WWE Legend Mark Henry WrestleMania 36 ... Could Get 200 Million Viewers!!!

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WWE legend Mark Henry believes WrestleMania 36 will be the most-watched U.S. sporting event EVER ... telling TMZ Sports the 2-night show could get 200 MILLION VIEWERS!!!

"What can WrestleMania do, two days?! Livestreaming and watching a network?! That could be 200 MILLION people watching," Henry says.

Let that sink in.

To compare, the most-watched Super Bowl is XLIX, which reportedly attracted 114 million. The only other U.S. TV event to beat that was the moon landing with an estimated 125-150 million tuning in.

Of course, there have been major changes to this year's WrestleMania due to the coronavirus pandemic ... with Vince McMahon's org. electing to keep fans home and splitting the Rob Gronkowski-hosted event into 2 nights.

We spoke with Henry about the different approach this year ... and he thinks this could be a monumental moment in sports history.

"I think 20 years from now, we'll talk about this moment in history and it will be like 'hey man, the only thing that was on television during that time was pro wrestling,'" Henry tells us.

Henry points out the massively successful IG Live DJ set by D-Nice that helped people from Drake to Michelle Obama to Rihanna pass the time in quarantine ... and thinks WrestleMania can fill a similar void for people in desperate need of sports content.

FYI -- the most-watched WrestleMania is 33 ... which was reportedly seen by 1.95 million people. So yeah, Henry thinks this will SHATTER that record.

Remember, he says this year could get 200 MILLION.

We also asked Henry if he would be willing to participate in the event if he was in his prime ... and you gotta love his response!!

Warren Moon Rips Texans Over Hopkins Trade ... 'I Was Really Shocked'

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Warren Moon tells TMZ Sports he can't figure out how in the hell the Texans sent DeAndre Hopkins packing last month ... saying, "You just don't trade away your best players like that."

"I was really shocked," Moon said of the Cardinals-Texans swap. "Because you just don't trade one of the best receivers in football."

If you missed it ... Bill O'Brien committed an all-time blunder jettisoning Hopkins and a 4th-round pick to Arizona for David Johnson, a 2nd-rounder and future 4th a couple weeks ago.

The move was universally panned on social media ... and when we spoke with Moon on Wednesday -- he says he's with the majority of the football world on this one.

"A guy who's been a perennial All-Pro the last three or four years," Moon says. "Still productive. He still has two or three years left on his contract. So, I'm tryna figure out why?"

In fact, Warren says he believes the trade was so one-sided ... even O'Brien's own quarterback, superstar Deshaun Watson, has to be pissed over the move!

"I'm sure behind-the-scenes, he's very disappointed that he had a weapon like that taken away from him," Moon says.

As for O'Brien's future in Houston after the trade ... Moon says his seat is going to be hotter than ever -- and tells us if the coach doesn't win big next season, he could have his power stripped away by 2021.

Terrell Davis Praises Broncos For Signing Gordon ... He's Big & Talented!!!

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Terrell Davis says he's hyped that his former team, the Denver Broncos, signed Melvin Gordon ... telling TMZ Sports Gordon is a talented running back -- and BIG!

The L.A. Chargers clearly didn't think so ... they let the 215-pound RB go after 5 seasons -- giving the Broncos the opportunity to sign the 26-year-old to a 2-year deal worth $16 MIL last month.

"When you can get a guy as talented as Melvin, ya know you always would like to add that to your backfield," the former Broncos champ says.

And, the Broncos already have a pretty decent running core with Phillip Lindsay and Royce Freeman ... but Davis tells us they were still lacking a dominant guy.

"They got three real good running backs and Melvin's big," Davis tells us. "I think he provides that big physical back that the Broncos didn't have and as well, he can catch."

"They seem like they're gonna be an offense that's gonna use the backs a lot more in the passing game."

Davis says there's a bonus to signing Gordon as well ... it will take the pressure off their young QB, Drew Lock.

"Well, what you would ask somebody like Melvin is to be able to take some of the load off the quarterback, so it's not just every down. It can't be predicted," Davis says.

Davis played his whole 6-year career in Denver from 1995 to 2001 -- and ya gotta hear his message to Gordon on what to expect in the Mile High City.

Denise Austin Richard Simmons Is Doing Great ... I've Got Home Workouts Too!!!

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Workout mogul Denise Austin says Richard Simmons is doing just fine in the shadows ... and she's sharing some of their old fitness routines for folks in quarantine.

Denise tells TMZ ... her old buddy Richard is doing just fine these days, even though he's kept himself out of the public eye for 6 years and counting. Denise says she's in constant contact with Richard's managers, and they assure her he's doing well.

Interestingly, though, she -- like most of the world -- has NOT seen him in person.

Richard and Denise go way back ... and she says their fitness routines from the '80s will really do people a lot of good during coronavirus lockdown.

As we first reported ... Richard is making a comeback of sorts during the pandemic, posting old fitness videos to his YouTube channel, the first activity there in 6 years.

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Denise and her daughter, Katie Austin, also have some pretty simple workouts for folks cooped up inside ... and you don't need much other than your limbs and some canned pasta sauce.

Just be careful with that sauce ... as Katie says, you don't want splatter!!!

Sportscaster Jim Hill Accused of Domestic Violence ... Hill Denies Allegations

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6:12 PM PT -- Hill's attorney, Linda Savitt, tells TMZ Sports, "Jim Hill denies the allegations."

"This was a strategic maneuver on the part of Ms. Lee on the eve of a prescheduled mediation to resolve their personal relationship. We understand and anticipate she is withdrawing the allegations."

Jim Hill -- the ex-NFL player turned L.A. sports broadcasting legend -- has been hit with a restraining order after his girlfriend accused him of domestic violence.

It's all spelled out in court papers obtained by TMZ Sports ... in which Lori Lee -- who describes herself as Hill's "domestic partner" -- claims Hill got violent with her during a March 14 incident at their L.A. home.

In the docs, Lee claims she confronted Hill about a luggage tag on his golf bag from the Bellagio Hotel in Vegas. Lee claims Hill had told her he had been visiting his sister in Texas -- but it seems he was caught in a lie.

Lee claims 73-year-old Hill began to act erratically and at one point, he grabbed his driver and "raised it into the air in a baseball stance" and yelled, "don't touch my f**cking golf bag!"

Lee claims she crouched into the fetal position in fear she was going to be hit -- but Jim never swung at her.

Instead, she got up and claims Hill used the club to pin her against the wall by her neck.

In the docs, Lee also claims Hill told her had thought he had COVID-19 after attending a recent Lakers game ... and during their argument, he stuck his tongue out and licked her face in an aggressive manner.

Lee claims she called the police and filed a report.

In the docs, Lee claims there is a history of violent behavior from Hill dating back to Spring 2019.

A judge granted a restraining order against Hill -- requiring him to move out of their home and stay at least 100 yards from Lee and her nephew, who also lives at the house.

A court date has been set for April 22 -- when Hill will be able to tell his side of the story in front of the judge.

Hill is a broadcasting legend in L.A. -- with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In fact, May 9 is "Jim Hill Day" in Los Angeles.

Back in the day, Hill was a stud football player -- who was a 1st-round pick in the 1968 NFL Draft. He went on to play cornerback for the Chargers, Packers and Browns before retiring following the 1975 season.

We reached out to Hill's station, CBS 2 in L.A. and we were told there is no comment at this time.

Originally published -- 5:12 PM PT

Kobe Bryant Hall of Fame Class of 2020 ... With KG, Duncan

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Kobe Bryant will be inducted into the Pro Basketball Hall of Fame as part of the class of 2020 -- alongside Kevin Garnett and Tim Duncan.

Players become eligible 4 seasons after their last game -- and with Kobe retiring in 2016, this was his first opportunity to get in.

The ceremony (which will be formally announced on Saturday) will take place at The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, MA in August, according to Shams Charania.

It's a no-brainer -- Kobe is widely considered one of the greatest players of all time ... during his 20-year run with the Lakers, Kobe won 5 NBA titles and made the All-Star team 18 times!

Need more stats? He was also a 2-time NBA Finals MVP, the 2008 NBA MVP, 2-time NBA scoring champ, 9-time NBA All-Defensive Team and he won the Dunk Contest in '97!

Of course, Kobe passed away on Jan. 26 in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, CA. He was only 41.

Many of Kobe's friends and family members have talked about how important it was for Kobe to get in the HOF. Shaquille O'Neal even spoke about it on "Inside the NBA" in the days after Kobe's death.

"The fact that we're not gonna be able to joke at his Hall of Fame ceremony, we're not gonna be able to say, 'Haha, I got 5 (championships), you got 4,' the fact that we're not gonna be able to say, 'If we would've stayed together, we could've got 10' ... those were the things you can't get back."

The ceremony will undoubtedly be emotional. No word yet on who will speak on Kobe's behalf.

WWE's Becky Lynch Sends Amazing Video to Autistic Fan ... 'I'll Make You Proud!!!'

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WWE superstar Becky Lynch really is "The Man" -- because when she found out an 11-year-old superfan with autism was bummed about not being able to go to WrestleMania, she made a special video just for him!

Yeah, might wanna get that tissue box ...

Here's the backstory ... WWE legend Mick Foley met 11-year-old Branden a few months ago at a barbershop in Florida and they bonded over their love of pro wrestling.

In fact, Branden was all set to attend WrestleMania 36 in Tampa to watch his favorite wrestler, Becky Lynch ... but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, fans are no longer allowed at the event.

Mick tells TMZ Sports ... he was trying to think of ways to lift Branden's spirits -- so he reached out to Becky to see if she would send him an uplifting video message.

AND, BOY, DID SHE DELIVER!!!

"Hi Branden it is ‘The Man’ Becky Lynch," she said ... "I hear that you’re a huge fan and I want to thank you for all of your support!"

Ya gotta watch the video -- not only does Becky say she's dedicating the match to him, but she adds, "I'll make you proud!"

We also got video of Branden's reaction when his parents played him the video -- amazing stuff!

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Of course, gotta give a HUUUUGE shout out to Mick Foley for making it happen -- the WWE Hall of Famer has been on a mission to spread joy and cheer ever since the pandemic began.

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Foley says his goal is to make 1,000 FREE videos to send out to fans all around the world because he knows it will make people smile.

C'mon ... IS THIS GUY AWESOME OR WHAT!?!

Rob Gronkowski, Camille Kostek Stars of Kygo's New Music Video ... 'I'll Wait'

Rob Gronkowski and his SI Swimsuit cover model GF Camille Kostek have taken things to the next level -- they're music video superstars!!

It's all for Kygo's new video, "I'll Wait" ... and it'll make you feel all warm inside.

Gronk and Camille offered up never before seen footage of their romantic vacations, shirtless breakfasts for the video ... it even features footage shot right after the Patriots tight end won the Super Bowl.

In true Gromille fashion ... there's a TON of dancing because as Camille says ... they're never not dancing.

As for the song, it's pretty serious stuff with lyrics like "I'll wait forever, that's what we said. 16th of September, lying in my bed. I'll wait forever, it's never too late, couple thousand miles is just a little space."

After watching the vid, it's no wonder Gronk likes retirement.

This is relationship goals right here.

Rex Ryan Sorry For Calling Cooper A 'Turd' 'I Can't Believe I Said That'

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10:39 AM PT -- Rex Ryan just issued an apology to Amari Cooper for calling the Cowboys star a "turd" ... saying on ESPN, "I can't believe I said that. Used that word. Obviously, it was a poor choice by me to say what I said about Amari."

Ryan went on to say he still believes the Cowboys "overspent" for Amari ... but said he shouldn't have ever called the receiver a "turd" in his rant.

"What I added at the end of that," Rex said, "I want to apologize to Amari again and hope he accepts my apology."

9:09 AM PT -- Cooper's teammate is defending the wideout ... with Cowboys cornerback Chidobe Awuzie saying, "Old man prolly never met Amari yet attacking bro character. Those that kno him kno he a dawg."

"I wouldn't have paid this turd. No way in hell. No way in hell would I have paid this guy."

That's Rex Ryan going OFF on NFL star Amari Cooper ... saying the wide receiver didn't deserve his 5-year, $100 MILLION extension with the Dallas Cowboys ONE BIT!!!

"I wouldn't have paid this guy," Rex said on ESPN's "Get Up!" Friday. "To me, this is the biggest disappearing act in the National Football League. He doesn't show up on the road ... when the competition's good -- when he's against the top corners, that guy disappears."

Rex added, "He doesn't love football! Hell with it, he stops his routes, he does all this!"

Of course, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones would strongly disagree ... because on the first day of free agency last month -- he made Amari a top priority, paying him even before Dak Prescott.

But, Rex says he believes that's a huge mistake ... because while 25-year-old Amari has logged nearly 2,000 receiving yards in just 25 games in Dallas, he claims the dude can't consistently ball out.

"There's only one time that I can remember in recent memory on elite receivers and disappearing acts like Amari Cooper," Rex says. "That was the kid that the Raiders had a few years ago -- Oh! That's right, that was Amari Cooper! This is who he is!"

Rex says he would have paid Prescott -- who was franchise tagged by the team last month -- first, and says Jerry's going to regret his free agency decisions.

"They made a huge mistake right here," Rex says.

Originally Published -- 7:18 AM PT

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