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Wrestler Sean O’Haire committed suicide by hanging himself

Sean O'Haire

Former wrestler Sean O’Haire died on Tuesday after committing suicide by hanging himself.

Police responded to a phone call about a suicide and found the man’s father in the kitchen. O’Haire was found in the bedroom of his Spartanburg, S.C., home laying lifeless beside the bed with a rope tied around his neck and connected to a bed post.

O’Haire, real name Sean Haire, wrestled in the WWE and WCW from 2000-2006 and was a three-time WCW World Tag Team champion. He was known for wearing a trench coat, having flame tattoos and the devil’s advocate character he played.

The 6-foot-6, 270-pounder went into MMA and kickboxing after wrestling.

O’Haire was charged with battery twice from 2009-2011 and had multiple run-ins with the law after retiring from wrestling.

An obituary about O’Haire says he was working as a personal fitness trainer prior to his death.

Stephanie McMahon invites Michael Sam to WWE Raw

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Michael Sam was released by the St. Louis Rams last week and was not signed to the team’s practice squad, meaning he is free to pursue a job elsewhere in the NFL. In the meantime, the former Missouri star has been invited to speak to WWE fans during next week’s edition of Monday Night Raw.

On Tuesday morning, WWE chief brand officer Stephanie McMahon invited Sam to appear on Raw in a letter on WWE.com:

Exhibiting class and dignity rarely shown in professional sports, Michael Sam, WWE invites you to next Monday’s Raw to speak of your struggles to succeed, lessons you have learned along the way, the courage it takes to be yourself and the prospects of your continued journey.

You are a role model, who, by example, can encourage everyone to stand up and openly be themselves.

Signed,
Stephanie McMahon
CBO, WWE

Sam has not yet responded to the invite, and he might be better off focusing on football and trying to convince a team to sign him instead of making public appearances at a WWE event. NFL stars like Chad Ochocinco and Michael Strahan have appeared on Raw, but that was after their careers were established. While Sam’s story is unique and certainly one worth sharing, his mind is probably on one thing only at the moment.

H/T Jimmy Traina’s The Big Buzz

Ronda Rousey reportedly wanted by WWE

Ronda RouseyRonda Rousey has a lot more going on in her life at the moment than just mixed martial arts. The undefeated UFC women’s bantamweight champion has launched her acting career with “The Expendables 3″ and “Fast & Furious 7.” Might she also be working with the WWE in the near future?

According to Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer, WWE is reportedly preparing an offer for Rousey to get her to appear in an upcoming pay-per-view event. Here are the details of the subscription-only report, courtesy of Fansided:

Following her enjoyable visit to WWE’s SummerSlam show in Los Angeles on August 17th, The Wrestling Observer says that the company is more interested than ever in doing business with the mixed martial artist.

Her time at and around the Staples Center earlier this month – specifically her interactions with Stephanie McMahon – opened a lot of eyes to the champ and her potential value to WWE. Combine that with her role in Sylvester Stallone’s The Expendables 3, a film that disappointed at the box office but which featured WWE-friendly celebs like Sly and Arnold Schwarzenegger, and suddenly Rousey became a figure of great interest to WWE brass.

The Observer believes the company will be making her an offer to do something for them on television and/or pay-per-view (PPV) very soon.

Rousey has quickly become more than just an MMA fighter. She’s a full-blown celebrity, and it wouldn’t be at all surprising to see the McMahon family try to cash in on her fame. As Fansided reminds us, Stephanie McMahon flashed the “Four Horsewomen” hand gesture toward Rousey when she was sitting ringside at Summerslam. Rousey proudly flashed it back.

I’m sure it’ll happen at some point. Rousey wouldn’t be the first athlete to jump between the WWE and UFC, and she has been open about her desire to become a successful actress. As The Rock could tell you, WWE can certainly help with that.

H/T Black Sports Online

Jake The Snake Roberts in hospital, has double pneumonia

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Wrestling legend Jake “The Snake” Roberts is in a Las Vegas hospital and said to be in bad shape.

Roberts, 59, took a flight from Atlanta to Las Vegas Wednesday for a Sinn Bodhi show and passed out on the flight, according to WrestlingInc. He was unconscious after that and taken to a hospital where doctors discovered he has double pneumonia, fluid in his lungs and a mass on his brain.

The latest reports indicate Jake the Snake has regained consciousness.

TMZ says Roberts is in intensive care and his immune system is “in bad shape.”

Iron Sheik has best tweet ever about ‘Full House’ comeback

Iron-SheikIf you don’t follow The Iron Sheik on Twitter, you have no idea what you’re missing. The wrestling legend (or the genius that runs his account) sends some of the funniest tweets you will ever read. Most of them contain naughty language, but the comment Iron Sheik made on Tuesday morning can’t be ignored.

On Monday, rumors began circulating that the 1990s sitcom “Full House” could be making a comeback with some of its original cast. Anyone who grew up in the 90s spent their Friday nights with Uncle Jesse (John Stamos), Danny Tanner (Bob Saget) and the rest of the gang. But there’s one character The Iron Sheik could do without.

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Just so you know we aren’t making this up, the unedited version of the tweet is below:

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Paul Heyman gave epic Brock Lesnar suplex speech on RAW (Video)

There are some people who are just naturally gifted speakers. Paul Heyman is one of those people.

Heyman, Brock Lesnar’s manager, gave an absolutely epic speech on WWE “RAW” Monday night as Lesnar received the championship belt after beating John Cena at SummerSlam on Sunday. Heyman worked the crowd and kept it rolling for about four minutes straight, and of course he emphasized how Brock destroyed Cena with 16 suplexes in the title match.

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Oh, and as if all that weren’t already great enough, Heyman worked in a WWE Network plug like a pro. Only $9.99 a month!

That guy is incredible. It’s easy to see why guys in the UFC try to meet with him for tips on how to promote and talk.

Eat. Sleep. Suplex. Blog. Repeat. That’s how we do at LBS.

Brock Lesnar dominates John Cena with 16 suplexes

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Brock Lesnar took the WWE World Heavyweight Championship belt away from fan favorite John Cena at SummerSlam on Sunday night. If it was action the fans were seeking from the headline match, the WWE delivered.

Lesnar hit Cena with his signature F5 finishing move just seconds into the match. Naturally, it didn’t finish Cena. The match continued after Cena kicked out at two, but Lesnar eventually followed with a flurry of German suplexes. The new champ hit the old champ with 16 suplexes in total throughout the course of the match.

Lesnar finally pulled off another F5 that ended the match.

The crowd at Staples Center looked stunned, but not quite as stunned as they did when Lesnar ended The Undertaker’s undefeated Wrestlemania streak.

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It is clear that the WWE wants Lesnar to be an unstoppable superstar. Brock’s agent recently admitted that Lesnar only fights once in a while so that all of his matches are must-see TV. Between ending The Undertaker’s streak and taking the belt away from Cena, script writers have set Cena up for one hell of a year.

GIFs via Fansided
Photos via For the Win