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Dusty Rhodes

Focused on Dropping lbs.

One Week Before Death

6/11/2015 1:40 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0611_dusty_rhodes_Gerald-Brisco_instagramDusty Rhodes was laser focused on improving his health when he met with fellow wrestling legend Jerry Brisco last week, and feeling good about his prognosis. 

Brisco -- who's known Rhodes for decades -- tells TMZ Sports they hung out in Orlando last Thursday, and Rhodes talked about how he was going to the doctor regularly. He'd been told he needed to bring his blood pressure down, and Brisco says Dusty's weight loss was helping.

Rhodes and Brisco were planning to go to an event Thursday night in Tampa to raise money for a wrestling wall of fame. Jerry says it won't be the same, but he's still going so he can gather with other wrestlers and fans to share Dusty stories. 

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Dusty Rhodes

WWE Legend Dies

(Update)

6/11/2015 10:59 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Exclusive Details

0611-dusty-rhodes-getty-01update_graphic_red_bar11:37 AM PT -- Officials tell us ... emergency personnel responded to Dusty's home in Orlando, FL at 5:56 AM Wednesday morning after getting a call reporting a 69-year-old male had taken a fall. 

We're told Rhodes was transported to a nearby hospital ... where he eventually passed away Thursday morning.

We're told Dusty's immediate family raced to be by his side as soon as they learned he was in the hospital.

Our sources tell us Dusty suffered "numerous complications" throughout the night ... which ultimately proved fatal.

update_grey_gray_barWWE superstar Dusty Rhodes -- famously known as "The American Dream" -- has died at age 69 ... the WWE confirms. 

Rhodes -- real name Virgil Runnels -- passed away Thursday morning. 

Rhodes, who famously rocked polka dot tights during his legendary career, was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2007.  

Dusty had 4 children -- including two sons who also became wrestling superstars -- Goldust (Dustin Runnels) and Stardust (Cody Runnels). 

The WWE issued a statement saying, "WWE extends its sincerest condolences to Runnels’ family, friends and colleagues."

WWE superstar Triple H posted a comment about his friend ... saying, "Saddened to hear the passing of Dusty Rhodes. Legend, teacher, mentor, friend...Love you Dream."

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Brooke Hogan

I Hated the Undertaker

... Feared He'd Steal My Panties

6/9/2015 1:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Hulk Hogan's daughter says she couldn't stand The Undertaker while she was growing up ... claiming she was in constant fear that the wrestling legend was gunning to steal her underwear. 

Brooke explained her panty paranoia at the The Pool After Dark at Harrah’s in Atlantic City ... saying that she thought he got his name "Undertaker" because he would "take underwear."

Hogan says she was later convinced the guy was NOT a panty pilferer. 

But get this ... on the flip side, Hogan says her FAVORITE wrestler growing up was "Macho Man" Randy Savage ... and she tells a pretty adorable story about the WWE legend. 

Was Savage really a teddy bear in private?? OOOOOH YYYYEEEAAAHHHH. 

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WWE Superstars

Wedding Crashers

5/24/2015 7:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0524-wwe-wedding-crash-TMZ-01Forget groomsmen .... A Syracuse couple got what they were after Saturday night when 3 huge wrestlers from the WWE barreled into their wedding reception.

Roman Reigns, R-Truth and Jimmy Uso (none the groom) were at a bar in the hotel when they heard the reception and made their way in.  What they didn't know -- the bride, Beth Samuels and her freshly-minted hubby Matt were huge WWE fans.  

Beth knew the WWE was having a show in Syracuse so she sent an email to the wrestling org inviting any of the wrestlers who might be looking for something to do.

Turns out the 3 guys didn't have a clue about the email ... they just dropped by and stayed 45 minutes.

Only thing more awesome ... if one of the guys face-planted someone in the cake.

WWE Diva Sunny

I Wanna Get Slammed Between The Sheets ...

Not The Ropes

5/23/2015 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0522-sunny-tammy-lynn-sytch-WWE-01WWE junkies can rejoice, because WWE Diva Sunny may get in the ring for a XXX face plant, because we've learned she's inclined to sign on with a huge porn company.

Sunny tells TMZ she's been mulling over Vivid honcho Steve Hirsch's 6-figure porn offer and is now 60/40 in favor of it. 

But there's a snag. Hirsch really wants the scene set in a wrestling ring, but Sunny thinks the gag has been played out. 

Sunny favors the more traditional setting, like a hotel room.  

The 42-year-old won't get flak from her boyfriend. She says her 27-year-old man is excited and wants an advance screening.

As for the lucky guy who gets to suplex Sunny ... she doesn't care who he is "as long as he's hot."

Ronda Rousey

Thanks David Spade, But

Peeing Is Riskier Than the WWE

5/22/2015 8:29 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Ronda Rousey doesn't want her pal David Spade worrying about her getting into WWE, and took a few moments to let him -- and all her fans -- know why she's determined to wrestle, and why it's low risk ... for her.

Ronda was leaving a book signing Thursday night when we asked her about Spade's comment that she should quit pining for pro wrestling ... because she might get hurt and screw up her UFC career.

Watch ... Ronda not only explains why she's still determined to return to the WWE, but also smacks down Spade's concerns. As she puts it ... she's more likely to stub a toe at home, than get injured while wrestling.

Not sure that's true -- but we're not about to argue with her.

David Spade

Rousey in the WWE ...

Is a TERRIBLE Idea!

5/21/2015 1:17 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

David Spade thinks Ronda Rousey should say buh-bye to all WWE action for the sake of her career -- but he's got a theory about why she keeps pushing to be a pro wrestler.

Spade -- who's a big fan of the UFC and Ronda -- was out in L.A. when he told us what he thought about Ronda saying she's down to be the next big thing in turnbuckle tussling.

FYI -- the WWE has a long history of having MASSIVE stars from the combat fighting world throw down with them, including Floyd Mayweather Jr., Mike Tyson and Muhammad Ali himself.

David says Ronda would be taking a "backwards" move if she followed in those footsteps. As for why she wants to do it -- he thinks it has a lot to do with how much ass she's kicking in the Octagon.

Spade also says double R's hot, so ... nothing to argue there.

Ex-WWE Star Tammy Sytch

Porn Stars Gushing for Her Sex Debut ...

She Can Pin Me Anytime!

5/20/2015 5:09 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0520_Tammy-Lynn-Sytch_WWEFormer WWE star Tammy Sytch is being welcomed in the porn star sisterhood with open arms -- and other stuff -- because the sex game's biggest names say she comes pre-trained for sex-on-cam.

TMZ Sports broke the story ... Tammy, aka Sunny, is close to inking a six figure deal with Vivid Entertainment, and porn star Joanna Angel says she will fit right in -- "Porn is just like wrestling, it's sex on steroids, exaggerated. Wrestling is kinda like fighting on steroids ... it's the same thing."

For the record ... the WWE vehemently frowns on steroids.

That being said ... if Tammy wants to shoot a wrestling themed porn for her debut -- she'll have her pick of co-stars. Missy Martinez told us she's game to go a few rounds -- and Tanya Tate said, "She’s the first ever WWE Diva. I’d like to get pinned by her! Tag me in."

As for the big swinging male stars -- Nat Turner says what Tammy's really got going for her is ... "Dude's have been obsessed with her for years so she's already got the fan base. The more the merrier."

Like a Royal Rumble .. except that's not sweat on the mat.

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Bill Goldberg

Training for REAL Kickboxing Fight

... Seriously

5/20/2015 8:03 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

No more "fake" fighting for Bill Goldberg -- the pro wrestling legend tells TMZ Sports he's gearing up for a REAL kickboxing fight ... and he's training with one of the biggest badasses in the biz. 

The 48-year-old says he's flying out to Amsterdam to train with Rico Verhoeven -- the world heavyweight champ in the Glory kickboxing league -- and he's serious about fighting. 

Goldberg says he's not delusional -- he doesn't think he's going to be the next great kickboxing champ ... but he really wants the opportunity to show off his combat skills in the ring.  

So far, no word on when Goldberg hopes to schedule his first fight.  

BONUS -- our camera guy Adam is a HUUUGE fan of Goldberg -- who's also promoting a "Legends of Wrestling event at CITI Field -- and asked the guy for some advice on how to shoot the perfect wrestling trash-talk promo. Check it out. 

WWE Hall of Famer

Pinning Down Porn Deal

'6-Figure Offer On Table'

5/20/2015 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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WWE Hall of Famer Tammy Lynn Sytch ... aka "Sunny" ... could be doing an entirely different kind of rear-naked choke in the VERY near future -- 'cause she's thiiiiis close to signing a monster porn contract. 

TMZ Sports has learned ... Sunny -- widely considered the very first "WWE Diva" -- has been in talks with Vivid Entertainment, the same company that produced Chyna's "Backdoor to Chyna" video.  

Vivid tells us the two sides have spoken several times and a 6-figure offer is on the table for Sunny to become a "genuine porn star" -- not just a 1-time sex tape thing. 

"After the tremendous success of Chyna, this makes total sense. Hoping we can work it out," Vivid honcho Steve Hirsch tells us. 

We're told the deal is "VERY close" to being done ... and that Sunny is prepared to start shooting right away. 

No word on what the first title would be ... but here are some suggestions: 
-- "Piledrivin'"
-- "N.W.O-face"
-- "Monday Night Raw Dog" 
-- "HummerSlam"
-- "D-Generation Triple-X"  
-- "The People's Anal" 

Ok, your turn ... 

Diamond Dallas Page

Don't Give Up On Scott Hall

'Recovery Is a Process'

5/19/2015 10:37 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0519-dallas-scott-hall-getty-01Wrestling legend Diamond Dallas Page says he knows his friend Scott Hall has "stumbled" in his ongoing battle with substance abuse ... but says he still has Hall's back -- no matter what. 

Page has essentially been a sober mentor for both Hall and Jake "The Snake" Roberts -- who both had serious issues with alcohol and drugs after becoming world famous wrestling stars. 

Now, with Hall being escorted out of a wrestling event in NJ this weekend for allegedly showing up drunk, Page says he wants Hall to know he can count on him for support.  

"Scott is going through a life process. He's stumbled along the way, but he is doing well over all. I've got his back."

Page adds, "Even Jake 'The Snake' has fallen a few times, but he is now one year sober and doing great."

DDP says he plans to speak with Hall soon ... and hopes he can help get Hall back on the sober path, asap. 

WWE Legend Scott Hall

BOOTED FROM WRESTLING EVENT

... Allegedly Hammered, Again

5/18/2015 2:46 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

WWE Hall of Famer Scott Hall was physically escorted out of a wrestling event in NJ this weekend ... after promoters say the recovering substance abuser was way too hammered to do his job. 

Hall has battled drug and alcohol issues for years ... but had teamed up with some other wrestling legends in recent years in a public effort to clean himself up. 

Which is why the people at the Skate and Surf Music Festival in Asbury Park, NJ were so disappointed Saturday when Hall appeared to be wasted ... hours before he was supposed to host a meet and greet with fans. 

According to our sources, Hall was given multiple chances to sober up ... but never did. Organizers told Hall to leave ... but he refused, demanding to be paid. 

Eventually, security stepped in and escorted Hall off the property.  

The event promoter, Ricky Otazu, tells TMZ Sports, "The event was too well run for us to make a fool of ourselves by allowing him to appear. We will no longer be associated with him until he gets his life in order."

Hall was arrested in 2012 for allegedly choking his girlfriend during a drunken rage and was sentenced to 10 days behind bars for a 2010 DUI arrest

We made several efforts to reach Hall for comment -- and even called his close friends and family members -- but so far, no word from the wrestling star.   

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16 Raw Photos of Wade Barrett

To Make Him King of Your Ring!

5/11/2015 12:01 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Check out these 16 sexy shots of Bad News Barrett -- and crown him with your #ManCrushMonday love!

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