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Doink the Clown

Pro Wrestler Dies at 55

6/28/2013 3:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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update_bar3:15 PM PT  TMZ has learned police in Plano, Texas ... where Doink's body was found ... have launched a homicide investigation.

However, sources tell us, the investigation is really just a matter of following S.O.P. -- and that all early indications are his death was accidental.

No weapons were found on the scene. An autopsy is pending.
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Ex-WWE star Doink the Clown -- a hugely popular wrestler in the '90s -- was found dead today in Texas.

Doink, real name Matt Osborne, was known for pulling pranks on the other wrestlers ... all while decked out in full greasepaint and a green wig.

Details about Doink's death are unclear at this point -- but his girlfriend reportedly found him dead in her home ... where he'd been staying lately.

After leaving the WWE, he continued wrestling for ECW and independent leagues ... still sporting the clown costume.

More recently, he's been attending wrestling conventions and doing autograph sessions with fans.

Doink was 55.

WWE Star CM Punk

Gets 2-Year Restraining Order Against Mom

6/27/2013 2:10 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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's legal wish has been granted -- a judge has issued a 2-year restraining order against the WWE superstar's estranged mother after she allegedly bombarded him with threats, TMZ has learned.

We broke the story ... Punk filed legal docs in Illinois claiming his mom threatened to commit suicide several times after he stopped giving her money to pay for her living situation. Punk also claimed his mom had threatened to expose humiliating secrets from his past.

Punk had already received a temporary restraining order against his mom -- but today, the judge decided to extend the order of protection for 2 years.

Punk had asked the court to also ban his mom from WWE wrestling events -- but it's unclear if the judge signed off on that request as well.

WWE Star CM Punk

Hits Mom with Restraining Order

'Threats to Commit Suicide'

6/26/2013 10:52 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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WWE superstar CM Punk has obtained a restraining order against his estranged mother -- claiming she constantly hits him up for money and then threatens to kill herself if he doesn't come through ... TMZ has learned.

Punk -- real name Phillip Brooks -- claims in legal docs filed in Illinois that he's tried to break off his relationship with his mother for more than a year "due to repeated financial demands and years of abusive, harassing and threatening behavior."

In the document, Punk says he's made an effort to help his mom -- who he claims suffers from bipolar disorder -- giving her more than $100,000. But Punk says her "abusive/threatening behavior" escalated when he cut her off.

That's when Punk's mom allegedly unleashed a torrent of nasty emails -- telling the wrestler, "You don't give a s**t about us. You just care about your money and money hungry/fame hungry friends. You would sell us for a nickel."

Punk also says his mother threatened to release potentially embarrassing information about her son's past. Punk suggests the information has to do with arrests when he was in high school.

In the docs, Punk says his mother has threatened to commit suicide on at least 4 occasions in 2012.

Punk says, "I wish for the harassment to stop and am requesting the assistance of the court in this regards."

The judge in the case granted the temporary restraining order back on June 10 -- but the wrestler is due back in court today where he will likely try to extend the protection order for several years.

WWE Star Jack Swagger

Avoids Jail

For DUI & Pot Arrest

6/25/2013 10:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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superstar Jack Swagger was found GUILTY of driving his car while half-baked -- but won't spend any more time behind bars, TMZ has learned.

We broke the story ... Jack -- real name Jacob Hager -- was pulled over for speeding near Biloxi, Mississippi back in February, but was then arrested on suspicion of DUI​ (not for alcohol) after cops say they found weed in his car.

Jack was charged with DUI, speeding and possession -- but pled not guilty.

Today in court, a judge found the WWE star GUILTY -- with a capital G -- for DUI and speeding. The possession charge had previously been dropped.

Jack was sentenced to 6 months unsupervised probation, fined $1,498 (including court costs) and ordered to participate in MASEP -- an alcohol / substance education class for first-time DUI offenders.

Hey, school beats jail any day.

Ric Flair's Son

Died From Heroin Overdose

... Autopsy Shows

6/14/2013 2:25 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0614-reid-flair-facebookReid Flair -- son of wrestling legend Ric Flair -- died from an accidental overdose of heroin and other drugs ... this according to an official autopsy report released today.

As TMZ previously reported ... 25-year-old Flair was pronounced dead on March 29 after his father discovered him out cold in a Charlotte, NC hotel room.

According to the autopsy report ... traces of the muscle relaxant clonazepam and Xanax (anti-anxiety medication) were also found in Reid's system.

Reid -- who had just returned from a wrestling stint in Japan -- had struggled with heroin in the past ... according to several reports, he overdosed 3 times in 2 years.

After the report was released this morning, Ric told the Charlotte Observer, "I loved him ... He should have been on top of the world, but he was fighting a battle he couldn’t win."

Rapper Gunplay

I'm the New WWF

World Heavyweight Champ

6/14/2013 3:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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061313_gunplay_launch_v2The World Wrestling Federation doesn't even exist anymore, but rapper Gunplay is joining the ranks of Hulk Hogan, Ultimate Warrior, and more ... as the new WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMP -- at least according to his new tattoo.

The heavily-tatted Gunplay was in NYC Wednesday when we asked if he'd gotten any new ink recently, and the guy lifted up his shirt -- revealing a tattoo of the most famous championship belt in wrestling history ... the winged eagle belt.

The belt was first worn by Hulk Hogan in 1988 -- and subsequently by legends like Macho Man, Ultimate Warrior, The Undertaker, Ric Flair, Bret Hart, Yokozuna, Shawn Michaels, and Stone Cold Steve Austin. The belt vanished into obscurity in 1998, and no one really knows where it went.

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The WWF was forced to change its name in 2002, following a trademark lawsuit filed by the World Wildlife Fund. Wrestling history ... fascinating.

Ex-WWE Star

Scotty 2 Hotty

I'm a Fireman Now!

6/8/2013 2:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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The next time you call 911 to report a fire ... the guy racing to your house could be former WWE star Scotty 2 Hotty ...'cause TMZ has learned the master of "The Worm" is a certified fireman!

Scotty -- a former member of the tag team Too Cool (later joined by ass-bomb expert Rikishi) -- graduated from Lake Tech Fire Academy in Florida earlier this month and plans to begin EMT training in the next few weeks.

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But Scotty's new career doesn't mean his wrestling days are over -- the 39-year-old -- real name Scott Garland -- still hits the mat on the independent wrestling circuit.

As for Rikishi -- he's still around too ... presumably ass-blasting people who really deserve it.

Ex-WWE Star Justin Credible

Burglars Tied Up My Family

Threatened to Kill Them

6/7/2013 2:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0607-just-incredible-wweFormer WWE star Justin Credible claims he was a victim of a scary home invasion last night when 3 gun-toting criminals threatened to kill his family ... while he slept through the whole thing. 
Credible -- real name Peter Polaco -- tells us he and his wife were sleeping in their home in Waterbury, Connecticut when family members woke them up saying the house had just been robbed.

The ex-Hardcore champ says the bad guys broke a kitchen window to get in the house and quickly made their way to a bedroom upstairs where his brother and nephew were sleeping. 

Polaco says the 3 men tied his brother up with zip ties and told him if one noise was made "they'd be shot."

The 39-year-old wrestler says the criminals then made their way to his parents' bedroom and woke the elderly couple up, tied them up and continually grilled them on where the family kept their safe.

The couple repeatedly told the burglars they didn't have one -- so the 3 men took $5 from his dad's wallet -- jacked his mother's cell phone -- and rushed out of the house.

Credible says the family believes the attack was NOT random because the bad guys kept mentioning his brother by name during the invasion.

A rep for the Waterbury Connecticut Police declined to comment on the case -- since it was part of an "open investigation."

Ex-WWE Diva

Free After Prison Stay

... And Cancer Diagnosis

5/21/2013 3:40 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0521-tammy-sytch-wweFormer WWE diva Tamara Sytch is FREE from a Connecticut prison after a four-month stint for REPEATEDLY violating her ex-boyfriend’s restraining order ... and her stay included a cancer diagnosis and hysterectomy.

Tammy, who managed and wrestled under the name "Sunny" back in the day, was arrested 6 TIMES in just over 4 months beginning last September -- including 3 times in 3 days -- all relating to the same dude. Charges included disorderly conduct, assault, 3rd degree burglary ... and violating the BF's TRO at just about every step.

She was most recently popped in January ... and sentenced to 114 days in prison ... which she's now served in full.

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Tammy told us she contracted HPV before going into prison ... and found out while doing time that it had developed into cervical cancer. She says she underwent a hysterectomy at an area hospital a couple of weeks ago ... and is now cancer-free.

She says she also used her time to write an autobiography ... and plans to make a fresh start in New Mexico.

Tammy will be on conditional discharge for the next two years … provided she doesn’t show up where she’s not welcome.

Chael Sonnen

I Wanna BUY the WWE

5/5/2013 6:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0503-chael-sonnen-tmz-wweHUGE retirement plans for mega-rich UFC fighter Chael Sonnen -- he tells TMZ, he wants to buy the WWE when he quits fighting ... a company valued at more than half a BILLION dollars.

And Chael's rep insists he's not joking, telling us, "It is 100% Chael's intent to buy the WWE." In fact, the rep says Chael is already meeting with bigwig friends in the investment world to enact his takeover.

Bad news though -- a rep for the WWE tells us the company ain't for sale ... at least not yet ... so Chael better be prepared to put a sweet offer on the table.

The rep adds, "We are a publicly traded company, so [Chael is] more than welcome to purchase shares of WWE stock and become one of our valued shareholders.”

And that's the bottom line!

Stephanie McMahon

I Had Three Kids ...

AND I'M RIPPED

5/1/2013 12:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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WWE Vice President Stephanie McMahon is 36 years old ... a mother of three ... and she's more beefed up than Outback Steakhouse.

Stephanie usually keeps her physique hidden beneath a trademark business suit -- but TMZ has obtained these pics from an upcoming photo shoot for RxMuscle.com, finally revealing the Billion Dollar Princess in all her muscular glory.

As for what keeps her in shape -- Steph is a scary good boxer ... and obviously eats really well (under the tutelage of bodybuilding legend and diet guru Dave Palumbo).

Almost makes you wanna hit the gym. Almost.

Angelina from 'Jersey Shore'

No WrestleMania

Freebies for You!

4/7/2013 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0405_angelina_wrestlemaniaAngelina Pivarnick got Staten Island dumped by the WWE -- TMZ has learned the former "Jersey Shore" star tried several times to score free tickets to WrestleMania 29 ... but got no reply at all.

According to our sources, Pivarnick has been contacting every WWE employee she can find in hopes of scoring tickets to this weekend's main event -- which happens to be in NJ.

We're told Angelina was so desperate, she even played the TNA card -- as no one remembers she briefly wrestled in that league -- but again ... no luck.

Sources close to the WWE tell us they were "unable to accommodate her request due to overwhelming demand for tickets."

To add to the insult, the WWE announced this week ... Snooki will be at WrestleMania and will be involved in the event.

Ric Flair

Surprise WWE Visit

Days After Son's Funeral

4/6/2013 5:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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shocked the wrestling world last night when he made a surprise appearance at a pre-event for WrestleMania ... this just seven days after his son died.

The WWE legend had previously cancelled all his scheduled gigs relating to WM following the death 25-year-old, Reid Flair.

But Flair surprised everyone last night when he showed up to the Westin Hotel in Hoboken -- where the WWE wrestlers and employees are staying -- to hangout with his comrades before the event began.

We're told Ric was visibly shaken when he arrived, but as the night went on, the love for Flair and his son was obvious. Our spies say each wrestler came over to pay their respects and offer support and Flair's spirits were lifted tremendously.

As TMZ previously reported, Reid was found dead on March 29 in his hotel room. Ric had found him passed out cold and made the frantic call to 911.

The circumstances surrounding Reid's death remain unclear and an investigation is still ongoing.

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