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Hulk Hogan sues ex-wife Linda over abuse accusations

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Hulk Hogan (real name Terry Bollea) is going to court to fight back against accusations made by his ex-wife Linda that he abused her during their 24-year relationship and had a gay love affair with another wrestler.

The source of the tension is Linda Hogan's 2011 autobiography, "Wrestling the Hulk: My Life Against the Ropes." In the book, she claims the semiretired pro wrestler would physically abuse her, including dragging her by her hair and clothes and choking her.

Additionally, during her rounds of media interviews to promote the book, Linda hinted to an interviewer that Hogan may have had a sexual affair with Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake (real name Ed Leslie). In another interview, she compared herself to Nicole Brown Simpson, slain ex-wife of O.J. Simpson.

The St. Petersburg Times reports Hogan has filed a civil suit in Clearwater, Fla., claiming the book and the interviews Linda Hogan has given have "harmed the reputation of Mr. Bollea, exposed him to distrust, hatred, contempt and ridicule."

The book and interviews could be seen as Linda's revenge for Hulk Hogan's own tell-all book "My Life Outside the Ring," published in 2009, which said Linda was an "abusive alcoholic."

The Hogans had their lives taped as part of the reality series "Hogan Knows Best," which aired from 2005 until 2007. Shortly after the cancellation of the series, Linda Hogan filed for divorce after tabloid reports surfaced that Hulk had an affair with a female friend of their daughter.

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Dwayne Johnson in talks for role in 'G.I. Joe' sequel

Dwayne Johnson, 'The Rock,' in talks for role in 'GI Joe' sequel

Dwayne Johnson is reportedly in talks to appear in "G.I. Joe: Cobra Strikes," the franchise's sequel in which the former pro wrestler known as the Rock would play a machine gun-toting "big guy."

Johnson could take on the role of Roadblock, Variety reported, a brawny and imidating soldier who actually aspires to be a chef and is, as described by the G.I. Joe wiki,  one of "most amiable members of the Joe Team and a great source of camaraderie."

The franchise may undergo an overhaul, however, in the wake of a $175-million budget that seriously outweighed the box office success of its 2009 predecessor, "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra," which starred Channing Tatum, Marlon Wayans and Dennis Quaid. Tatum, however, should be coming back in the Paramount sequel, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The film will probably be directed by John Chu, who also helmed "Justin Bieber: Never Say Never."

As for Johnson, his role in "Fast Five" with Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Tyrese Gibson has him considering revving up for another installment, thanks to the car film's $568-million take at the worldwide box office.  

His participation in a sixth film all depends "on how much ass I could kick in that movie," he told Access Hollywood. "We set out to make a good movie and the fans are really enjoying it."

That could be possible, seeing that he won the Biggest Ass Kicker award at Spike TV's Guy's Choice Awards on Sunday for his role in "The Other Guys."

Johnson has also starred in "The Game Plan, "The Tooth Fairy," the "Get Smart" reboot, "The Scorpion King" (a prequel to "The Mummy" series) and "Be Cool" (the sequel to "Get Shorty").

He'll soon appear in "Journey 2: The Mysterious Island" with Vanessa Hudgens, Michael Caine and Josh Hutcherson.

So, perhaps his stock is going up because of his reputation as a sequel saver. Do you think Johnson would make a good Roadblock? Tell us in comments.

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Photo: Dwayne Johnson during a "Fast Five" photo call in France. Credit: Jean-Paul Pelissier / Reuters


Macho Man Randy Savage dies after car accident; pro wrestling star was 58

Randy "Macho Man" Savage died Friday after a car crash

This post has been updated. See the note below for details.

Macho Man Randy Savage died Friday morning in Florida after reportedly suffering a heart attack at the wheel, crossing the median and crashing his Jeep Wrangler into a tree. The former pro wrestling star was 58.

Second wife Lynn Payne was a passenger during the crash and suffered minor injuries, Florida Highway Patrol told TMZ, which first reported the news. Wrestler Lanny Poffo confirmed the death of his brother, born Randall Mario Poffo, to the website.

[Updated, 12:05 p.m.: Lanny Poffo told TMZ that Randy had suffered a heart attack; the highway patrol report says Savage "lost control for unknown reasons," according to the St. Petersberg Times, and that a heart attack could not be confirmed until an autopsy was done.]

Macho Man Randy Savage is dead. The couple, married last May, recently celebrated their one-year anniversary. Savage died of his injuries at Largo Medical Center in Largo, Fla. Both were reportedly wearing seatbelts.

Pro wrestling community reacts to Savage's death

"He had so much life in his eyes & in his spirit, I just pray that he's happy and in a better place and we miss him," fellow wrestler Hulk Hogan said Friday on Twitter. "We miss him a lot. I feel horrible about the ten years of having no communication. This was a tough one."

Twitter queen Alyssa Milano was also among those offering condolences, tweeting, "Rest in peace, Macho Man Randy Savage."

"I feel so fortunate that I had a second chance to marry my first love, here where it all began," Savage said a year ago, after his Lido Beach wedding to Payne, whom he'd met there decades before. 

First wife Elizabeth Hulette, pro wrestling's Miss Elizabeth, died of an overdose in 2003; they'd divorced in 1992.

He was back on the wrestling scene in a fashion with the release of a wrestling all-stars video game early this year, promoting the game in a video embedded below.

Savage, who announced the release of a Macho Man action figure -- not his first -- at Comic-Con in July 2010, was known for his catch phrase "Ooooooh yeaahhh" and his affiliation with Slim Jim snacks. See the Comic-Con announcement below.

In addition to his pro wrestling success -- including multiple reigns as WWE (then WWF) and WCW champion -- Savage appeared as Bone Saw McGraw, the wrestler Tobey Maguire's Peter Parker faces off with in "Spider-Man" (2002), among other occasional acting gigs, and released a rap album, "Be a Man" (2003).

As Randy Poffo, he played minor league baseball in the St. Louis Cardinals and Cincinnatti Reds systems in the early 1970s. Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen was also among those expressing condolences Friday.

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Top photo: Randy Savage arrives with Lynn Payne, whom he later married, at the "Bolt" premiere at El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood on Nov. 17, 2008. Credit: Michael Buckner / Getty Images.

Right photo: The Macho Man, who released the rap album "Be a Man" in 2003, attends the 31st Annual American Music Awards in L.A. on Nov. 16, 2003. Credit: Frank Micelotta / Getty Images.


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