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Nick Bockwinkel WWE Legend Dead at 80

11/15/2015 8:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1115-nick-bockwinkel-wwe-01Nick Bockwinkel -- WWE Hall of Famer -- and pioneer of the sports-entertainment culture has died ... TMZ has learned.

WWE released a statement confirming the death of the 4-time AWA Heavyweight Champ ... but a cause of death is yet to be revealed.

Bockwinkel began his career in the 1950s ... paving the way for pro-wrestlers today with his excellent grappling skills, and charismatic ring interviews.

He was also managed by legendary WWE star Bobby "The Brain" Heenan.  

Bockwinkel was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2007.


Goldberg Steve Austin Is A Beer Faker ... But I Wasn't

11/9/2015 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF


Pro wrestling legend Bill Goldberg is lifting the shroud off one of the WWE's most famous gimmicks ... saying "Stone Cold" Steve Austin was more spit then swallow when it came to beers in the ring.

We got Goldberg out in L.A. -- promoting his new movie "Check Point" -- when we talked to him about rumors of a comeback match between him and Austin. So, we had to ask about Steve's infamous beer bash celebrations and if the dude really pounded brews. 

That's when Goldberg broke the bad news and the UNFORGIVABLE news ... saying that not only is no match between him and the rattlesnake imminent ... but that Austin NEVER REALLY DRANK THE BEERS.

Watch and see for yourself ... R.I.P. to your childhood.

WWE Sends Championship Belt ... to KC Royals

11/2/2015 9:42 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

1102-triple-h-belt-twitterTo the victors, GO THE BELT!!!!

The Royals should probably clear some extra space in the trophy case, 'cause Vince McMahon is sending some hardware to K.C. 

Vince's right-hand man, Triple H, tweeted out ... "Congrats to the 2015 @MLB World Series Champions the Kansas City @Royals! #HeadedYourWay #DontGetChampagneOnTheTitle."


Jimmy 'Superfly' Snuka I Didn't Kill My GF ... Pleads Not Guilty

11/2/2015 8:57 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1102-jimmy-snuka-getty-01WWE Hall of Famer Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka has pled NOT GUILTY to murdering his girlfriend back in 1983 ... but says his mental health is so bad nowadays, he doesn't know what day it is. 

72-year-old Snuka appeared in court in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania -- where he is accused of killing then-girlfriend Nancy Argentino during an altercation in her hotel room before a wrestling match. 

Snuka pled not guilty to 3rd degree murder and involuntary manslaughter. 

During the hearing, Snuka made some shocking claims -- including saying he never went to school and can't read or write English.  

He also told the judge he suffers from early onset dementia and didn't know where he was today or what day it is.  

If convicted, Snuka faces up to 40 years behind bars. 

WWE Superstar Sheamus Bring On Conor McGregor ... I'm Not Afraid!

10/27/2015 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

They're both scary Irish guys ... but WWE superstar Sheamus says there's no question he'd dominate Connor McGregor in a real fight because, "I can kick anybody's ass."

Sheamus would definitely have the size advantage -- he's 6'4" and 267 lbs ... while Conor's 5'9" and 145 lbs.  

Still, Conor is Conor ... violent. 

There's more ... since Sheamus is especially proud of his drinking ability, we asked how many Guinnesses he could take down in one sitting. 

"I lose count after about 15." 

DRINKING FUN FACT -- Andre the Giant once claimed he put down 117 beers in 1 night (kids, don't try this at home). 

WWE's Kane Ronda Rousey Would Be a Badass Wrestler

10/26/2015 8:27 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

If Ronda Rousey ever wants to go full-time in the WWE, she's already got support from one of the biggest stars in the sport -- Kane.

Couple of things about this clip ... first off, real-life Kane's a super nice guy who talked college football with our guy (he's a big University of Tennessee fan who still hates Lane Kiffin). 

Then we brought up Ronda -- who's flirted with the idea of doing the wrestling thing -- and that's when she got huge props from the lord of the choke slam. 

As for Rousey, she appeared at "WrestleMania 31" earlier this year -- and this week she was asked about doing more with the WWE in the future.

"After getting a taste of it I'm definitely going to find a way to get back in there," Rousey said. 

"I don't know how or when but I don't think any true wrestling fans would want to know anyway. They'd want to be surprised. I've got to get back in there somehow."

Stay tuned ...

WWE Legend Booker T Training Ex-NFLer For Pro Wrestling Stardom

10/25/2015 12:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1022-booker-t-brennan-williams-GETTY-01WWE legend Booker T isn't dropping elbows anymore ... but he's got a brand new challenge ... creating the next pro wrestling superstar out of one of Tom Brady's ex-teammates.

TMZ Sports spoke with Brennan Williams ... who's decided to call it quits on a 3 year NFL career as a lineman for the Texans, Jaguars, and Patriots so he can take a shot at pro wrestling. 

Brennan tells us that he won't be stepping into the ring blind 'cause he's gonna have Booker T -- a WWE hall of famer -- showing him the ropes (and turnbuckles) of the grappling game.

"He’s got a school in Houston called WXF that I’m joining (along with) his promo company." 

Williams says he and Booker T have a vision ... one that involves him locking arms with the big boys very soon.

"I’m looking to get my feet wet while training with Booker and shooting for a contract with the WWE in January. That’s my plan."

We also spoke with Booker T himself who says Williams has all the tools to do what The Rock, Goldberg and Ahmed Johnson did ... that is go from big time football to the WWE.

"Brennan definitely fits the profile and athletic protocol of a WWE Wrestler. He fits the build perfectly."

He goes on to say Brennan might have an advantage over those guys ... cause he actually has a deep love and understanding of the sport.

"Most of the time with NFL players, wrestling is a sort of last resort but Brennan was actually a fan before anything. I’m more than glad to help him out."

Only one downside to the career switch ... no Gisele in the workplace. Can't win 'em all though.

Jerry Jones Lays Billionaire Smackdown ... On Vince McMahon

10/20/2015 6:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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1020-wwe-twitterThere aren't a lot of people who can make Vince McMahon feel poor ... but Jerry Jones is definitely one of those people. 

The two moguls came face-to-face behind the scenes at WWE's 'Monday Night Raw' in Dallas last night ... and as our good friends at BSO pointed out, it was the meeting of some HUGE bank accounts. 

Question is ... who's got the bigger wallet? 

Well, according to Forbes, it ain't even close -- with the Dallas Cowboys owner reportedly worth about $5 BILLION and Vince worth somewhere in the $1 billion range. 

Don't worry -- Vince definitely ain't starvin' ... but how 'bout 'dem Cowboys?! 

WWE Legend Batista Huge Muscles Can Be Bad for Your Dong

10/18/2015 12:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Bigger isn't always better ... especially when it comes to muscles -- so says WWE legend Batista who tells TMZ Sports he's found being super jacked can be a huge turn-off with the ladies. 

For the record, Batista was HUUUGE in his heyday ... but says being ultra-jacked rubbed chicks the wrong way because it terrified women. 

Of course, he doesn't have to worry about that anymore ... Batista just married his longtime GF and he's pretty pumped about it. 

Check out the clip -- Batista even dishes out some relationship advice so ... pay attention. 

WWE Stars Lana and Rusev We're Engaged!!

10/11/2015 3:12 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1011-main-lana-wwe-rusev-wwe-tmz-3WWE star Rusev might be a tough guy in the ring but he's a softie for his real-life girlfriend Lana ... because he asked her to marry him. 

Sources close to the couple tell TMZ Rusev proposed to his WWE manager gf last month at their Nashville home. We're told Rusev proposed in the couple's swimming pool and filmed the whole thing.

Judging by the size of the rock ... we're guessing it was pretty easy for Lana to say yes. 


It's interesting, Rusev recently got engaged to WWE Diva Summer Rae on SmackDown but we're told it was just for the show ... Lana takes the title as his real life fiancé. 


Jay Leno IT'S IRON SHEIK TIME ... Give That Man a Talk Show!

10/8/2015 7:38 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

He's battled Hulk Hogan and the Ultimate Warrior ... but the Iron Sheik's next opponent could be Jimmy Fallon -- 'cause Jay Leno says the WWE legend could totally make it as a late night host! 

He may have a point ... The Sheik is super entertaining, very VERY opinionated ... and topical when ranting on Twitter. For example: 

Sheik On Matt Barnes:

Sheik On the Philadelphia Eagles: 

Sheik on His Place in WWE History:

Sheik On Mondays: 

Sheik On Uzo Aduba: 

Sheik On Spoiler Alerts:

So, give this dude the 'Tonight Show' or what??

Ex-WWE Star Bautista Marries Hot Pole Dancing Champ

10/7/2015 11:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1007-dave-bautista-sarah-jade-pole-wedding-TWITTER-01Sorry ladies, ex-WWE superstar Dave Bautista -- aka Drax from "Guardians of the Galaxy" -- is officially off the market ... courtesy of one of the most accomplished pole dancers on the planet. 

Bautista tied the knot to his longtime girlfriend Sarah Jade -- a professional competitive pole dancer ... who competes all over the country. 

In fact, before she turned pro ... Sarah Jade took 2nd place in the USPDF Amateur Nationals in 2012! 

As for the wedding, there were a bunch of WWE superstars in attendance -- including  Chris Jericho, William Regal and MVP. 



Jon Stewart Mad Props From WWE Legends ... Best Celeb Cameo EVER!!

10/4/2015 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Forget Ben Stiller or Andy Warhol (yes, seriously) ... the greatest WWE celebrity cameo EVER was executed (painfully) by Jon Stewart ... so says WWE legend Scott Hall

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. 

And when we saw Hall leaving the Opie and Jimmy show in NYC ... along with Diamond Dallas Page and Jake 'The Snake' Roberts ... they all seemed to agree the former 'Daily Show' host became a WWE legend himself that day. 


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