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Friday, October 18, 2019

Wrestling

WWE suspends Enzo Amore for alleged sexual assault

Enzo Amore

WWE superstar Enzo Amore has been suspended for an alleged sexual assault last October.

In a statement issued Monday afternoon, WWE announced that Amore, whose real name is Eric Arndt, was suspended indefinitely for the alleged incident.

“WWE has zero tolerance for matters involving sexual harassment or sexual assault,” the statement read, via Tim Fiorvanti of ESPN. “Until this matter is resolved, Eric Arndt (aka Enzo Amore) has been suspended.”

On Monday, the Cruiserweight champion was accused by an unnamed woman of raping her last October in Phoenix. Per Ryan Satin of Pro Wrestling Sheet, Phoenix police are investigating, though the bulk of that investigation is complete, with only lab results yet to come.

WWE Superstar Roman Reigns, famous actors implicated in steroids ring

Roman Reigns

WWE Superstar Roman Reigns and famous actors Mark Wahlberg and Josh Duhamel are accused of being involved in a steroids ring.

The accusations of Reigns, Wahlberg and Duhamel’s ties to a steroids ring were revealed by Richard Rodriguez, the owner of Miami-based Wellness Fitness Nutrition and Iron Addicts gym, who is in jail for dealing steroids. His business was raided by the DEA last February. You can read the entire complaint against him here.

Filmmaker Jon Bravo is making a film about the gym/steroids ring and interviewed Rodriguez. He posted the audio of an interview with Rodriguez on YouTube on Jan. 11. In that interview, Rodriguez names Reigns Wahlberg and Duhamel as his clients.

In the interview, Rodriguez says the reason for naming names and talking is because he is trying to clear his name and make people aware of what’s out there. He claims Reigns was introduced to him by an informant.

Reigns, 32, is the current Intercontinental Champion in WWE. He was suspended by WWE for a month in 2016 for a wellness policy violation.

Could Vince McMahon try to buy the Panthers?

Vince McMahon

Rumors have been swirling that Vince McMahon has plans to get back into the professional football industry, but could he be thinking about becoming part of the NFL rather than relaunching his own football league?

Former WWE commentator Jonathan “The Coach” Coachman, who was an analyst for the XFL during its one season of existence, told TMZ recently that he believes McMahon making a bid to buy the Carolina Panthers is a possibility.

“Let’s remember where Vince’s home base is — North Carolina,” Coachman said. “He has a restaurant in North Carolina. Triple H’s (McMahon’s son in law) bachelor party was in Raleigh, North Carolina. … Vince has legitimate money. He’s a billionaire. He can come up with the funds, and he’s also at the age where the other owners would respect that.”

Coachman thinks buying the Panthers is a “second possibility” for McMahon, as he also believes the idea of an XFL return is realistic.

All the signs we have seen over the past week indicate that McMahon is up to something. With the Panthers suddenly for sale, it would not be a surprise if he made a play for the franchise.

Vince McMahon selling $100 million of WWE stock to potentially bring back XFL

Vince McMahon

All signs continue to point to Vince McMahon thinking about bringing back the XFL, only there’s one catch.

Last week, a report circulated saying that McMahon was looking to bring back the XFL and that he would potentially make the announcement next month.

A WWE spokesperson even confirmed last week that McMahon was interested in professional football.

Now comes word that McMahon filed to sell 3.34 million shares of WWE stock, which would generate around $100 million. McMahon also filed for five trademarks related to the XFL, as the previous ones were abandoned. Here’s the catch, though: McMahon filed the trademarks through a new company he formed called Alpha Entertainment. This company would be separate from WWE.

The WWE previously joined with TV partner NBC to run the XFL back in 2001. The league lasted just one season, with both the WWE and NBC reportedly losing around $35 million each.

Perhaps McMahon feels that with TV ratings declining and the NFL dealing with multiple PR issues, there is a good window of opportunity to bring his product back.

Houston Astros have Ric Flair on their side in ALCS

Ric Flair

The Houston Astros entered Game 7 of the ALCS with a big advantage over the New York Yankees, not for any players they have though.

The Astros had wrestling personality Ric Flair to pump them up before the game. Take a look at the message he shared for the team:

Flair has relationships with multiple sports teams.

He’s been working with the Falcons.

He’s cheering on Michigan:

And the Astros are his baseball team. Life’s better with The Nature Boy on your side.

Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph to wear Undertaker-inspired cleats

Kyle Rudolph

Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph is getting in the wrestling spirit ahead of Sunday’s WWE TLC event in Minneapolis.

Rudolph will be wearing some Undertaker-inspired cleats for his team’s game against the Baltimore Ravens. Artist Mache posted a video on Instagram of him custom painting a portrait of the popular wrestler on some cleats:

WWE’s website says Rudolph asked for the cleats because he knew the WWE event would be taking place at Target Center later that night.

Rudolph isn’t the first NFL player to wear wrestling-inspired cleats this season. Two Atlanta Falcons players wore Ric Flair cleats earlier this month.

The Rock loved Golden Tate’s touchdown celebration

Golden Tate peoples elbow

The Rock was a fan of Golden Tate’s touchdown celebration on Sunday.

Tate caught a touchdown in the first quarter of Detroit’s game against New Orleans. He dropped the People’s Elbow in celebration — a nod to The Rock’s wrestling move.

The Rock saw it and shared his excitement over it on Twitter:

The Rock approves!