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#pounditTuesday, January 26, 2021

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WWE comments on LaMelo Ball using racial slur during ‘Raw’

LaVar Ball WWE

LaVar Ball appeared on “Monday Night Raw” this week, and it was actually his 15-year-old son who made one of the biggest headlines.

And not the good kind.

During the Ball family’s appearance at the Staples Center, LaVar entered the ring with two of his sons, Los Angeles Lakers first-round draft pick Lonzo and 15-year-old LaMelo. After some promoting of the Big Baller Brand and some back and forth with WWE heel The Miz, LaVar challenged Miz to a fight and ripped his shirt off (video here). That’s when LaMelo really appeared to get into the storyline.

LaMelo, who had a microphone in his hand, urged his dad to “beat that n—- a–” while he and Lonzo laughed hysterically.

WWE told Houston Mitchell of the Los Angeles Times that LaMelo’s comments were not part of the script.

“The inappropriate language used by a guest during the ‘Miz TV’ segment was not scripted nor reflects WWE’s values,” the organization said.

LaMelo is just 15, so he obviously has a lot to learn. He is just starting to see what life is like in the public spotlight, and some recent social media activity showed how it can’t be all that easy.

LaVar Ball takes off shirt at ‘WWE Monday Night Raw’

LaVar Ball WWE

LaVar Ball finally found the proper place for his talk and hype — a WWE ring.

Ball and his “Big Baller Brand” made an appearance on “WWE Monday Night RAW” at Staples Center in Los Angeles Monday. The father appeared on the program with sons LaMelo and Lonzo.

Both sons got in the ring with The Miz, and then LaVar did as well. The sons said a few things, but we all know that LaVar is the mouth behind the brand, so he did most of the talking.

At one point he made a cartoon-like sound:

And then the highlight came when LaVar ripped off his shirt:

LaVar Ball is a clown and a carnival barker, but we can’t say that he’s not funny. That was some excellent promo for his brand and company.

Triple H sending Kevin Durant, Warriors custom WWE championship belt

Kevin Durant took home the NBA Finals MVP trophy after Monday night’s win over the Cavaliers, but he has even more hardware coming their way in the near future. And we’re not talking about a championship ring.

On Tuesday, WWE superstar and executive Triple H shared a photo on Twitter of the custom championship belt the organization will be sending to Durant and the Warriors.

This has become a tradition over the past several years. The WWE sent a championship belt to the Cavs last year, and they have done it for champions in other sports as well.

Now if Triple H could only get Durant to perfect his Stone Cold Steve Austin beer drinking celebration:

Durant better work on some of his signature moves if he wants to do that belt justice.

Bray Wyatt divorce: Allegedly caught cheating on wife with ring announcer JoJo

Bray Wyatt wife

The wife of WWE Superstar Bray Wyatt has filed for divorce alleging that her husband cheated on her. What’s more is that a report pegs Wyatt as having an affair with WWE ring announcer, JoJo.

The Daily Mail shares news of the divorce, and they say wife Samantha Rotunda has filed for divorce in Florida from Wyatt, whose real name is Windham Rotunda. Though JoJo is not named in the divorce documents, The Daily Mail says Samantha’s lawyer has records proving Bray has been in constant contact with JoJo. JoJo is the daughter of former MLB player, Jose Offerman.

Wyatt reportedly has filed an injunction in response to his wife’s divorce filing in which he seeks her silence about their split.

Wyatt and his wife are college sweethearts and were married in 2012. Samantha says they have been separated since March when Bray allegedly walked out on his wife and two children.

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X-Pac suspected of dealing meth, says he did not have relapse

X-Pac took to Twitter on Monday to assure his fans that he has not suffered a drug relapse, but that may not help keep the WWE legend out of jail.

X-Pac, whose real name is Sean Waltman, was arrested over the weekend for trying to bring methamphetamine and marijuana through customs at Los Angeles International Airport before his flight to the United Kingdom. The 44-year-old has been open about his struggles with drug addiction in the past, so naturally people have begun wondering if he is still using. Waltman says he is not.

According to a police report obtained by TMZ Sports, police found three cannibis chocolate bars, two THC liquid cigarettes, 38 methamphetamine capsules and $736.10 cash in Waltman’s luggage. Authorities say the “large quantity of pills plus the large quantity of U.S. currency are associated with narcotics sales,” and Waltman was charged with possession of narcotics with intent to sell — a felony that carries a maximum sentence of four years in prison.

While it won’t help him in court, that could mean Waltman is dealing drugs rather than using them. That’s notable for someone who admitted a while back that he “got real bad” with a crystal meth addiction when he first moved to Los Angeles.

Life outside the ring has obviously not been easy for Waltman. If you remember the horrific injury he suffered a few years back, you know life inside of it wasn’t always pleasant for him, either. Even if he does have an explanation for the drug bust, it’s hard to imagine him avoiding serious legal trouble.

X-Pac arrested for reportedly carrying marijuana, meth through airport

WWE legend X-Pac, whose real name is Sean Waltman, has found himself in some serious trouble with the law after he was arrested at Los Angeles International Airport over the weekend.

Law enforcement sources told TMZ that Waltman was flying out to a wrestling event in the United Kingdom when he tried to bring marijuana and meth through customs. The 44-year-old was arrested, and police later realized he had an outstanding warrant for a prior arrest for driving while under the influence. Waltman was charged with possession of a controlled substance and released on $35,000 bail.

As TMZ notes, Waltman has been arrested multiple times for drug possession and has been open about his struggle with addiction. He told fellow former WWE wrestler Steve Austin that he “got real bad” on crystal meth when he first moved out to L.A.

Life outside the ring has obviously not been easy for Waltman. If you remember the horrific injury he suffered a few years back, you know life inside of it wasn’t always pleasant for him, either.

Ronda Rousey, Travis Browne engaged

Ronda Rousey DNB

Ronda Rousey is off the market — officially.

Rousey got engaged to boyfriend Travis Browne, who proposed to her last week in New Zealand, according to TMZ Sports.

“We are engaged,” Browne told a reporter from SplashNews.com.

Browne gave a detail about the proposal, saying he did it “under a waterfall in New Zealand … felt like the right place to do it.”

Rousey was asked when they may have the wedding. She said she wasn’t sure, but don’t expect a whole elaborate deal from her.

“Soon but I don’t know what goes into planning a wedding,” said Rousey. “I could be really easy. I don’t really want a lot. Don’t really need decorations and flowers, just somewhere to go, something to eat, and people around.”

Rousey and Browne, who is also an MMA fighter, have been together since 2015. They even were dating while Browne was separated but still married to his now ex-wife, which led to some tension.

This will be the first marriage for Rousey, who just turned 30.

Undertaker retires after WrestleMania – leaves gloves, coat, hat in ring

Undertaker gloves

The Undertaker lost to Roman Reigns at WrestleMania 33 in Orlando on Sunday in an outcome many saw coming. This is Reigns’ time to shine, and the Taker decided to call it a career.

Following his loss to Reigns — an ending many felt was dissatisfying — Undertaker took off his gloves and left them in the ring, along with his jacket and hat.

The whole package was a symbol that the Taker was retiring. The announcers all kept quiet, choosing to let the visual images, dark colors, and playing of the Undertaker’s music represent the moment, which is the close of one of the best careers in WWE history.

John Cena proposes to girlfriend Nikki Bella after tag team win

John Cena proposes

John Cena finally popped the question.

The WWE Superstar proposed to girlfriend Nikki Bella at WrestleMania 33 in Orlando on Sunday, right after the two won a tag team match against The Miz and Maryse.

“I just need you to say yes one more time,” Cena said as he broke out the ring from his pocket. “I have been waiting so long to ask you this. Stephanie Nicole Garcia-Colace — will you marry me?”

The proposal from Cena ends all the razzing and questions he had faced on “Total Bellas” over not proposing to Nikki. The wrestler had his family sitting ringside to enjoy the big moment and got to celebrate afterwards.

The two have been dating since 2012.

Gronk makes tackle at WrestleMania to help Mojo Rawley win

Rob Gronkowski WrestleMania

Rob Gronkowski has been bro’ing down with his buddy Mojo Rawley the past few weeks, and all that apparently was just a tease of what was to come at WrestleMania.

The New England Patriots tight end, who has been recovering from season-ending back surgery, got involved in the Battle Royal at WrestleMania.

First Jinder Mahal splashed a Coke on Gronk, who was watching the match from the front row in the stands. Gronk then interfered with the event by getting into the ring, lining up in a 3-point football stance, and charging after Mahal to make a serious tackle:

With Gronk’s help, Rawley was able to win the Andre the Giants Memorial Battle Royal at WrestleMania 33. They sure make a good team.

Next up we just need Bill Belichick to make an appearance helping Seth Rollins and the NFL/WWE world will be complete.