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WWE Legend

Paul Bearer

Dead at 58

3/6/2013 8:05 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Paul Bearer -- the spooky WWE manager who helped introduce The Undertaker -- died Tuesday evening at the age of 58 ... this according to the WWE.

Bearer -- real name "Bill" Moody -- joined the WWE in 1990 ... playing the role of a creepy funeral director who managed various wrestling stars ... including Undertaker, Kane, Rick Rude, Vader and Mankind.

The details surrounding Bearer's death are unclear -- but he reportedly suffered from serious health problems over the past decade ... including morbid obesity and gallbladder issues.

R.I.P.

The WWE released a statement saying ... "WWE is saddened to learn of the passing of William Moody, aka Paul Bearer."

"Moody made his WWE debut in 1991 as the manager of The Undertaker and went on to become a memorable part of WWE over the course of the next 20 years. Our deepest condolences go out to Moody’s family, friends and fans."

WWE to Glenn Beck:

Call Us Stupid ...

TO OUR FACE!!!

2/22/2013 6:45 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0222_wwe_glenn_beckThe WWE has a message for Glenn Beck -- if you're gonna talk smack about the organization ... BE A MAN ... AND DO IT IN PERSON!!

Beck has been on the attack against the "stupid wrestling people" at WWE after they introduced a new character named Zeb Colter -- who Beck described as "a villain who just happens to be a racist Tea Partier."

Beck -- clearly offended by the character -- went on a tear on his radio show recently ... blasting the WWE for mocking him ... and claiming the WWE is entertainment for dumb people.

Now, the WWE is firing back ... with Zeb and his pal Jack Swagger recording a new video statement for Beck, in which they break character and explain that what they do is simply harmless entertainment .. that's no different from "NCIS" and "Glee."

The WWE superstars also make a real challenge to Beck -- inviting the political commentator to address the "stupid" wrestling community live and directly on "Monday Night Raw."

Through a rep, Beck tells TMZ, "Unfortunately I am currently booked doing anything else."

WWE Star Jack Swagger

ARRESTED

for DUI & Pot

2/20/2013 12:15 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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WWE star Jack Swagger was arrested last night in Mississippi, TMZ has learned -- after allegedly driving under the influence ... with pot in his car.

Sources close to the situation tell TMZ, Swagger -- real name Jacob Hager -- was leaving a "Smackdown" taping at Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi when he was pulled over for speeding.

According to law enforcement, the officer who pulled him over determined Swagger was driving under the influence -- and a search revealed Swagger was in possession of marijuana.

We're told Swagger -- a former WWE World Heavyweight champ -- was taken in by local police officers ... and later released on his own recognizance.

He has been charged with DUI (not alcohol), marijuana possession, and speeding -- all misdemeanors.

We reached out to WWE, who tells TMZ, "Mr. Swagger is responsible for his own personal actions."

One-Legged Wrestling Legend

I'm Unretiring

for Wrestling's Last Olympics

2/17/2013 3:35 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0215-anthony-robles-gettyHe's a living legend in collegiate wrestling -- becoming a freaking NCAA champ despite having just ONE LEG -- and now, he's coming out of retirement to train for the 2016 Olympics ... because it's the last chance he'll get at Olympic gold.

You'll recall, the IOC has eliminated wrestling from the Olympics following the 2016 games in Rio -- which means Rio will be the last Olympic games to feature the sport. (It's being replaced by field hockey. Seriously.)

Now, 24-year-old Anthony Robles -- who won the 2010-11 NCAA individual championship in the 125-pound weight class while at ASU -- tells TMZ, "If this is the last chance to be at that elite level, I want to represent my country and try and take home the gold."

He adds, "The Olympics is the highest level for wrestling ... There isn't a higher platform to reach for."

Robles unofficially retired from the mat 2 years ago .. and has since worked as a motivational speaker -- but he adds, "I never said I was retired completely."

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Iron Sheik

THREATENS OLYMPIC OFFICIALS

'I Swear to the Jesus I Suplex Them'

2/12/2013 11:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0212_iron_sheik_wweThe Iron Sheik isn't just a WWE legend ... he's also a veteran Olympic wrestler ... and he's so pissed that his sport is getting booted from the Games ... he's now threatening violence.

As we previously reported, the International Olympic Committee has moved to drop wrestling from the 2020 games ... in favor of other sports like field hockey. Seriously.

Now, Sheik -- who says he competed for Iran in the 1968 Olympics and then became an asst. coach for Team USA in the '70s -- tells TMZ (in his trademark broken English) he's looking to take matters into his own hands.

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"After 1000 years they take away the best sport in the world? This is the first time the dumb motherf**kers have no balls for they make the walking an Olympic sport."

He adds, "If I see anybody on the street that work from the IOC I swear to the Jesus I suplex them put them in camel clutch break their back make them humble."

"The #TEAMSHEIKIE respect the Olympic now they can all go f**k themselves and make the Curling Olympic sport because they all the biggest piece of no good s**t and I never watch the Olympic again. Also buy my t shirt [on my website] or go f**k yourself.”

It's a little confusing ... but we think we get the point.

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Ex-WWE Villian

Slams Bullies

With First Children's Book

2/10/2013 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Pro wrestler Kenn Doane knows a lot about being a bully -- he played one as a former WWE star -- and now he's using that experience to write his first book ... about kids and bullying.

Doane -- known as Kenny Dykstra in his WWE days -- tells TMZ, he decided to become an author while rehabbing a knee injury suffered last month ... and wanted to address the topic of bullying.

The former tag team champ must be a badass with the pen ... because he's already lined up a publisher for "Billy's Bully" -- which shows one kid standing up to his tormentor, and teaches kids how to avoid becoming a bully.

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According to Doane, his publisher hooked him up with illustrators and another author to put the finishing touches on the book -- and it should be released sometime in June.

Between Kenn and CM Punk, it's a positive week for wrestlers.

WWE Superstar CM Punk

Gunshot Victim Deserves

BACKSTAGE PASSES!

2/7/2013 12:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Getting shot in the face has its perks, particularly if you're a wrestling fan -- just ask Thomas Dotterer, who's being treated like a champ by the WWE just days after some thugs blasted him while robbing his Syracuse liquor store.

The 77-year-old was in critical condition last week after taking a bullet to the eye ... but instead of complaining, he told the media he was more upset about the outcome of the WWE Royal Rumble because his favorite wrestler had lost!!!

"The Rock beat [CM] Punk. Did you know that?"

Word of the tough-as-nails fan got back to the WWE ... and the org. raced to get in touch with the guy.

In fact, we're told Dotterer already got a phone call from CM Punk and was promised ringside seats and a backstage pass the next time the org. comes to Syracuse.

It almost makes getting shot in the face worth it ... almost.

Jerry 'The King' Lawler

Technically I'm a Zombie Now

1/27/2013 5:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Jerry "The King" Lawler
says he clinically died on live TV ... only to be brought back to life ... which now makes him A BONA FIDE ZOMBIE!!!

Jerry was out in NYC Friday (looking very much alive) when our photog asked him all about his recovery. You'll recall, Lawler suffered a near-fatal heart attack last year, while taping an episode of "Monday Night Raw."

Jerry says he's "good as new" and even wants to get back in the ring at some point.

But more importantly, he's thinking of changing his name to Jerry "The Walking Dead" Lawler ... considering he "actually died on live TV" and then came back to life. Just like a zombie would.

If they were real (which they totally are).

John Cena

My 'Brawlin Buddy'

Has a Jacked Up Face

1/19/2013 2:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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John Cena has a HUGE problem with his stuffed doppelganger ... telling TMZ he spied a major error on his official WWE "Brawlin' Buddies" doll.

The wrestling superstar was out at LAX this week ... chatting with fans ... signing pics ... and of course autographing his wildly popular "Brawlin' Buddies" doll -- manufactured by Mattel -- when suddenly, John noticed something was remiss.

So what's John's beef? First, look at the doll in the screen grab above ... then watch the video to find out.

The Miz

Obliterates Sound Barrier

... In a Fighter Jet!!!

12/14/2012 3:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Nothing fake about this ... former WWE champ The Miz in a real life Navy fighter plane ... BREAKING THE SPEED OF SOUND ... and TMZ has the footage.

It all went down in Virginia Beach last week ...  when Miz crawled into an F/A-18 fighter for the WWE's annual "Tribute to the Troops" show, which will air on NBC and the USA network on December 19th and 22nd.

We're told Miz had to complete a rigorous training process before he was cleared to fly with Squadron VFA-211 -- aka the "Fighting Checkmates." Once he got in the air, Miz hauled ass through the atmosphere at a speed of Mach 1.2.

FYI -- That's like 900 MPH ... really.

WWE Hall of Famer

I Pay Women to Smash My Face with Their Boots ... AND I LOVE IT!!!

12/12/2012 12:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Hall of Famer Tony Atlas loves women's feet so much ... he actually pays them to stomp him in the face -- and he's so proud of his masochistic fetish, he willingly shows off video footage of the face torture ... starring himself.

TMZ has obtained video of Atlas at an indie wrestling event in Maine last week -- and in the extremely bizarre clip, Atlas gleefully shares some face-stomping footage with a fellow wrestler ... footage Atlas commissioned himself.

We're told the original video was shot some time in 2005 -- just one year before Atlas (a pre-Hulk wrestling legend) was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame -- and it shows Atlas taking a giant Doc Marten to the dome.

The camera then pans out from the video monitor -- revealing Atlas sporting the world's smuggest grin on his face. You gotta see it to believe it.

And the best part -- we reached out to Atlas this week about the video, and he told TMZ he has absolutely no shame ... and proudly shows off the stomping tape any time he gets the chance. (FYI -- Atlas says he paid the big-booted woman $100 for her services)

Atlas tells us he's not just into terrifyingly large boots either, he loves all kinds of footwear ... especially Vans ... and his ideal woman MUST have oversized feet.

Atlas added, "I, Tony 'Mr. USA' Atlas, WWE Hall of Famer, am free to be me. And there is nothing greater on this Planet Earth than to get kicked and punched in the face by a big-footed girl." 

God Bless America.

WWE Diva Tammy Sytch

Wants to See Her Ex BF ...

Court Says HELL NO

12/4/2012 12:15 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Former WWE diva Tammy Sytch has learned from her past mistakes (arrests) -- and finally used the proper legal channels to try and see the ex-BF who filed a restraining order against her ... problem is, she got SHUT DOWN.

TMZ broke the story(ies) ... Sytch has been arrested SEVERAL TIMES in the past few months -- for violating a protective order filed by her ex ... which stemmed from allegations of domestic violence.

Tammy asked a judge to modify the standing protective order today ... arguing she needs time with her ex in order to hash out their problems (verbally) and move forward.

But Tammy's lawyer Rob Serafinowicz tells us ... her request was denied (shocker), and she's still banned from making contact.

But all's not lost ... Tammy vows to clean herself up and is undergoing court-ordered rehab in hopes she can finally defeat her demons.

John Cena

REBOUNDING

with Ex-WWE Diva [Pics]

11/30/2012 2:22 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
1130_john_cena_nikki_bella_launchJust months after sealing his divorce, WWE superstar John Cena has apparently moved on ... 'cause dude was gettin' up close and personal with a former WWE Diva in Arizona.

TMZ has obtained pics of Cena bumpin', grindin' and even going in for a kiss with Nikki Bella ... who worked in the WWE with her twin sister Brie until this past April.

Nikki and Brie had their high school reunion in Scottsdale this past weekend -- and John was invited as Nikki's date.

Brie also brought her boyfriend -- WWE tag team champion Daniel Bryan.

It's unclear if Cena and Bella are "officially" an item ... but they definitely weren't shy with the PDA at the reunion. 

"YES!"

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