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Bad News Barrett calls Redskins ‘racist’ in Washington, D.C. (Video)

Bad-News-BarrettBad News Barrett played the role of classic WWE heel on Monday night in the nation’s capital. During the “Monday Night Raw” broadcast in Washington, D.C., Barrett taunted the audience about the Washington Redskins and their offensive nickname.

Before his match against Dolph Ziggler, Barrett referred to the Redskins as a “racist, constantly losing NFL team.” USA Today’s Nick Schwartz, who sat ringside at the Verizon Center on Monday, said most of the fans in attendance laughed.

As we saw with their Lance Stephenson spoof earlier this month, antagonizing fans about their home sports teams is one of the many ways the WWE stays relevant year-round.

Scott Hall calls out Chael Sonnen for stealing his line

Chael SonnenChael Sonnen is one of the best crap talkers in sports. The guy is a classic heel and totally embraces it. He makes his living off of it. He does it better than many others. He’s even turned his ability to talk like a madman into a nice broadcasting gig with FOX. But one thing Chael is not is original. Or at least he’s not always original.

Wrestling figure Scott Hall, who as Razor Ramon was one of the best heels in WWF history, recently called out Sonnen for stealing one of his lines.

Sonnen announced his retirement from MMA last week after failing a random drug test. He tweeted the following words of encouragement about his announcement:

Hall heard about Sonnen’s tweet and a week later had a delayed reaction:

What was that, Chael?

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Brock Lesnar selling Minnesota home for $799,000

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Brock Lesnar is selling his home in Minnesota, and if you’re looking for a spacious home with a ton of land and a massive work space you may actually be able to afford it. Unlike some of the other mansions we have featured that athletes have sold, Lesnar’s house is listed for a modest $799,000.

According to Realty Today, the property has been listed on several different occasions since 2009. Lesnar was asking $1.49 million back then, and the listing surfaced again a year later for $999,000. Now, some might even consider it a bargain.

The home sits on 43 acres of land that are suited for farming. It has four bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms and a huge utility building with five garage bays.

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Lesnar, a former UFC Heavyweight Champion, is still signed with WWE.

Damien Sandow dresses as Lance Stephenson, blows on Big Show (Video)

Damien Sandow PacersWWE “RAW” took place at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis on Monday night, so the organization decided to work some Indiana Pacers references into the show.

The real good one came when Damien Sandow put on a Lance Stephenson jersey and started taunting the Pacers in the ring. Sandow really played it off perfectly, because Big Show came out to challenge him, and he got right in Big Show’s face, even blowing on him like Lance did to LeBron.

This was Sandow getting into character backstage:

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Batista responds to haters of his blue outfit at Payback

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Batista turned heads during Sunday’s WWE Payback show, and not in a good way.

Fans immediately noticed that Batista was wearing an all-blue outfit that made him something look like a Power Ranger or Megaman, for all you old school NES fans. In fact, an entire Twitter movement began where people were mocking Batista and calling him “Bluetista.”

Bluetista heard all the jokes and was not amused. Check out what he wrote on Monday:

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Come on, Batista, take it easy. You can’t wear outfits like that and not expect to hear crap for it! I mean he did look pretty good for a Bella Twin and all.

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Vince McMahon’s net worth, WWE stock plummet after new TV deal is announced

Vince McMahon power walkThe WWE made a major announcement on Thursday that appears to have cost the organization a ton of money, at least in the short term. The morning after WWE announced a new television deal with NBCUNiversal, WWE stock plummeted nearly 50%.

According to Forbes, investors are extremely disappointed with the new TV deal, which will allow Monday Night Raw to continue airing on USA Network while Friday Night Smackdown airs on NBC-owned Syfy Network. WWE chairman Vince McMahon insists the deal can only mean positive things for the company’s earnings, but Wall Street experts aren’t buying it.

“To all my little Hulkamaniacs, say your prayers, take your vitamins and you will never go wrong,” Benchmark analyst Mike Hickey wrote on Friday morning while downgrading WWE’s rating from a buy to a hold and cutting its target price by nearly $10 per share. “The company’s valuation could take a heavy beating this morning, as the new domestic TV deal with NBCU likely disappointed investors over limited visibility and believability on the ultimate success of the network.”

The plummet of WWE stock has been so rapid in the past 24 hours that Forbes estimates McMahon has lost somewhere in the neighborhood of $344 million. While that number is constantly changing, that type of loss would cost McMahon his billionaire status for the time being.

Another concern for McMahon’s company has been the launch of WWE Network, which Forbes says will have to pick up a total of around $1.3 million global subscribers in order to offset the loss of WWE pay-per-view revenue. Thus far, there have been roughly 670,000 subscribers.

While we’re hardly financial experts, we feel we can safely speculate that McMahon and his people are not going to starve to death. We expect the WWE to bounce back.

Daniel Bryan blames tombstones from Kane on neck injury (Video)

Daniel Bryan WWEDaniel Bryan announced on Monday’s RAW that he needs neck surgery and will be undergoing the procedure on Thursday. The people’s champion and leader of the “YES!” movement told the crowd about the news and played himself against some of the heels, like Triple H, Stephanie McMahon and Kane. He even blamed some tombstones from Kane last month on the neck injury, though that was likely just part of the storyline.

“Kane came out and he tombstoned me on the floor. He tombstoned me on the steel steps. He tombstoned me on the announcing table. Because of that, I was in a neck brace,” Bryan said while addressing the RAW crowd.

Bryan will likely be out 6-8 weeks at minimum. LBS wrestling insider Arsen D. believes Bryan just wore out from all the wrestling he’s done over the past years, including multiple two-a-days. He also believes Bryan’s flying headbutt played a role in the injury.

Bryan will be missed, but there is no doubt about whether he and the YES! movement will be back.