Hart I'm Battling Prostate Cancer ... I'm Not Afraid!!

2/1/2016 9:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

0201-bret-hart-instagramWrestling legend Bret "Hitman" Hart says he's undergoing surgery for prostate cancer -- but vows to defeat "this nemesis once and for all."

The 58-year-old made the announcement on Instagram -- saying, "I beat the odds when I suffered my stroke in 2002, but it is now yet again, that I ... stand unafraid and face the tough road ahead of me."

He continued, "I will wage my fearsome fight against cancer with one shield and one sword carrying my determination and my fury for life, emboldened by all the love that's kept me going this long already."

"My children, grandchildren, and my loving wife Steph have been and will constantly be at my side. I refuse to lose, I will never give in or give up, and I will win this battle or die trying."

"Most important of all, I hope can take the fight to prostate cancer. To be a leader in awareness and to set the example for men everywhere who find themselves in my very same shoes, that prostate cancer can be beaten."

WWE Legend Bret Hart Teams Up With Cam'ron ... Sharpshooter Rap!

1/31/2016 12:35 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF


New music from rap superstar Cam'ron ... and it's all thanks to Bret "The Hitman" Hart.

Yes, you read that correctly.

Long story short ... the rapper and the wrestling legend have come together to be the celebrity muscle behind a Canadian financial company called, what else, Sharpshooter. 

We spoke to the company's CEO Paul Pitcher who tells us Bret and Cam'ron are friends -- and once Bret signed on ... the rapper was all about joining the team. 

"[Cam] and Brett hung together for a whole weekend and went to a Ravens game together. He was down from the very beginning."

In fact, Pitcher says the Harlem MC was so pumped about the partnership, he recorded a WHOLE ALBUM of original music dedicated to Sharpshooter funding.

We got a preview of the first track and we gotta say ... it's executed excellently.

Wale WWE Beef Squashed I Want To Work For Vince!!

1/28/2016 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

0127-wale-monday-night-raw-wwe-INSTARAM-02Wrestling superfan Wale is back in the fold with the WWE after almost 2 years of feeling "blackballed" ... and celebrated backstage at "Monday Night Raw."

The rapper got to hang out and take pics with Triple H, The Rock and even Vince McMahon during the Miami event this week -- a huge shift in his relationship with the WWE.

Wale used to attend pro wrestling events all the time, but in the past he's told TMZ Sports he's felt frozen out since he fought with a heckling WWE fan. He says the cold war started to end when he recently got chummy with some WWE higher-ups. 

Fast forward to Monday when Wale finally scored backstage access, and now he's aiming even higher -- "I actually want to work there and I don't know if [Vince and Triple H] heard about good Wale or bad Wale. Or if they even know what a Wale is." 

For the record, a WWE rep says there was never any official ban ... but clearly things have changed a lot since 2014.


Hulk Hogan Back On TV Pitching A Loan Again, Naturally

1/24/2016 1:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

0122-SUB-hulk-hogan-TMZ-01Hulk Hogan is back and in black -- this time as a spokesperson for 800-Loan-Mart commercials. 

The Hulkster caught some heat last year regarding certain racist remarks that were made public after several years ... but he's moved past that and is now set to star in a big TV commercial for the title loan company.

Hulk's been their spokesperson for years, but the company is now ready to air new spots with him.  

Visiting The Hulkster -- Dennis Rodman, who was one of the first celebs to defend Hogan, saying they've been pals for 25 years and Hogan doesn't have a racist bone in his 6'7" 300 pound body. The two former tag team partners are both repped by celebrity sports agent Darren Prince.


Billy Corgan Enough Misogyny In Pro Wrestling ... Women Are Badass, Too

1/22/2016 6:42 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

This is a very cool video ...

Billy Corgan says the days of misogyny in pro wrestling should be OVER -- because women are badass and smart and awesome ... and it's time for them to be portrayed that way in the sport he loves. 

The Smashing Pumpkins frontman is now an executive at TNA pro wrestling -- and in this great clip we shot at LAX, he not only explains how he got into the business, but how he wants to make serious changes. 

One of Corgan's main points is the rise of Ronda Rousey in UFC -- because Corgan says it shows wrestling is behind the curve when it comes to marketing women.

"I think there's a whole host of ways to portray women in wrestling in the future that sort of gets away from the typical misogynist stuff."

"I think [Ronda] embodies everything that's about smart sexy and tough, I think that's shown to be a huge marketable asset."

Watch the clip ... Corgan's got great ideas. Now, it's all about making it happen. 

WWE Diva Tammy Sytch Signs On the Dotted Line I've Done a Porn!!

1/21/2016 4:10 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0121-tammy-sytch-TWITTER-01WWE fans rejoice -- Tammy Sytch has stripped down to have sex on camera -- she signed her deal with Vivid Entertainment.

Sytch -- aka ex-diva Sunny -- tells TMZ she and Vivid honcho Steve Hirsch recently came to an agreement. Vivid's already running a teaser clip, but we're told she'll be shooting new footage for the final release, which has a very Farrah Abraham-ish title -- "Sunny Side Up: In Through the Backdoor."

Tammy says Hirsch's original offer of $100k wasn't quite enough but she says once Vivid came back with something "much, much higher" ... she was down.

The only downside to her porn deal -- Sytch tells us she's taking her WWE Hall of Fame ring off the auction block. Somehow we think her hardcore fans would take that trade.

We could tell Tammy was excited to get to work when she talked about it on "TMZ Sports" (catch it weeknights on FS1). 

WWE Legend Sunny I'm Down for Sex Tape ... If Price Is RIght

1/19/2016 2:55 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

WWE Hall of Famer Tammy Sytch -- aka Sunny -- says she wants to rip a page from the Kim K playbook and star in a sex tape to help her career ... as long as the money's right.  

Sytch appeared on the "TMZ Sports" (airing Tuesday at 9 PM PT, 12 ET on FS1) -- and says she's flattered with the $100,000 offer from Vivid Entertainment ... but says she's worth more dough. 

You gotta watch the entire interview on tonight's show -- Sytch describes the kind of video she wants to make and tells us how she plans on spending the money if the two sides strike a deal.  

Check out "TMZ Sports" weeknights on FS1. 

Brie Bella & Daniel Bryan Do We Wrestle Naked? ... Maybe.

1/18/2016 9:34 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

They're the WWE's hottest real life super couple -- Brie Bella and Daniel Bryan -- so, the question we had to ask ... do you guys ever wrestle naked? 

Yeah, blame our photog Charlie for that one ... but the video is pretty adorable. 

The most interesting part ... seems Brie hates her signature finishing move (The Bella Buster) -- though Bryan raves about it! 

But back to the naked question ... do they? Watch the clip. 

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