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Bill Goldberg Wrestling Death Was A Freak Accident ... The Sport Is Totally Safe

3/24/2015 4:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Former pro wrestling star Bill Goldberg says the accident that took the life of a Mexican wrestling star this past weekend was a freak occurrence ... telling TMZ Sports pro wrestling is as safe ever.

Goldberg was out in L.A. when we asked him about the tragic death of 35-year-old Mexican wrestling star El Hijo Del Perro Aguayo who passed away after his spine was snapped during a match last weekend.

Aquayo lay motionless on the ropes for nearly two minutes after the injury, with the other wrestlers apparently thinking it was all part of the show.

Goldberg, a former WCW champion, says despite the horrific nature of the injury wrestling is totally safe, noting that it's VERY rare that these types of accidents happen.

"Name the amount of people who've died in the ring over the past 50 years."

We also asked Bill if he thought the WWE should do any sort of tribute to the fallen star at this weekend's Wrestlemania, and Goldberg thought it was definitely the way to go.

"There's no doubt, there needs to be a silent bell or a moment of silence for him ... there's no doubt."

Ex-WWE Star Victoria Husband Body Slams Gun-Toting Intruder

3/11/2015 12:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

WWE Victoria Husband Intruder Fight

Scary moment for ex-WWE superstar Victoria ... when her husband confronted a gun-toting intruder at her Chicago restaurant ... AND BODY SLAMMED THE GUY. 

We spoke with Victoria -- real name Lisa Marie Varon -- who tells us a suspicious man entered "The Squared Circle" restaurant this weekend and started making trouble inside the women's bathroom. 

That's when Victoria's husband, Lee (who manages the joint) approached the man to find out what the hell he was up to. 

According to Victoria, the man tried to push his way into the kitchen ... so Lee sprung into action and attempted to physically restrain him. 

Lee says he saw the man reaching for his waistband and believed he had a gun -- so he slammed the guy down to the ground. 

Turns out, Lee's instincts were right ... the guy did have a gun -- which was quickly recovered by one of the cooks. 

Cops were called to the scene and arrested 18-year-old Arnez Harper on a count of felony aggravated unlawful use of a weapon. 

"He (my husband) used to be a bouncer when he was a young lad," Victoria says of her hubby ... "I think that guy crossed the wrong person."


Wrestling Legend Kevin Nash Athletes Need Medical Weed

3/10/2015 9:56 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Wrestling icon Kevin Nash says pro athletes should be all about the green ... telling us tokin' up to treat pain is a much better option than pills.

Nash -- who was a badass in both the WWE and the WCW back in the '90s -- explained why he thinks herbal therapy is the way to go ... and he sounds like he's done his homework on the issue.

Check out the clip -- Nash also talks pot politics in his home state of Florida.

Somehow we think he'll find a lot of support in pro sports ... for this particular campaign.

Jon Stewart Kicks Seth Rollins In the Balls!

3/3/2015 7:10 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

160 pounds of dynamite exploded right in Seth Rollins' bean bag Monday night ... when Jon Stewart delivered an effective low blow right in the middle of "Monday Night Raw."

Stewart had just finished berating Rollins in front of a live crowd in Newark, NJ -- the latest round of trash talk in their public spat

But when Rollins decided enough was enough and started roughing up "The Daily Show" host in the ring -- Stewart took advantage of a distraction ... and kicked Seth's balls up into his throat.   

Someone get that man some ice. 

WWE Stars Lana and Rusev In Russia We Buy House Together ... BEFORE Marriage

3/1/2015 12:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

WWE Lana Rusev Buy Home TogetherWWE stars Rusev and Lana like to live dangerously -- the NOT married or engaged couple just signed on the dotted line to buy a house together after dating for less than 2 years. 

Wrestling fans know Lana is Rusev's manager in the ring -- but now they're finally confirming rumors they're dating ... and it must be serious since they purchased a 4 bedroom, 4 bathroom home in Nashville.

It's a pretty sweet deal -- 11.56 acres with a pond, hot tub, basketball court and more in Music City ... all for $644K. We're told they chose Nashville because it's easier for them to travel from the middle of the country. 

Now, the reality check ... we're told Rusev and Lana have been living together for over a year, but putting their names on the title of a house -- BEFORE getting married -- is definitely next level.

So, we gotta ask ...

John Cena Vince McMahon's a BEAST In The Weight Room

2/28/2015 12:35 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

022715_john_cena_launch_v3John Cena doesn't think there's an age limit on weight room domination ... telling TMZ Sports 69-year-old Vince McMahon is an absolute TERROR on the racks.

The WWE superstar was out in NYC (wearing only a t-shirt in the freezing weather) when we asked him about VM's recent Men's Fitness Magazine cover where the guy looked like an AARP Incredible Hulk.

Check out the clip -- Cena says that McMahon's biceps aren't just for show and the guy can lift like a man half his age ... and even rivals Cena himself.

Makes you want to call your granddad ... and ask him why he's slacking off.


WWE's Seth Rollins HEADLOCKS JON STEWART ... On 'Daily Show' Attack!

2/27/2015 7:18 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF


Jon Stewart wanted a piece ... HE GOT THE PIECE!!!! 

WWE superstar Seth Rollins hijacked Stewart's "Moment of Zen" on "The Daily Show" Thursday night ... in response to the smack talk video that Stewart recently made. 

But Rollins didn't just talk the talk ... he then snuck up behind Jon and put him in a HEADLOCK!!! 

It was pretty hilarious ... and fulfilled the promise Rollins made on "TMZ Hollywood Sports" ... when he said he'd whoop Jon's ass for running his mouth earlier this month. 

And apparently the drama will continue ... with Jon promising to face off with Rollins on next week's "Monday Night Raw!!!!"

To quote another WWE legend ... OH HELL YEAH!!!!!

Rey Mysterio Splits With WWE After #FreeRey Campaign

2/26/2015 4:20 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0226-rey-mysterio-wwe-03Wrestling legend Rey Mysterio is done working for the WWE ... TMZ has learned his contract expired Thursday, and both sides have decided to part ways.

A rep for WWE tells us, "Rey Mysterio is no longer under contract with WWE."

Rey appeared in a video for a rival wrestling company in Mexico last summer ... and launched his #FreeRey campaign to get released from his WWE contract. 

Well, Rey's free now ... but not because of his campaign. To be clear ... we're told his contract just expired ... he was NOT let out of his deal. 

Sources close to Rey tell us he's excited to start working again because he's 100% healthy. Producers at MLW radio -- a wrestling podcast -- say they'll be doing a live interview with Rey ... taking place the weekend of WrestleMania 31.


25 Photos Of WWE Diva Nikki Bella To Make Her Your Main Event For #WCW

2/25/2015 12:01 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

As two-time WWE Divas Champion, Nikki Bella knows how to bring the heat in the ring ... and on Instagram.

We've gathered 25 of the sexiest social media shots that make this Bella twin a clean finish for your Woman Crush Wednesday. Don't tap out until you've seen them all!



















































Ex-WWE Star Chyna Twerking Up a Storm And It's Not Good

2/21/2015 10:33 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

022115_chyna_launchThis is not going to make twerking cool again -- in fact, former WWE star Chyna put the final nail in the dance craze's coffin.

Chyna dropped the video on her social media channels claiming one of her fans requested the twerk session ... and she was happy to oblige.

The only problem?  Well, take a look ... think, mom from Orange County who just watched a Miley Cyrus music video.

If you don't believe us, watch her fall off the wall while getting creative. 

CM Punk WWE Calls BS on Lump Claims Points to 'Rumble' Video

2/20/2015 5:26 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0221-cm-punk-wwe-tmz-02The WWE says it has proof that CM Punk NEVER had a baseball-sized lump on his back at the Royal Rumble -- and insist they have the video that shows he's lying through his singlet. 

Punk first brought up the alleged lump on a podcast back in November -- when he claimed he was misdiagnosed by a WWE ringside doctor ... and it eventually led to a life-threatening staph infection. 

The doctor filed a $1 million defamation lawsuit against Punk -- and now, the WWE is making it clear they have the doc's back. 

"WWE continues to have the utmost confidence in the ability and expertise of our world-class team of physicians, including Dr. Amann," the organization said in a statement.

This is where it gets aggressive ... 

WWE says it completed a full investigation into Punk's allegations and made the following conclusions:

-- "CM Punk did not discuss this alleged condition with WWE’s team of physicians and trainers, nor did he discuss it with anyone in our Talent Relations department. WWE has no medical records documenting this alleged condition.
-- The first time WWE was made aware of this alleged condition was when we received a letter from CM Punk’s attorney on August 22, 2014 after WWE terminated his contract.
-- "There is clear video evidence from the 2014 Royal Rumble, which allows all to decide whether there is any appearance of a baseball-sized growth on CM Punk’s back."

Check out the clip ... you seein' a lump? 


WWE Ringside Doctor Sues CM Punk for $1 Million ... Over Staph Infection Claims

2/20/2015 6:14 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Two former WWE superstars have been hit with a huge lawsuit from the WWE ringside doctor -- who claims the duo defamed him on a podcast ... when they trashed him over the way he treated a growth on CM Punk's back. 

The man behind the lawsuit is Dr. Chris Amann -- who claims Punk and Colt Cabana defamed him on Colt's "Art of Wrestling" podcast back in November ... when Punk spoke out for the first time about his departure from WWE. 


During the podcast, Punk repeatedly tore into Amann -- essentially saying he was a crappy doctor.

Amann says the two also claimed he misdiagnosed a growth on Punk's back -- a growth that Punk says later turned into a full blown staph infection. 

But Amann says it's all BS -- claiming the statements are false and defamatory ... and now he wants the wrestlers to pony up more than $1 million in damages to his reputation ... plus punitive damages. 

Colt and Punk had no comment about the lawsuit. 


WWE's Seth Rollins HITS BACK AT JON STEWART I'll Beat Your Old Ass!

2/19/2015 3:25 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

WWE superstar Seth Rollins has a NEW message for Jon Stewart -- BRING IT ON!!!

After the "Daily Show" host called him out in a smack talk video, Rollins responded on "TMZ Hollywood Sports" on Reelz and fired back at Stewart ... calling him old, frail and a total wuss.  

We raised the issue that Stewart was a college athlete who played soccer for William & Mary ... but Rollins didn't seem fazed. In fact, he talked even more smack. 

"People think WE take falls? Look at soccer players!"

There's more ... much, much more. Can't wait to see if Stewart hits back -- again. 

Make sure to check out "TMZ Hollywood Sports" on Reelz -- weekdays 3 PM ET, 6 PM PT. 


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