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Sunday, June 24, 2018

Wrestling

Randy Orton to return to ring soon, wrestle in SummerSlam

Randy Orton

Randy Orton is recovering from shoulder surgery he underwent late last year and is set to return to the ring this summer, LBS has learned.

Orton suffered a shoulder injury around October and had surgery which has kept him out since. Many fans have been awaiting the Viper’s return to the ring, and he will be back within the next two months, according to sources close to the situation. LBS is told that Orton will be part of SummerSlam 2016, which is scheduled for Aug. 21 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, although it is unclear if that will be his first appearance back in the ring.

In addition to his return to wrestling, Orton will be appearing on the new USA Network show “Shooter” starring Ryan Phillipe, which debuts next month.

Orton married new wife Kim Marie Kessler in mid-November. Seven months later, she announced she was pregnant.

Randy Orton’s return to the ring is now heavily anticipated by the WWE and its fans especially after Roman Reigns was suspended for 30 days for a violation of policy.

Roman Reigns suspended 30 days by WWE

Roman Reigns

Roman Reigns was suspended 30 days by the WWE, the company announced on Tuesday.

Reigns’ suspension is for a violation of the promotion’s new “wellness” policy, which is a euphemism if I’ve ever heard one.

No details have emerged yet about the nature of the violation, but it could range from anything like a substance abuse violation to an issue with his annual physical.

Our wrestling insiders tell us that with Reigns failing the policy, the WWE will be less likely to promote/push for him as a champion or headliner when he returns.

Saray Knight: Paige arrest rumors are not true

Paige WWE

A rumor about Paige being arrested in Las Vegas after Money in the Bank on Sunday night made its way around Twitter and was quickly dispelled by her mother.

The rumor seemed to emanate from this Roman Reigns Twitter account, featuring these photos:

A post from Pro Wrestling Sheet even had some details saying she was detained by police and taken to the hospital for evaluation.

A check by LBS of the Clark County Detention Center showed no inmate by Paige’s real name — Saraya-Jade Bevis.

Paige’s mother, Saraya Knight, responded on Twitter to the rumors saying her daughter was not arrested and was in Arizona for Raw:

The WWE even promoted her for RAW:

Many suspected this was just a work for Total Divas or Swerved, which is what we think. Pro Wrestling Sheet’s report also isn’t completely disproved, as they never reported she was arrested, instead saying she was detained by police and taken to the hospital.

Lauryn McBride: Jerry Lawler’s 27-year-old fiancee

Jerry Lawler Lauryn McBride

Lauryn McBride has been in headlines the past few days after she and fiance Jerry Lawler got into a domestic incident at Lawler’s home early Friday morning that resulted in the two being arrested.

McBride is 27 while Lawler is 66, so their age difference is something that will jump out at you. But if you take a look at McBride’s social media postings, you’ll see a woman who appears to be strongly in love with the wrestling king. It makes you wonder how they had their issue. Lawler did say in a phone call after his arrest that they have problems when McBride drinks.

McBride is from Tennessee and lives in Memphis. She recently said on her Facebook page that she is the part owner and operator of King Jerry Lawler’s Hall of Fame Bar & Grille. She has a young son who appears to be a few years old. And based on some of her social media posting, it seems that the two have been together since at least late 2012.

You can see many more photos of Jerry Lawler and Lauryn McBride below.

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Jerry Lawler, girlfriend Lauryn McBride arraigned in domestic violence case

Jerry Lawler Lauryn McBride

Jerry Lawler and his girlfriend/fiancee Lauryn McBride posted bond on Monday and were ordered by a judge to stay away from each other.

Lawler and McBride were arrested last Friday morning at Lawler’s home in Memphis after a domestic incident that involved a gun. McBride alleged violence on Lawler’s part, while he claimed that she had attacked him. Both ended up arrested because police were unable to tell who was the primary aggressor.

The two were arraigned in a Shelby County General Sessions Court Monday. They were told not to communicate — no texting, phone calls or contact.

Lawler, 66, was suspended indefinitely by the WWE in response to the arrest.

Jerry Lawler blames domestic violence arrest on fiancee drinking

Jerry Lawler Lauryn McBride

Jerry Lawler and his fiancee Lauryn McBride were arrested early Friday morning after police were called to Lawler’s home in Memphis, Tenn. in response to a call about a domestic incident. Police arrested both after not being able to determine who was the aggressor and have charged them with misdemeanor domestic assault. The WWE responded swiftly by suspending Lawler indefinitely.

Lawler and McBride got into an argument that turned violent, but their tales of what happened differ. McBride says Lawler hit her on the head and pushed her into a stove. Lawler says she scratched him in the face, threw a candle at him and kicked him in the groin. She accuses Lawler of handing her a gun and telling her to kill herself, while he says he did not tell her that but she was threatening to kill herself.

In a phone call to WMC Action News 5, Lawler shared his version of events and blamed the incident on McBride’s drinking.

“Well, I went to a wrestling event in Memphis last night and wrestled at a show that was labeled, ironically, ‘A Night at the Slammer,’ all the matches were cage matches. Anyway, I came home, I got home at about 9:30, and my girlfriend Lauryn had gone to some friend’s house to watch the basketball game and apparently over-indulged in drinking. She got home about 10 o’clock and she was just intoxicated. … We got in a little bit of a shouting match and then she wanted to leave. I was not going to let her leave in the car because she was just not in any condition to drive. She got more and more upset. She called 911 and scratched my face in the process. Anyway, the police came out and they said ‘it’s a domestic dispute and we’re going to have to take both you guys downtown.’ It’s just an unfortunate situation. Nobody was hit, nobody was hurt. It’s just something that happened as a result of drinking too much,” Lawler told Action News 5.

Lawler was then asked about McBride telling police Lawler pushed her into a stove and hit her in the head.

“No (that’s not accurate). Not at all. Absolutely not,” he said.

He was also asked about the gun that was involved.

“Well, the unloaded gun she had … she was threatening to kill herself. There was an unloaded gun but all she did was actually pick it up and throw it. … I might have put the gun on the counter but no I didn’t say ‘go ahead and kill yourself.'”

Lawler went on to blame his fiancee’s drinking.

“We’ve only had issues when she drinks,” he said. Lawler also says McBride got into a fistfight with her aunt last weekend after drinking.

Lawler, 66, has had a rough time the last few years. He collapsed on WWE “RAW” in 2012 after suffering a heart attack. In November, he was in a big car crash.

Bo Jackson on Brock Lesnar comparison: I don’t know who he is

Bo Jackson

When discussing his UFC return earlier this week, Brock Lesnar compared himself to Bo Jackson. That’s pretty bold, but Jackson was not offended.

Simply put, it’s hard to be offended by something that someone you have never heard of says. When TMZ asked him about Lesnar’s comparison, Jackson claimed he has no idea who Lesnar is.

“I don’t know who Brock Lesnar is, man,” the NFL legend said. “I don’t watch (MMA). Not on my radar. If I didn’t make money doing it, I don’t know nothing about it.”

Jackson was named the MVP of the 1989 MLB All-Star Game. He was named to the Pro Bowl, the NFL’s all-star game, the following year. While Lesnar is an incredible athlete, he gained most of his notoriety in the WWE. He’s just not on Jackson’s level.

As for Jackson having never heard of Lesnar, we doubt that’s true. Bo’s own daughter tweeted about Lesnar’s comparison, so the former Los Angeles Raider must have seen that. He probably just doesn’t want to give Lesnar the satisfaction.

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