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Report: Randy Orton Has Altercation With Fan At Gym (Photo)

– According to a NEA Report, Randy Orton had an altercation with a fan at a gym before last night’s SmackDown live event in Jonesboro.

Local business professional Anthony Martin, who grew up a wrestling fan, noted that he was with friends at The Trim Gym when they spotted Orton. Martin asked Orton for a picture, however Orton responded with a fist bump and pointed to his ear phones and said that he couldn’t hear Martin.

Martin then proceeded to take a photo of Orton from across the room, which caused him to lose his cool.

“He saw me snap the picture and came up to me got in my face and said, ‘What the f**k are you doing? I said no **ddamn pictures! Are you f**king stupid?’” Martin said. “I said, ‘No. You said you couldn’t hear me.”

“Randy came over to Anthony, grabbed his hand and was belittling Anthony and pretty much was saying m’fer this, m’fer that,” added Martin’s friend Cody Halstead, who was with him at the gym.

Fan has altercation with WWE star ‘outta nowhere’ in Jonesboro https://t.co/pLJF5Ul7XO pic.twitter.com/mPn1MBXIbq

— NEA Report (@NeaNews) January 17, 2017

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Paige And Alberto Del Rio In Mexico (Photo)

– Seen below, Paige is currently in Mexico with her partner Alberto Del Rio as he does promotional work for the upcoming Combate Americas event:

Check out the tweets below:

W/ my love backstage seein him kick butt at @Azteca studios! Isn’t he the handsomest?! Having so much fun in Mexico! Thx @campbellcombate ❤️ https://t.co/6KhZXVbzmM

— PAIGE (@RealPaigeWWE) January 17, 2017

Backstage w .@VivaDelRio & @RealPaigeWWE in Mexico City #combate10 pic.twitter.com/kbF9XuLkZK

— Campbell McLaren (@campbellcombate) January 17, 2017

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Shane McMahon To Make A Big Announcement On Tonight’s SmackDown Live

WWE has announced that SmackDown Live commissioner Shane McMahon would be opening tonight’s episode of SmackDown Live in Memphis, TN at the FedEx Forum. WWE.com noted in the SmackDown preview that McMahon would be making a big announcement on the show that would take SmackDown Live to the next level. The following was written in the preview:

WWE.com has learned that Commissioner Shane McMahon will open SmackDown LIVE this week with some very big news. Under the leadership of Shane-O-Mac and General Manager Daniel Bryan, Team Blue has simply thrived. Although we are not sure what he has to say, the announcement will no doubt take SmackDown LIVE to the next level. Is it possible that the man in charge has something up his sleeve for the Royal Rumble? Which Superstar, or Superstars, will the big news concern? Tune in tonight at 8/7 C on USA Network to find out.

As noted, the only match that has been announced for the show is Alexa Bliss defending the SmackDown Live Women’s Championship against Becky Lynch inside a steel cage.

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Tajiri Injured At Recent WWE NXT Tapings

WWE.com is reporting that Tajiri, who recently returned to action as part of WWE 205 Live, is injured.

There are not many details available other than that he suffered a right knee injury at the recent NXT tapings. They noted that he is not medically cleared to compete. It was not mentioned in their story but the injury likely happened during the dark match that took place prior to the 1/5/17 tapings when he teamed with Shinsuke Nakamura to take on Bobby Roode and Samoa Joe.

We will pass along more information once it becomes available. At 46 years old, a knee injury could be career-threatening. Hopefully, it’s not something that serious enough to keep him out of action for an extended length of time.

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Future Stars DLC Pack For WWE 2K17 Released, Top 10 RAW Moments (Video), Howard Finkel Hits WWE Milestone

– 2K Games released the Future Stars DLC Pack for WWE 2K17 on Tuesday for $8.99 and is also included as part of the game’s Season Pass. The pack includes the following playable Superstars: Austin Aries, Luke Gallows, Karl Anderson, Tye Dillinger and Mojo Rawley. You can watch the trailer for the pack below.

– Here are the top ten moments from Monday’s episode of RAW:

– WWE Hall of Famer Howard Finkel mentioned this WWE milestone on his Twitter account on Tuesday:

On this date 40 years ago, I made my ring announcing debut in Madison Square Garden;what a ride it’s been from there! Thank you all! #proud

— Howard Finkel (@howardfinkel) January 17, 2017

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Kurt Angle Wants Steve Austin To Induct Him Into The WWE HOF, Says He Hasn’t Talked To Vince McMahon Yet

Kurt Angle spoke with Justin Barrasso of SI.com about being inducted into the 2017 WWE Hall of Fame. During the interview, Angle said that he wants Steve Austin to induct him into the Hall of Fame. Angle said that it’s a no brainer for Austin to induct him and brought up that he had a program with Austin shortly after he started with WWE and won the WWE Title from The Rock. He noted that they had some memorable feuds and some very funny segments. Angle noted that Austin is at the top of his list as possibly people to induct him. He noted that Austin was one of the most giving individuals and that Austin took him in and allowed him to shine despite Austin being the biggest star in the company at the time. “He was a very giving individual, and he is one of the guys who had the biggest impact on my career.”

When asked if he has spoken with Vince McMahon yet, Angle said that he hasn’t but he did talk to Triple H and that they had a great conversation. He noted that this is all about the Hall of Fame and nothing else and that he is ok with that. He noted that WWE wanted to show their appreciation for his career. He noted that even though he feels that his career in WWE was a short six and half years that he made enough of an impact that WWE felt he was worthy of being inducted into the Hall of Fame. Angle then stated that there are no plans right now for him to wrestle again in WWE and that his conversations with the company were only about him going into the Hall of Fame.

Angle also talked about his run in TNA and more. You can read the entire interview here.

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Alex Riley Comments On Cody Rhodes’ WWE Departure

– WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross spoke with former WWE Superstar Alex Riley on the Ross Report about a wide variety of topics check out the highlight below:

On Cody Rhodes’ WWE departure”

“First of all, I think he’s a tremendous person and I only say that because it’s the truth. I’d never say that if I didn’t believe it. He loved what he did and when I see that and when I keep up on his story, and [Ross] bring it up. To me, he’s a guy that, he just wanted to perform the way he wanted to. As a wrestler, as a creative artist, whatever you want to call it, singer, actor, it’s really all the same. You have to have a love for what you’re doing. A true love, not a ‘okay, well, I’m going to show up here and they’re going to pay me this, so I’m going to say that and because I’m here 12 hours a day, it means I love it.’ That doesn’t mean you really love it. What Cody did means he really loves it. He was tired. It wasn’t a matter of where he was [on the card] or exposure he had or what opportunity he may or may not get. He believed in something and it wasn’t what they thought he was and he made a choice to go out on his own. And, honestly, I don’t think you can get any more courageous than that. And people say that, ‘oh, he’s so [fortunate].’ And he is. He’s a very fortunate man and he certainly works for it to have been given the opportunity that he did to be allowed the opportunity to make the money that he has made; however, to leave the money that he has made to go out on his own, a lot of people would not make that choice.”

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Updated Look At WWE Royal Rumble Card

– Check out the updated card for the January 29th pay-per-view from The Alamodome in San Antonio:

WWE Title Match
John Cena vs. AJ Styles

WWE Universal Title Match
Roman Reigns vs. Kevin Owens
WWE United States Champion Chris Jericho will be hanging above the ring in a shark cage.

RAW Women’s Title Match
Bayley vs. Charlotte

WWE Cruiserweight Title Match
Neville vs. Rich Swann

30-Man Royal Rumble Match
Brock Lesnar, Bill Goldberg, Kofi Kingston, Xavier Woods, Big E, Chris Jericho, Braun Strowman, Dolph Ziggler, Baron Corbin, The Undertaker, Seth Rollins, The Miz, WWE Intercontinental Champion Dean Ambrose, RAW Tag Team Champion Cesaro, RAW Tag Team Champion Sheamus

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WWE Announces Knee Injury To NXT Star, Not Cleared To Compete

– WWE officially announced that Tajiri suffered a right knee injury at the January 5th NXT TV tapings from Full Sail University, he teamed with NXT Champion Shinsuke Nakamura at the show, which will air on January 25th.

No word on a return but it was noted that he is currently not medically cleared to compete.

INJURY UPDATE: @TajiriBuzzsaw has suffered a right knee injury and is currently not cleared to compete

INJURY UPDATE: @TajiriBuzzsaw has suffered a right knee injury and is currently not cleared to compete: https://t.co/CFcQ9ar2BI pic.twitter.com/1OPO4sHqah

— WWE (@WWE) January 17, 2017

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Female Inductee For WWE Hall Of Fame 2017 Class

– As noted, WWE confirmed Kurt Angle as the first officially announced inductee for this year’s class.

The female WWE Hall Of Fame inductee for this year is expected to be Beth Phoenix, according to a report by PWInsider.com.

Phoenix, is a former three-time WWE Women’s Champion and a former one-time WWE Divas Champion. She retired from the ring in 2012 and is currently married to WWE Hall Of Famer Adam “Edge” Copeland.

The 2017 WWE Hall Of Fame induction ceremony will air during WrestleMania 33 weekend in Orlando, Florida.

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