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Triple H: Bobby Heenan Wasn't Just a Manager ... One of Greatest Wrestlers Ever

9/18/2017 6:15 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Bobby "The Brain" Heenan wasn't just a legendary wrestling manager -- he was also INCREDIBLE when it came to throwin' down in the squared circle ... so says Triple H

The WWE executive tells TMZ Sports most people don't know about Heenan's wrestling skills -- "He was one of the best in-ring performers there was. He just chose not to do it."

And why not? 

"He wanted to be a manager. That's what he wanted to do."

Heenan was obviously damn good at the managing thing -- rising to legendary status managing stars like Andre the Giant, Ravishing Rick Rude, Mr. Perfect and more in his storied career. 

Triple H also says one of his favorite Heenan moments was his 2004 WWE Hall of Fame induction speech -- which Bobby performed without a single scripted note. 

R.I.P.

Bobby 'The Brain' Heenan Dead at 73

9/17/2017 4:41 PM PDT
Breaking News

Bobby "The Brain" Heenan -- a former wrestler, manager, announcer and WWE Hall of Famer -- has died ... according to WWE. 

Fellow WWE commentator Jim Ross tweeted out the news first Sunday, saying "The news of Bobby 'The Brain' Heenan's passing today gutted me. I loved our time together. No one ever did it better than the Wease." 

Ric Flair also tweeted out his condolences, noting that Heenan was one of the greatest managers, announcers and performers in the wrestling game.

Bobby came up as a pro wrestler and manager through the '60s and '70s in the World Wrestling Association, American Wrestling Association and later the World Wrestling Federation. He managed stars like Angelo Poffo, Guy Mitchell, the Valiant Brothers, Nick Bockwinkel, Jesse Ventura and Andre the Giant. 

He went on to become a well-known wrestling commentator through the '80s, '90s and 2000s. He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2004.

Bobby had battled throat cancer for more than a decade after announcing his diagnosis in 2002. Talent agent Gilbert Boyes tells TMZ that Bobby's wife told him recently Bobby would not be able to make public appearances any longer.

He was 73.

RIP

Ronda Rousey Tag Teams With 6-Year-Old Fan To Adorably Beat Up Security Guard

9/15/2017 12:20 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Ronda Rousey has a brand new tag team partner -- a 6-year-old girl -- and together they get some adorably violent revenge on a wrestling event security guard!!!  

Here's the deal ... Rousey was in the crowd at the WWE SmackDown Live in Vegas on Tuesday when she was spotted by a 6-year-old fan who wanted a photo. 

An arena security guard stopped the girl from getting to Ronda (basically, he did his job) -- but the little girl was devastated and began to bawl her eyes out. 

Ronda watched the situation unfold and beelined it to little Hailey Danielson -- where the UFC legend immediately put the guard in a full nelson and let the kid exact sweet fist revenge!!! 

They laughed. They hugged. They took pics. Ronda even invited the kid to sit next to her in the front row. 

And now the security guard will forever know ... NO ONE MESSES WITH HAILEY!!!! 

Ric Flair Progress Pic with Sir Charles ... WOOOOO!!

9/14/2017 12:30 PM PDT
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Ric Flair has a new tag team partner as he pushes through physical therapy -- Charles Barkley

The pair snapped a pic at a rehab center in Georgia on Thursday -- with The Nature Boy bragging, "Look who popped in today! Sir Charles." 

Of course, Ric's on the road to recovery after undergoing emergency surgery to address organ problems ... and is looking great considering he was in critical condition last month.

Unclear if Chuck just happened to be in the same facility -- he had hip replacement surgery last year -- or was there specifically to visit Naitch ... but the NBA legend looks like he's ready to drop sweat.

FYI, Barkley and Flair have known each other for decades ... cutting a promo for WCW together back in the day.

WOOOOO!! 

Brooke Hogan Ric Flair Could Come Back to WWE As for My Dad ...

9/7/2017 10:21 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Ric Flair ain't just not dead ... The Nature Boy's doing so well, he could mount a WWE comeback -- so says Brooke Hogan, who just talked to Ric on a trip to see her dad. 

Hulk Hogan's daughter told us Naitch was so fired up (WOOOOO!!) ... she wouldn't put it past him to return to the ring after he completes his recovery.

"He sounded like he was all full of piss and vinegar," Brooke told TMZ Sports.

"Guys like Ric are pretty indestructible ... they keep comin' back."

Flair's buddy, Stone Cold Steve Austin, basically said the same thing ... so don't rule it out.

As for Hulk ... Brooke says he's looking great at 64 -- and told us the one thing that would 100% get him to throw down again.

WWE's Nikki Bella Bring On Ronda Rousey!!

9/5/2017 7:55 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Friend? Enemy? Whatever -- Nikki Bella has one message for Ronda Rousey ... get your ass in the ring! 

The WWE superstar was finishing up a shopping spree at The Grove in L.A. when we asked about rumors Ronda could be joining Vince McMahon's family biz. 

"I'd love to fight against her ... or with her!"

Bella says she's not sure if Ronda will actually sign a deal -- but she hopes so! 

Just last week, WWE honcho, Triple H, told ESPN he knows Ronda's interested and would love to give her the opportunity. 

LET'S DO IT!!! 

Ronda Rousey 1st WWE Promo Since WrestleMania ... ft. Ric Flair's daughter!

9/5/2017 5:45 AM PDT
Breaking News

WOOOOOOO!!

Ronda Rousey just cut her first pro-wrestling promo in years -- strongly hinting at a future with the WWE -- and it pits her against a trio of HUGE superstars including Ric Flair's daughter.

Rousey, along with MMA training partners Jessamyn Duke and Marina Shafir, were in a backstage skit with former WWE champs Charlotte Flair, Becky Lynch and Bayley ... where Ronda challenged the rival group to get down. 

"You name the time, you name the place," Rousey said. "We're waiting to hear from you."

The story practically writes itself ... Ronda's other BFF, Shayna Baszler, is wrestling in WWE's Mae Young Classic tourney ... and their crew has been calling themselves the Four Horsewomen since they met on "TUF Season 18."

Ric Flair was part of the legendary Four Horsemen of pro wrestling ... and you can bet Charlotte's character ain't gonna be happy with Rousey swagger-jackin' her dad. 

We reached out to WWE to see if Ronda's new career is officially on ... so far, no word back.

'Stone Cold' Steve Austin I Spoke with Ric Flair ... He's Laughing Again!

8/31/2017 3:11 PM PDT
Breaking News

Ric Flair is doing so well in his recovery, he's now taking phone calls from his famous wrestler friends ... including Stone Cold Steve Austin who says the two had a great convo earlier this week!

"All I can say is that I had a great conversation for about 5 minutes and we were both laughing," Austin said Wednesday on Sean Waltman's "X-Pac 12360" podcast . 

Steve says Flair's still got a ways to go after undergoing major surgery for multiple organ issues -- but the fact he's got his personality back is a huge deal. 

Stone Cold also says he's confident Flair will fight through this because he's one of the toughest people he's ever met ... and he explains why.

Ric Flair I'll Be Back! ... Starting Physical Therapy

8/29/2017 6:55 AM PDT
Breaking News

Ric Flair has finally spoken out ... on Twitter ... vowing to recover from his medical emergency and be better than ever! 

Flair (or someone from his account) just tweeted for the first time since he was hospitalized on August 11 ... saying:

"Sometimes you have to get knocked down lower than you have ever been, to stand up taller than you ever were. Naitch WILL be back!"

As we previously reported, Flair was placed in a medically induced coma and underwent a surgical procedure to deal with multiple organ problems. 

The good news ... Flair's fiancee, Wendy Barlow, says the Nature Boy is well on the road to recovery. 

"I can honestly say I have witnessed a miracle."

"He is doing very well for a Man who has been through so much! He will begin Physical Therapy shortly and will be stronger than ever and back out enjoying all the fans sooner than you would think."

WOOO!!!!

'American Ninja Warrior' Legend Kacy Catanzaro BRING ON WWE!

8/28/2017 10:59 AM PDT
Breaking News

WWE just added a real-life ninja to its roster ... with "American Ninja Warrior" legend Kacy Catanzaro inking a deal to join the McMahon family biz -- this according to Jim Ross

Catanzaro made history in 2014 ... becoming the first female competitor to complete the 'Ninja Warrior' obstacle course AND qualify for the finals -- Mount Midoriyama.

The 27-year-old super-athlete had been training at the WWE performance center earlier this year ... and Monday morning, Ross announced that she has signed with the company and made it official. 

The craziest part -- Kacy's about 5 FEET tall and weighs less than 100 POUNDS ... but she's a former Division I gymnast -- and you can bet those moves are gonna help her in the ring just like they did on 'ANW.'

No word on when she'll make her debut. 

We also talked to former NFL player and Ninja Warrior host Akbar Gbaja-Biamila about Kacy's future in the WWE.

WWE's Dana Brooke Dallas McCarver Was My Life ... Swolemate

8/23/2017 6:59 AM PDT
Breaking News

WWE superstar Dana Brooke is devastated over the death of her boyfriend, Dallas McCarver -- but says she knows the bodybuilder will be her guardian angel for the rest of her life.

The 26-year-old bodybuilding phenom passed away early Tuesday morning after apparently choking on his food at a Florida home. He had spoken to Brooke on the phone just before the accident and told her he loved her. 

Now, Brooke is opening up about the tragedy ... saying, "Aug 22 the lord received another angel, who happens 2 be my LIFE- MY Dallas the one WHO ONLY UNDERSTOOD ME!"'

"Dallas was an exceptional body builder, but I didn't see him for that .. I saw him for HIM AND HIS HEART!! He is the best individual I have ever met-- my ying to my yang."

"You were my life, you are my life, I still smell u and feel ur presence, NEVER LEAVE MY SIDE."

Brooke says she plans on starting a charity to honor McCarver's memory -- and posted several hashtags to pay tribute to Dallas ... #rip #myangel #mydallas #dallasmccarver #dteam #raw #ifbb #bodybuilding #losingalovedone #myheart #wwe #justkeepswimming #soulmate #swolemate #bestfriend #love #pray #faith #staystrong

The Miz Conor Should Come to WWE ... After Floyd Fight

8/22/2017 1:26 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

WWE superstar The Miz has a Plan B in mind for Conor McGregor after he fights Floyd Mayweather ... and it ain't the UFC!

We asked Miz if Conor should join him in WWE after MayMac is a wrap -- and his answer was a resounding HELL YEAH.

Miz told us McGregor can "talk the talk" and "walk the walk" -- and that his skills on the mic would make him a huge star in the squared circle. 

But even though the WWE intercontinental champ LOVES Conor's shtick ... he ain't exactly sold on him out-boxing Floyd.

McGregor's got plenty of options after taking on TBE, of course ... but he might wanna avoid the WWE after trashin' Brock Lesnar and most of the roster last year.

WWE's Paige Off the Hook In Dom. Violence Case

8/22/2017 10:44 AM PDT
Exclusive Details

WWE superstar Paige will NOT be hit with domestic violence charges stemming from an airport altercation with Alberto Del Rio ... officials tell TMZ Sports

As we previously reported, Alberto was initially investigated after Paige screamed at him in the middle of Orlando International Airport last month. 

Paige later admitted she was the aggressor and had thrown a drink at Alberto during the altercation. The Orlando PD later recommended Paige be criminally charged for the incident. 

But now, a rep for the 9th Judicial Circuit State Attorney’s Office tells TMZ Sports the case is officially closed -- because the victim (Alberto) did not want to move forward with charges. 

Alberto will not be charged with a crime either. 

Paige and Alberto appear to still be dating -- Paige chalked the whole thing up to being in an emotional state because she had just learned her uncle had become very sick. 

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