Hulk Hogan is ticked off at WWE Champion Brock Lesnar for an unscripted insult he made in the ring. What did Brock say that was so offensive? He called him … old.
Wait, that's it? But Hulk is, ya know … old.
Slap Boxes Jon Jones
8/18/2014 6:38 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
He's still got it.
Mike Tyson is still the champ when it comes to slap-boxing ... and Jon Jones learned that the hard way outside of WWE SummerSlam in L.A. Sunday night.
The two were goofin' around in front of Staples Center -- when the fighters squared off ... with some open-handed pugilism.
Jones handled himself pretty well ... until Mike moved to his inside and tagged the UFC superstar right on the jaw -- and even Jones admits if the brawl was full-force ... "He'd kill me."
Now that's a fight we'd LOVE to see.
Champ is Here
8/18/2014 7:26 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Brock Lesnar's appetite was still in full effect after his epic SummerSlam victory Sunday night ... so he decided to wash down John Cena with a steak dinner.
Lesnar hit up Morton's in downtown Los Angeles with Paul Heyman after becoming the WWE World Heavyweight Champion. He brought his championship belts with him to dinner ... and they still have Cena's name on them!
But Lesnar didn't let his performance rest on its laurels ... he was still talking serious smack about Cena even after the match. He also drops a hint about the future of dual belts.
Eat. Sleep. Conquer. Repeat.
WWE Superstar Titus O'Neil
Encounter With Homeless Man
Turns Into Full Blown Friendship
8/17/2014 4:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
WWE Superstar Titus O'Neil made friends with a homeless man on the streets of L.A. Saturday night ... and now, they're bffs.
O'Neil had some leftover food from dinner ... and decided to hit the streets around his hotel to find a homeless person -- when he ran into John from Detroit.
Titus says, "What was supposed to be a quick encounter turned into a few hours of learning and laughter with a complete stranger."
The 37-year-old wrestler introduced John to other wrestlers in town for Sunday's SummerSlam ... and hung out with him in the hotel.
Titus says the two met up again for breakfast this morning and swapped email addresses -- and he plans to stay in touch. O'Neil adds, "Don't look down on anyone and never judge a book by its cover, because you could be the cover one day."
Ice Bucket Challenge ...
Haters Can Suck It!
8/15/2014 12:02 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Triple H took the plunge this morning -- accepting the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, but he refused to give fans what they really want to see ... his wife getting doused.
WWE's Chief Operating Officer was outside Staples Center to join the trend sweeping the nation, and scoffed at haters who think the challenge isn't helping the cause. (Fact is, ALS donations have skyrocketed)
HHH also says he didn't challenge his wife Stephanie McMahon to do the I.B.C. because she's busy with SummerSlam on Sunday.
But that's not the only reason ... check out the video, every guy will understand.
'Guardians of the Galaxy' Star
Drax the Lunch Box Destroyer
8/9/2014 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Step aside Benicio Del Toro ... the real collector from "Guardians of the Galaxy" is Dave Bautista -- and he just copped a one of a kind treasure for his collection.
Fun fact ... Dave is an avid lunch box collector -- he's got around 100 -- so "GOTG" director James Gunn had a custom Drax box made for the former wrestling champ. The first of its kind.
Bautista didn't just receive ... he also gave custom WWE Championship belts to some of his co-stars like Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana.
We are groot at gift giving.
References Malaysia Air Tragedy
During Pro-Russia Skit
7/21/2014 10:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The WWE is getting the smackdown from some fans after two "Russian" characters ripped Americans for blaming Russia for the MH17 tragedy.
Right before Alexander Rusev's pay-per-view bout last night ... his manager Lana teased hecklers with a very thinly veiled reference to the Malaysia Airlines crash, saying ... "You blame Russia for current events?"
Lana added that America is to blame for "war-mongering in Afghanistan and Iraq."
By the way, Lana is played C.J. Perry -- an American actress with a shaky Russian accent.
A rep for the WWE tells TMZ the segment was not about the Malaysia Airlines crash in specific. The rep pointed out, "The storyline with characters Rusev and Lana has been a part of WWE programming for more than 3 months. WWE apologizes to anyone who misunderstood last night’s segment and was offended.”
WWE Diva/Shoplifter Emma
2 HOURS After Getting Fired!!!
7/2/2014 3:28 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Maybe the WWE realized ... if stealing a $21.14 iPad case is a fireable offense ... there wouldn't be enough wrestlers left for a tag team match -- so they REHIRED Diva Emma 2 hours after canning her.
The wrestling org gave Emma the boot 2 days after she copped a plea to stealing the iPad case from a Connecticut Walmart.
The WWE just said, "Upon further evaluation, WWE has reinstated [Diva Emma] but will take appropriate punitive action for her violation of the law."
Sources familiar with the situation tell TMZ ... WWE officials quickly realized they overreacted, because their action would open the floodgates to fire a gaggle of wrestlers for fighting outside the ring, DUI and all sorts of other misdeeds.
It's unclear how Emma will be punished.
iPad case closed.
WWE Star Emma
I Just Got FIRED
7/2/2014 1:52 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
WWE Diva Emma has got to be kicking herself ... she just lost her prized job over a stupid iPad case she wanted so badly ... she stole it.
Emma was busted Monday by Hartford, CT cops after Walmart security claimed she had just left the store without paying $21.14 for the case.
The WWE acted fast, but didn't prejudge her. Emma already copped a plea and was sentenced to 1 day of community service.
Sometimes when you save money, you don't always live better.
WWE Diva Emma
For Shoplifting iPad Case
7/1/2014 2:14 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
WWE Diva Emma is a real life heel ... arrested for stealing an iPad case from a Walmart.
Emma was busted in Hartford Monday night after Walmart security spotted her swiping a red iHome 'Slim Swivel' iPad Mini case ... on sale for $21.14.
Cops tell TMZ ... Emma was charged with misdemeanor larceny in the 6th degree ... who knew there were that many degrees?
The legal system in Hartford is lightning quick -- she's already been to court and was sentenced to one day of community service.
WWE RAW was at the XL Center in Hartford as the crime went down.
Emma's lawyer chalks it up to an innocent mistake, saying she just forgot to pay while trying to navigate the self-checkout machine.
WWE Legend Pat Patterson
6/13/2014 6:56 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
WWE legend Pat Patterson just revealed that he's been living in the closet for the past 50 years -- and has finally decided to go public about that fact he's a gay man.
The 73-year-old dropped the news on the finale of WWE Network's "Legends' House" ... saying, "For once in my life I'm going to be me now."
Patterson -- who's a WWE exec -- explained that he's been keeping the secret out of the public eye for 5 decades ... and had a partner for roughly 40 years, but he passed away after suffering a heart attack.
Patterson has been Vince McMahon's right hand man for decades ... he also was the company's first Intercontinental champion and helped create the "Royal Rumble."
The whole thing was incredibly emotional ... and the reaction from Pat's fellow wrestling legends was touching -- with the guys telling him, "We love you Pat ... we always love you."
Fired WWE Superstar
Now I'm Gonna Wrestle ...
6/12/2014 1:14 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Dolphin hunters beware ... ex-WWE superstar Brodus Clay has big plans following his release from the company today -- he's headed for Japan to protect dolphins from being captured and killed.
Brodus says he booked a trip to Japan for this summer and plans to protest dolphin hunting. He's been passionate about the cause ever since seeing the Oscar winning documentary, "The Cove".
The Funkasaurus tells us he's bummed about losing his job -- WWE cut a total of 9 wrestlers today -- but he's excited to do some other things -- like acting and writing a book.
Brodus says he's open to any wrestling opportunities he might get in Japan -- but his main focus is "bringing awareness to the cause" of the dolphins.
WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross
Suffered Stroke-Like Symptoms
Before Hospital Stint
6/8/2014 8:23 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross was hospitalized Thursday for mysterious '"stroke-like symptoms" ... but after a few days of extensive testing, doctors were able to pinpoint the source of the legendary announcer's problem.
Ross says he got home from a trip to Vegas Thursday night and wasn't feeling well ... so his wife forced him to go to a nearby hospital in Oklahoma to get checked out.
Doctors ran a battery of tests on the 62-year-old and ultimately determined the symptoms were being caused by meds he had been taking for an unrelated medical issue.
Doctors also informed Ross ... the tests showed he had suffered a minor undiagnosed stroke in the past.
Ross' doctors are confident they fixed the problem -- changed his medication -- and the podcast-host was released from the hospital Saturday evening.
Ross adds, "I'm not ready to tag out just yet."