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Hulk Hogan Back in WWE's HOF 3 Years After N-Word Controversy

7/15/2018 1:56 PM PDT
Breaking News

Hulk Hogan is back in the WWE's good graces three years after he was caught on tape using the n-word ... reclaiming his place in the wrestling organization's Hall of Fame.

WWE issued a statement Sunday, saying that after a 3-year suspension ... Hulk was being reinstated in their HOF. They go on to say that this second chance follows multiple apologies and volunteer work from Hulk ... this in the wake of his angry rant using the n-word, which was caught on his sex tape and leaked in 2015.

We broke the story ... Hulk has been in talks with WWE honchos to be brought back into the fold, though the wrestling legend wanted it done the right way. 

Like the league notes, Hulk has, in fact, apologized many times over insisting the vile language does not reflect who he is as a person. He even referenced the scandal while being inducted into the Boys & Girls Club Hall of Fame earlier this year. 

WWE mentioned the recent induction in their press release, saying he is helping young people learn from his mistake. 

Welcome home, Hogan. 

David Arquette Pimp Slapped at Movie Premiere

7/13/2018 8:59 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

What did the 5 fingers say to David Arquette's face? SLAPPITY SLAP SLAP!!!

The 46-year-old movie star took several open-hand slaps to the face on the red carpet at the 350 Days premiere in Hollywood on Thursday ... when he was ambushed by pro wrestler RJ City

The two -- who happen to be facing off at a wrestling match on July 15 -- started jawing at each other on the red carpet ... but things turned physical and RJ let them hands fly! 

The "fight" was quickly broken up and City was escorted off the carpet. 

Afterward, Arquette told us he's been training his ass off to demolish City on Sunday -- even traveling to Tijuana, Mexico to train with luchadores. 

Until then ... ice up! 

Ronda Rousey Cormier's the Best UFC Fighter ... At Least 'Right Now'

7/10/2018 12:30 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Ronda Rousey stopped short of giving Daniel Cormier G.O.A.T. status -- but tells TMZ Sports the UFC's new "champ-champ" is definitely the best in the game "right now."

The newly inducted UFC Hall of Famer was at LAX on Monday where we asked if DC's victory over Stipe Miocic at UFC 226 cements him as the best to ever step in the Octagon. 

"I think right now, yeah," Ronda said ... emphasizing the words "right now."

"He's the best in the game right now."

Don't get it twisted -- there was no disrespect ... in fact, Ronda praised Cormier for all of his accomplishments. She considers him a friend. Nothing but love. 

Ronda's also friends with Brock Lesnar -- and says she's NOT looking forward to the Cormier vs. Lesnar superfight, because it'll tear her up inside!

"That one will be hard to watch ... I hate watching friends of mine fight!"

Ronda Rousey UFC Hall of Fame Speech ... Proud to 'Fight Like a Girl'

7/6/2018 6:26 AM PDT
Breaking News

Ronda Rousey became the first female fighter EVER inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame on Thursday -- and proudly told the crowd, "We have changed what it means to fight like a girl."

She's the UFC's first-ever women's champion and defended her belt SIX TIMES during her historic run from 2012 to 2015 ... and, during her speech, thanked the fans for their support. 

"Because of you, I am the first woman standing up here accepting this incredible honor," Rousey said ... "May I be the first of many."

"I look around and think, together we built this. This division. This sport. This revolution."

"Together, we have redefined what it means to be strong, to be sexy. We have changed what it means to fight like a girl."

Remember, back in 2011 ... Dana White famously told TMZ Sports he would never sign a woman to a UFC contract -- but, Ronda was so dominant and interesting, she essentially forced his hand to create a women's division. 

Now, the women's division -- filled with stars like Amanda Nunes, Cris Cyborg, Holly Holm and others -- is thriving ... and they credit Ronda for opening the door. 

Congrats! 

WWE's Bray Wyatt At Fault in 3-Car Accident According to Crash Report

7/3/2018 6:57 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Bray Wyatt wasn't paying attention to traffic when he smashed into the car in front of him and caused the driver to veer to the left and hit another vehicle ... according to the crash report.

The WWE Raw tag team champion was cited for "careless driving due to his failure to operate his vehicle in a careful and prudent manner" for the accident on Friday. It's unclear what, if anything, Bray was distracted by while driving ... the report simply says he was "inattentive."

Wyatt was transported to Tampa General Hospital via ambulance, and as TMZ Sports reported, he suffered multiple injuries and was forced to miss out on WWE's Live Events over the weekend and 'Monday Night Raw.'

Fortunately, Bray was in good spirits when we talked to him Monday after his hospital release, telling us ... "I'm gonna live through it because I can't die."

DeAngelo Williams I'm Coming Back To Impact Wrestling!!

7/2/2018 3:45 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

DeAngelo Williams is coming back .... no, not to the NFL (at least not yet) ... to the squared circle!!

The former Steelers running back announced he's returning to Impact Wrestling July 12 after swearing he was retired just days after his debut last year.

"I said I'd never do this again, but I'm back in the ring!" Williams says in a video obtained by TMZ Sports

Remember ... DeAngelo was an absolute star at Impact Wrestling's Slammiversary XV last July ... busting out backflips and showing off his ridiculous strength.

DW said he was hanging them up for good immediately after the bout ... but now, he's coming back to help former NFL player Moose train for the Impact World Championship at this year's Slammiversary on July 22!!

No word yet on what D-Will's role will be when the match finally arrives ... but we're all hoping it will include a few more Samoan Drops and flying shoulder tackles.

WWE's Bray Wyatt Injured In Head-On Car Crash 'I'm Gonna Live Through It'

7/2/2018 2:52 PM PDT
Exclusive Details

WWE Raw tag team champion Bray Wyatt suffered multiple injuries in a head-on car crash on Friday ... but tells TMZ Sports, "I'm gonna live through it because I can't die." 

Wyatt -- real name Windham Lawrence Rotunda -- was in Tampa, Florida and on his way to the airport to leave for Raw WWE Live Events when he smashed into another vehicle. 

Wyatt's car was totaled and he was treated at Tampa General Hospital. He's since been released. 

We just spoke with Wyatt, who tells us he's in good spirits -- "I'm moving around."

WWE has also issued a statement saying, "Due to the injuries sustained, Wyatt did not compete at this weekend’s WWE Live Events and will not be present at tonight’s Raw."

Wyatt is from a legendary wrestling family -- his father Mike Rotunda is a former WWE superstar (he's famously known as the buffed out tax guy nicknamed I.R.S.).

Wyatt's brother is Taylor Rotunda -- who wrestles in WWE as Bo Dallas

'WWE Tough Enough' Winner Matt Cappotelli Dead at 38 After Cancer Battle

6/29/2018 3:43 PM PDT
Breaking News

'WWE Tough Enough 3' winner Matt Cappotelli -- who bravely fought through two rounds of cancer -- has passed away ... this according to his wife. 

"Today my love-my strong, sweet, beautiful love-took his last breath at 3:30 a.m. and went Home to be with Jesus exactly one year after his brain surgery," Lindsay Cappotelli wrote in a statement. 

"You think you can be prepared for this when you know it’s coming, but you just can’t."

"The only person who’s comfort I want right now is the one who can’t give it to me. I miss him so much. I know where he is now is so much better, but it doesn’t change how much I miss him."

Back in June 2017, TMZ Sports reported on Matt's second surgery to remove a brain tumor -- over 10 years after he had one removed and had his pro wrestling career cut short.

But, in December, things took a turn for the worse ... doctors say he had a Grade 4 tumor that could not be operated on because it was too close to his brain stem. 

Cappotelli fought like hell and will definitely be remembered as a warrior inside and out of the ring. 

He was 38. RIP 

David Arquette Threatens RJ City 'I'm Gonna Beat Your Ass!'

6/29/2018 8:57 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

David Arquette says he's gonna BRING THE PAIN when he returns to the wrestling ring to face RJ City next month -- and he's especially pissed because RJ's been disrespecting Betty White!!!

Arquette -- former WCW Heavyweight champ -- is battling Canadian wrestler RJ City to settle their nasty Twitter feud once and for all!!!

The two have been going after each other -- RJ called Arquette a "burnt out actor" and a "piece of sh*t." Now, they've set a date to rumble -- July 15 -- at the Oceanview Pavilion in California. 

Arquette hasn't wrestled a full match in 18 years, but tells TMZ Sports he's been training like crazy -- even doing DDP yoga! -- and feels motivated to "defend the honor of Betty White."

"I'm gonna outsmart him. I'm gonna outskill him ... I'm gonna bring respect back to Betty White's name."

Sting Comforted Vader In Final Days ... Vader's Son Says

6/24/2018 12:40 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

In the months before his death, ex-WWE star Vader received routine visits and phone calls from one of his old wrestling pals ... Sting -- and Vader's family says the relationship is nothing short of a blessing. 

TMZ Sports spoke with Jesse White -- who says several of his dad's old pals reached out to offer their condolences after Vader passed away last week following a bout with Pneumonia. 

"Dallas Diamond Page, [Stone Cold Steve] Austin, Mick Foley," White says ... but one of Vader's old friends made an extra special impression. 

"I do have to send a big thank-you out to Sting, Steve Borden."

"Sting has been a huge blessing," White says ... noting the two became close over the past 10 months -- after Vader had been battling heart problems. 

"My father was a God-fearing man and so was Sting, and they would sit down and read the bible together. Go over the bible, just talk about life and good time stories and, yeah, Stings been a huge blessing throughout this process."

White says he appreciate ALL of the support -- from friends, family and fans -- and invites people who liked his father to reach out with stories, photos and video to honor his memory. 

He also told one of his favorites about his father ... so, enjoy! 

Hulk Hogan's Family Devastated Over Vader's Death

6/21/2018 6:01 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Hulk Hogan and his family were "really upset" about the death of ex-WWE star Vader -- with Brooke Hogan and Nick telling us the wrestling star was a big part of their childhood. 

"He was always a really nice guy," Nick told us at LAX ... "It sucks. My dad had actually wrestled him a couple of times and they had become friends over the years."

"We got up today and we heard the news and it was kind of somber. Everybody was really upset about it."

Brooke added, "My dad was very sad today."

Vader passed away earlier this week from heart complications after a bout with pneumonia. He was 63. 

"We wish all of his family and friends and loved ones the best," Brooke said ... "Any wrestling family is family of ours."

WWE Legend Vader Dies From Heart Complications

6/20/2018 8:10 AM PDT
Breaking News

Ex-WWE superstar Vader has died ... after a two-year battle with congestive heart failure. He was 63. 

Vader's son broke the news on social media, saying, "Around a month ago my father was diagnosed with a severe case of Pneumonia. He fought extremely hard and clinically was making progress. Unfortunately, on Monday night his heart had enough and it was his time."

Vader had undergone open-heart surgery back in March and seemed to be doing well -- but his health took a turn for the worse and he wasn't able to recover. 

We spoke with Vader just a few months ago -- right after his surgery -- and he told us he was feeling better and looking forward to getting out of the hospital. He was super nice to us. 

Before his wrestling career, Vader -- real name Leon White -- was a football star at the University of Colorado where he was a 2-time All-American offensive lineman. 

He was drafted by the Rams in the 3rd round of the 1978 NFL Draft and played in Super Bowl XIV against the Pittsburgh Steelers. 

As a pro wrestler, Vader was a huge star globally -- he was a 3-time WCW heavyweight champ. In WWE, he famously battled guys like The Undertaker and Kane

He also made TV appearances on shows like "Baywatch" and "Boy Meets World."

RIP

Post Malone Choke Slammed by The Undertaker!!!

6/17/2018 9:52 AM PDT

Post Malone might have a side gig in the WWE after a killer entrance into his concert, which featured The Undertaker and a pretty badass choke slam!

Post performed in Austin, TX Saturday night, and during the show he played a video of him bumping into Undertaker backstage. You gotta see how well they pulled off the slam. 

Later, he brought out 21 Savage for their huge hit, "Rockstar" and that's when Undertaker returned for his encore -- all 3 guys smashed the hell out of guitars. 

The only thing missing here is a Tombstone Piledriver. Post ain't ready for that just yet.

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