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Ric Flair Surgery Postponed Due to 'Complications'

5/17/2019 10:41 AM PDT
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Ric Flair is experiencing medical "complications" that have forced doctors to postpone a surgery that was supposed to happen on Friday ... this according to Ric's wife. 

Wendy Barlow just issued a statement on the WWE legend's condition -- saying, "Ric's surgery has been postponed until Monday to address some complications that needed to be taken care of first.

"Thanks for all the well wishes."

TMZ Sports broke the story ... 70-year-old Flair was rushed to the hospital Thursday morning after experiencing a medical emergency

Doctors planned on performing a procedure on Flair on Friday -- but now, Barlow says there are other medical issues that need to be addressed before Ric goes under the knife. 

The specific procedure is unclear at this point but we've been told Nature Boy has had multiple heart surgeries over the past few months ... and that seems to be a concern as they move forward with his care. 

On Thursday, Barlow said doctors expect Flair to make a "full recovery" after the procedure. Hopefully, that's still the case. 

The good news ... Migos rapper Offset says he reached out to Flair on Friday and spoke with him on the phone. 

"[Just] talked to my man. God is with him," Offset wrote. 

"Don't wish death on my friend. He had a long life and he done it all. Some bad but majority good. He is a legend. God bless you Ric. Get well."

Flair has had medical issues in the past, including a very serious situation back in 2017 when he was placed in a medically induced coma for 11 days after he suffered a ruptured intestine. 

Ashley Massaro Ex-WWE Superstar Dead at 39

5/17/2019 10:30 AM PDT
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Former WWE superstar Ashley Massaro -- who later competed on 'Survivor' -- has died, TMZ Sports has learned. She was only 39. 

Officials tell us ... Massaro was transported from her home in Suffolk County, NY to a nearby hospital where she died early Thursday morning. 

Officials would not reveal the cause of death at this point, but we're told it's being classified as "non-criminal."

Massaro famously won the WWE's "2005 Raw Diva Search" -- which included a $250,000 1-year contract. 

She went on to become a valet for WWE tag team champions Paul London and Brian Kendrick

Her most high-profile matches including a WWE Women's Championship against Melina at Wrestlemania 23 in 2007 ... and a Playboy BunnyMania LumberJill match at Wrestlemania 24 the following year.

Massaro appeared on "Survivor: China" in 2007 -- but she was voted off on the second episode of that series. 

She also appeared on the April 2007 cover of Playboy Magazine, which she revealed on an episode of "Smackdown."

She later cut ties with WWE in 2008. She later returned for a stint with a lesser known pro wrestling company in 2017. 

"We are saddened to learn of the tragic death of former WWE Superstar Ashley Massaro," WWE said in a statement. 

"She performed in WWE from 2005-2008 and was beloved by her fellow Superstars and fans around the world. WWE offers its condolences to Ashley’s family and friends."

WWE stars from all generations have reached out to share their heartbroken feelings on Massaro's death, with Torrie Wilson saying, "I can’t even begin to explain how devastated I am to hear about @ashleymassaro11 - legit one of the sweetest people I’ve ever known."

Melina Perez added, "I am gutted by the news of Ashley’s passing and my brain doesn’t want to believe it. How can this be real? It’s difficult and awful news to take in."

Trish Stratus, who says she was Ashley's first-ever suplex in the ring, said, "I’m having a hard time processing this news of my friend, a fellow worker, a fellow mom. I’m both sad and mad ... Rest In Peace baby girl,take in."

The Bella Twins, Nikki and Brie, wrote on their Twitter page, "We are so saddened to hear the news of Ashley Massaro. She had such a tender heart and sweet soul. We will always remember her of that. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family. RIP Ashley"

Even legendary wrestler Mick Foley offered his condolences, saying, "She lived in the same town as me...I loved seeing her around. She was always so nice...and now she’s gone."

A ton of other stars -- including Rikishi, The Iron Sheik, Bayley and TAZ -- also shared their thoughts and prayers for Ashley and her family on social media.

Originally Published -- 5/16 8:01 PM PT

Ric Flair Expected to Make Full Recovery ... Wife Says

5/16/2019 3:23 PM PDT

3:25 PM PT -- TMZ Sports just received a statement from Ric's wife, Wendy Barlow, who says she expects the WWE legend to make a "full recovery."

"Due to ongoing health complications, Ric was taken to the hospital and is expected to undergo a procedure tomorrow morning, after which he expects to fully recover."Ric Flair was rushed to a hospital Thursday morning after suffering a medical emergency, TMZ Sports has learned. 

We're told Flair was in the Atlanta area when something went wrong. The 70-year-old WWE legend was initially taken to the emergency room to be treated. 

The specifics are unclear at this point -- but we're told the situation is "very serious."

We reached out to Ric's camp for comment -- so far, no word back. 

Flair had a previous medical scare back in 2017. He was placed in a medically induced coma for 11 days after his intestine ruptured. Flair was in critical condition and on the verge of dying. 

But, "The Nature Boy" pulled through -- and a year later, he married his longtime girlfriend Wendy Barlow ... who stuck by his side throughout the entire medical scare and subsequent recovery. 

Ric had been doing great recently -- and had a massive star-studded bash for his 70th birthday back in February ... with a guest list that included Todd Gurley, Charles Barkley, Jeff Hardy, Triple H, Evander Holyfield and Dennis Rodman

Originally Published -- 9:05 AM PT

WWE Legend Torrie Wilson Tanning Dance In Tiny Bikini In Shower!!!

5/8/2019 4:38 PM PDT
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Here's WWE Hall of Famer Torrie Wilson giving herself a spray tan in the shower in a tiny bikini.

Yeah, you're welcome.

43-year-old Torrie proved once again she's as hot as ever ... 'cause she hopped in the shower for a little tanning sesh Wednesday -- and it's pretty great.

She sprays herself down ... she does some dance moves ... and even hits the robot. It's awesome.

Of course, in addition to being a legendary wrestler ... Torrie was on the cover of Playboy (twice) and is a world class fitness model, so lookin' good in swimwear has never been a problem for her.

God bless spray tanning!!!

WWE's Paige Gunning For Hollywood Roles After Biopic Success

5/5/2019 12:45 AM PDT

WWE superstar Paige just had a movie about herself totally crush it in the box office ... so what's next???

More Hollywood, baby!!! 

TMZ Sports spoke with the 26-year-old wrestling star about her plans following the big success with her biopic "Fighting With My Family" ... and she's hoping to get in on the action herself!!!

FYI, 'Fighting' killed it on Rotten Tomatoes, scoring 92% fresh -- which is pretty amazing. Some of the top reviews came from highly respected critics, like Richard Roeper. CinemaScore graded it an A-. 

Of course, Paige retired from wrestling last year due to injuries, so now she's ready to tackle a new industry.

"I want to go into movies and stuff like that, start branching out a bit. Obviously, I can't do the wrestling side of things anymore."

We also asked Paige what Ronda Rousey should do after her "impregnation vacation" ... and Becky Lynch will wanna hear her response.

Rob Gronkowski Shows Up To BBMAs As Security Guard ... Official Move To Acting!?

5/2/2019 7:10 AM PDT
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Sorry, Tom Brady ... Rob Gronkowski looks like he's OFFICIALLY moved on from football -- and onto acting -- 'cause the retired Pats star killed it as a fake cop at the Billboard Music Awards!!

It all went down Wednesday night ... when Gronk kicked off the BBMA show as a "security guard" who was bouncing Kelly Clarkson.

The skit was pretty funny ... Gronk pretended to kick KC -- who he called a "seat filler" -- out of her spot to let Florida Georgia Line take her place.

When Clarkson eventually moved on to sing her opening number ... Gronk came back for more -- pretending to drag her off the stage!!

Gronk later presented an award to Cardi B with Terry Crews -- and even joked about his potential next career there ... saying he wanted to be a TV host just like TC!!!

Oh, and the guy had amazing seats -- proving Hollywood is totally down to accept him -- 'cause he was sitting in the second row just behind Taylor Swift!!!!!

Of course, Rob's no stranger to Hollywood ... he's had plenty of movie cameos, he's done skits for the WWE, and he even hosts the show "Crashletes" on Nickelodeon.

By the way, Rob also brought his smokin' hot GF, Camille Kostek, to the awards show ... which begs the question, could there be some wedding bells along with a future acting career soon???

John Cena Kissing New GF ... Pulls Ultimate BF Move!

4/25/2019 5:00 AM PDT

As if you needed any more proof John Cena and Shay Shariatzadeh are "official" -- here's Cena DROPPING HER OFF AT THE AIRPORT ... and even giving her a kiss goodbye!

An eagle-eyed traveler spotted the WWE superstar at the San Diego Airport on Wednesday -- sharing a kiss and loving embrace with his rumored girlfriend before she caught a flight back home to Canada. 

But, c'mon -- look at these two!!! They're definitely serious now!!! 

We spotted the two out on a date last month -- and clearly, things have escalated, because what grown person takes someone to the airport these days if you're not romantically involved?! 

It's John's first serious relationship since things ended with ex-fiancee Nikki Bella back in July 2018. 

We're told John and Nikki are still on good terms -- and still talk every now and then, but nothing will ever go back to how it was. 

WWE's Charlotte Flair 'Getting Serious' With Wrestler BF Andrade

4/23/2019 10:31 AM PDT
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Things are heating up between WWE superstar Charlotte Flair and fellow wrestler Andrade ... with sources telling us the couple is getting very serious, very quickly. 

And, check this out ... we noticed Charlotte's been wearing a ring on her wedding finger. 

We've been making calls to a ton of people to find out if the two are engaged but no one seems to know for certain. At the very least, no one is outright saying "no." 

The two have been dating for a while and made their first public appearance together during Wrestlemania weekend earlier this month. That's when we first noticed the ring on Charlotte's finger. 

The two have since gone on vacation together -- enjoying a romantic trip to the Dominican Republic ... where Charlotte continued to rock the ring. 

So, are they or aren't they?? Unclear ... but one thing's for sure -- they're a good lookin' couple!

UPDATE -- Charlotte told they are NOT engaged. 

Ronda Rousey Considering Quitting WWE After Having Baby

4/23/2019 6:47 AM PDT
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Ronda Rousey says her wrestling career is up in the air -- admitting she could quit WWE forever after having her baby ... but she hasn't made up her mind yet. 

As we previously reported, Ronda is taking a hiatus from WWE to work on starting her family with husband Travis Browne. In other words, they're humping with a purpose these days. 

The two just gave a video update on -- Travis says there have been multiple attempts to get Ronda pregnant ... and they might be pregnant right now. They don't know yet. 

As for Ronda's future, she opened up during the video ... 

"As for WWE plans in the future, we want to have a baby first. I don’t know what it’s like to have a baby," Ronda said.

"I could look down at this beautiful child and be like, ‘F*ck everything, I don’t care about anything else other than this baby.’ And, you’ll never see me again."

"Or, I could be like my mom, who she trained until she was 8 months pregnant and then won the U.S. Open [of judo] 6 weeks after giving birth. Which was unbelievable."

"I don’t think I’m going to try and aspire to her level. But, I’m just saying, you never know, I don’t want to make any promises about the future when I don’t know how I’m gonna feel in the future."

Translation -- Ronda isn't making any promises either way ... which should probably scare Vince McMahon and Triple H because she's become one of the biggest stars in wrestling. 

In the meantime ... good luck with the baby making! 

Mark Henry on Kofi Kingston Inspiring Young Black Kids ... To Wrestle & Kick Ass

4/18/2019 3:27 PM PDT

Kofi Kingston becoming the 1st African-born WWE champ has inspired a generation of young black wrestlers to kick ass ... WWE legend Mark Henry tells TMZ Sports.

We talked to the WWE Hall of Famer -- who was promoting his "Busted Open" show where he's ranking the greatest black wrestlers EVER (hint: The Rock ain't #1) -- about Kingston's impact on wrestling, and what the belt actually means ... aside from looking really cool.

Remember, Kingston beat Daniel Bryan at WrestleMania 35 ... becoming only the 2nd black WWE champion (and the 1st African-born champ.) 

"15 years from now there might be another 2 or 3 black wrestlers that come into the industry, and they were inspired by Kofi Kingston," Henry says.

"It's a powerful thing to have representation, and it's also a powerful thing to be able to see somebody that looks like you, and have them tell you first hand the struggle and what it took for them to get there."

We also asked Mark about diversity in the WWE ... and whether black wrestlers are fairly represented across the roster of Superstars.

Mark says there's NO problem ... in fact, he's seen a massive improvement over his decades in the WWE.

"When I came into wrestling there were 3 people, 3 black people in the company. There is growth. There is a future for the African-American in pro wrestling, and ya know, I want to be a part of that as much as I can."

WWE's Lana Leaked Sex Tape Is NOT Her!

4/18/2019 11:08 AM PDT

The leaked sex tape allegedly featuring WWE superstar Lana is NOT her -- sources connected to the wrestler tell TMZ Sports.

Multiple reports surfaced Thursday that Lana's personal Snapchat page was hacked -- with some scumbag leaking a private sex tape from the account in an attempt to publicly embarrass her. 

But fortunately, sources close to Lana tell us she's adamant she's NOT in the video -- and neither is her WWE superstar husband, Rusev

In fact, we're told the Snapchat account that published the video does NOT belong to Lana -- though, it was intentionally created to look like it does. 

There's a female voice in the sex video -- but as one Lana source puts it, "The voice in the clip is clearly not her."

Bottom line -- sorry, perverts ... not this time. 

We're told the WWE is investigating the situation.

Ronda Rousey Bandaged Up After Busting Hand at Wrestlemania

4/18/2019 6:22 AM PDT
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Ronda Rousey was sporting a brand new accessory in New York on Wednesday -- a full cast on her right hand ... essentially confirming reports she broke it during Wrestlemania 35. 

The former UFC star was trying to cover up the black cast as she walked into a taping of "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" ... but you couldn't miss it. 

The 32-year-old's hand was "severely broken" in the April 7 match with Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair, according to Dave Meltzer ... and there are reports she underwent surgery on Tuesday. 

In fact, Ronda posted video of doctors checking out her hand after the match -- she got very emotional when she realized something was wrong (go to 13:00). 

Unclear if the alleged injury will delay Ronda's return to the WWE ring -- considering she's taking an indefinite hiatus from the organization to work on starting her family, according to ESPN

In fact, Rousey posted a photo on Monday with her husband, Travis Browne, saying the two were on an "impregnation vacation." 

Seems the "vacation" part is over ... 

Ronda has been a SUPERSTAR since joining the WWE back in 2018 -- holding the "Raw" women's championship ... until she lost to Becky Lynch in a Triple Threat match at Wrestlemania. 

Ronda has vowed to get her title back. The question now -- when?

Ronda Rousey Takes WWE Hiatus Let's Get Knocked Up!!!

4/15/2019 3:31 PM PDT
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Ronda Rousey has announced she's on an "impregnation vacation" -- and she'll be stepping away from WWE while she works on getting knocked up and starting her family. 

Remember, Ronda had publicly trashed a reporter who published this very information back in January -- when wrestling reporter Dave Meltzer said Ronda could take a break from WWE after WrestleMania. 

Ronda came out swinging at the report saying, "I honestly don't know why [anyone] feels [they're] an authority to speak on plans for my uterus" ... adding, "Leave me and my reproductive organs alone."

But now, VINDICATION FOR MELTZER -- because just one week after Mania, Ronda posted the baby-making announcement ... and ESPN is reporting the hiatus is on. 

No word on how long Ronda plans on being away from the ring -- but WWE has pointed out she's under contract until April 2021 ... so, it seems a comeback is expected. 

Plus, Ronda has talked openly about how much she loves pro wrestling and wants to be a part of the organization. 

Soooo ... happy baby making!!!  

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