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'Fingerhakeln': Germany Has a Lesser-Known Festival

Finger wrestling sounds like a surefire way to put your digit out of joint

(Newser) - Despite the threat of dislocated fingers and strained muscles, more than 150 Bavarian men came together to compete in Germany's unique national championship of "Fingerhakeln," or finger wrestling. The "finger wrestlers" met in a big beer tent in the small southern village of Bernbeuren, reports the...

The Rock Is Inducting His Grandma Into Hall of Fame

The late Lia Maivia, member of legendary Samoan clan, is in the WWE's class of 2024

(Newser) - Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson comes from the wrestling equivalent of royalty and he will be welcoming another family member to the WWE Hall of Fame on Friday—his grandmother. Lia Maivia, who died in 2008, was "one of the first female promoters in professional wrestling," Johnson said...

Well, Now You Can Netflix and Wrestle
Netflix Just Got
a Little Raw

Netflix Just Got a Little Raw

WWE is headed to the streaming service in 2025, so soon you can Netflix and wrestle

(Newser) - WWE's weekly show Raw will move to Netflix next year as part of a major streaming deal worth more than $5 billion. TKO Group Holdings Inc., which houses WWE and UFC, said in a regulatory filing on Tuesday that the agreement is for 10 years, with Netflix having an...

Pro Wrestler Jay Briscoe Killed in Car Crash
Pro Wrestler Jay Briscoe
Killed in Car Crash

Pro Wrestler Jay Briscoe Killed in Car Crash

He was an 'incredible performer who created a deep connection with wrestling fans'

(Newser) - Pro wrestling star Jay Briscoe was killed in a car crash in Delaware on Tuesday after another driver veered into his lane for "unknown reasons," police say. The 38-year-old, whose real name was Jamin Pugh, was pronounced dead at the scene and his two daughters, ages 9 and...

Even as New Allegations Arise, Vince McMahon Wants Back In

'Wall Street Journal' reports that he regrets resigning from WWE

(Newser) - The Wall Street Journal is out with a story about potentially big trouble for Vince McMahon, former head of World Wrestling Entertainment. Specifically, two women have filed new legal claims alleging that he sexually assaulted them years ago. However, the story also includes a surprising revelation given that context: It...

WWE Wrestler Sara Lee Dead at 30
WWE Wrestler
Sara Lee Dead at 30

WWE Wrestler Sara Lee Dead at 30

'Tough Enough' contestant, mother of 3 dies unexpectedly of unknown cause

(Newser) - Sara Lee, a professional wrestler who nabbed a WWE contract as season 6 winner of the Tough Enough reality TV competition, has died. Lee's mother confirmed the 30-year-old mother of three, who was married to fellow wrester Westin Blake, died unexpectedly. "We are all in shock and arrangements...

WWE Fans Upset Daughter of 'The Rock' Not Using His Name
WWE Fans Don't Like Name
the Rock's Daughter Is Using
in case you missed it

WWE Fans Don't Like Name the Rock's Daughter Is Using

Simone Johnson will go by Ava Raine

(Newser) - Simone Johnson—as in, Simone "daughter of Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson" Johnson—is following in her dad's footsteps, but not using his name. That last bit has some WWE fans upset. Johnson, 20, was signed by the professional wrestling organization in 2020 but has not yet made...

WWE Hall of Famer 'Razor Ramon' Dead at 63
Wrestling Legend
'Razor Ramon' Dead at 63

Wrestling Legend 'Razor Ramon' Dead at 63

Scott Hall had multiple heart attacks after fall, hip replacement surgery

(Newser) - Scott Hall, or "Razor Ramon" as he was known in World Wrestling Entertainment, died Monday at age 63. Hall had suffered a fall and broke his hip in early March; he reportedly experienced complications during the ensuing hip replacement surgery. On Saturday, after suffering three heart attacks, he was...

Wrestler Jimmy Rave Dies After 3 Amputations
Wrestler Jimmy Rave
Dies After 3 Amputations

Wrestler Jimmy Rave Dies After 3 Amputations

Agent Bill Behrens said health issues were related to his drug addiction

(Newser) - Former professional wrestler Jimmy Rave has died at the young age of 39. Wrestling agent Bill Behrens announced the death in a Twitter statement , saying Rave had passed away after "struggling with drug addiction for many years." He added "his struggles resulted in the amputation of his...

Ex-WCW Wrestler Found Dead After Alarming Video
Ex-WCW Wrestler
Found Dead After
Alarming Video

Ex-WCW Wrestler Found Dead After Alarming Video

Daffney Unger said she wanted her brain studied for CTE

(Newser) - Former World Championship Wrestling star Daffney Unger has died of an apparent suicide after posting alarming videos on Instagram Live, which appeared to show her with a gun. Unger, whose real name was Shannon Spruill, appeared to be speaking her final words in the videos shared late Wednesday, in which...

Wrestling Legend 'Mr. Wonderful' Dies
Wrestling Legend
'Mr. Wonderful' Dies

Wrestling Legend 'Mr. Wonderful' Dies

Paul Orndorff was 71

(Newser) - One of the stars of World Wrestling Entertainment's 1980s heyday has died at age 71. Paul Orndorff, otherwise known as "Mr. Wonderful," signed with the World Wrestling Federation in 1983, and was managed by "Rowdy" Roddy Piper, who gave him his nickname, Deadline reports. During the...

Switzerland to Sex Workers: You'll Need to Social Distance

Nation gives OK to prostitutes but still prohibits judo, boxing, wrestling, ballroom dancing

(Newser) - If you're a sex worker in Switzerland, you'll soon be back in business. If you're a judo, ballroom dancing, or boxing aficionado, you're going to have to wait a little longer. Bloomberg reports that the country's legal prostitution industry will be permitted to reopen on...

Wrestler's Last Words: 'Save My Son'
Last Words:
'Save My Son'

Wrestler's Last Words: 'Save My Son'

Body of Shad Gaspard, 39, washes ashore in Venice Beach, Calif.

(Newser) - Former WWE star Shad Gaspard has been confirmed dead after he disappeared in a rip current off Venice Beach, Calif., on Sunday. A person reported a body on the beach near Venice Pier around 1:30am Wednesday. The Los Angeles County coroner's office has since confirmed the body is...

Former WWE Champ Accused of Horrific Sexual Assault

Jose A. Rodriguez Chucuan, aka Alberto Del Rio, arrested in Texas

(Newser) - A professional wrestler is facing charges after a woman accused him of a horrific, hours-long assault, News 4 San Antonio reports. Jose A. Rodriguez Chucuan, 42, known to wrestling fans as Alberto Del Rio, was arrested in San Antonio, Texas, after a woman told police that Chucuan beat her on...

She Beat All the Boys, Making Her State Wrestling Champ

North Carolina's Heaven Fitch was inspired to get into wrestling by her older brothers

(Newser) - Heaven Fitch was 6 years old when the wrestling bug first hit her. Growing up with older brothers who wrestled, the North Carolina girl was fascinated, and she started pestering her parents to let her do the same. "They didn't want me to wrestle," she told the...

The Man Who Trained the Rock Is Dead at 75
The Rock's
Famous Dad
Is Dead at 75

The Rock's Famous Dad Is Dead at 75

Rocky Johnson, father of Dwayne Johnson, reportedly died at home after illness

(Newser) - WWE Hall of Famer Rocky Johnson, father of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, has died at age 75. Sports journalist Dave Meltzer broke the news, later confirmed by the WWE , in a Wednesday tweet , per People . Born Wayde Douglas Bowles, the Canadian competed in the National Wrestling Alliance before joining...

He Gave It His All in the Ring. It Killed Him

Mask-wearing Mexican pro wrestler 'La Parka' dies at age 54 after October in-ring injury

(Newser) - A horrific in-ring accident in October reportedly left a Mexican pro wrestler paralyzed—and now he has succumbed to his injuries. Per the New York Daily News , "La Parka" (real name Jesus Alfonso Huerta Escoboza), known for donning elaborate costumes and masks, most notably ones depicting skeletons, died Saturday...

'Greatest Wrestler on God's Green Earth' Has Died

'King of the Ring' Harley Race was 76

(Newser) - It's a royally sad day in the world of wrestling: Harley Race, better known as the "King of the Ring," has died. The 76-year-old World Wrestling Entertainment Hall of Famer, who won the National Wrestling Alliance World Heavyweight Championship eight times, died of complications from lung cancer,...

They Stole a Porch Package, Then Found Out What It Was

Thieves apologize, return replica belt meant for sick 5-year-old with brain tumor, autism

(Newser) - Thieves swiped a wrestling belt replica that belonged to a sick 5-year-old Delaware boy—but this story has a somewhat happy ending. Timothy Vick Sr. tells WBOC that little Timmy Vick was diagnosed with autism when he was just a toddler, but then, another development in October: Timmy had a...

Wrestler in Jack Black Film Dies During Match

Mexico's Cesar Barron, the 'Silver King,' suffers apparent heart attack in London

(Newser) - Tragedy on a London wrestling stage Saturday night: A Mexican wrestler who appeared in the Jack Black movie Nacho Libre died during a match from an apparent heart attack, reports the Guardian . Cesar Gonzalez Barron, who wrestled as The Silver King, was 51. Those who saw the 2006 movie might...

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