Stone Cold Steve Austin offers DeSean Jackson huge safe after burglary

desean-jacksonPhiladelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson had his South Philadelphia home burglarized last week while he was in Miami. The thieves reportedly made off with more than $250,000 in cash, $125,000 in jewelry and two handguns. Jackson has since offered a $50,000 reward to anyone who has information that might help solve the crime.

While the offer of $50,000 still stands, WWE legend Stone Cold Steve Austin has presented Jackson with an offer of his own. During the burglarly, one of DeSean’s safes was stolen and two were broken into. Stone Cold is confident that won’t happen with a Fort Knox safe.

Stone Cold endorses Fort Knox, and he apparently believes the thieves would not have been so successful at Jackson’s house if he had one their state-of-the-art safes. If I were Jackson, I’d just ask Austin to guard my door and give any intruders a Stone Cold Stunner. That would probably be more effective.

H/T Crossing Broad

Mae Young dies at 90

Mae YoungWrestling pioneer Mae Young died at her South Carolina home on Tuesday at the age of 90.

Young was hospitalized and placed on life support in South Carolina last month after her health started to fail. She was recently placed under hospice care and was breathing with the assistance of a machine, the Post & Courier reported. Young was incorrectly reported to have died last week, but she hung on for five more days before passing away.

“There will never be another Mae Young,” WWE Chairman & CEO Vince McMahon said of Young in a statement. “Her longevity in sports entertainment may never be matched, and I will forever be grateful for all of her contributions to the industry. On behalf of WWE, I extend our sincerest condolences to her family and friends.”

Though Young said she was born in 1923, some friends believe she may have lied about her age and been born four years earlier. Young is the only person to hold the distinction of wrestling in nine different decades. She wrestled in high school in Oklahoma and then made her professional wrestling debut in 1939. She wrestled during and after World War II, and she was a prominent figure in National Wrestling Alliance.

Young, who was known as “The Queen” and “The Great Mae Young,” joined the WWF in 1999. She was named “Miss Royal Rumble 2000″ at age 76 after winning a bikini contest by supposedly taking off her top. She dated Mark Henry as part of a storyline and even got pregnant and delivered a prosthetic hand for a child for the story.

Young was inducted into the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2004 and the WWE Hall of Fame in 2008. Her last match was an “Old School” edition of RAW in 2010. She continued to be a part of WWE storylines all the way up through last year.

The Post & Courier’s incorrect report last week that Young had died led to an outpouring of positive sentiment from many wrestling figures:

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Ric Flair reportedly not attending Panthers-Niners game due to arrest warrant

Ric FlairBy now you have probably heard about Ric Flair traveling to Green Bay on Sunday to pump up the San Francisco 49ers before their playoff game against the Packers. It may have seemed like a harmless publicity stunt, but many Carolina Panthers fans do not see it that way.

After Steve Smith ripped Flair — who has lived in Charlotte and been a fan of the area’s sports teams — for supporting the Niners, the Nature Boy’s camp said he had received death threats from Panthers fans and would not be attending Sunday’s game at Bank of America Stadium. The Charlotte Business Journal told a different story on Thursday, noting that Flair currently has a warrant out for his arrest in North Carolina.

On July 3, Mecklenburg District Court JudgeChristy T. Mann signed an order for the arrest of one Richard Fliehr on contempt of court violations. Legal documents show the former wrestler failed to meet the terms of a June 18 order.

That order called for the wrestler to pay $32,352.51 in unpaid post-separation support and legal fees by 5 p.m. on June 27 and maintain support of his estranged spouse’s car lease and insurance and health insurance, documents show.

The court order also states that Fliehr (Nature Boy’s real name) is required to turn himself in and “shall remain in the custody of the Mecklenburg County Sheriff until he pays all sums required.”

Well, that certainly throws a depressing kink in the storyline. Here we are thinking Flair has become public enemy No. 1 for Panthers fans and is not welcome in their stadium, when in reality the man is dealing with a warrant. Things just got a little less WWE.

H/T The Big Lead

Brock Lesnar in talks with Dana White about a UFC return?

Brock Lesnar

Brock Lesnar is very much involved with WWE, but he’s also been the subject of many MMA rumors in the past few weeks. It sounds like those rumors might be for good reason.

Though Lesnar did not show up to UFC 168 as was rumored, UFC boss Dana White reportedly told LA Times reporter Lance Pugmire that he’s been in talks with Brock.

Many believe all the talk about Brock’s involvement with the UFC was just a publicity stunt. Brock has an exclusive contract with WWE for big money and low appearances. He’s expected to wrestle at WrestleMania in April. He hasn’t fought in the UFC since losing to Alistair Overeem a little over two years ago. Why would he want back in when the WWE is giving him a great deal? It doesn’t make much sense, regardless of the rumors.

The UFC, though, could really use Brock. He was their biggest pay-per-view draw and, with Georges St-Pierre and Anderson Silva out for the time being, they need more stars.

Ric Flair reportedly received death threats, will not attend Niners-Panthers game

Ric FlairRic Flair has somehow become a popular topic of discussion during the most exciting time of the year for NFL fans. The 64-year-old wrestling legend pumped up the San Francisco 49ers before their playoff game against the Green Bay Packers, and the Niners came away with a road win at Lambeau Field. As a result, Flair has fallen out of grace with Panthers fans.

Flair has lived in Charlotte and been a fan of the area’s sports teams, with his famous “wooo” formerly playing on the stadium scoreboard during Panthers game. Earlier this week, Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith ripped the Nature Boy for his support of the Niners. Apparently some Carolina fans have taken it to another level.

“When the 49ers reached out and WWE asked Ric to jet up there, of course he said yes,” Melinda Morris Zanoni, Flair’s agent at Legacy Talent and Entertainment, said in a statement. “And he’s friends with a bunch of the 49ers just like he is with the Panthers, Packers, and many other NFL players.  But no, Ric does not intend on attending the Panthers vs. 49ers game this weekend.”

As Tom Sorensen of the Charlotte Observer noted, Flair has also received death threats from Panthers fans since giving his pep talk to the 49ers. That’s a shame. You can understand Panthers fans being upset that Flair visited an opponent, but this should all be in good fun. Death threats are never good fun.

“We know fans are passionate about their teams, but some of the choice language we have been receiving is scaring off our interns,” Zanoni added.

Smith loves drama, which made him the perfect candidate to speak out against Flair. That being said, Flair has been an entertainer his entire life. He certainly doesn’t deserve to be threatened over a ridiculous pep talk.

H/T The Big Lead

Ronda Rousey said CM Punk was sexy

Ronda Rousey CM Punk

While most of you were watching the BCS National Championship Game, Ronda Rousey and many others were taking in “Old School Raw” in Baltimore on Monday night.

One of those people was MMA superstar Ronda Rousey, who tweeted that she thought Punk looked sexy.

As Rousey said, just when she called Punk sexy, he lost to Roman Reigns.

No response yet from Punk, at least that we know of. If I were Rousey, I might be worried about some backlash from Punk’s girlfriend AJ Lee, based on what happened to Michelle Beadle. Good thing Rousey can defend herself.

H/T Fight Opinion

Steve Smith upset with Ric Flair for supporting 49ers

Ric FlairRic Flair has somehow become a divisive figure in the NFL playoffs, if you can believe that.

On Saturday night, Flair flew into Wisconsin on a private jet to give the San Francisco 49ers a pep talk prior to their playoff game against the Green Bay Packers. The Niners won the game 23-20, and some credited Flair for being the secret weapon.

Well Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith found out about Flair speaking to the Niners, and he is not happy.

Flair has lived in Charlotte and has been a fan of Charlotte’s sports teams. His “wooo” used to play on the scoreboard during Panthers games. Smith feels like Flair betrayed the Panthers by pumping up the Niners, who will visit Carolina on Sunday for their divisional playoff game.

“That San Francisco bridge has been burned,” Smith said on Monday via Charlotte Observer columnist Tom Sorenson.

Not only do the 49ers have Flair on their side now, but San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick says the Niners owe Carolina a loss from Week 10. We’ll see who comes out on top, and whether Flair makes it up to the Panthers.