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In this undated photo provided by WWE, Inc., "Mean" Gene Okerlund interviews Rocky "Soul Man" Johnson. Johnson, a WWE Hall of Fame wrestler who became better known as the father of actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, died Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. He was 75. (WWE, Inc. via AP)
January 15, 2020 - 9:10 pm
Rocky "Soulman" Johnson, a WWE Hall of Fame wrestler who became better known as the father of actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, has died. He was 75. WWE issued a statement on Johnson's death Wednesday night. Johnson and Tony Atlas became the first black world tag team champions in WWE history when...
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FILE - In this Dec. 5, 2019 file photo, actor Dwayne Johnson poses for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film 'Jumanji The Next Level', in central London. Johnson will revisit his younger years in a new NBC comedy series called “The Rock,” which is the retired pro wrestler's nickname. NBC said Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020 that it's ordered 11 episodes of the show inspired by Johnson, who will appear and also serve as an executive producer. (Photo by Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP)
January 11, 2020 - 1:10 pm
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Dwayne Johnson will revisit his younger years in a new NBC series, “The Rock,” which is the retired pro wrestler's nickname. The network said Saturday that it's ordered 11 episodes of the comedy inspired by Johnson, who will appear in each episode and also serve as an...
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FILE - In this Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016, file photo, United States' Helen Louise Maroulis celebrates after winning the gold medal during the women's 53-kg freestyle wrestling competition at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Maroulis was one of the most celebrated Olympians in 2016 when she became the first American to win a gold medal in women’s wrestling, and she was expected to be one of the faces of the sport in Tokyo in 2020. She still might be if she’s able to qualify. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, File)
January 02, 2020 - 1:19 pm
Helen Maroulis was one of the most celebrated Olympians in 2016 when she became the first American woman to win a gold medal in wrestling. She was expected to be one of the faces of the sport in Tokyo this year. She still might be if she can qualify. That’s far from a certainty after a tumultuous...
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President Donald Trump picks up the "President's Cup" to present to the Tokyo Grand Sumo Tournament winner Asanoyama, at Ryogoku Kokugikan Stadium, Sunday, May 26, 2019, in Tokyo. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
May 26, 2019 - 7:11 am
TOKYO (AP) — President Donald Trump presented a special U.S.-made trophy to the winner of a sumo tournament Sunday as he got a taste of one of Japan's most treasured cultural institutions. The honor given to Trump was part of a charm offensive by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as he courted...
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FILE - In this March 28, 2010, file photo, Bret "Hit Man" Hart celebrates his victory over Mr. McMahon at WrestleMania XXVI in Glendale, Ariz. Hart was tackled by a spectator Saturday, April 6, 2019, while he was giving a speech during the WWE Hall of Fame ceremony at Barclays Center. The attacker was promptly subdued by several people, including other wrestlers, who came to Hart's defense. Hart is okay. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri, File)
April 07, 2019 - 8:54 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Wrestler Bret "The Hitman" Hart was tackled by a spectator Saturday while he was giving a speech during the WWE Hall of Fame ceremony at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The attacker was promptly subdued by several people, including other wrestlers, who came to Hart's defense. Hart, 61...
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FILE - In this Oct. 3, 2018, file photo, Small Business Administrator Linda McMahon speaks during a briefing at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
March 29, 2019 - 3:56 pm
PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The head of the Small Business Administration, Linda McMahon, is stepping down from the role and will help President Donald Trump's re-election effort, he said Friday. Trump announced McMahon's plans from his Palm Beach estate. Sitting next to the former wrestling executive...
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This image provided by the WWE shows professional wrestler King Kong Bundy. Promoter and longtime friend David Herro says Bundy, whose real name was Christopher Pallies, died on Monday, March 4, 2019. The 6-foot-4 (1.93 meters), 458-pound (208-kilogram) wrestler made his World Wrestling Federation debut in 1981 and was best known for facing Hulk Hogan in 1986 in a steel cage match at WrestleMania 2. (WWE via AP)
March 05, 2019 - 11:42 am
GLASSBORO, N.J. (AP) — King Kong Bundy, the 6-foot-4 (193-centimeter) professional wrestler best known for facing Hulk Hogan in WrestleMania 2, has died. He was 61. Bundy died Monday, said promoter and longtime friend David Herro. He posted on Facebook : "Today we lost a Legend and a man I consider...
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January 02, 2019 - 1:55 pm
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Eugene "Mean Gene" Okerlund, who interviewed pro wrestling superstars "Macho Man" Randy Savage, The Ultimate Warrior and Hulk Hogan and became a ring fixture in his own right, has died. He was 76. World Wrestling Entertainment announced Okerlund's death on its website Wednesday...
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September 19, 2018 - 2:17 pm
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A federal judge in Connecticut has dismissed a lawsuit by 60 former professional wrestlers who claimed World Wrestling Entertainment failed to protect them from repeated head trauma including concussions that led to brain damage. U.S. District Judge Vanessa Bryant in Hartford...
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File-This April 7, 1986, file photo shows Chicago Bears' William Perry, right, landing a punch on pro wrestler Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart during the "Over-The-Top-Rope" battle royal at Wrestlemania 2 in Rosemont, Ill. Neidhart, who joined with Bret Hart to form one of the top tag teams in the 1980s with the WWE, has died. He was 63. The Pasco Sheriff's Office said Neidhart fell at home, hit his head and "succumbed to his injury" on Monday, Aug. 13, 2018, in Wesley Chapel, Fla. No foul play was suspected. (AP Photo/Charlie Bennett, File)
August 13, 2018 - 7:59 pm
Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart, who joined with brother-in-law Bret Hart to form one of the top tag teams in the 1980s with the WWE, has died. He was 63. The Pasco Sheriff's Office said Neidhart fell at home, hit his head and "succumbed to his injury" on Monday in Wesley Chapel, Florida. No foul play was...
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