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April 2023
# fighting chance
Martial arts powerhouses WWE and UFC to form joint sports entertainment company
Rumours had been swirling about who would be interested in buying WWE after reports in January it could be up for sale.
Last year
# vince McMahon
Vince McMahon retires as WWE chairman amid misconduct probe
McMahon made the announcement this evening in a statement.
Vince McMahon steps down as WWE chief amid misconduct probe
His daughter Stephanie will serve as interim CEO and chairwoman.
All time
# Landmark
WWE agrees first-ever Irish TV deal
Monday Night Raw will be shown every week on Virgin Media Two.
# Pioneer
WWE Hall of Famer Pat Patterson, the first openly gay pro wrestling star, dies aged 79
Patterson’s career was associated with many firsts, including the first ever Intercontinental Title reign and the creation of the Royal Rumble.
One half of legendary WWE tag team dies
Road Warrior Animal, who made a name for himself in the Legion of Doom, has passed away at the age of 60.
Legendary WWE ring announcer Howard Finkel dies at 69
The news of the wrestling personality’s death was confirmed by the company today.
# Sport
Gronk set to sign WWE deal and feature next week if event goes ahead
The former NFL star appeared at WrestleMania 33 in 2017, assisting his friend Mojo Rawley.
Ireland's Becky Lynch crowned champion at Wrestlemania
Lynch defeated Ronda Rousey and Charlotte Flair to take home the double title at the championship.
# The Man
The Irish superstar set for the biggest night of her life
With Becky Lynch about to make history and headline Wrestlemania, we chat to fellow wrestler and former roommate Joe Cabray.
# good reads
'The furore over Tayla Harris photo' and more of the week's best sportswriting
Plus, a piece looking at the first-ever women’s match to main-event wrestling’s biggest night, which includes Ireland’s Becky Lynch.
# Fighter
Wrestling legend King Kong Bundy dies aged 61
Bundy famously wrestled Hulk Hogan in a steel cage at Wrestlemania 2.
# Profile
How a former Aer Lingus flight attendant became one of the most famous Irish athletes on the planet
Becky Lynch chats to The42 about her remarkable rise to the top of WWE.
# Farewell to a legend
Hulk Hogan leads the tributes following the death of WWE icon 'Mean' Gene Okerlund
The famous announcer and interviewer has died at the age of 76.
# Get Well Soon
WWE star Roman Reigns reveals battle with leukemia
The 33-year-old is relinquishing the Universal Championship so he can focus on beating the disease for a second time.
# Hart foundation
Wrestling legend Jim 'The Anvil' Neidhart passes away aged 63
World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) confirmed the news in a statement today.
# knoxville
WWE wrestler Kane wins mayor's race in Tennessee
He now runs an insurance business.
Brian Lawler among three former pro-wrestlers to die in one day
Nikolai Volkoff and Brickhouse Brown also died yesterday.
# smackdown
'It was like wrestling' – Klopp unhappy with Ramos challenge on Salah
The Real Madrid defender’s challenge that injured Mohamed Salah was similar to wrestling, according to the Liverpool manager
# Big boots to fill
How social media means we may never see another Andre The Giant
We know too much about today’s superstars, with one notable exception, says wrestling writer Josh Nason.
# Legend
Director of Andre the Giant film on making Vince McMahon cry and the truth about Samuel Beckett
The legendary Irish playwright lived down the road from the star.
# plot twist
Brock Lesnar's UFC future up in the air as he re-signs with WWE
Brock Lesnar’s UFC future might be more complicated than we thought.
# fight for your rights
People loved Irish wrestler Finn Balor's big entrance with LGBT fans during WrestleMania last night
Viewers loved his message of inclusivity.
# getting rowdy
Rousey to make official WWE bow in tag-team match vs Triple H and McMahon
Ronda Rousey will make her official in-ring WWE debut in New Orleans on 8 April, and she’s taking on the big dogs.
# ott ott ott
Session mots and atomic drops: How an underground wrestling night became a huge hit in Dublin
Tapping into Irish culture to develop its characters, Over the Top Wrestling has grown hugely since it began in 2014.
# heir apparent
Jim Ross on who he thinks will eventually replace Vince McMahon as WWE owner
The Hall of Famer says Paul ‘Triple H’ Levesque appears to be the standout candidate.
# Alternative
No politics, kneeling for Vince McMahon's XFL
News of the launch comes as the National Football League prepares to bring the curtain down on the most tumultuous season in its history.
# Options
'Whether it's WWE or the UFC - he's going to have a record-breaking event'
Conor McGregor’s manager Audie Attar believes there is ‘no question’ that the Dubliner will return to MMA’s top promotion.
Wrestling legend Bobby 'The Brain' Heenan has died
The Hall of Famer’s cause of death has yet to be confirmed.
# Tough Medical Issues
WWE icon Ric Flair hospitalised, in intensive care unit
After initially dismissing his hospitalisation as ‘routine’, a rep for Flair has asked for public support.
# Interview
'Vince McMahon is a genius... He used to ring me at 4am all the time'
Former WWE writer and star Bruce Prichard chats to The42 about his career in wrestling.
# The Rock
Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson's presidential campaign has been filed, so there's hope for us all
Humanity is saved.
# body slam
Donald Trump just posted a video of himself 'bodyslamming' CNN, and nobody can cope
How is this happening?
# Background
'He likes his dad to collect him from the airport' - WWE's heartwarming tribute to Ireland's Finn Balor
The 35-year-old Wicklow native, whose real name is Fergal Devitt, has forged a successful career in wrestling.
Tributes paid after legendary wrestler Jimmy Snuka dies
The WWE legend’s daughter Sarona, who wrestles as Tamina, confirmed the news on Instagram last night.
# Comeback
'I'm not done': John Cena intent on chasing 16th WWE crown
And his name is John Cena.
# Pastures new
Ex-Germany goalkeeper wins on WWE debut as Per Mertesacker watches on
Tim Wiese had an evening to remember in Munich last night.
# Timmy!
Ex-German international keeper to make WWE debut alongside Irish star Sheamus next month
Tim Wiese will realise his dream on 3 November.
# Tanks
WWE fans can't get over this Dublin wrestling champ's accent
Biopic on late WWE star Chris Benoit set to go ahead
Lexi Alexander, director of Punisher: War Zone, is set to helm the project.