Former WWE wrestler Tyler Reks, who was born Gabe Tufts, came out as a male-to-female trans this week, saying, "This is me. Unashamed, unabashedly me."
Tufts, who now goes by the name Gabbi Tufts, shared a photo on Instagram, along with the caption: "The ball dropped early today as this is now worldwide news. This is me. Unashamed, unabashedly me. This is the side of me that has hidden in the shadows, afraid and fearful of what the world would think; afraid of what my family, friends, and followers would say or do."
The reaction was mostly positive on Instagram. But some wrestling fans expressed shock at the once muscular wrestling star's new look.
"What the f*ck," wrote one stunned fan.
Another follower wrote: "You gained a new fan today. Be YOU. You are loved. We are here to lift you up. I’m so happy you are embracing your true self. I hope you continue to find peace now that this weight and darkness is lifted."
Tufts wrestled professionally from the late 2000s to the early 2010s. His signature move was known as the "Burning Hammer."
Cardi B fired warning shots at WWE founder Vince McMahon after a segment on WWE RAW teasing a WrestleMania appearance.
Cardi's name was dropped during a backstage segment on WWE RAW between Torrie Wilson, Angel Garza and Nikki Cross.
According to HotNewHipHop, the confused rapper wondered aloud why she was being tagged in WWE tweets.
"Wait what's going on. People keep tagging me in WWE stuff?"
A follower responded with a clip of the WWE RAW promo of the segment between Torrie, Angel and Nikki.
Torrie punked Garza by leading him into a green room, where he was expecting to meet the feisty rapper, but he was confronted by The Boogeyman instead.
After she watched the hijinks in the segment, Cardi, who grew up watching WWE, felt some king of way about how she was mentioned for the first time on WWE.
”WWWWTTTTFFFFFFFFF", tweeted the rapper. "This is not how my wwe debut was supposed to be! Vince McMahon COUNT YOUR F*CKIN DAYS!!!!"
The U.S. Coast Guard has called off the search for former WWE wrestling star Shad Gaspard who apparently drowned when a riptide pulled him under while swimming with his 10-year-old son off the coast of Venice Beach.
Gaspard, 39, was swimming with his son when a strong current pulled them both under water. His son was rescued by a lifeguard, but the 6-foot-7 in. wrestling star was swept under by a riptide and never seen again.
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Gaspard's distraught wife, Siliana Gaspard, watched the rescue effort from the shore. Mother and son remained on the beach for hours afterwards, refusing to leave as the search continued.
"We had one of our lifeguards go out to make a double rescue of a father and a son," Kenichi Haskett, of Los Angeles County Fire Dept Lifeguard Division, told DailyMail.com exclusively.
"The father unfortunately got pushed down by a wave as they were getting pulled out of the current. The lifeguard rescued and grabbed the boy, the son, and tried to grab the father as well."
Haskett advised people to swim in knee-deep water in front of the open lifeguard tower so they can be seen if they are in distress.
"The mother and son have remained on the beach at the same location since yesterday," a local told DailyMail.com. "Neighbors have provided them with water and blankets and chairs."
"And one neighbor who lives right on the beach just steps away from the incident has opened his doors for them in case they need a bathroom or a place to rest," Venice local Patricia Powell told the Mail.
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Dwayne Johnson's daughter Simone Johnson is following in her famous dad's footsteps.
The 18-year-old has started training in Florida after signing with the World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (WWE).
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Simone is Dwayne's firstborn daughter by his first wife Dany Garcia, 51. Dany married body builder Dave Rienzi in 2014.
Girl dad Dwayne shares 2 daughters with his current wife, Lauren Hashian.
Simone, shelved her college plans to carry on the legacy of her dad and her late grandfather, Canadian pro wrestler Rocky Johnson.
"It means the world to me," Simone said in a statement via WWE. "To know that my family has such a personal connection to wrestling is really special to me and I feel grateful to have the opportunity, not only to wrestle but to carry on that legacy."
Simone took to Instagram to share her dream come true on Monday.
"To the little girl who fell in love with wrestling & said 'this will be my life one day', this is for you. I'm humbled, grateful & ready to work. Let's do this."
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Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is mourning the loss of his father, wrestling star Rocky Johnson, 75. The former pro wrestler passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 15, according to World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) officials.
Born Wayde Douglas Bowles, Rocky made his ring debut in his native Canada in 1964, and soon competed at the top level in America's National Wrestling Alliance in the 1970s, according to WENN.com.
He then entered the World Wrestling Federation (WWF), now known as the WWE, where he partnered with Tony Atlas to form The Soul Patrol and made history as the first black pair to win the Tag Team Championship in 1983.
He retired from wrestling in 1991, but went on to help train his son Dwayne to chase his dreams as pro wrestler The Rock.
His father helped Dwayne deal with depression when at age 23, he was passed over by the NFL.
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Rocky, who had been living in Florida, was married twice - first to Una Johnson, the mother of his kids Curtis and Wanda, for six years until 1968, and then to Ata Maivia, Dwayne's mom, in 1970. They divorced in 2003. Dwayne is pictured with Ata in Miami in 2017.
In early 2019, Dwayne bought his father a house - after giving his mother any house she wanted for Christmas (2018).
Dwayne said he called his dad and told him to start looking for a house in North Florida.
He shared his father's response on Instagram: "No one ever called me to tell me there're going to buy me a house before, and the fact it's you, it's my son... I'm proud of you, and I love you so much."
WWE star Rich Swann was arrested and charged with assaulting his WWE star wife Vannarah Riggs in a moving vehicle.
It all started when Swann, 26, critiqued Riggs' performance as the couple drove home after her match. An argument ensued and Riggs, fearing for her life, jumped out of the moving vehicle.
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Democrats back bill to remove President Trump from office
As Americans celebrate Independence Day over the long holiday weekend, a new movement is afoot in D.C. to again attempt to oust President Trump from office.
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While hip hop stars Nicki Minaj and 2 Chainz performed at the NBA's first ever NBA awards in NYC, LaVar Ball upstaged the awards show from across the country on Monday.
The 48-year-old retired football player proved he is a master at promotion as he stripped off his shirt to take on wrestler The Miz at WWE Raw at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
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A crazed fan who stalked a WWE female wrestler was shot outside the WWE training center in Orlando, Florida in August.
The center took out a restraining order on obsessed fan Armando Montalvo after he started showing up outside the World Wrestling Entertainment facility.
Montalvo once smeared his feces on the wall of the facility when he went there to apply for a job, according to WFTV.
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Fake wrestler Hulk Hogan is suddenly without a platform to showcase his 'roided up muscles after WWE dropped him for going on a racist rant against former wrestler-turned-actor, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.
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