To the outsider, the pervading image of professional wrestling is one of pantomime masculinity; big sweaty, Adonis-like beefcakes and giant-bellied Northerners in ill-fitting spandex. Shadia Bseiso, however, does not fit that mould. The presenter-turned-wrestler has just made history after becoming the first Arab woman from the Middle East to join the WWE, the world’s biggest wrestling promotion. “It’s a privilege,” the 31-year-old says, “but it’s also a responsibility… so I feel a lot of pressure, but in a good way. When I step into a WWE ring I feel like I will be representing the Middle East, not just women from the Middle East.” When she steps into the ring in the New Year Bseiso, who grew up in Jordan, was educated in Lebanon and is now based in Dubai, will continue the WWE’s run of female-led firsts: in October last year, it staged the first ever women’s “Hell in a Cell” cage match; then in June, the first … [Read more...] about ‘I feel a lot of pressure’: Meet Shadia Bseiso, the first Middle Eastern woman to join the WWE
RONDA ROUSEY made made a stunning appearance at the Royal Rumble in January, ending months of fervent speculation. But many noticed a tribute to a certain 'Hot Rod' from Rousey, and a rather famous theme song too. Why has Rousey paid tribute to Roddy Piper? A longtime fan of professional wrestling, Rousey took her nickname, Rowdy, from wrestling legend "Rowdy" Roddy Piper. They also shared the same judo coach - Gene LeBell, who trained both Piper and Rousey in grappling and other techniques. They became friends, and Piper gave his blessing for Rousey to carry the nickname throughout her career. After defeating Bethe Correia at UFC 190 in August 2015, she dedicated her performance to Piper, who had died the previous day, in her post-fight interview. During her Royal Rumble appearance, Rousey wore a Piper's very own jacket. It was given to her by his son. The jacket Ronda Rousey is wearing at the @WWE Royal Rumble was Rowdy Roddy Piper's jacket. His son gave it to her … [Read more...] about Why has Ronda Rousey made tribute to Roddy Piper in WWE, and who sings her theme?
WWE is returning to the UK in 2018 and tickets are available right now. The likes of Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose, AJ Styles, Randy Orton, Charlotte, The New Day and more will all be scrapping it out across the pond in the coming months. When is WWE coming to the UK? May 9 - Bournemouth International Centre - Tickets May 10 - Belfast SSE Arena - Tickets May 11 - Dublin 3Arena - Tickets May 14 - London O2 Arena - Tickets May 15 - London O2 Arena - Tickets May 15 - Birmingham Genting Arena - Tickets May 16 - Liverpool Echo Arena - Tickets May 17 - Newcastle Metro Radio Arena - Tickets May 18 - Sheffield FlyDSA Arena - Tickets Top stories in WWENEV-ER SAY NEVER British wrestling star Neville in talks over a WWE return next month MYSTERY OPPONENT? John Cena set to face legend at WrestleMania... just not the one we think RAW DEALS John Cena facing AJ Styles at Fastlane and New Day vs Usos is building Mania man With Undertaker set to face Cena, here's all his WrestleMania … [Read more...] about WWE is coming to the UK and Ireland in 2018
TALK of Brock Lesnar returning to the octagon is gathering pace after UFC president Dana White teased a comeback on Instagram. The 40-year-old former heavyweight champion is currently working for WWE. The Beast will soon be out of contract with the wrestling company with his last rumoured to be at WrestleMania against Roman Reigns on April 8. But White has fuelled speculation on his future by sharing a picture of him and Lesnar, kitted out in UFC attire, over the weekend. And the promoter suggesting that he could be returning to the cage as he accompanied the snap with a grinning emoji face. Lesnar last fought at UFC 200 when he defeated Mark Hunt in 2016. But that victory was marred by two failed drugs tests and a subsequent one-year ban. Despite that, he remains a huge box office draw and guarantees massive pay-per-view buys. The organisation is desperate for more superstars and would likely welcome Lesnar back with open arms. Conor McGregor, the current face of UFC, is locked in … [Read more...] about WWE star Brock Lesnar teased for blockbuster UFC return by chief Dana White
BOBBY LASHLEY is set to return to WWE - 10 years after leaving the promotion. The former United States champion and two-time ECW World Champion has enjoyed an impressive career in wrestling and MMA since being released from his contract. Lashley has been with TNA/Impact Wrestling, as well as on the indie circuit, and has long been rumoured for a return to WWE. Multiple outlets report that Lashley has 'agreed to terms', although none are clear when he will make his in-ring return. There had been rumours that Lashley might make a special appearance at Elimination Chamber, but he did not. He could make his second debut at WrestleMania, on Sunday, April 8. When he was in WWE the first time round he was tipped as a future world champion and was also part of a high-profile feud with Umaga - a storyline that featured Vince McMahon and Donald Trump. The future President of the US shaved the head of McMahon with Lashley's help. He fought for the championship on a couple of occasions but failed. … [Read more...] about Bobby Lashley set to rejoin WWE ahead of WrestleMania