The next time you call 911 to report a fire ... the guy racing to your house could be former WWE star Scotty 2 Hotty ...'cause TMZ has learned the master of "The Worm" is a certified fireman!
Scotty -- a former member of the tag team Too Cool (later joined by ass-bomb expert Rikishi) -- graduated from Lake Tech Fire Academy in Florida earlier this month and plans to begin EMT training in the next few weeks.
But Scotty's new career doesn't mean his wrestling days are over -- the 39-year-old -- real name Scott Garland -- still hits the mat on the independent wrestling circuit.
As for Rikishi -- he's still around too ... presumably ass-blasting people who really deserve it.
Ex-WWE Star Justin Credible
Burglars Tied Up My Family
Threatened to Kill Them
6/7/2013 2:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Former WWE star Justin Credible claims he was a victim of a scary home invasion last night when 3 gun-toting criminals threatened to kill his family ... while he slept through the whole thing.
Credible -- real name Peter Polaco -- tells us he and his wife were sleeping in their home in Waterbury, Connecticut when family members woke them up saying the house had just been robbed.
The ex-Hardcore champ says the bad guys broke a kitchen window to get in the house and quickly made their way to a bedroom upstairs where his brother and nephew were sleeping.
Polaco says the 3 men tied his brother up with zip ties and told him if one noise was made "they'd be shot."
The 39-year-old wrestler says the criminals then made their way to his parents' bedroom and woke the elderly couple up, tied them up and continually grilled them on where the family kept their safe.
The couple repeatedly told the burglars they didn't have one -- so the 3 men took $5 from his dad's wallet -- jacked his mother's cell phone -- and rushed out of the house.
Credible says the family believes the attack was NOT random because the bad guys kept mentioning his brother by name during the invasion.
A rep for the Waterbury Connecticut Police declined to comment on the case -- since it was part of an "open investigation."
Free After Prison Stay
... And Cancer Diagnosis
5/21/2013 3:40 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Former WWE diva Tamara Sytch is FREE from a Connecticut prison after a four-month stint for REPEATEDLY violating her ex-boyfriend’s restraining order ... and her stay included a cancer diagnosis and hysterectomy.
Tammy, who managed and wrestled under the name "Sunny" back in the day, was arrested 6 TIMES in just over 4 months beginning last September -- including 3 times in 3 days -- all relating to the same dude. Charges included disorderly conduct, assault, 3rd degree burglary ... and violating the BF's TRO at just about every step.
She was most recently popped in January ... and sentenced to 114 days in prison ... which she's now served in full.
Tammy told us she contracted HPV before going into prison ... and found out while doing time that it had developed into cervical cancer. She says she underwent a hysterectomy at an area hospital a couple of weeks ago ... and is now cancer-free.
She says she also used her time to write an autobiography ... and plans to make a fresh start in New Mexico.
Tammy will be on conditional discharge for the next two years … provided she doesn’t show up where she’s not welcome.
I Wanna BUY the WWE
5/5/2013 6:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
HUGE retirement plans for mega-rich UFC fighter Chael Sonnen -- he tells TMZ, he wants to buy the WWE when he quits fighting ... a company valued at more than half a BILLION dollars.
And Chael's rep insists he's not joking, telling us, "It is 100% Chael's intent to buy the WWE." In fact, the rep says Chael is already meeting with bigwig friends in the investment world to enact his takeover.
Bad news though -- a rep for the WWE tells us the company ain't for sale ... at least not yet ... so Chael better be prepared to put a sweet offer on the table.
The rep adds, "We are a publicly traded company, so [Chael is] more than welcome to purchase shares of WWE stock and become one of our valued shareholders.”
And that's the bottom line!
I Had Three Kids ...
AND I'M RIPPED
5/1/2013 12:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
WWE Vice President Stephanie McMahon is 36 years old ... a mother of three ... and she's more beefed up than Outback Steakhouse.
Stephanie usually keeps her physique hidden beneath a trademark business suit -- but TMZ has obtained these pics from an upcoming photo shoot for RxMuscle.com, finally revealing the Billion Dollar Princess in all her muscular glory.
As for what keeps her in shape -- Steph is a scary good boxer ... and obviously eats really well (under the tutelage of bodybuilding legend and diet guru Dave Palumbo).
Almost makes you wanna hit the gym. Almost.
Angelina from 'Jersey Shore'
Freebies for You!
4/7/2013 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Angelina Pivarnick got Staten Island dumped by the WWE -- TMZ has learned the former "Jersey Shore" star tried several times to score free tickets to WrestleMania 29 ... but got no reply at all.
According to our sources, Pivarnick has been contacting every WWE employee she can find in hopes of scoring tickets to this weekend's main event -- which happens to be in NJ.
We're told Angelina was so desperate, she even played the TNA card -- as no one remembers she briefly wrestled in that league -- but again ... no luck.
Sources close to the WWE tell us they were "unable to accommodate her request due to overwhelming demand for tickets."
To add to the insult, the WWE announced this week ... Snooki will be at WrestleMania and will be involved in the event.
Surprise WWE Visit
Days After Son's Funeral
4/6/2013 5:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Ric Flair shocked the wrestling world last night when he made a surprise appearance at a pre-event for WrestleMania ... this just seven days after his son died.
The WWE legend had previously cancelled all his scheduled gigs relating to WM following the death 25-year-old, Reid Flair.
But Flair surprised everyone last night when he showed up to the Westin Hotel in Hoboken -- where the WWE wrestlers and employees are staying -- to hangout with his comrades before the event began.
We're told Ric was visibly shaken when he arrived, but as the night went on, the love for Flair and his son was obvious. Our spies say each wrestler came over to pay their respects and offer support and Flair's spirits were lifted tremendously.
As TMZ previously reported, Reid was found dead on March 29 in his hotel room. Ric had found him passed out cold and made the frantic call to 911.
The circumstances surrounding Reid's death remain unclear and an investigation is still ongoing.
I'll Be Hairless
4/6/2013 12:02 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
We got WWE superstar John Cena to reveal his pre-Wrestlemania ritual -- which involves a lot of shaving. So, win or lose ... he'll definitely be the smoothest guy in the ring!
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4/5/2013 12:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
John Cena and The Rock are 2 days from squaring off for the WWE championship belt in Wrestlemania 29, but TMZ found another competition going down today -- WING-OFF 1 ... there will be bones!
We got pics of 3 WWE stars ... Yoshi Tatsu, JTG, and the Great Khali doing battle over 3 massive platters of hot wings at the Chili's in Hoboken, NJ.
We're told Khali choked down the most wings before the other 2 guys had to tap out.
Even more amazing -- we're told the enormous meals only set 'em back $40 ... and all 3 hit the gym afterward.
Though we're guessing they made one crucial pit-stop first.
Ric Flair 911 Call
My Son Is Out Cold
4/1/2013 1:55 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
TMZ has obtained the 911 call placed by Ric Flair ... moments after the wrestling legend discovered his son Reid Flair unresponsive in a Charlotte, NC hotel room.
Ric frantically tells the operator, "He's out cold! He's out cold and he's purple!"
As we reported, Ric's 25-year-old son Reid -- who had just returned to the U.S. after wrestling in Japan -- passed away on March 29th.
The investigation into Reid's death is ongoing, but he has struggled with substance abuse issues in the past.
Honored By Wrestling Org.
With 10-Bell Salute
3/30/2013 9:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Reid Flair never got to wrestle Friday night after he passed away unexpectedly ... so the folks at Big Time Wrestling paid tribute to the 25-year-old with a 10 bell salute in his honor.
Reid -- who recently returned to the states after wrestling in Japan -- was scheduled to appear at an event for Big Time Wrestling in Hagerstown, MD along with his dad, WWE legend Ric Flair.
But Reid never made it -- he was found dead in his hotel room early Friday morning.
Following the tragic events, Big Time Wrestling took time out before the show began to honor the wrestler's life ... by giving him a traditional wrestler's memoriam.
Thanks to our friends at rfvideo.com for the clip.
Son Dead at 25
3/29/2013 12:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
We're told authorities received a call at 10:35 AM from someone who said he found an unresponsive person in a hotel room. Homicide detectives responded and found Reid, who was already dead. We're told there does not appear to be foul play.
The 25-year-old son of legendary wrestler Ric Flair is dead.
Flair's agent tells TMZ, "We are heartbroken to confirm that Ric's son, Reid Fliehr, has passed away today March 29, 2013 in Charlotte, NC."
The agent goes on, "The investigation into the cause of death is ongoing."
Reid was an independent wrestler who was wrestling in Japan over the last few months. He even wrestled a few times in WCW as a kid (see video below).
Reid had issues with heroin in the past, and was arrested in 2009 for possession.
Ric's agent says, "No words can describe the grief that Ric and his family are experiencing and they do request privacy during this devastating time."
Nearly Killed Me
3/26/2013 4:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Former WWE star X-Pac tells TMZ ... he lost so much blood after tearing his anus apart during a wrestling match in Minneapolis last weekend ... he nearly died.
Pac -- real name Sean Waltman -- says he didn't notice the blood at first ... and even finished the match ... but during the after-party he felt something was really wrong. Pac says he went to the bathroom and discovered an enormous pool of blood in his singlet.
That's when Pac called himself an ambulance.
As we reported, Pac underwent butthole surgery that night ... and was released Monday morning. FYI, the procedure is called a sphincteroplasty (WARNING: Do not Google).
We've obtained video of the accident ... you see Pac flying anus-first into the steel turnbuckle ... the footage of the accident from RFvideo.com is pretty brutal.
As for going #2 ... Pac says it's business as usual, but he was given special instructions by his doctor on how to clean his wound after pooping.
Enjoy your breakfast.