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Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Wrestling

Report: Ronda Rousey will disappear after WrestleMania

Ronda Rousey WWE

Ronda Rousey reached the pinnacle in MMA, becoming a world champion in her weight class. She competed in the Olympics in judo, winning a bronze medal. And on Sunday night, Rousey competed in the main event at WrestleMania — the WWE’s premier event. The 32-year-old has done so much in her career and does not have many more “firsts” to achieve. She seems to recognize that and may be planning to drop off the grid after WrestleMania 35.

Jeremy Botter, an MMA reporter, said on Twitter Sunday night that Rousey is planning to disappear from public life after WrestleMania.

This isn’t the first time we’ve heard similar talk. Back in January, there were reports saying she would be leaving the WWE after WrestleMania. The thinking is that she would want to try and start a family with husband Travis Browne.

Rousey is reportedly signed with the WWE through 2021, though that wouldn’t necessarily stop her from walking away if that’s what she desires.

Batista trips entering ring at WrestleMania, gets the memes

Batista trips

For a veteran of the squared circle, Batista looked like a rookie when entering the ring at WrestleMania on Sunday night.

Batista made his way into the ring before his match with Triple H at MetLife Stadium. He got his leg caught on the rope and stumbled as he entered the ring.

The embarrassing gaffe led to plenty of jokes and memes on Twitter, many of which referenced his career as a movie star for Marvel. Take a look:

Come on, you gotta be better than that, Batista.

Brock Lesnar losing at WrestleMania hints at likely UFC return

Brock Lesnar

The way Brock Lesnar was handled and lost at WrestleMania on Sunday points to a likely UFC return for the heavyweight fighter.

Lesnar and Seth Rollins took on each other early at WrestleMania 35 at MetLife Stadium. Rollins ended up winning the singles match for the WWE Universal Championship in just 2:30 — a very short match.

Not only was it somewhat of a surprise for Lesnar to have lost, but to also be involved in a match so early in the card rather than as a main event signified a likely change. On top of that, Lesnar’s manager Paul Heyman said something about Lesnar heading to Las Vegas where he would be appreciated. That seemed to hint at Lesnar going to the UFC, which often holds fights in Vegas.

There were talks about Lesnar potentially fighting Daniel Cormier going back to last year. Earlier this week, ESPN’s Ariel Helwani said Lesnar and Cormier might be fighting in August. Brock’s brief WrestleMania appearance seems to point towards a future UFC fight.

Bret Hart attacker Zach Madsen has previous stalking arrest

Bret Hart fan

The man who attacked Bret Hart during the WWE Hall of Fame event in Brooklyn on Saturday night has been identified, and he is no stranger to legal trouble.

Zachary Madsen, 26, of Lincoln, Neb., bypassed security and tackled Hart inside the ring at the Barclays Center. Kevin Cole of the Omaha World-Herald reviewed court records and learned that Madsen is awaiting trial for a previous incident in which he violated a protective order. Madsen, an aspiring mixed martial arts fighter, was accused of stalking MMA fighter Haris Talundzic. Talundzic said he had trained at a gym in Lincoln with Madsen but stopped because he was concerned about Madsen’s mental health.

Prior to Saturday night’s event, Madsen sent numerous tweets about the WWE. Some were critical Vince McMahon, while another thanked the WWE founder.

Madsen was immediately pummeled by several people after he tackled Hart. If you saw some of the shots that were delivered to Madsen after he entered the ring, it’s no surprise he ended up with so many injuries. Madsen is reportedly facing several charges from the incident.

WWE fan who attacked Bret Hart reportedly charged with assault

Bret Hart fan

The fan who attacked Bret Hart during the WWE Hall of Fame event in Brooklyn on Saturday night is reportedly facing several charges.

Hart, 61, was in the middle of honoring the late Jim Neidhart when a fan somehow made his way into the ring and tackled The Hitman. According to Arash Markazi of the Los Angeles Times, the fan has been charged with two counts of assault and one count of disorderly conduct.

WWE confirmed in a statement that the fan managed to bypass security and was eventually apprehended and turned over to authorities.

While some understandably thought the incident was staged at first, the way the WWE Network broadcast cut out when the fan tackled Hart made it clear it was not.

The fan quickly paid the price for his actions from a physical standpoint when he was pummeled by several people, and now he will have to deal with the legal ramifications of his actions.

Ronda Rousey’s husband Travis Browne beat up fan who attacked Bret Hart

Travis Browne

A fan who attacked Bret Hart during the WWE Hall of Fame event on Saturday night in Brooklyn paid the price.

Hart was tackled by a fan in the ring while giving a speech about The Hart Foundation’s induction. As soon as the fan made contact with Hart, people jumped into the ring to subdue the assailant. One of the most notable people in there was Travis Browne, an MMA fighter who is married to Ronda Rousey.

In this video, you can see Browne beat up the fan (beware: there is some bad language in the video).

You can also see WWE’s Dash Wilder slug the fan with a vicious shot in this video clip:

The fan got what he had coming to him — quickly. That could have gotten ugly if not for a couple of quick-thinking people.

Watch: Fan tackles Bret Hart during WWE Hall of Fame speech

Bret Hart fan

Things got crazy during Bret Hart’s WWE Hall of Fame speech on Saturday night.

The WWE had its Hall of Fame night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Saturday as part of their high-profile WrestleMania weekend. During Hart’s speech for the Hart Foundation’s induction, someone ran into the ring, causing a fracas.

Here’s what it looked like on WWE Network:

And here’s how it looked from the crowd:

The Hitman was in the middle of honoring Jim Neidhart and next thing he knew he was being tackled. WWE was able to clear things up, allowing Hart and the rest of the ceremony to proceed.