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Former WWE superstar Gabbi Tuft comes out as transgender

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Gabbi Tuft is ready to show the world who she is.

Tuft, a former WWE wrestling star, announced she is transgender this week.

"This is me," she wrote in an Instagram post coming out as transgender. "Unashamed, unabashedly me."

The former wrestler was active in the WWE from 2009-2012 under the ring name "Tyler Reks." In 2012, she left WWE fame to spend more time with her wife, Priscilla, and their daughter.

more here :arrow: https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/05/us/wwe-superstar-gabbi-tuft-trans-trnd/index.html

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Big Show Pro Wrestling Legend Signs with AEW ... Ends 22-Year Run with WWE
2/24/2021 8:30 AM PT

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GIGANTIC news in pro wrestling -- the man known as "Big Show" has officially signed a long-term contract with AEW ... ending his 22-year run with WWE.

Big Show -- real name Paul Wight -- will have an "extensive role" with AEW as a wrestler and a commentator on AEW’s newest show, "AEW Dark: Elevation."

The 7-foot tall, 49-year-old superstar says he's excited to begin the next chapter of his storied career.

"It’s been amazing to watch what AEW has built in just a couple of years," Wight said in a statement.

"AEW Dark is an incredible platform to hone the skills of up-and-coming wrestlers, but I also love that established AEW talent can build out their personalities and showcase themselves in new ways on Dark. It’s no exaggeration when they say that AEW is boundless."

Wight signed with WCW back in 1995, using the ring name, "The Giant" -- where he won the WCW World Heavyweight Championship twice.

Wight moved to WWE in 1999 where his popularity exploded -- taking on opponents like Brock Lesnar, The Rock, Kurt Angle ... basically the biggest names in the biz.

Remember when he took on Floyd Mayweather at Wrestlemania 24 in 2008?

During his 2 decades with WWE, he won just about every single belt and championship available ... he's a surefire Hall of Famer.

Wight has long talked about wrestling fellow big man Shaquille O'Neal -- and with Shaq scheduled to appear in an AEW match next week, we could FINALLY get the huge match we've been waiting for!

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Former three-time world champion Bray Wyatt released by WWE after 12 years with promotion
Wyatt had last wrestled at WrestleMania, losing to Randy Orton

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WWE announced the shocking release of Bray Wyatt on Saturday afternoon, ending a long tenure of the wrestler, who'd seen success as the leader of the Wyatt Family as well as under his more recent persona as "The Fiend."

Wyatt is a three-time world champion in WWE, having held the universal title twice and the WWE championship once. He debuted in NXT in 2010 -- during the period the show was more reality competition than wrestling brand -- as Husky Harris and briefly had a place in the Nexus faction before returning to WWE developmental territory Florida Championship Wrestling for character retooling.

Wyatt, the son of former WCW and WWE star Mike Rotunda and nephew of Barry Windham, then took on the Bray Wyatt persona, leader of a southern swamp cult featuring Luke Harper, Erik Rowan and, eventually, Braun Strowman. The group fast became a top act in NXT -- now a developmental territory rebrand of FCW -- and WWE upon their move to the main roster in 2013.

In 2019, Wyatt debuted his new character, retaining his name but hosting a sinister children's program titled the "Firefly Fun House" and with a dark, near-invincible alter ego of The Fiend. The change in gimmick led to even more success for Wyatt and re-established him as a top player in WWE.

He last wrestled at WrestleMania 37 in April, losing a confusingly short match against Randy Orton. While he made one appearance in a "Firefly Fun House" segment after the event, Wyatt had almost entirely disappeared from WWE programming in the months leading to his release.

With Wyatt's release, no member of the original Wyatt Family remains under WWE contract.

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Exclusive: Ric Flair No Longer With WWE
By Raj Giri |August 2, 2021

https://www.wrestlinginc.com/news/2021/08/exclusive-ric-flair-no-longer-with-wwe/

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Wrestling Inc. and Fightful have confirmed that Ric Flair is no longer with WWE.

According to sources close to the situation, Flair requested the release and it was granted, effective today.

Flair had re-signed with WWE last year. He was recently involved in a relationship angle with Lacey Evans that was ultimately nixed after Evans got legitimately pregnant.

Stay tuned for updates.

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Tag Team Great Bobby Eaton of the Midnight Express Dies at 62

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“Beautiful” Bobby Eaton, one of the greatest tag team wrestlers of all time, has died at the age of 62.

Eaton’s death was announced by his sister Debbie in a Facebook post early Thursday morning.

“I never wanted to have to post this, but my Little Brother Beautiful Bobby Eaton passed away last night,” Debbie wrote. “When I find out all the details I will post them. Bobby was the kindest, loving person you would ever meet. I loved him so much and going to miss him.”

In June, Eaton’s wife Donna died at 57 years old. She was the daughter of pro wrestler Bill Dundee.

Eaton was among the standout in-ring performers of his era. As one-half of the Midnight Express, Eaton teamed with Dennis Condrey before later being paired with Stan Lane. In both of those iterations, the Midnight Express was managed by Jim Cornette. Eaton and Condrey began teaming together in Mid-South Wrestling in 1983. They spent some time in World Class Championship Wrestling before joining Jim Crockett Promotions in 1985. The Midnight Express had tag team title reigns in all three of those promotions.

In one of tag team wrestling’s most iconic feuds, the Midnight Express played the heels against their longtime rivals the Rock ‘n’ Roll Express (Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson). The feud helped define tag team wrestling in the 1980s and influenced the style of tag team wrestling going forward.

As a singles wrestler, Eaton held the WCW television title in 1991. Eaton headlined Clash of the Champions XV that year, losing to WCW world champion Ric Flair in a two-out-of-three falls match.

Eaton, who was a member of Paul Heyman’s Dangerous Alliance in WCW, won the WCW tag team championship with Arn Anderson in 1992.

The Midnight Express were inducted into the Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame in 2009. Eaton and Condrey were voted as tag team of the year in the 1986 Wrestling Observer awards, while Eaton and Lane won the award in 1987 and 1988.

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CM Punk makes pro-wrestling return, signs with All Elite Wrestling

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CM Punk is back in professional wrestling. But not with WWE.

After seven years away from the ring, Punk returned Friday night with All Elite Wrestling (AEW), appearing on its television show "Rampage" in his hometown of Chicago. The promotion announced Punk, one of the most popular stars in pro wrestling through the 2010s, signed with AEW on social media.

"Sometimes you fall out of love with stuff," Punk said of pro wrestling in a post-event news conference. "If you set something free and it comes back to you, it's true love."

Punk will wrestle Darby Allin in his first match back at AEW "All Out," a pay-per-view event, on Sept. 5 in Chicago, the promotion said.

AEW never announced Punk, whose real name is Phil Brooks, would appear on the show but teased it on several occasions. The rumors and reports led to AEW, an upstart promotion started in 2019, selling out United Center for its biggest live attendance ever.

At the top of the show, which aired on TNT, Punk's well-known entrance music, "Cult of Personality" by Living Colour, hit the speakers and the crowd, which was already chanting for him, got to its feet. What followed was one of the loudest and most sustained reactions ever in pro wrestling. Punk came down the entrance way, hugged fans and even dived into the crowd at one point.

When he entered the ring, Punk addressed the raucous crowd for several minutes and then set up the match with Allin. Punk referred to it as a "joyful moment."

Punk, 42, said that he had been talking with AEW founder Tony Khan, son of Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad, for a year and a half. He would have returned sooner, he said, if not for the pandemic. Punk did not go into details on his contract but said it was for the long term and that he would not be a part-time performer.

"I knew I couldn't debut if there was no people in the building," Punk said. "I always say timing is everything. There were a lot of happy accidents along the way to make this possible."

Punk is a former three-time WWE world heavyweight champion and former WWE champion. Punk was released by WWE in 2014 after a dispute with the company that led to WWE's doctor, Christopher Amann, suing him for defamation. Punk won the lawsuit. For years, WWE fans at events would chant "CM Punk!" if they did not like the product the promotion was putting in front of them.

After leaving pro wrestling, Punk embarked on an MMA career, training at Roufusport in Milwaukee with former UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis and Paul Felder. The UFC signed Punk in late 2014, but he didn't make his debut until 2016, a first-round submission loss to Mickey Gall at UFC 203.

In his second fight, Punk lost by unanimous decision to Michael Jackson at UFC 225 in June 2018. That bout was later overturned to a no-contest because Jackson tested positive for marijuana.

Due to his popularity, Punk moved the pay-per-view and ticket-sales needle for the UFC, despite his lack of success in the Octagon. Punk remains on the UFC roster, though he has not fought in three years. He was tested twice by USADA, the UFC's anti-doping partner, as recently as the fourth quarter of 2020. Punk also does color commentary for Cage Fury FC on UFC Fight Pass and said he would continue on in that role.

UFC president Dana White was asked earlier this month at the UFC 265 prefight news conference about rumors that Punk was returning to pro wrestling. White said if it were true, the UFC would have no problem with it.

"Obviously, if he's going to go back to wrestling, he's more than welcome to do that," White said.

AEW started in 2019 and has quickly gained traction as a competitor to WWE.

"It was just more about the spirit of the thing. Instead of feeling like a house, it felt like a home," Punk said of AEW. "It's the best way I can possibly describe it."

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Buoyed by New Stars’ Debuts, ‘All Out’ May Have Turned the Tide in AEW’s Battle With WWE
WWE isn’t in any imminent business danger, but ‘All Out’ felt like a turning point for its young competitor.

https://www.si.com/wrestling/2021/09/07/aew-all-out-bryan-danielson-adam-cole-debuts
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On the heels of the blockbuster debut of CM Punk, All Elite Wrestling debuted Ruby Soho (formerly Ruby Riott), Adam Cole and Bryan Danielson (formerly Daniel Bryan) to cap off one of the great pay-per-views in pro wrestling history Sunday night in Chicago.

All Out was memorable for a number of other reasons, including what many fans called the greatest cage match in wrestling history with the Lucha Brothers’ beating the Young Bucks to win the AEW tag team titles; Jon Moxley’s beating Japanese legend Satoshi Kojima only to be confronted and laid out by another debuting Japanese legend, Minoru Suzuki; Chris Jericho’s successfully defending his career against MJF in a match where he vowed to never wrestle again if he lost; and CM Punk's first match in seven years defeating Darby Allin in Punk’s hometown.

But the big surprises were Soho, Cole and Danielson. Similar to Punk, hints had been dropped about all three, including a moment when Punk, unplanned and without approval (although promoter Tony Khan admitted at a press conference that he didn’t care), told the fans they’d have to wait a little longer when they chanted for Danielson during one of his interview segments. But, like Punk, none of the three were announced in advance.

The biggest surprise of the three was Cole. Based on crowd reactions live, most fans expected Soho to be a surprise final entrant in the women’s battle royal, and most fans also seemed to expect Danielson to debut at the end of the show. But Cole’s WWE contract had expired just more than a week earlier, and many insiders expected that with the debuts of Punk, Danielson and Soho, it might be prudent to hold off on Cole for a little while. But they pulled the trigger and debuted both him and Danielson in the same segment to end the show.

Cole, who had given his word verbally but didn't sign a contract with AEW until the day of the show, debuted following the main event, which saw Kenny Omega beat Christian Cage to retain the AEW title with a top rope One-Winged Angel. Omega, flanked by the Elite (the Young Bucks and the Good Brothers) cut a promo explaining that nobody could beat him, and his only competition was either retired or dead. The latter was a wink to fans of the Being the Elite YouTube show, where Adam Cole had been “killed” in a story line before going to WWE. The “dead” Adam Cole made his surprise debut and confronted Omega. But instead of making a title challenge, he superkicked the popular Jungle Boy, who was down in the ring having been beaten down earlier, and turned heel, joining his old friends in the Elite.

Danielson’s music then hit, a version of his WWE theme, “Flight of the Valkyries,” and he made his debut to a gigantic ovation, helping the other babyfaces clear the ring to send the fans home happy.

All three spoke to the press later in the evening and told three different stories about why they made the jump from WWE to AEW. Soho, who had been fired, talked about how this night was the greatest moment of her life, she felt welcomed like she’d never felt before in her career, she had a high she wanted to never end and it was the first time in her life that the fans had ever chanted her name. AEW was a dream come true for someone who had been unhappy in WWE, rarely used near the end and often spent her weeks sitting in catering doing nothing.

Cole explained that he loved NXT (WWE’s “developmental brand” or “third brand,” depending on the week), he loved the people he worked with, he agreed to do a short-term extension of his contract afterward—in a surprise to everyone—it came due about six months earlier than expected, but, in the end, he always knew he was almost certainly leaving for AEW. Cole had been the premier wrestler in NXT for four years, had done all he could do there, and with WWE's latest focus on bigger wrestlers (over 6' 2" and 225 pounds), Cole’s options were basically to go to AEW or roll the dice on a main roster that almost never gave opportunities to wrestlers his size. He chose the former, and during the postshow press conference was glowing with happiness at the creative possibilities he saw in his future.

Danielson, the biggest star of the three, explained that not only did he love WWE and Vince McMahon, but he had a very difficult time deciding whether to stay or go. He noted that everyone there was like family to him (including, he noted, his actual family, wife Brie Bella and father-in-law John Laurinaitis, who, in fact, is the man in charge of negotiating with wrestlers like Bryan Danielson when their contracts are coming due). But in the end, he chose AEW for a number of reasons, including creative freedom, the ability to work in other companies including New Japan Pro-Wrestling, and the fact that, at his core, he was a professional wrestler and he wanted to get in the ring and wrestle with everyone in AEW.

In the big picture, despite the recent big-name jumps and debuts to AEW, WWE is in no imminent business danger. Its billion-dollar television deals and strong demographic numbers on Fox and USA Network make it largely failure-proof for the foreseeable future. But ironically, in WWE it has often been preached that perception becomes reality, and at the moment the perception is that wrestlers from up and down the card are jumping ship, and they are jumping in only one direction: from WWE to AEW.

As much as fans thought Sunday night’s All Out might be a great turning point, history suggests it was not. In the mid-1990s, then WWF and WCW battled for ratings supremacy head-to-head Monday nights, and WCW ultimately briefly overtook WWF for the spot as the No. 1 wrestling promotion in the world. But when you consider all of the great moments in the Monday Night War, there really was only one single moment that you could consider the game-changing moment, and that was Steve Austin winning the WWF title from Shawn Michaels at WrestleMania XIV in 1998. But Austin’s rise had been a long process, and even that moment didn’t dramatically and instantly shift the game in WWF's favor. WCW’s rise was gradual, its descent into bankruptcy was gradual, and WWF’s rise to never-before-seen heights was also gradual.

Despite that, while WCW went out of business in 2001, it was evident in the spring of 1998 that they were on the way down, even as they sold out well more than a dozen shows in a row. The signs were there and the tide was turning. It is impossible to accurately predict the future, but between NXT’;s moving out of its head-to-head time slot with AEW on Wednesday nights, AEW’s consistently drawing more than 1 million viewers on Wednesdays, AEW Rampage’s debuting Friday nights on TNT and doing very impressive ratings for the time slot (including, for Punk’s debut, drawing more 18- to 49-year-old viewers than both Raw and SmackDown that same week), and the debuts of Punk and Danielson, two of WWE's biggest stars of the ’10s, it does feel that the tide may have turned.

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