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Friday, August 23, 2019

Wrestling

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.

Stephanie McMahon would love Ronda Rousey to sign with WWE

Ronda Rousey

Ronda Rousey may never fight in the UFC again after she failed to regain her title with a loss to Amanda Nunes back in December, but that hardly means we have seen the last of her.

Rousey has spoken often about wanting to advance her acting career. And if she decides making a few WWE appearances could help her accomplish that goal, Stephanie McMahon said this week that the door is wide open.

“Everybody’s always asking me about Ronda,” the WWE chief brand officer told ESPN’s Jemele Hill and Michael Smith. “Yes. I know that she loves WWE and we certainly love her. It would be a match made in heaven. Hopefully one day we’ll have that opportunity.”

Spending some time in the WWE would make a lot of sense for Rousey. After she lost to Holly Holm in Nov. 2015, Rousey’s image and self confidence were seemingly shattered. Her entire MMA career centered around being an unstoppable force, and she has now lost two fights. We learned this week that Rousey has been working with a new nutrition specialist, which could mean she is looking to prepare for a UFC fight, acting roles, WWE appearances, or all of the above.

Rousey hasn’t said whether she will ever fight again in the UFC, though this Instagram post from January got people talking. If she does decide to close the book on her MMA career, the WWE could be a natural fit.

Ronda Rousey begins working with new nutrition specialist

Ronda Rousey

We haven’t heard much regarding the future of Ronda Rousey since her loss to Amanda Nunes on Dec. 30, but she has made one recent move.

Rousey has begun working with a new nutrition specialist, according to an Instagram post by nutrition specialist Dan Garner.

Here’s the post, which was published on Tuesday:

“Wanted to give a good welcoming post to Ronda Rousey who has just recently joined the team, and is all set for the comprehensive nutritional programming process with myself. Excited to have her on board and to accomplish some great things with her this year,” Garner says in his post.

The part about looking forward to accomplishing great things with her this year will cause some speculation that Rousey may be gearing up for an MMA comeback.

She lost her perceived invincibility when she lost to Holly Holm in Nov. 2015, and then her aura was completely shattered with the following loss to Nunes. Rousey hasn’t commented one way or another about a potential comeback, though this Instagram post from January caused a stir.

Rousey, who previously was a vegan and has been diet-conscious for years, is 30 and has an acting career she has been pursuing the past few years. It’s unclear whether this new diet plan is intended to get her ready for MMA or more movie roles.

H/T Bloody Elbow

Paul Heyman: Brock Lesnar was never at ‘physical peak’ for a UFC fight

Brock Lesnar

When you look at Brock Lesnar, it’s hard to imagine the heavyweight has ever lost a fight in the UFC. Lesnar always appears to be in top physical condition, but his manager insists that is rarely the case. For Lesnar’s UFC bouts, that has apparently never been the case.

In a recent appearance on the Fight Society Podcast, Paul Heyman spoke about Lesnar’s battles with diverticulitis over the past several years.

“I would suggest that Brock is really now in his physical prime because he was robbed of reaching his full potential as an athlete in his 20s and early-30ss by diverticulitis,” Heyman said, via Damon Martin of FOX Sports. “If you look back at his career, by the time he was in the NCAA Division I wrestling championships, he was already suffering from diverticulitis.”

We first learned about Lesnar’s struggles with the intestinal condition when he pulled out of his scheduled fight against Junior dos Santos in 2011, but diverticulitis was also the reason he had to bail on a fight in 2009. According to Heyman, the condition affected Lesnar long before that.

“So you never saw him at his full potential in college,” he continued. “You never saw him at his full potential in his first run in WWE. He went into the Minnesota Vikings camp not only with the diverticulitis inside of his system but a broken jaw and a fractured pelvis, which he covered in the book that we wrote together and then you never saw him, not once did you see him in UFC at his absolute physical peak.”

Lesnar, now 39, dominated Mark Hunt at UFC 200 last July only to have the win vacated because of multiple failed drug tests. He was suspended a year by the Nevada State Athletic Commission as a result, but Heyman said the recent rumors about Lesnar’s UFC career are not necessarily true.

While winning a UFC fight after his 40th birthday would be quite an accomplishment for Lesnar, the odds are still against it happening.

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WWE wrestler Kane pursuing mayoral run in Tennessee

Kane

Wrestler Kane, a 23-time WWE/WWF champion, is looking at a new career in politics.

Kane, whose real name is Glenn Jacobs, has formally filed paperwork appointing a political treasurer in order to run for mayor of Knox County, Tennessee, according to WCYB.

Jacobs runs an insurance company in addition to his WWE duties, and he identifies as a Republican. This is only the first step toward a run, and the election itself would not be until May 1, 2018.

“Knox County is a great place and we’re so happy and feel so blessed to live here,” Jacobs said. “I want to do my part going forward.”

Kane has been mulling this for over a year and it seems he’s decided to go through with it, though he still has a long way to go.

H/T TMZ

Jim Ross’ wife Jan dies from injuries due to Vespa crash

Jim Ross

Jan Ross, the wife of legendary wrestling announcer Jim Ross, died on Wednesday night after suffering injuries related to a Vespa crash.

Ross announced the heartbreaking news on his Twitter account.

Ross had been providing updates on Jan’s condition ever since learning of her crash on Monday night.

Jan was riding her Vespa home from the gym without a helmet and was hit from behind by a car driven by a 17-year-old. She suffered multiple skull fractures and went into emergency surgery. Ross said they needed “a miracle” for her to survive.

Jan was in critical condition earlier on Wednesday, but Jim shared the sad news later in the evening. TMZ says she was 55 years old.

Jim Ross’ wife Jan on life support after ‘catastrophic brain injury’

Jan Ross, the wife of WWE announcing legend Jim Ross, is fighting for her life in an Oklahoma hospital after she was involved in a serious scooter accident Monday night.

In a blog post on his website Wednesday, Jim Ross said his wife “needs a miracle” after she suffered a serious brain injury when her Vespa was hit from behind by another driver. Jan was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

“Monday night at approximately 9:30 pm while I was recording the Ross Report about 30 miles from our home, my wife Jan was riding her Vespa home from the gym when (she) was struck from behind by an automobile driven by a 17 year old young man,” Jim Ross wrote. “Jan suffered a catastrophic brain injury including multiple skull fractures. My little Angel was unfortunately not wearing a helmet which arguably would have prevented the extreme nature of her injuries.

“I will fully admit that there has been no experience in my life that could have prepared me for this life changing week. To see one’s life partner and love of one’s life being kept alive via life support equipment is tragically heartbreaking.”

Jim went on to explain that the swelling in Jan’s brain must subside in order for her to have a chance at survival.

Ross is one of the most beloved figures in WWE history, and he thanked fans for their prayers and support. We hope the Ross family receives some good news in the near future.