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Tristen Nash, son of Kevin Nash, dies at age 26

Tristen Nash

Tristen Nash, the son of WWE Hall of Fame wrestler Kevin Nash, has died at the age of 26.

Sean Ross Sapp of Fightful.com released a statement on Thursday on behalf of the Nash family.

“On behalf of Kevin and Tamara Nash, I have to unfortunately report that their son Tristen Nash has tragically passed away at the age of 26,” Sapp wrote.

“Tristen recently started working on Kevin’s new podcast and the two enjoyed their time together.

“The Nash family asks if you could please respect their privacy during this time.”

Kevin Nash was famous for being a founding member of the New World Order along with Hulk Hogan and Scott Hall. Thursday would have marked Hall’s 64th birthday, but he died in March.

Some notable wrestlers shared their condolences to the Nash family via Twitter.

Tristen was the only child of Kevin Nash and Tamara McMichael.

Hangman Adam Page taken out of ring on stretcher after suffering injury

Hangman Adam Page down on the mat

“Hangman” Adam Page had to be taken out of the wrestling ring on a stretcher during AEW Dynamite at the Heritage Bank Center in Cincinnati, Ohio on Tuesday night.

Page was facing Jon Moxley for the AEW Heavyweight title. Moxley nailed Page with a lariat, and the 31-year-old appeared to land with his head hitting the mat.

Hangman was knocked out and the match was stopped.

The attention then turned to Hangman, who received medical attention.

Page was placed on a stretcher and taken out of the ring.

Some in the wrestling community instantly shared their support for Hangman.

“Ladies and gentleman, I hope and pray that Cowboy Hangman Page recovers to 100 percent. Can walk again, can talk again, can play with his little baby again,” Moxley said to the fans in attendance.

Ex-WWE wrestler Sara Lee dies at age 30

Sara Lee with a backwards haton

Former WWE wrestler Sara Lee has died at the age of 30, her family publicly announced on Thursday.

Lee’s mother shared the news in a post on Facebook.

“It is with heavy hearts we wanted to share that our Sara Weston has gone to be with Jesus. We are all in shock and arrangements are not complete. We ask that you respectfully let our family mourn. We all need prayers, especially Cory and her children,” Lee’s mother wrote in the post announcing the news.

“Cory” is Cory Weston, who was Lee’s husband. The couple had three young children together.

Lee was best known for winning the 2015 “Tough Enough” competition, which earned her a 1-year contract with WWE. The promotion assigned her to their developmental brand NXT. Lee was released after her contract with WWE expired.

Lee’s husband Cory wrestled for WWE as “Wesley Blake.”

Fellow wrestlers sent tribute posts to Lee.

NXT’s Bull James promoted a fundraiser advertised as being in support of the Weston family.

Dwight Howard cuts epic promo during WWE tryout

Dwight Howard looking on

Jan 15, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard (12) arrives at Toyota Center before a game against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Dwight Howard may be nearing the end of his NBA career and is apparently already pursuing his second act.

Arash Markazi, a former sports writer and current host of “The Arash Markazi Show,” tweeted video footage of Howard making a surprise appearance on Thursday at a WWE tryout in Nashville, Tenn. ahead of SummerSlam.

Howard told Markazi that he still wants to play in the NBA this season, but that a career in the ring could be in his future.

“I would love to play in the NBA [this year],” Howard said. “Obviously that’s where I’ve been my whole entire life. I still have years left in me.

“I would definitely love to play and just end my career on a high note, and then transition to the best business in the world, [the] WWE.”

The 36-year-old cut an epic promo based on the character of “Sho’nuff” from the 1985 movie “The Last Dragon.”

Howard also met with Paul “Triple H” Levesque, who is the Executive Vice President for Talent Relations and Head of Creative for WWE. In the interaction, captured by Markazi, Levesque told Howard that these tryouts give the company a feel for potential talent that they may want to work with.

The eight-time All-Star may find himself in a solid scenario to end his NBA career on a winning note, given that one possible contender has reported interest in the free agent.

Vince McMahon makes huge announcement amid hush money scandal

A portrait of Vince McMahon

Jan 18, 2018; Stamford, CT, USA; WWE founder and chairman Vince McMahon poses for a portrait photo. McMahon announced that the XFL will re-launch in 2020. Mandatory Credit: Craig Ambrosio/Handout Photo via USA TODAY Sports

Vince McMahon is walking away from World Wrestling Entertainment amid his sexual misconduct scandal.

McMahon announced on Friday that he has retired as chairman and CEO of WWE, effective immediately. He cited his age as the primary reason for the decision and said he is “extremely confident in the continued success of WWE.” McMahon’s daughter, Stephanie McMahon, will remain chairwoman and co-CEO along with co-CEO Nick Khan.

McMahon said he will remain the majority shareholder of WWE, so he is essentially just stepping down from day-to-day operations. You can read the full statement below:

The major announcement comes roughly a month after WWE announced that a special committee of its Board of Directors is conducting an investigation into an alleged hush money payment that was made by McMahon. A Wall Street Journal report revealed that McMahon reached a secret $3 million settlement with a former WWE employee. The agreement stated that the woman, a paralegal who was hired by the company in 2019, could not disclose anything about an affair she had with McMahon or make disparaging remarks about him.

A more recent WSJ report claimed McMahon has paid a total of $12 million in hush money to four different women over the past 16 years.

McMahon purchased the business that would eventually become WWE from his father in 1982. He has grown it into a multi-billion dollar company.

Gina Carano responds to Ronda Rousey

Gina Carano smiles

Gina Carano responded this weekend to recent comments from Ronda Rousey.

Rousey was conducting an interview and asked whether she sould come out of retirement from MMA. She said she would unretire to face Carano, whom she credited as her inspiration to enter MMA.

Would Carano have any interest in fighting Rousey? Gina was asked that during an interview Saturday with Dan Bongino to promote her new Daily Wire movie, “Terror on the Prairie.”

“You know what? Just never put it past me. It could happen,” Carano said of a fight with Rousey. “It would be six months from now because I have a lot of stuff I need to do … but my fight really is, I really want to create, I want to direct, I want to produce… I want to give Ronda Rousey a job in one of my movies so maybe there is something we can do there.”

Carano is 40 and has not fought since 2009. Rousey is 35 and last fought in 2016. It has been several years since either woman trained for a fight. Professional fighting is well in the past for both women — especially Carano. It seems like they each have greater priorities in life, but fans can dream of a match between them one day.

Vince McMahon steps aside as WWE CEO amid hush money investigation

A portrait of Vince McMahon

Jan 18, 2018; Stamford, CT, USA; WWE founder and chairman Vince McMahon poses for a portrait photo. McMahon announced that the XFL will re-launch in 2020. Mandatory Credit: Craig Ambrosio/Handout Photo via USA TODAY Sports

Vince McMahon is stepping back from day-to-day operations with World Wrestling Entertainment amid an investigation into an alleged hush money payment he made to a former employee.

A report from the Wall Street Journal on Wednesday stated that McMahon agreed to a secret $3 million settlement with a former WWE employee. McMahon and the woman, a paralegal who was hired by WWE in 2019, allegedly had an affair. The agreement, which was signed in January, stated that the woman could not discuss anything about her relationship with McMahon or make disparaging remarks about the 76-year-old.

On Friday, WWE issued a press release stating that a special committee of its Board of Directors is conducting an investigation. McMahon has “voluntarily stepped back from his responsibilities as CEO and Chairman of the Board until the conclusion of the investigation.” McMahon’s daughter, Stephanie McMahon, has been named interim CEO and Chairwoman.

WWE head of talent relations John Laurinaitis was also named in the WSJ report. An investigation is said to have begun in April and uncovered other nondisclosure agreements pertaining to misconduct claims from former employees against McMahon and Laurinaitis.

The press release stated that WWE will have no further comment until the investigation is concluded.

McMahon is also facing a lawsuit over the attempted revival of the XFL.

McMahon will retain his responsibilities related to WWE’s creative content.

Jeff Hardy made troubling joke day before his DUI arrest

Jeff Hardy in his mug shot

Wrestling star Jeff Hardy was arrested for driving while under the influence this week, and the incident may have been foreshadowed when he appeared at an event the day before.

Hardy attended a wrestling convention in Orlando, Fla., on Sunday. Someone at the event took a video of the 44-year-old in front of a microphone while he was performing some songs. Before he started singing, Hardy took a big swig from a glass and said whiskey is “my best friend and my worst enemy.”

The person who took the video said Hardy was drinking consistently from a jug all night. His DUI arrest was roughly 12 hours later.

Hardy’s latest DUI was his third in less than four years. He was also charged with DUI in North Carolina in 2018 and 2019.

Hardy has been suspended indefinitely by AEW. He previously wrestled in both WWE and TNA. WWE released him at the end of last year after he declined their offer to send him to rehab.

Ronda Rousey shares the 1 fight she would come out of retirement for

Ronda Rousey looks ahead

December 30, 2016; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Ronda Rousey before her match against Amanda Nunes during UFC 207 at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Ronda Rousey has not fought in MMA since 2016, but she says there is one fight that would get her out of retirement.

Rousey, 35, was a guest on Sunday’s edition of “The Kurt Angle Show.” The former MMA fighter was asked whether she might fight in MMA ever again. She immediately said no, but then she reconsidered.

“There’s only one person … there’s only one person I would come back for,” Rousey told the hosts. “I mean, I’ve said it a million times. It’s not like it’s something new. (I’d come back) for Gina, man – Gina Carano.”

Rousey then praised Carano for inspiring her.

“She’s the reason why I got into fighting. She’s the reason why I knew it was a possibility. I will always be forever grateful. If she ever was like, ‘Ronda, I want to fight you tomorrow at 205 pounds’ – like, whatever the hell she’d want. I’m not saying she’s 205 pounds; she’s very svelte.”

Rousey also made clear that her wanting to face Carano is not the result of some bold callout, but rather out of respect.

“If she wanted to come into my backyard and do the ‘Rocky’ thing, you know, ‘Ding-ding,’ and we just do it in the backyard, I don’t care. I will fight Gina wherever she wants. And if she doesn’t want to, forever, I will leave that offer there. It’s a respect thing, not like a, ‘(Expletive) you, I’m coming to get you.’ It’s just like, ‘Hey, if you ever want to pull that card out, it’s there.’ I love her. Thank you, Gina, for everything you’ve done.”

Is such a fight ever going to happen? No. Not only is Rousey retired, but so is Carano.

Carano, 40, hasn’t fought in MMA since 2009. While Rousey is now enjoying a professional wrestling career, Carano has long moved on to acting in movies and TV shows. In the last few years, Carano has become a political figure. Fighting seems far in her past.

H/T MMA Junkie

AEW announces discipline for Jeff Hardy after latest DUI

Jeff Hardy in his mug shot

AEW wrestling star Jeff Hardy was once again arrested for driving while under the influence this week, and it could be quite some time before we see him back in the ring.

Hardy has been suspended indefinitely. AEW president and CEO Tony Khan released a statement on Tuesday saying Hardy has been suspended without pay and will not be allowed back until he completes a treatment program and shows he can stay sober.

Hardy was charged with three different violations in his latest arrest. One of them pertained to the DUI arrest being his third in the past 10 years. Hardy was also charged with DUI in North Carolina in 2018 and 2019.

Hardy, 44, previously wrestled in both WWE and TNA. WWE released him at the end of last year after he declined their offer to send him to rehab.

Hardy and his brother Matt were scheduled for a ladder match on Wednesday’s edition of “AEW Dynamite.”