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Mike Tyson selected for WWE Hall of Fame

Mike Tyson

Legendary boxer and ear nibbler Mike Tyson has finally found his niche in life: He is the newest member of the WWE Hall of Fame.

The WWE announced the selection of Tyson on their "Monday Night Raw" television show Monday night. He will join the Four Horsemen and Edge at the Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Miami on March 31, the night before Wrestlemania XXVIII.

Tyson was a key part of what may be the most important WrestleMania in history, WrestleMania XIV in 1998, when he was the special enforcer in a match featuring Stone Cold Steve Austin and Shawn Michaels. It was this match, which ended when Tyson turned on Michaels and counted the 1-2-3 for Austin's victory, that helped launch the WWE into the Stone Cold era, with unprecedented profits as the company rode the coattails of Austin (and The Rock) to their biggest success yet.

Unlike previous celebrity entrants into the WWE Hall of Fame, such as Drew Carey, Pete Rose and Bob Uecker, there should be no complaint as to whether Tyson belongs or not. He is a worthy addition.

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-- Houston Mitchell

 Photo: Mike Tyson. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

Alex Rodriguez dating former pro wrestler Torrie Wilson



FabforumIt appears New York Yankees superstar Alex Rodriguez is dating former pro wrestler Torrie Wilson, as they were spotted in, of all places, Boise, Idaho. (We will now pause as you come up with your own A-Rod, pro wrestler, steroids joke).

The Idaho Statesman reports Rodriguez was at a fitness center in Boise on Monday with Wilson, who wrestled with WCW and WWE from 1999-2008.

"He just kind of rode the bike and signed autographs for people," Dax McIntosh, the assistant manager of the fitness club, told the Idaho Statesman. "He was real cordial. We get a lot of celebrities, but this is definitely the first time he's been in."

Wait, they get a lot of celebrities in Boise? Is today April 1?

Rodriguez and Wilson were also seen earlier this month in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, with George Clooney and his girlfriend, former pro wrestler Stacy Keibler.

So apparently, if you want to date a high-profile male, you need to become a pro wrestler. It's a shame The Fabulous Moolah passed away; she would have been a perfect companion for several celebrities.

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-- Houston Mitchell

Photo: Torrie Wilson visits a member of the armed forces during a WWE "Tribute to the Troops" event in 2007. Credit: WWE.

Christopher Daniels has all the answers in advance of WrestleReunion

Pro wrestler and Antelope Valley resident Christopher Daniels, perhaps best known as "Fallen Angel" or "Curry Man" or maybe just Daniels, is back in town for this weekend's WrestleReunion event this weekend in Los Angeles.

Daniels was gracious enough to answer a few questions in the days leading up to his match where he defends his ROH world television title against Mark Briscoe on Friday night at 8 p.m. at the LAX Hilton.

Fabforum Q: OK, this is a sports site, so let’s ask a sports question first: Your favorite sport, team and athlete? 

Daniels: Well, honestly, I don't follow sports that much, so I don't really have a team or athlete that I "support". The closest I ever came to that was rooting for the Detroit Lions because I was born in Kalamazoo, MI. I grew up in Fayetteville, NC, during a time where there was no NFL or NBA team in the area, so there was no "hometown fave" to get behind. Every once and again I would watch NCAA basketball when the ACC was represented, either by UNC or Duke, but that's about it.
 
Q: You spent some time with WCW near the end of their collapse. What did you take away from that experience? 

Daniels: Well, I never got the opportunity to make a name for myself when I was there, but I did travel with them for about 8 months, and that's where I made a lot of friends, most notably Lance Storm. Also I got to meet and become friends with Jeremy Borash and Bob Ryder when I was there, which went a long way towards me getting into TNA when they opened their doors. 
 
Q: Curry Man, Suicide, Fallen Angel. Which persona do you prefer?

Daniels: I've had a lot of fun doing all three, but honestly I enjoy being myself. There's a lot of extra work involved in working under a mask, and besides, why would I want to hide this handsome face?
 
Q: OK, fantasy booking time. You are headlining Wrestlemania 30. Who is your opponent?

Daniels: I think I'd want to work with Chris Jericho in that situation. I've always been a big fan of his in-ring work, as well as his character. I've always thought he was one of the best in combining his characterization with his workrate.
 
Q: You have a wife and two kids. How hard is it to be a dad and a traveling pro wrestler?

Daniels: The travel certainly wears on my family, but I've been very fortunate that my schedule has never gotten in the way of raising my family. I haven't missed any big events yet (knock on wood), and I do get to spend a good amount of time with them during the week.
 
Q: Would you encourage your kids to become pro wrestlers if they wanted to do that?

Daniels: Well, I would definitely try to educate them as much as I could about the pros and cons of a career in this business, and try to explain the mistakes that I made so that they can avoid them. But my parents,despite worrying for my well-being, were very supportive of my career choice once I made it, and I would do the same for my children.
 
Q: Tell us a little about WrestleReunion this weekend.

Daniels: WrestleReunion is a great opportunity for wrestling fans of all ages to meet and interact with some of the greatest wrestling stars of the past, as well as see some of the best of the current stars in action. There will be autograph sessions, meet-and-greet opportunities, Q & A sessions, highlighted by the Ring of Honor card on Friday night and the Pro Wrestling Guerrilla card on Saturday. Wrestling fans in the LA area should go to www.wrestlereunion.com for all the details
 
Word association. I’ll name a pro wrestling figure, you give me a two or three-word answer:
 
Eric Bischoff: Very character driven, approaches his work like a real actor
 
Kazarian: One of my best friends, and a great wrestler, who's finally getting the opportunity to shine in TNA
 
AJ Styles: A great competitor, one who I would be lucky to be linked with in terms of great rivalries in pro wrestling, also one of my closest friends.
 
Samoa Joe: Another great friend to me, and someone who has changed the perception of pro wrestling with his unique offense and skills.
 
Kurt Angle: One of the greatest athletes I've ever had the pleasure of working with. He sets a standard that may never be surpassed.
 
Sting: A real icon of wrestling. I grew up watching his early years, and was fortunate enough to get a chance to wrestle him during his long and storied career. 
 
--Houston Mitchell

 

Former WWE wrestler Lance Cade dies at 29

Wrestlingobserver.com is reporting that Lance Cade, real name Lance McNaught, died this morning of what is believed to have been heart failure. He was 29.

McNaught had several runs with WWE since signing with them in 2000, including a high-profile tag-team run with Trevor Murdoch, and a run as Chris Jericho's protege before he was released from his contract in 2008.

McNaught has two daughters and a stepson.

-- Houston Mitchell 

Wrestler Chris Kanyon dies, possibly from overdose, reports say

Chris Kanyon, who wrestled in the WCW in the late 1990s through 2001 before joining WWE, was found dead in his Queens, N.Y., apartment Friday night. He was 40.

Kanyon, whose real name is Chris Klucsaritis, reportedly had bipolar disorder and had threatened suicide recently as well as in the past. Wrestlingobserver.com is reporting that his death was from an overdose of pills.

His biggest break in the WCW came when he teamed with Diamond Dallas Page and Bam Bam Bigelow as the Jersey Triad, winning tag-team titles along the way. When the WWE purchased WCW, Kanyon could not find a niche with the group and was released in 2004 after battling a series of injuries.

Although he had announced a retirement, he still wrestled on occasion. During one of his comebacks, he claimed to be an openly gay wrestler, but what publicity he garnered did not help his career and no organizations were interested in signing him.

-- Dan Loumena

WWE stars Chris Jericho and Greg "Hurricane" Helms arrested

TMZ is reporting that World Wrestling Entertainment superstars Chris Jericho and Gregory "Hurricane
 Helms
were arrested at a gas station in Erlanger, Ky., early Wednesday morning for allegedly being "extremely intoxicated" in public.

Jericho Jericho and Helms were taken into custody in Kenton County around 5 a.m., accused of  "alcohol intoxication in a public place."

Jericho and Helms were in the area after filming an episode of "Friday Night Smackdown"  on Tuesday night in Cincinnati. Mug shots of the two appear on the TMZ website.

According to TMZ, Jericho and Helms were released on a $120 bond, each.

Jericho has been a WWE headliner for the last few years, while Helms has flourished on the undercard as the masked "Hurricane," a spoof of superheroes.

-- Houston Mitchell

Photo: Chris Jericho. Credit: WWE

Jeff Hardy makes surprise debut on TNA impact

They promised surprises. The pro wrestling company TNA, on the heels of signing Hulk Hogan, announced weeks ago that they were going to have a live three-hour "Impact" show tonight to compete head-to-head with WWE's "Monday Night Raw". And they promised. But you expected Ric Flair, or Scott Hall. Sean Waltman. Eric Bischoff. You expected those guys to show up. And Val Venis and Orlando Jordan showed up, but you didn't care that they showed up.

Jeffhardy And then it happened. Right after the first match, some strange music played. And who came out of the stands to make his TNA debut? Former WWE superstar Jeff Hardy, perhaps the second biggest name among active wrestler.

Hardy stood among the fans, then climbed over the barrier. TNA announcer Mike Tenay said, "It was a night we promised you shocks, surprises." And they were right. TNA wrestler Homicide attacked Hardy, who swung a chair and hit Homicide in the face. Hardy then climbed on top of a cage surrounding the wrestling ring and sat on top. 

And suddenly, this wrestling war became a lot more real.

-- Houston Mitchell

Pro wrestler Steve 'Dr. Death' Williams dies

Wrestlingobserver.com is reporting that pro wrestling star Steve "Dr. Death" Williams, who was considered one of the top wrestlers in the world during the late '80s and early '90s, has died after a lengthy battle with cancer.

Williams, 49, had been battling the disease for several years. He is probably best known for his tag team with Terry Gordy and was a major star in the '90s for All Japan Pro Wrestling.

Williams was also a lineman at Oklahoma and a four-time All-American heavyweight wrestler. 

-- Houston Mitchell

WWE TLC pay-per-view results

Christian d. Shelton Benjamin in a ladder match to retain the ECW title. Christian won after jumping off the top rope onto Benjamin who was on a ladder bridged from the announcer's table to the apron. Match of the night.

Drew McIntyre d. John Morrison to win the IC title. McIntyre wins after the Scot drop. Crowd didn't care.

Michelle McCool d. Mickie James to retain the women's title. 

Sheamus d. John Cena in a tables match to win the WWE title. Cena was going to superplex Sheamus through a table, but Sheamus shoved Cena off the top rope and through the table to win the match.

Undertaker d. Batista in a chairs match to retain the World title. Undertaker wins with the tombstone piledriver.

Randy Orton d. Kofi Kingston with an RKO.

DX d. Chris Jericho & Big Show in a TLC match to win the unified tag team titles.

-- Houston Mitchell

  

Every NBA ref's dream comes true: Mark Cuban gets put through a table on WWE Monday Night Raw


 


 

Dallas Mavericks owner and NBA ref basher Mark Cuban was the guest host on "Monday Night Raw" tonight, and ended the show with a bang.

Cuban was moderating a debate between WWE champion John Cena and challenger Sheamus when things got a little physical. Cuban tried to separate the two, and got shoved to the mat by Sheamus.

An irate Cuban then got up and got in Sheamus' face, shoving the WWE superstar down. Which turned out to be a bad thing, as you can see from the video above.

Yeah, wrestling is scripted, but that had to hurt.

-- Houston Mitchell

Former WWE star Umaga dead at 36

Umaga_picnik Former WWE star Umaga, real name Edward Fatu, has died at the age of 36 after suffering a second heart attack, wrestlingobserver.com is reporting.

Fatu was taken to a Houston-area hospital after his wife found him unconscious with blood coming from his nose earlier today.

He had returned from Australia just a few days ago after wrestling on the Hulk Hogan tour of the country.

He was released from WWE in June after failing a drug test and refusing the WWE's offer to attend drug rehab.

He is probably best known for headlining a Wrestlemania against Bobby Lashley in a match where WWE owner Vince McMahon put his hair on the line against the hair of Donald Trump.

-- Houston Mitchell

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