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Wrestling Star Jeff Hardy

My Cute Dog Bwoke It's Wittle Paw

1/13/2014 12:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Former WWE Champ Jeff Hardy's precious little dachshund was RUSHED TO AN EMERGENCY VET LAST WEEK ... but don't worry, the courageous pooch made it out alive.

The dog (named Sophie) injured herself jumping off the back of their couch while playing with the wrestler and his wife  ... but the couple assumed she had just sprained an ankle.

After a few days of limping, they decided to take Sophie to an emergency vet ... where doctors said the dog had cracked a bone in her foot -- so they hooked her up with a splint.

In the meantime ... Jeff's wife Beth says they're just focusing on keeping Sophie off the back of the couch.

Adorable.

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Wrestling Legend Mae Young

NOT DEAD

... But Gravely Ill

1/9/2014 7:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0108-mae-young-wweWWE Hall of Fame wrestler Mae Young is gravely ill ... BUT NOT DEAD ... this according to local reports.

Young -- the only wrestler to compete in NINE DIFFERENT DECADES (her first match in 1939; her last in 2010) -- was hospitalized and placed on life support in South Carolina last month.

The Post and Courier initially reported 90-year-old Young passed away, but later updated the story ... saying the wrestling legend is alive but very sick.

Mae and fellow pioneer female wrestler The Fabulous Moolah returned to the WWE back in 1999 -- when they were both in their 70s -- and were involved in numerous iconic moments like being powerbombed through a table by the Dudley Boyz ... and the birth of "hand."

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WWE Star Daniel Bryan

My Adorable

Dog is Dead

11/23/2013 2:45 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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WWE superstar Daniel Bryan's dog died last week ... and the wrestler says he's having a tough time dealing with the loss.

The bearded athlete revealed the tragic news during an interview promoting WWE's Survivor Series pay per view on Sunday ... and said Asparagus the Wonder Dog was his legitimate "best friend."

It's unclear how Asparagus passed away ... but the yellow lab was 11 years old.

A.T.W.D. is survived by an equally cute pooch named Josie.

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WWE Diva AJ Lee

Collapses

It's an H2O No-No

11/15/2013 2:50 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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WWE Divas champion AJ Lee collapsed during a match in the U.K. today ... and we're told she was just really really thirsty.

The 26-year old wrestler fainted in the ring Friday while wrestling Brie Bella in London, and dehydration was to blame.

According to reports AJ -- real name April Mendez -- was tended to at ringside after the scary fall ... and walked to the back on her own power.

We're told WWE medical staff continues to monitor her ... just to be on the safe side -- and also because she's really hot.

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WWE Superstar

I Look EXACTLY Like Rick Ross

10/31/2013 3:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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WWE veteran Mark Henry may not be da boss ... but he looks exactly like him.

The 418-lb wrestler shaved his head last week ... and afterward, everyone said he looked like Rick Ross.

So of course ... he dressed up like Ricky Rozay for Halloween!

The real Rick Ross approved of the costume online afterward -- and gave the costume two thumbs up.

Boss.

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Shawne Merriman

I'm NOT Signed to WWE

... Yet

10/27/2013 12:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Don't expect to see Shawne Merriman inside a WWE ring anytime soon ... 'cause his recent training session with the wrestling company was just for fun -- at least for now.

Shawne posted a pic earlier this week of some gnarly mat burn he got while training at the WWE's Performance Center in Florida ... leading many to believe he signed with the wrestling company.

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But multiple sources tell us .. no deals were made, no paperwork has been signed ... Shawne was just messing around after WWE exec Triple H invited him down to check out the state of the art facilities.

We're told Shawne had a blast ... and the WWE people enjoyed having Shawne ... so, there's a possibility of the two juggarnauts working together in the future.

But for now, it's too early to tell if Shawne has a professional future in the squared circle.

... and that's the bottom line.

Stacy Keibler

I'm NOT Returning to Wrestling

10/6/2013 12:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Stacy Keibler won't be making a triumphant return to the WWE following her split with George Clooney, despite reports to the contrary ... TMZ has learned.

Ever since she de-Cloonified herself, reports have surfaced that Stacy has been hurting for benjamins .. and is mulling over a wrestling comeback to make a quick buck.

But a source with direct knowledge of the situation tells us it just ain't true. 

We're told ... Keib feels very grateful to the WWE for helping to launch her career -- but she believes that part of her life is over and she wants to focus on other things.

Gossip Cop first reported on Keibler's plans.

So, if you wanna see Keibs in a bra and panties match ... sorry, you're stuck with whatever's already been posted on YouTube.

Hulk Hogan

MAN THONGIN'

In Miley Cyrus Spoof Video

10/4/2013 8:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Whatcha' gonna do, brother -- when Hulk Hogan puts his 60-year old ass into a THONG and rides a wrecking ball around like Miley Cyrus?!!

You're probably gonna watch the video. We did.

Now for the back story: Hulk's a partner in a new web hosting company called Hostamania (which is trying to compete with Go Daddy) ... and he wanted to do something big to draw attention to the biz.

Naturally, the wrestler decided the only logical move was to strip down to a G string and wiggle around his evenly-tanned butt cheeks on video.

Your move, Ultimate Warrior ...

Floyd Mayweather Jr.

ANOTHER VICTORY

With $150,000 at Stake

9/27/2013 4:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Floyd Mayweather isn't just the champ in the ring .... he's also the champ in court, beating down a music producer who accused him of jacking a song beat back in 2008.

You might recall, producer Anthony Lawrence Dash sued Money May in 2010 over a song the boxer used as entrance music during his 2008 appearance at WWE's Wrestlemania 24 (skip to 2:32 in the video). Dash said the beat in the song was his, and Floyd used it without permission.

Dash sued Mayweather, WWE, and others for at least $150,000 in damages -- but a judge recently ruled in Mayweather's favor.

According to the ruling, Dash wasn't entitled to a cut of the profits from Mayweather's use of the song ... because he couldn't prove Mayweather even made money off the song in the first place (same with WWE).

Bottom line: Dash lost ... and unlike Canelo, he didn't even get a consolation prize.

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Hulk Hogan

ANOTHER Bloody Boating Accident

9/16/2013 6:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Hulk Hogan should probably consider a land hobby ... 'cause the wrestling legend says he was involved in another freak boating accident this weekend that left him covered in blood.

Hogan tweeted about the incident last night, writing, "How come everytime we go out on the boat someone ends up bleeding?"

He then explained, "Today both me and Dr. Crespo ended up covered in blood, the windshield on my boat exploded because of the wind and speed on the water, crazy."

Hogan says he wasn't even using his fastest boat at the time of the accident.

So far, Hogan hasn't posted any of the boat damage or any physical damage sustained in the accident -- but he's tweeting, so it can't be too bad.

Of course, it ain't the first time Hulk's been involved in a nasty boating accident -- he burned the living crap out of his hand earlier this year when the radiator on one of his boats exploded.

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WWE Legend Jim Ross

Count Me Out

... I'M RETIRING

9/11/2013 2:43 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0911_jim_ross_getty2WWE Hall-of-Fame announcer Jim Ross -- the voice of the organization for two decades -- has decided to hang up his microphone and retire, so says the WWE.

Ross called some of the biggest matches in WWE history -- including Stone Cold's epic battles with Vince McMahon, the rise of The Rock ... and the famous "Hell In a Cell' match when Undertaker launched Mick Foley through a table from the top of a steel cage.



But Ross didn't just do the play-by-play -- he also came up with some pretty iconic wrestling nicknames ... referring to Stone Cold Steve Austin as the "Texas Rattlesnake" and Triple H as the "Cerebral Assassin."

He was also famous for shouting phrases like "By god, that man has a family" when wrestlers were getting their asses kicked in the ring.

According to the WWE, Ross wants to spend more time focusing on his "personal business endeavors" -- and by that, we're guessing he means his growing BBQ sauce company.

For the record, it's delicious ... but JR, you'll be missed.

WWE Superstar CM Punk

I'm the One Who Knocks

... on Walter White's Door

8/26/2013 11:12 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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WWE Superstars CM Punk and Kofi Kingston better tread lightly -- 'cause they invaded Walter White's turf ... and everyone knows Heisenberg doesn't like strangers in his territory.

The two wrestlers were in New Mexico for a live WWE event this weekend -- and during the trip, they found time to take an excursion to the real life house that's used as Walter's pad on "Breaking Bad."

As you can see ... the house is back to looking pristine ... and not in any danger of ... ugh, just watch last night's episode!

You'll get it.

WWE Star Triple H

to Wife Stephanie McMahon

LET'S BOX

8/25/2013 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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WWE superstar Triple H and his wife Stephanie McMahon got all Million Dollar Baby this week in NYC -- training with the guy who taught Hilary Swank how to box for the Oscar winning movie ... and TMZ has the footage.

It all went down at Gleason's Gym in Brooklyn, where the couple strapped on the gloves for “Protein Fight Club” – a campaign to promote milk.

The guy putting them through the paces is Hector Roca – who famously trained celebs like Wesley Snipes, John Leguizamo and Jennifer Lopez.

Roca tells TMZ … HHH and SM trained for about an hour doing basic training techniques – with Stephanie showing some real flashes of promise in the ring.

As for HHH -- "Boxing is not really his sport."

Game over.

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