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LeBron James gives Heat teammates WWE championship belts

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WWE championship belts are all the rage among professional athletes these days. While millions of young kids around the world are idolizing NFL, NBA, NHL and MLB players, it seems like all of the idols are looking up to the stars of wrestling. LeBron James was given an official WWE championship belt by The Rock last month, and he has apparently decided to pay it forward.

“Always wanted to be the WWE Heavyweight World Champion so today I surprised my teammates with their own for their collection,” LeBron wrote on Instagram Wednesday. “And by the way it’s a Great time to be a @WWE fan with the launch of #WWENetwork #LoveMyTeammates #WWEStandOutAsAKid #StriveForGreatness.”

If you’re like me and thought the championship belt thing was getting out of hand when LeSean McCoy draped one over his shoulder and the Phoenix Coyotes began giving one to their player of the game, you’ll probably think this is a little much. This has to be the most rapidly-growing fad I’ve seen since pogs swept the nation in the 1990s.

Photo: Instagram/Chris Bosh

Undertaker chokeslams Brock Lesnar, will face him at WrestleMania (Video)

Brock Lesnar UndertakerIt’s finally on! The Undertaker showed up to “RAW” on Monday night in Green Bay and was challenged by Brock Lesnar to sign a contract to fight him at WrestleMania 30. Lesnar told Taker to sign a contract, but The Undertaker used the pen to stab Lesnar’s hand and then chokeslammed him through a table.

The two have faced each other before at No Mercy in the past, but this WrestleMania match has been in the works for a while.

You may recall that Undertaker showed up to the Honda Center in Anaheim for Lesnar’s UFC 121 fight against Cain Velasquez in 2010 and tried to goad Brock into fighting at WrestleMania. The match didn’t happen then, but it will finally be happening a little more than three years later.

Now the only question is whether Brock will be the person who breaks Taker’s perfect record at WrestleMania.

Nelson Frazier Jr. aka Mabel, Big Daddy V reportedly dead

Mabel Viscera

Nelson Frazier, best known to the wrestling world as Mabel/Big Daddy V/Viscera, died on Tuesday after suffering a heart attack, according to reports.

Wrestling agent Eric Simms shared the news on his Facebook page:

“I hate to be the bearer of bad news but I just got off the phone with Big Daddy V’s wife. He had a massive heart attack and passed away today. He was 43 years old

my thoughts and prayers are with his family right now,” Simms wrote.

Many figures in the wrestling world began to pay their respects, including legendary WWE announcer Jim Ross.

Nelson Jr. just celebrated his birthday on Friday (there is some confusion about his age — Simms says he was 43, but his birthday is listed as 2/14/1972, which would make him 42). Nelson Jr. wrestled in both the WWF and WWE, and he was the 1995 King of the Ring. Many remember him best when he was Mabel wrestling in WWF back in the mid-’90s.

Big Daddy V was an imposing figure best known for his enormous size. He stood 6-foot-9 and weighed around 500 pounds. The video below is his entrance to the ring a day after winning King of the Ring in ’95. His announced weight was 468 pounds!

He was even more intimidating later in his wrestling career:

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As King Mabel, he was part of the long feud involving Yokozuna and The Undertaker. Yokozuna was one of the few wrestlers who could match up to Mabel in size:

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Hulk Hogan to appear on Raw night WWE Network launches?

Hulk HoganWWE is breaking out one of its big guns for the launch of its new TV network.

According to PWInsider, Hulk Hogan will be appearing on WWE Raw Feb. 24 in Green Bay, Wisconsin, marking his first appearance with the TV network since 2007.

Hogan’s return to WWE has been anticipated ever since his split with TNA.

PW Insider says Hulk was actually scheduled to appear in Las Vegas for the announcement of the launch of the TV network, but those plans were changed. The Undertaker has also been booked to return on Feb. 24 as well, according to the report.

Thanks to Arsen D., who predicted the move, for the tip

Fans chant for CM Punk during Randy Orton speech (Video)

CM PunkFans attending Raw on Monday night expressed their unhappiness over CM Punk leaving the organization last week. While Randy Orton was speaking prior to his match with Daniel Bryan, the fans began to chant for CM Punk.

CM Punk left WWE last week for a few reasons. One, he probably needed some time away to rest and recover after touring with the organization. Two, he probably felt disrespected, especially with part-timers main-eventing and Batista winning the Royal Rumble. Or three, this could just be a storyline put out by WWE.

Whatever the case, you can tell fans are disappointed that Punk’s not around, because they chanted for him while Orton was talking and also during the main event between Orton and Daniel Bryan. Bryan won the match to spark a bunch of “YES!” chants, like always.

H/T Arsen D.

Matt Hardy and wife Reby Sky were in bloody fight on New Year’s but are staying together

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Former WWE wrestler Matt Hardy and his wife, Reby Sky, were both arrested on New Year’s for assault and battery after getting into a fight with each other at a motel in Virginia, according to a report.

Police went to the Hampton Inn in Emporia, Va., around 5:45 a.m. on Jan. 1 after hearing reports of a man and his girlfriend being in a fight. They found both Hardy and his wife and arrested each of them. Both appeared to be scratched and cut up in their mug shots.

TMZ says the fight started when Reby asked Matt, who has had substance abuse problems in the past, whether he had drank or used any other substances that night. The question must have angered Hardy and led to the fight between the two.

Hardy and Reby were married in October and seem to still be together despite the fight. Matt defended Reby in a tweet sent on Tuesday after receiving some threats:

He also linked to a video Wednesday about their engagement:

They also both posted the selfies seen at the top of the post to their Twitter accounts earlier this week. What are they trying to say? Move along, nothing to see here? Usually when there’s one domestic fight like this, things don’t tend to improve in the future.

Photo: Twitter/Matt Hardy

Fan has epic meltdown after Batista wins Royal Rumble (Video)

Wrestling fanBatista winning the Royal Rumble over the weekend did not go over well with wrestling fans. Check that: anyone other than Daniel Bryan winning the Royal Rumble would probably have gone over poorly with fans.

But was anyone more heated over the outcome of the event than this fine lad?

Just look at this dude. First he rips the thing off the wall. Then comes the heated declaration, “I’m never ordering the f—ing pay-per-view again ever!” that you know he’ll never live up to. Then comes some more angry ranting. And then guy starts looking around for more crap to break.

That was beautiful. Thank goodness some blessed soul had the presence to record the fantastic moment.

H/T Deadspin