WWE Star Retiring Soon, Reigns Gets Medical Attention, Conor McGregor's Lavish Camp, Readers React To LGBT Characters In WWE

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- The Big Show is already training for his match against Shaquille O’Neal at Wrestlemania 33 and is stating that this will be his final year as a WWE Superstar. If Show calls it a career some time after Wrestlemania next year, it will be the bookend of a career that has spanned more than two decades (22 years). Ric Flair has said Show is the most versatile big man ever and his longevity is something that is to be admired.

- Roman Reigns required two stitches to close a laceration by his left eye following a tag team match at Thursday’s live event in Melbourne, Australia. The match saw Reigns and Finn Balor beat Chris Jericho and Seth Rollins. WWE posted a photo of Reigns after receiving medical attention on Instagram at this link.

- Sabu badly needs hip surgery and Rob Van Dam is trying to help him raise the funds to get it. He was apparently against the idea of a GoFundMe page but it hasn’t stopped RVD and some of his friends from creating one. You can donate at this link or watch a video by RVD at this link.

- Wade Barrett did an interview with WrestleZone Radio where he talked about the lack of effort that WWE put into pushing him as King Barrett. Going back to the 2015 King of the Ring, he said they didn’t know 40 minutes before the show who was going to win. They knew it was going to be Barrett vs. Neville but he was given Booker T’s outfit from a decade earlier. Barrett said there really wasn’t any effort put in it from the very beginning.

- ESPN.com has opened a complete section dedicated to WWE. You can visit it at http://www.espn.com/wwe/. ESPN has made a new effort to cover WWE that includes their weekly segment with Jonathan Coachman. Mainstream coverage of WWE is becoming and more common thing and is something that has been led by Bleacher Report.

- Enzo Amore revealed the he got his WWE tryout through Joe DeFranco. DeFranco trains both Triple H and Stephanie McMahon and was Amore’s athletic trainer when he played footfall in high school and college. He's also worked as a strength and conditioning coach for WWE. DeFranco, who Amore has known since he was 14 years of age, facilitated the tryout. Amore worked with Dusty Rhodes down in WWE NXT and the rest is history.

- Ben Rothwell will not be able to face Fabricio Werdum at UFC 203 next month due to a knee injury, according to MMAJunkie.com. According to the report, Rothwell may have suffered a torn meniscus and could have an ACL injury. Rothwell vs. Werdum was scheduled to co-headline UFC 203. The show will be headlined by UFC Heavyweight Champion Stipe Miocic vs. Alistair Overeem. This is the same event that will feature CM Punk’s debut fight against Mickey Gall.

- Damien Sandow debuted with TNA Wrestling on last night’s Impact under the ring name Aron Rex. He cut a promo about TNA being being the place you can succeed on talent alone and that he wasn’t going to talk about his former employer and brass rings. The brass ring comment is in reference to Vince McMahon's interview with Steve Austin that aired on the WWE Network a couple of years ago.

- One of the big stories we had yesterday was about WWE integrating LGBT characters into their programming soon. We heard from several readers, all who were fine with the idea of LGBT characters but the consensus opinion was that Vince McMahon is too out of touch to book them effectively. As a result, our readership doesn’t feel WWE should incorporate them into their storylines to avoid more bad stereotypes.

- Conor McGregor, who could be the biggest heel in WWE, told ESPN he estimates he’s spent $300,000 in his camp preparations for his rematch fight against Nate Diaz at UFC 202. McGregor earned a one million dollar purse for his fight against Diaz at UFC 196 but he makes much more in undisclosed pay-per-view bonuses. McGregor’s camp is based out of six-bedroom mansion on two acres of property. It last sold for $2.5 million. His camp includes his grappling parter Dillon Danis, Conor Wallace, who was brought in to mimic Diaz’s striking style and a videographer. These guys in addition to head coach John Kavanagh, coach Owen Roddy, a performance coach, movement coach and a nutritionist.

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