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UFC Champ Eddie Alvarez Careful, McGregor WWE Stars Are 'Incredible Athletes'

8/8/2016 11:16 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

UFC lightweight champ Eddie Alvarez seems to be issuing a warning to Conor McGregor -- careful with the WWE smack talk ... 'cause a lot of those dudes are the REAL DEAL. 

Of course, McGregor said WWE superstars are nothing but a bunch of "messed up p**sies" -- which pissed a lot of 'em off. 

Now, Alvarez is sort of defending the WWE -- while making it clear what they do is an "act" ... he still acknowledges that a lot of 'em are "incredible athletes" who come from a real combat sports background. 

There's more ... Alvarez also says he wants the winner of the McGregor vs. Diaz fight at UFC 202 -- telling TMZ Sports he's sick of being asked about Conor and wants to shut him up once and for all. 

Ric Flair Blasts Conor McGregor ... You're a Classless Rip-off Loser

8/8/2016 6:14 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

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Ric Flair is firing back at Conor McGregor ... blasting the UFC star after McGregor proclaimed that most WWE wrestler are "messed up p**sies." 

"Coming from a guy who built a career copying my persona, I expected the type of class we get from Ronda or Anderson," Flair posted on Twitter. 

"After Diaz finishes you again, I dare you to try guys like Dolph, Brock, or Fit. Oh you're welcome for your gimmick."

"If anyone doubts whether or not [Dolph Ziggler] could tie Conor in a knot, do yourself a favor and Google his accomplishments."

FYI, Ziggler was a beast as a college wrestler -- setting records for career wins and was a 3-time All- Mid-American Conference champion. 

Does that mean he could win in the UFC? Only one way to find out ... 

Shaq vs. Big Show IT'S ON??? Reportedly Battling at WrestleMania 33

8/5/2016 11:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

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A rep for the WWE tells us ... "While the challenge was made at the ESPYs, this match has not been confirmed." update-grey-gray-barIt might be the BIGGEST match in the history of pro wrestling ... SHAQ VS. BIG SHOW ... and it's apparently all set to go down at WrestleMania 33. 

The two 7-footers have been talking A LOT of smack over the past few months ... and even challenged each other on the red carpet at the ESPYs back in July. 

But now, Big Show has reportedly confirmed the match is set ... telling Shanghai Daily, "We’ll have one heck of a match and we’ll see what’s up. We’ll give the fans a treat."

CANNN YOUUUU DIG IT?!?!! 

Kurt Angle WWE Stars Would Get Crushed In 'Real' Wrestling

8/5/2016 6:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

They might be studs on the "pro wrestling" circuit ... but even the most talented "real" wrestlers in the WWE would get ROLLED UP by Team USA's olympic wrestling team ... so says Kurt Angle

Angle would know ... he won a gold medal in freestyle wrestling at the 1996 Olympics. 

So, when it comes to hardcore competition -- not even guys like Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose and Finn Balor can compete with Team USA's Daniel Dennis, Tony Ramos and Tyler Graff. 

BTW, we asked Kurt if he would consider another Olympic comeback attempt -- but he shot that down hard saying he's too old and would "get my ass kicked."

#KeepinItReal

'Superstar' Billy Graham WWE Legend Hospitalized ... Internal Bleeding

8/3/2016 10:47 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

0803-billy-graham-wwe-02WWE Hall of Famer "Superstar" Billy Graham has been hospitalized after doctors say he was bleeding internally ... but he's now in stable condition. 

The 73-year-old legend --  who famously trained as a bodybuilder with Arnold Schwarzenegger -- was taken to the hospital late Tuesday night.

Billy's son, Joseph Miluso, told ProWrestlingSheet the bleeding is now under control and his father is expected to make a full recovery. 

Billy's daughter told PWS that Graham is in stable condition. 

#GetWellSoonBrother

[h/t ProWrestlingSheet

WWE Legend Goldust Screw Hillary & Trump ... I'm a Big Johnson Guy!

7/31/2016 7:23 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

What do you do if you're sick of Clinton AND Trump?? You go for option #3 ... Johnson ...  ... so says WWE legend Goldust. 

Dustin Rhodes was at LAX when we asked if Trump's long relationship with WWE would sway him to vote for the G.O.P. nom. 

That's when Goldy told us he hates BOTH lead candidates ... so, he's backing former New Mexico governor Gary Johnson

Last time we got Johnson out he was desperate for a celebrity endorsement ... so, here ya go! 

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Brock Lesnar No WWE Punishment ... for Failed UFC Drug Tests

7/26/2016 3:14 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0726_Brock-lesnar_wweBrock Lesnar will NOT be disciplined by the WWE for his UFC 200 drug test failures ... and WILL perform at SummerSlam as planned ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

A WWE spokesperson tells us ... only full-time WWE performers are subject to the organization's wellness policy, which prohibits PEDs ... but since Brock isn't a full-time performer, he's essentially exempt. 

"WWE’s talent wellness program does not apply to part-time performers such as Brock Lesnar," the spokesperson said.  

We confirmed with the WWE that Brock has only performed in 19 matches over the past 3 years (4 in '14, 8 in '15, 7 in '16) ... and that the average full-time WWE superstar wrestles more than 200 matches per year. 

One well-connected source broke down the situation like this -- WWE is show business, not a regulated athletic competition ... and the wellness program is only designed to keep the "full-time" performers healthy. 

Bottom line -- Brock will be in the squared circle on August 21st ... no matter what happens to him in the UFC. 

WWE Hall of Famer Sunny Only 'Botched' Can Fix My Busted Nose

7/24/2016 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0725-tammy-sytch-tmzShe's broken her nose NINE TIMES ... but WWE legend Tammy Sytch says she smells opportunity -- and now she's begging the people at "Botched" to help fix her sniffer. 

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The WWE Hall of Famer tells TMZ she went under the knife years ago to repair her schnoz after break #3 ... but after busting it 6 more times, she says it's worse than ever. 

In fact, Tammy says she's got some nasty scar tissue buildup that caused weird bumps on her bridge. So she reached out to "Botched" honchos hoping they could work some of their magic on her face.

There's more ... Tammy also says she's got belly issues after surgery for cervical cancer a few years ago and liposuction would he HUGE in helping her get her ideal bikini body back.

Fingers crossed.

Ex-WWE Star Rob Van Dam Dammmm His New GF's Hot!!!

7/10/2016 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0708-rob-van-dam-new-girlfriend-INSTAGRAM-01Wrestler Rob Van Dam jumped back on the horse quickly after ending his 17-year marriage, and with good reason.

Rob's dating professional wrestler Katie Forbes ... we're told it's been going on since May ... around the time his wife filed for divorce.

It's not like Swifty and Hiddleston, allegedly -- we're told Rob and his ex, Sonya Szatkowski, had been separated for a while before Rob hooked up.

Rob and Katie met back in April at a wrestling convention -- at adjoining signing booths.

We know her sign ... flames.

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WWE Hall of Famer Sunny Out of Rehab ... I'm a Cam Girl Now!

7/2/2016 12:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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WWE Hall of Famer Tammy Sytch -- aka Sunny -- is more than 100 days sober after a long stint in rehab and she says she's ready to get back to work ... in front of a webcam.

Sunny tells TMZ Sports she had more than 5,000 emails waiting for her after rehab from fans requesting some private time on Skype. Sunny says she charges $100 for just 10 minutes on cam ... some serious dough. 

However, the cash flow won't just end at private calls -- Sunny says she's also booked plenty of convention appearances and is ready to hit the road ... sober this time. 

In fact, Sunny says she's already hit the salon HARD -- because she wants her first impression back in public to be a good one! 

As we previously reported, Sunny says she's also down to start working with Vivid again -- but so far, it's unclear if the two sides have hammered out a new deal.

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WWE's Jerry Lawler Charges Dropped In Domestic Violence Case

7/1/2016 8:24 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

0701-jerry-lawler-lauryn-mcbride-TWITTEr-02WWE legend Jerry "The King" Lawler is off the hook in his domestic violence case -- prosecutors have dropped the charges against him and his fiancee. 

66-year-old Lawler and his 27-year-old fiancee, Lauryn McBride, were arrested in Memphis on June 17th -- after they both accused each other of violence ... and someone broke out a GUN. 

Officials were initially unable to determine who was the aggressor -- so they arrested both Lawler and McBride. They were then ordered to stay away from each other. 

But now, officials have dismissed the assault charges against both parties -- we're guessing the decision was based on the fact there were no major injuries and neither side wanted to go forward and testify against the other. 

Lawler's attorney told the Memphis Commercial Appeal ... the whole thing was "a big understanding and won't happen again. We are happy with the outcome."

John Cena's Crazy Plaid Suit Dope ... Or Nah?

6/30/2016 11:02 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

John Cena's known to be a pretty stylish guy ... but did he push the envelope too damn far with this tight plaid purple suit???

The WWE superstar was walking through LAX -- and EVERYONE noticed him ... 'cause you can't really miss this outfit. 

So ... 

X-Pac I Loved Chyna Til the End ... Sorry I Couldn't Save You

6/23/2016 7:43 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

An emotional X-Pac took the stage at Chyna's memorial Wednesday night and apologized to his ex-girlfriend for "not taking better care of you" ... while revealing he loved her until the day she died. 

"Joanie and I had a really rocky relationship," X-Pac said ... "Until the day she died, I loved her very much, I really did."

X-Pac (real name Sean Waltman) and Chyna began dating in 2003 and reportedly broke up in 2005 -- but clearly, X-Pac still cared about her. 

"I hope you forgive me for not taking better care of you ... and I'll do everything in my power to make sure you end up in the WWE Hall of Fame where you belong."

Besides X-Pac, there were several other tributes to Chyna at the memorial -- Hulk Hogan and Kurt Angle made videos, Coolio performed and Rob Van Dam gave a speech. 

Chyna was cremated and her urn was on display -- bedazzled -- because organizers believe that's what she would have wanted. 

Chyna died back in April. She was 46. 

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