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Chyna Dead for Days ... No Signs of Suicide

4/21/2016 8:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0421-chyna-tmz-01There are no signs Chyna intended to die, based on what police found inside her apartment -- and she'd been deceased for at least a day ... TMZ Sports has learned.

Law enforcement sources tell us there was no suicide note left in her Redondo Beach, CA home. We're also told it appears the WWE legend had passed away a "day or two" prior to Wednesday evening ... when a friend found her body. The last known contact she had with anyone happened on Sunday evening.

As we first reported ... there were no illegal drugs, but officers did find legal prescription bottles. Our sources described the number of bottles as 3 or 4 ... "nothing out of the ordinary." Also, the bottles were not emptied. 

We're told several neighbors told investigators they suspected "overdose" as the cause of death since she'd seemed "under the influence" lately.

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Hulk Hogan 'Devastated Over Chyna' ... 'Beautiful Soul'

4/21/2016 6:09 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

0421-hogan-chyna-tmz-instagram-02Hulk Hogan is mourning the death of his former co-worker Chyna ... saying he's "devastated" over her death.

Hulk tweeted, "Devastated over Chyna passing,she dated Brutus years before wrestling,such a beautiful soul and so kind to my children,rip Joanie love u."

Triple H also tweeted ... "Someone who wasn't afraid to blaze her own trail & create a path for those who would follow. A pioneer whose star shined bright. #RIPChyna"

Stephanie McMahon -- "I just heard the tragic news that @ChynaJoanLaurer has passed. She was truly a pioneer in our industry, and she will be missed. #RIPChyna."

Mick Foley -- "Joanie, I'm so sorry. I will always treasure our friendship and will never forget your kindness to my children. RIP"

Diamond Dallas Page -- "Wow I just heard @ChynaJoanLaurer passed. Sad... My Prayers go out to you and your family Joanie. RIP my friend."

Kevin Nash -- "@ChynaJoanLaurer May the peace you were seeking put you at rest my friend. So sorry for not seeing the pain @Mania. We've shared so much"

The WWE also issued a statement saying the organization is "saddened to learn of reports that Joanie Laurer, best known for competing in WWE as Chyna, has passed away."

"A physically striking and wildly talented performer, Chyna was a true sports-entertainment pioneer. Not only did the Superstar dubbed “The Ninth Wonder of the World” help found the groundbreaking faction D-Generation X, but she also holds the distinction of being the first and only female to win the Intercontinental Championship."

"WWE extends its condolences to Laurer’s family, friends and fans."

Chyna WWE Legend Dead 'Possible Overdose'

4/20/2016 9:36 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Exclusive Details

0421_chyna_joanie_laurer_launchWWE legend Chyna -- real name Joanie Laurer -- has died ... and officials are investigating as a possible overdose, TMZ Sports has learned. 

We've learned she was in her apartment in Redondo Beach, CA ... south of L.A. -- and police got the call around 7:30 PM. Our law enforcement sources say she had not been seen or heard from for a few days. A friend went to check on her yesterday and found her unresponsive in the bedroom of her home and made the call to police.

0421-sub-chyna-tmz-01Officers were on the scene late Wednesday investigating the death as a possible overdose -- due mainly to her history with drugs. Prescription bottles were found in the home, but there were no illegal drugs ... according to our sources.

Cops say there are no signs of foul play. 

Chyna was 46 years old. 

A statement was posted to Chyna's official Twitter account confirming the death ... saying, "It is with deep sadness to inform you today that we lost a true icon, a real life superhero."

"She will live forever in the memories of her millions of fans and all of us that loved her."

Laurer's manager first confirmed the death to ProWrestlingSheet.com.

She posted a video to her YouTube page earlier this week -- she looked like she was struggling. 

Chyna was a game changer during her stint with the WWE -- famously teaming up with Triple H to become one of the original members of D-Generation X. She was also the first woman to enter the Royal Rumble. 

Chyna went on to pose for Playboy before transitioning to reality TV. She appeared on "The Surreal Life" in 2005. 

Later, Chyna got into porn ... releasing 6 films from 2004 to 2013. 

She later went to Japan to teach English. 

Chyna struggled with addiction for years -- and appeared on 'Celebrity Rehab' back in 2008. 

Wrestling Legend Jeff Hardy Rips Brother's Wife 'She's a Witch B*tch'

4/18/2016 2:38 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

The Hardy Brothers are in a nasty family feud -- with Jeff not only trashing his brother Matt ... but also going after his wife, calling her a "witch bitch" who's tearing the family apart. 

It all went down on the "TMZ Sports" TV show -- when the wrestling superstars were talking some serious smack to each other leading up to their "I Quit" match on TNA Impact Wrestling Tuesday on Pop TV. 

It started off with the usual threats ... but got crazy personal when Jeff brought up Matt's wife ... calling her a "witch bitch that's casting spells" who's turning the brothers against each other. 

Matt fired back -- warning him about going after his wife ... and promising to "make [Jeff] suffer" when they face off tomorrow on Pop TV. 

Make sure to check out the full interview on "TMZ Sports" tonight on FS1 -- it's war!!

WWE Adam Rose, Konnor Suspended For Drugs ... Again

4/16/2016 9:31 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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WWE superstars Adam Rose and Konnor have been suspended for a second time for violating the organization's drug policy.

The WWE has a "wellness policy" -- clearly a euphemism -- prohibiting the use of certain drugs, including performance enhancers, illegal substances and various meds.

Wrestling officials did not disclose the type of drugs they found in Rose's and Konnor's system.

The suspension takes place immediately and will last for 60 days.

Shaq 'Big Show Is Scared' 'I'm Coming For You!'

4/15/2016 5:57 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Shaquille O'Neal has a message for WWE honcho Vince McMahon -- SET UP THE FIGHT WITH BIG SHOW!!!

Shaq was out in NYC -- and told us he's dead serious about wanting a piece of Big Show at an upcoming WWE event. 

You'll recall, they tried to chokeslam each other at WrestleMania earlier this month -- and then called out the other in the aftermath. 

Now, Shaq says he wants the McMahons to make it happen -- and has a special message for his 7-foot rival ... "I'M COMING FOR YOU!!!"

WWE 'Total Divas' Ditch the Ring ... For BikiniMania!!!

4/14/2016 9:38 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0414_wwe_divas_malibu_launch_2BikiniMania isn't an official WWE event, at least that we know of, but we can all agree it should be after seeing these pics of the "Total Divas" on the beach in Malibu.

The Bella Twins, Paige, Renee Young and Lana sipped on bubbly and frolicked in the waves Wednesday for a photoshoot. 

This kinda body slammin' beats a headlock or a suplex, any day. No need to tap out.

Big Show to Shaq 'DO I LOOK SCARED?!' ... Bring On the Rematch!

4/12/2016 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

WWE superstar Big Show is finally responding to Shaquille O'Neal's big fight challenge -- COME AND GET SOME!!!

Of course, Shaq and Big Show got into it at WrestleMania 32 -- and tried to chokeslam each other before they BOTH got ambushed by a bunch of other dudes and eliminated from the Battle Royal. 

After the match, Shaq called out Show -- demanding a 1-on-1 rematch to determine who's the better big man once and for all!!! 

Now, Show is responding -- telling TMZ Sports, "Do I look like I'm scared?" 

Watch the clip -- seems like the ball's in Shaq's court ... 

New WWE Champs How'd We Celebrate??? Sushi & Miller Lite!!!

4/4/2016 12:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Newly crowned WWE champs Roman Reigns and Charlotte Flair are about to answer the most important question about being a brand new champion ... WHAT DO YOU EAT TO CELEBRATE?!

We got the duo leaving NBC in NY and tossed the question  ... and the Wrestlemania 32 conquerors both fessed up immediately ... although they were on totally opposite ends of the spectrum.

Check out the clip -- Roman played the part of the simple man while Charlotte -- yes, Rick's daughter -- talked about the fancy food she ate on the jet to NYC (Nature Boy would be proud).

Congrats.

WWE's Sting Officially Retires 'This Ain't Goodbye'

4/2/2016 8:57 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

040216-sting-retires-wweSting has officially retired from pro wrestling ... making his announcement at his WWE Hall of Fame ceremony, just as TMZ Sports said he would. 

We broke the story ... the wrestling legend messed up his neck real bad at his "WWE Night of Champions" match against Seth Rollins back in September -- and was never able to recover.

Sources connected to Sting tell us he was evaluated by several doctors who all agree -- it's just too risky for the wrestler to get back in the squared circle ... so, he's decided to hang up his singlet. 

Well, he made it official tonight ... saying, "On this very night, at this very moment ... I'm going to finish my wrestling carer under the WWE umbrella ... and I am so proud of that."

"I am officially going to retire tonight."

He added, "I just want you to know this isn't goodbye, it's just see ya later."

As we previously reported, Sting is open to a non-physical role with the WWE -- but so far, it's unclear if the two sides have been able to hammer out a deal. 

#CongratsSting #HelluvaCareer

Snoop Dogg Pumped to Be WWE Hall of Famer Here's My Hogan Impression

3/31/2016 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Snoop Dogg is PUMPED to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame ... so pumped he broke into a Hulk Hogan impression at the mere mention of the honor and we gotta say ... it's kinda dope. 

Snoop was leaving Lure Nightclub with fellow 213 alum Warren G (R.I.P. Nate Dogg) when we asked him how it feels to be going into the WWE Hall Of Fame as a celebrity inductee. 

You'd think he feels pretty honored ... and he shows us just how much by honoring another WWE legend ... and launching into a pretty dead-on Hulk Hogan act. 

BTW -- a shout-out from Snoop must feel pretty good if you're the Hulkster ... Snoop's a huge deal in the black community and Hulk is still kinda on thin ice after the whole "N-word" ordeal.

Check out the clip. 

'Making a Murderer' New Prison But Still ... No WrestleMania For Brendan Dassey

3/31/2016 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

033016-brendan-dassey-ap-02"Making a Murderer" star, and controversial convict, Brendan Dassey's lost all hope in his new prison -- he will not get to see his favorite show, WrestleMania ... TMZ has learned.

Dassey transferred to Columbia Criminal Institution in Wisconsin in January, and prison officials tell us there's a strict rule against violence, foul language and nudity for TV viewing. That means the WWE's main event is off the table, so avid wrestling fan Dassey is screwed.

If you watched 'Murderer,' you'll recall Dassey's main concern after getting arrested for homicide in March 2006 ... was that he'd miss WrestleMania 22 the next month. 

Dassey -- who's serving a life sentence -- ran into the same ban in his previous prison. He should get used to missing out, since he's still more than 30 years from a shot at parole. 

John Cena Presidential Race Is Like WWE 'They're Studying Our Playbook'

3/30/2016 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

The race for the White House is becoming 'WrestleMania' ... with candidates smack talking each other on TV like they're fresh out of the WWE ... so says someone who would know -- John Cena

The WWE superstar was out in NYC when we asked if he felt politics were similar to pro wrestling. His response: 

"It seems like at least this year around they're studying our playbook awfully hard."

There's more ... Cena also tells us why he's FIRED UP over Shane McMahon's return to the WWE. 

And BONUS -- he also answers the question everyone wants to know ... did he really shave his ass for that naked scene in "Trainwreck"?

#GiveUsThePulitzer. 

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