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Triple H

Ice Bucket Challenge ...

Haters Can Suck It!

8/15/2014 12:02 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

081514_triple_h_interview_launchTriple H took the plunge this morning -- accepting the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, but he refused to give fans what they really want to see ... his wife getting doused.

WWE's Chief Operating Officer was outside Staples Center to join the trend sweeping the nation, and scoffed at haters who think the challenge isn't helping the cause. (Fact is, ALS donations have skyrocketed)

HHH also says he didn't challenge his wife Stephanie McMahon to do the I.B.C. because she's busy with SummerSlam on Sunday. 

But that's not the only reason ... check out the video, every guy will understand.

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'Guardians of the Galaxy' Star

Drax the Lunch Box Destroyer

8/9/2014 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Dave Bautista Guardians Of The GalaxyStep aside Benicio Del Toro ... the real collector from "Guardians of the Galaxy" is Dave Bautista -- and he just copped a one of a kind treasure for his collection.

Fun fact ... Dave is an avid lunch box collector -- he's got around 100 -- so "GOTG" director James Gunn had a custom Drax box made for the former wrestling champ. The first of its kind.

Bautista didn't just receive ... he also gave custom WWE Championship belts to some of his co-stars like Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana.

We are groot at gift giving.

WWE's Lana

References Malaysia Air Tragedy

During Pro-Russia Skit

7/21/2014 10:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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The WWE is getting the smackdown from some fans after two "Russian" characters ripped Americans for blaming Russia for the MH17 tragedy. 

Right before Alexander Rusev's pay-per-view bout last night ... his manager Lana teased hecklers with a very thinly veiled reference to the Malaysia Airlines crash, saying ... "You blame Russia for current events?"

Lana added that America is to blame for "war-mongering in Afghanistan and Iraq." 

Of course, the whole bit was scripted -- like every WWE event -- but mentioning a real disaster, less than a week after it happened ... has generated some backlash.  

By the way, Lana is played C.J. Perry -- an American actress with a shaky Russian accent.


update_graphic_red_barA rep for the WWE tells TMZ the segment was not about the Malaysia Airlines crash in specific. The rep pointed out, "The storyline with characters Rusev and Lana has been a part of WWE programming for more than 3 months. WWE apologizes to anyone who misunderstood last night’s segment and was offended.”

WWE Diva/Shoplifter Emma

Rehired

2 HOURS After Getting Fired!!!

7/2/2014 3:28 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Maybe the WWE realized ... if stealing a $21.14 iPad case is a fireable offense ... there wouldn't be enough wrestlers left for a tag team match -- so they REHIRED Diva Emma 2 hours after canning her.

The wrestling org gave Emma the boot 2 days after she copped a plea to stealing the iPad case from a Connecticut Walmart.  

The WWE just said, "Upon further evaluation, WWE has reinstated [Diva Emma] but will take appropriate punitive action for her violation of the law."

Sources familiar with the situation tell TMZ ... WWE officials quickly realized they overreacted, because their action would open the floodgates to fire a gaggle of wrestlers for fighting outside the ring, DUI and all sorts of other misdeeds.

It's unclear how Emma will be punished.

iPad case closed.

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WWE Star Emma

I Just Got FIRED

Over $21.14!!!

7/2/2014 1:52 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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WWE Diva Emma FiredWWE Diva Emma has got to be kicking herself ... she just lost her prized job over a stupid iPad case she wanted so badly ... she stole it.

Emma was busted Monday by Hartford, CT cops after Walmart security claimed she had just left the store without paying $21.14 for the case. 

The WWE acted fast, but didn't prejudge her.  Emma already copped a plea and was sentenced to 1 day of community service.

Sometimes when you save money, you don't always live better.


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WWE Diva Emma

BUSTED

For Shoplifting iPad Case

7/1/2014 2:14 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Emma is a real life heel ... arrested for stealing an iPad case from a Walmart.

Emma was busted in Hartford Monday night after Walmart security spotted her swiping a red iHome 'Slim Swivel' iPad Mini case ... on sale for $21.14.  

Cops tell TMZ ... Emma was charged with misdemeanor larceny in the 6th degree ... who knew there were that many degrees?

The legal system in Hartford is lightning quick -- she's already been to court and was sentenced to one day of community service.

WWE RAW was at the XL Center in Hartford as the crime went down.

Emma's lawyer chalks it up to an innocent mistake, saying she just forgot to pay while trying to navigate the self-checkout machine.

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WWE Legend Pat Patterson

I'm Gay

6/13/2014 6:56 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Pat Patterson GayWWE legend Pat Patterson just revealed that he's been living in the closet for the past 50 years -- and has finally decided to go public about that fact he's a gay man.  

The 73-year-old dropped the news on the finale of WWE Network's "Legends' House" ... saying, "For once in my life I'm going to be me now."

Patterson -- who's a WWE exec -- explained that he's been keeping the secret out of the public eye for 5 decades ... and had a partner for roughly 40 years, but he passed away after suffering a heart attack. 

Patterson has been Vince McMahon's right hand man for decades ... he also was the company's first Intercontinental champion and helped create the "Royal Rumble."

The whole thing was incredibly emotional ... and the reaction from Pat's fellow wrestling legends was touching -- with the guys telling him, "We love you Pat ... we always love you."

Fired WWE Superstar

Now I'm Gonna Wrestle ...

Dolphin Hunters!

6/12/2014 1:14 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0612_brodus-clay_gettyDolphin hunters beware ... ex-WWE superstar Brodus Clay has big plans following his release from the company today -- he's headed for Japan to protect dolphins from being captured and killed.

Brodus says he booked a trip to Japan for this summer and plans to protest dolphin hunting. He's been passionate about the cause ever since seeing the Oscar winning documentary, "The Cove".

The Funkasaurus tells us he's bummed about losing his job -- WWE cut a total of 9 wrestlers today -- but he's excited to do some other things -- like acting and writing a book.

Brodus says he's open to any wrestling opportunities he might get in Japan -- but his main focus is "bringing awareness to the cause" of the dolphins.

Guddorakku!

WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross

Suffered Stroke-Like Symptoms

Before Hospital Stint

6/8/2014 8:23 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0608_jim_ross_gettyWWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross was hospitalized Thursday for mysterious '"stroke-like symptoms" ... but after a few days of extensive testing, doctors were able to pinpoint the source of the legendary announcer's problem.

Ross says he got home from a trip to Vegas Thursday night and wasn't feeling well ... so his wife forced him to go to a nearby hospital in Oklahoma to get checked out.

Doctors ran a battery of tests on the 62-year-old and ultimately determined the symptoms were being caused by meds he had been taking for an unrelated medical issue.

Doctors also informed Ross ... the tests showed he had suffered a minor undiagnosed stroke in the past.

Ross' doctors are confident they fixed the problem -- changed his medication -- and the podcast-host was released from the hospital Saturday evening.

Ross adds, "I'm not ready to tag out just yet."

WWE Hall of Famer

I Wanna Wrestle in North Korea

5/20/2014 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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It's the kinda thing that blew up in Dennis Rodman's face -- but WWE Hall of Famer Tony Atlas is throwing his name in the ring for a new wrestling gig ... in North Korea.

The event -- announced Monday -- will be held August in Pyongyang, and although the lineup hasn't been revealed ... Atlas says he'd proudly lace up his boots for a match ... even though he's 70 YEARS OLD!

Tony, aka Mr. USA, sees it as his patriotic duty, telling us ..."If Mr. USA wins his match, the people of North Korea will have freedom from oppression ... and Mr. USA always fights for freedom and righteousness."

We doubt Kim Jong-un sees it that way.

Tony says he's anxious to get a call from event organizer Antonio Inoki ... who fight fans remember for his famous hybrid wrestling/boxing match with Muhammad Ali back in 1976.



WWE's Bella Twins

WORKOUT BOMBSHELL

Guess How Much We Can Deadlift?

5/16/2014 10:56 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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They're 5'6" and 125 lbs ... but the WWE's Bella Twins are a helluva lot stronger than they look -- and they've got the numbers to back it up. 

TMZ Sports shot Brie (white top) and Nikki (looooow top) out in NYC yesterday when we asked what kind of weight they're pushing around in the gym. 

When it comes to deadlifting, Nikki's a beast -- dropping a number that's close to TWICE her own body weight.  

It makes sense, considering her BF is John Cena -- who's known for being a beast himself in the gym.

And if you don't care about weight lifting ... don't worry, just watch the clip -- these chicks are hot.

Ultimate Warrior

ABC Sitcom Planning Tribute to WWE Star

4/21/2014 12:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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The guy behind the ABC sitcom "The Goldbergs" is a hardcore Ultimate Warrior fan -- which is why he's dedicating an upcoming episode of the show to his childhood hero ... TMZ has learned. 

We spoke with creator Adam Goldberg who tells us he was heartbroken when he heard about Warrior's death earlier this month and desperately wanted to pay homage to his idol. 

Goldberg says it just so happened his staff was working on an '80s wrestling themed episode -- so it seemed like a perfect fit. 

"With the help of fans on Twitter, I was able to get in touch with [Warrior's] family and I'm thrilled to dedicate the May 6th episode to him."

"It's my way of saying thank you for being the coolest hero a kid could ever have."

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WWE Referee

Suffers Gruesome Thumb Accident

... in Saudi Arabia

4/19/2014 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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A WWE referee's thumb was nearly SEVERED from his hand during a bloody incident in Saudi Arabia yesterday ... but it wasn't for stealing a falafel from the market -- he's just a klutz. 

Charles Robinson was preparing the ring for a WWE event with other crew members before Friday's show in the Middle East ... when something went terribly wrong and his finger got caught in the turnbuckle. 

The result ... a DEEP DEEP GASH that nearly sliced his thumb in half. 

Fortunately for the ref, a WWE doc was on standby and managed to quickly stitch him back together again. 

But seriously, don't steal falafel in Saudi Arabia ... that hand-cutting thing ain't a myth (proof's on YouTube).

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