Ric Flair's ex-wife is being hunted down by police in North Carolina ... and TMZ has learned its all because she was allegedly threatening the Nature Boy's new girlfriend.
A rep for the Mecklenberg County Courthouse in North Carolina tells us an arrest warrant was issued for Jacqueline Beems at the end of June.
We're told the warrant stems from a series of harassing phone calls she allegedly made back in October to Flair's GF Wendy Barlow Kidder -- who recently appeared with the wrestler on "Celebrity Wife Swap."
However, cops wouldn't go into detail about the harassing nature of the phone calls OR why she took so long to file a complaint.
FYI -- Flair and his wife were still legally married at the time of the alleged threats.
Calls to Beems lawyer were not returned. Flair's camp had no comment.
NOT Playing Chris Benoit
In Tragic Biopic
7/11/2013 12:12 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Liev Schreiber will NOT be playing wrestler Chris Benoit -- who murdered his wife and son in 2007, then committed suicide -- in a biopic about the wrestler's life ... despite reports to the contrary ... Liev's rep tells TMZ.
Rumors swirled that Schreiber had signed on to play Benoit in the film "Crossface" -- which has been in the works since 2011 -- but we're told it just ain't so.
Benoit's story is as tragic as they come ... with the wrestler turning on his wife and 7-year-old son in a violent rage that may have been caused by brain injuries he sustained during his wrestling career.
So far, no official word on who IS set to play the troubled wrestler in the biopic.
WWE Star Randy Orton
He Gets Bentley & Guns
7/10/2013 8:27 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
This came out of nowhere ... mega-rich WWE star Randy Orton HAS GOTTEN DIVORCED -- and TMZ has learned, he gets a ton of the marital loot ... including cars, massive bank accounts ... and of course, his gun collection.
The divorce order was signed just last month. Randy and his now-ex Samantha were married in 2007, but separated in 2012. Samantha filed for divorce in March, claiming the marriage was "irretrievably broken." They have one 4-year-old daughter.
But the split seems pretty amicable ... both parties came to a separation agreement, which details the division of property post-split.
According to the document, Randy gets his 2012 Range Rover, his 2011 Bentley, and his 2009 Harley Davidson. Samantha gets her 2013 Infiniti.
Randy also gets a bunch of six-figure bank accounts, his gun collection, his jewelry, and one house ... plus 100% of all rights, title, and interest in his WWE contract (which is worth a ton of money). According to the docs, Randy rakes in $291,666 per month in salary.
Meanwhile, Samantha gets a bank account worth $654,317 ... not bad ... as well as her jewelry (including her $99,000 engagement ring and wedding ring). She also gets one house.
As for their daughter, Samantha gets sole legal and physical custody, but Randy gets visitation. He has also agreed to pay Samantha $4,500 per month in child support.
Seems pretty fair to us.
and Stacy Keibler
7/9/2013 8:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
It was only a matter of time ... but Stacy Keibler's run with George Clooney is officially done.
Sources close to the couple tell TMZ ... the two have broken up after two years of dating.
The couple hasn't been seen together since March and spent the 4th of July on opposite ends of the earth.
Keibler joins a long list of Clooney exes ... which includes Elisabetta Canalis, Kelly Preston, Talia Balsam, Denise Crosby, Celine Balitran, Brooke Langton, Traylor Howard, Lisa Snowdon and Sarah Larson.
In the meantime, here's a clip of Stacy dancing shaking in almost nothing.
Yeah, she's gonna be just fine ...
UNMASKED WWE STAR
7/3/2013 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Vince Vaughn posed for pictures with a seemingly nice man in a yellow shirt this weekend at a BBQ in Texas -- but don't be fooled ... cause that guy is WWE Superstar Kane (UNMASKED!) and he could DESTROY YOU!!
It's not often you see the 18-year wrestling vet out in public without his mask on these days ... but Kane made a rare appearance on Saturday for Ron Paul's annual BBQ in Lake Jackson, Texas to talk politics with other supporters like V.V.
Turns out Kane -- real name Glen Jacobs -- is a big fan of the former Presidential hopeful ... and Paul has even been pushing for Jacobs to take a crack at running for office.
Politics could be a good fit -- considering Kane's already spent most of his life around professional fakers.
Doink the Clown
7/1/2013 12:12 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The mystery into the death of Doink the Clown could be SOLVED in the next week ... 'cause officials have completed the autopsy on the ex-WWE star and are expecting results in a matter of days.
After Doink passed away Friday in Plano, Texas ... officials launched a homicide investigation into his death.
One law enforcement source tells us it appears Doink's death was "accidental" ... but the source wouldn't say if investigators believe drugs were involved.
The Plano Police Department tells TMZ ... its lips are sealed on the case until the investigation is complete ... which could happen as early as next week.
Doink was 55.
Doink the Clown
Pro Wrestler Dies at 55
6/28/2013 3:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
3:15 PM PT TMZ has learned police in Plano, Texas ... where Doink's body was found ... have launched a homicide investigation.
However, sources tell us, the investigation is really just a matter of following S.O.P. -- and that all early indications are his death was accidental.
No weapons were found on the scene. An autopsy is pending.
Ex-WWE star Doink the Clown -- a hugely popular wrestler in the '90s -- was found dead today in Texas.
Doink, real name Matt Osborne, was known for pulling pranks on the other wrestlers ... all while decked out in full greasepaint and a green wig.
Details about Doink's death are unclear at this point -- but his girlfriend reportedly found him dead in her home ... where he'd been staying lately.
After leaving the WWE, he continued wrestling for ECW and independent leagues ... still sporting the clown costume.
More recently, he's been attending wrestling conventions and doing autograph sessions with fans.
Doink was 55.
WWE Star CM Punk
Gets 2-Year Restraining Order Against Mom
6/27/2013 2:10 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
CM Punk's legal wish has been granted -- a judge has issued a 2-year restraining order against the WWE superstar's estranged mother after she allegedly bombarded him with threats, TMZ has learned.
We broke the story ... Punk filed legal docs in Illinois claiming his mom threatened to commit suicide several times after he stopped giving her money to pay for her living situation. Punk also claimed his mom had threatened to expose humiliating secrets from his past.
Punk had already received a temporary restraining order against his mom -- but today, the judge decided to extend the order of protection for 2 years.
Punk had asked the court to also ban his mom from WWE wrestling events -- but it's unclear if the judge signed off on that request as well.
WWE Star CM Punk
Hits Mom with Restraining Order
'Threats to Commit Suicide'
6/26/2013 10:52 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
WWE superstar CM Punk has obtained a restraining order against his estranged mother -- claiming she constantly hits him up for money and then threatens to kill herself if he doesn't come through ... TMZ has learned.
Punk -- real name Phillip Brooks -- claims in legal docs filed in Illinois that he's tried to break off his relationship with his mother for more than a year "due to repeated financial demands and years of abusive, harassing and threatening behavior."
In the document, Punk says he's made an effort to help his mom -- who he claims suffers from bipolar disorder -- giving her more than $100,000. But Punk says her "abusive/threatening behavior" escalated when he cut her off.
That's when Punk's mom allegedly unleashed a torrent of nasty emails -- telling the wrestler, "You don't give a s**t about us. You just care about your money and money hungry/fame hungry friends. You would sell us for a nickel."
Punk also says his mother threatened to release potentially embarrassing information about her son's past. Punk suggests the information has to do with arrests when he was in high school.
In the docs, Punk says his mother has threatened to commit suicide on at least 4 occasions in 2012.
Punk says, "I wish for the harassment to stop and am requesting the assistance of the court in this regards."
The judge in the case granted the temporary restraining order back on June 10 -- but the wrestler is due back in court today where he will likely try to extend the protection order for several years.
WWE Star Jack Swagger
For DUI & Pot Arrest
6/25/2013 10:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
WWE superstar Jack Swagger was found GUILTY of driving his car while half-baked -- but won't spend any more time behind bars, TMZ has learned.
We broke the story ... Jack -- real name Jacob Hager -- was pulled over for speeding near Biloxi, Mississippi back in February, but was then arrested on suspicion of DUI (not for alcohol) after cops say they found weed in his car.
Jack was charged with DUI, speeding and possession -- but pled not guilty.
Today in court, a judge found the WWE star GUILTY -- with a capital G -- for DUI and speeding. The possession charge had previously been dropped.
Jack was sentenced to 6 months unsupervised probation, fined $1,498 (including court costs) and ordered to participate in MASEP -- an alcohol / substance education class for first-time DUI offenders.
Hey, school beats jail any day.
Ric Flair's Son
Died From Heroin Overdose
... Autopsy Shows
6/14/2013 2:25 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Reid Flair -- son of wrestling legend Ric Flair -- died from an accidental overdose of heroin and other drugs ... this according to an official autopsy report released today.
As TMZ previously reported ... 25-year-old Flair was pronounced dead on March 29 after his father discovered him out cold in a Charlotte, NC hotel room.
According to the autopsy report ... traces of the muscle relaxant clonazepam and Xanax (anti-anxiety medication) were also found in Reid's system.
Reid -- who had just returned from a wrestling stint in Japan -- had struggled with heroin in the past ... according to several reports, he overdosed 3 times in 2 years.
After the report was released this morning, Ric told the Charlotte Observer, "I loved him ... He should have been on top of the world, but he was fighting a battle he couldn’t win."
I'm the New WWF
World Heavyweight Champ
6/14/2013 3:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The World Wrestling Federation doesn't even exist anymore, but rapper Gunplay is joining the ranks of Hulk Hogan, Ultimate Warrior, and more ... as the new WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMP -- at least according to his new tattoo.
The heavily-tatted Gunplay was in NYC Wednesday when we asked if he'd gotten any new ink recently, and the guy lifted up his shirt -- revealing a tattoo of the most famous championship belt in wrestling history ... the winged eagle belt.
The belt was first worn by Hulk Hogan in 1988 -- and subsequently by legends like Macho Man, Ultimate Warrior, The Undertaker, Ric Flair, Bret Hart, Yokozuna, Shawn Michaels, and Stone Cold Steve Austin. The belt vanished into obscurity in 1998, and no one really knows where it went.
The WWF was forced to change its name in 2002, following a trademark lawsuit filed by the World Wildlife Fund. Wrestling history ... fascinating.
Scotty 2 Hotty
I'm a Fireman Now!
6/8/2013 2:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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.