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How to work out like a WWE superstar

WWE Superstars use a variety of training methods to stay in peak physical condition, and Farbod Esnaashari discovered how hard they work as Sheamus walked him through the workouts of Becky Lynch, Daniel Bryan, Sasha Banks, Carmella and Elias.

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Farbod Esnaashari ran the gauntlet of WWE superstar workouts with Sheamus.

Tim Fiorvanti, ESPN.com4d ago

Finn Balor

In regards to his ring gear for this Sunday at the Royal Rumble, Finn Balor told ESPN, "I feel like maybe I leaned on the demon too much there in the past as a crutch, and I can assure you that the man who faces Brock Lesnar at the Royal Rumble will be Finn Balor, the man. I think a lot of people were surprised when I came out at WrestleMania not in demon paint but I feel like I had a bigger message to spread that day -- one of equality and acceptance. Honestly, this match just kind of came about so fast that I haven't had much time to think about it. I don't have any new gear, I don't have any new looks, I don't have any new ideas right now, but you know, we're still six days away, so I'm sure I'll come up with something."

Tim Fiorvanti, ESPN.com10h ago

Monday Night Raw

In the final episode of Monday Night Raw in the lead-up to the Royal Rumble, the opening and closing segments offered hints towards what's to come on Sunday -- and quite possibly beyond. Paul Heyman and Brock Lesnar ran down Universal title challenger Finn Balor and then Balor, Braun Strowman and Vince McMahon each made their way to the ring. Despite being taken out of the title match at Royal Rumble last week, Strowman was well enough for a match with Balor in the night's first contest. Balor was cleaning house against both Strowman and Lesnar on the outside, but as he had Strowman dead to rights with a coup de grace, Lesnar jumped into the ring and delivered an F-5 to trigger a DQ finish.

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Meanwhile, in the third straight tag team match to end the night, Bayley, Sasha Banks, Ronda Rousey and Natalya got one of the loudest and most passionate responses from what was otherwise a rather quiet crowd. It was a solid match that displayed the best of all four women while shining the spotlight on Rousey and Banks. With a submission win and an abundance of swagger, Banks heads into Sunday's Raw women's championship match looking as good as she has been since she last held the title a year-and-a-half ago.

Tim Fiorvanti, ESPN.com2h ago

Alexa Bliss, amidst the chaos of many other women's Royal Rumble participants, declared she will return to action Sunday in the 30-woman match. Lacey Evans quickly followed up with a declaration of her own. Rounding out the night's action: Seth Rollins beat Drew McIntyre by roll-up, Bobby Lashley defeated Apollo Crews, Baron Corbin topped Elias, Lucha House Party topped Jinder Mahal and the Singh Brothers and Heavy Machinery made their main roster debut with a quick victory over The Ascension. Finally, in the Revival's third straight shot at the Raw tag team titles, their hand-picked referee Curt Hawkins caught them trying to cheat three times -- and ultimately failed to win. After a post-match attack, Zack Ryder ran out to save his long-forgotten tag team partner; they were tag team champions together all the way back in 2008.

Tim Fiorvanti, ESPN.com2h ago

All Elite Wrestling

Cody Rhodes on the origins and future of AEW

All Elite Wrestling has the professional wrestling business buzzing, and Cody Rhodes -- one of the key players in the new Khan family-backed promotion -- has a lot to say about AEW's origins and future plans.


Cody Rhodes on wrestler pay and insurance in All Elite Wrestling.

Tim Fiorvanti, ESPN.com5d ago

WWE UK Performance Centre

UK Performance Centre pushes WWE's global expansion forward

With the launch of its second major training facility, the WWE UK Performance Centre in London, the WWE's plans of global expansion took a major step forward.

Triple H: WWE's U.K. trainees are future Wrestlemania headliners

WWE's Triple H says the wrestling talent on display in the U.K. has the potential to main-event Wrestlemania in the future.


All Elite Wrestling

Jaguars owners backing new wrestling venture

The Jaguars ownership group is backing a new wrestling group to compete with the WWE.

AP Photo/Matt Dunham

All Elite Wresting, the new wrestling promotion funded by the Khan family, the ownership group behind the Jacksonville Jaguars and Fulham FC, made a big splash on Tuesday. In addition to the core members of The Elite (Cody Rhodes, the Young Bucks and Hangman Adam Page), the signings of a variety of stars were announced - most notably Chris Jericho and PAC (formerly WWE superstar Neville). Their debut event, Double or Nothing, will happen on May 25 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Tim Fiorvanti, ESPN.com13d ago

Monday Night Raw

With less than two weeks to go until the Royal Rumble, Monday Night Raw bore witness to several dramatic changes in Memphis. Braun Strowman opened the show by chasing Baron Corbin around, and he ultimately smashed a window and tore the door off of Vince McMahon's limo in that pursuit. That confrontation ultimately cost Strowman his Universal championship match at the Royal Rumble, and started a mad scramble to find Brock Lesnar's challenger. Corbin, Finn Balor, John Cena and Drew McIntyre all threw their hats into the ring, but McMahon threw shade at Balor because of his size. After defeating Jinder Mahal midway through the night to retain his spot in the match, Balor ultimately pinned Cena in the middle of the ring to earn his shot at the Universal title -- a belt he held for exactly one day at its outset -- at the Royal Rumble pay-per-view.

Tim Fiorvanti, ESPN.com7d ago

While Sasha Banks hasn't been a major factor in the Raw women's championship picture for the better part of the last year-and-a-half, Monday's opening contest offered an opportunity to flash a lot of the swagger that's been missing from her presentation of late. After she and Ronda Rousey defeated Nia Jax and Tamina, Banks took exception to Rousey's post-match comments and pushed the Raw women's champion two weeks out from their title match in Phoenix. Nikki Cross helped her team (along with Natalya and Bayley) defeat the Riott Squad in her first match on Raw, and four of the other five promised debuts (Heavy Machinery, EC3 and Lacey Evans) appeared in a variety of segments throughout the show. Finally, the new WWE women's tag team titles were revealed during "A Moment of Bliss"; the first-ever champions will be crowned inside of the Elimination Chamber at the pay-per-view of the same name in February.

Tim Fiorvanti, ESPN.com7d ago

In one of his best performances since his return to WWE, Bobby Lashley won a triple threat match against Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose to become the Intercontinental champion. During his first run with WWE, Lashley was a two-time ECW champion and a one-time United States champ. Rounding out the night's action, The Revival beat the Lucha House Party in what was, finally, a two-on-two match.

Tim Fiorvanti, ESPN.com7d ago

Tuesday Night Recap

On a night in which all of SmackDown's heavy hitters were out in force, the biggest buzz coming out of Tuesday night was all about the match between Rey Mysterio and Andrade (no longer "Cien" Almas). Almas, the former NXT champion, once again showed what he's capable of when up against the best of what WWE has to offer by picking up a victory over Mysterio, a future WWE Hall of Famer, in an incredible display of lucha libre and other hybrid styles. Much of the rest of the show was focused outside of the ring, including a Mustafa Ali-Samoa Joe match that never started because Joe blindsided Ali before the bell ever rang. Additionally, the sloppy soap opera tale of Mandy Rose, Naomi and The Usos carried on and featured a fight inside of a hotel room. Finally, AJ Styles and Daniel Bryan brawled in the concourse of the Legacy Arena at The BJCC and went through a table of hot dogs.

Tim Fiorvanti, ESPN.com6d ago

Tuesday was also a night for wrestling in street clothes after impromptu challenges. Becky Lynch opened up SmackDown by out-proteining Otis Dozovic in the parking lot and then faced down SmackDown women's champion Asuka in the ring. The Iiconics interrupted the proceedings and each were subsequently defeated as Becky Lynch beat Peyton Royce and Asuka defeated Billie Kay. The Miz's birthday celebration for Shane McMahon was interrupted by The Bar, and The Miz took on a challenge of a match against Sheamus despite not being dressed for competition. The payoff was a Coast-to-Coast by Shane to Sheamus as The Miz held out a birthday cake over Sheamus' face.

Tim Fiorvanti, ESPN.com6d ago

NXT's Humberto Carrillo, AKA Ultimo Ninja in Mexico, answered Buddy Murphy's open challenge on 205 Live (now back on Tuesdays!). While he came up short, he put on a good show and will be part of the main 205 Live roster going forward. Also this week, Lio Rush picked up a win over Lince Dorado, and a triple threat was announced for next week between the challengers for Murphy's title at the Royal Rumble, Kalisto, Akira Tozawa and Hideo Itami. (Photo from @WWE205Live)

Matt Willis, ESPN Staff Writer6d ago

NXT TakeOver U.K.: Blackpool

The first NXT U.K. TakeOver event, in Blackpool, was filled to the brim with tremendous action. James Drake and Zack Gibson defeated Moustache Mountain to become the first NXT U.K. tag team champions, Toni Storm beat Rhea Ripley to win the NXT U.K. women's championship and, in a lengthy, brutal main event, Pete Dunne outlasted Joe Coffey to retain the WWE U.K. championship and continue his 600-plus day reign with the title. Finn Balor filled in for Travis Banks and defeated his protege, Jordan Devlin, and Dave Mastiff best Eddie Dennis in a No DQ match.

Tim Fiorvanti, ESPN.com9d ago

There were also three major debuts for the NXT U.K. brand during Saturday's Takeover special. Mae Young Classic alumni Jazzy Gabert and Kay Lee Ray both appeared in the crowd in between matches, adding some major depth to the women's division. As the show appeared to be going of the air, WALTER -- the reigning PROGRESS champion, and former PWG and wXw champion -- went face-to-face with Pete Dunne. Adding WALTER, the 31-year-old Austrian giant, to the mix is a major coup for WWE.

Tim Fiorvanti, ESPN.com9d ago

On tonight’s episode of NXT TV, Johnny Gargano declared his intention to become a champion in 2019 and indicated that the North American championship was on his radar. That brought out the champ, Ricochet, who agreed to give Gargano a title shot. NXT champion Tommaso Ciampa and Aleister Black both interrupted and began to brawl. The distraction allowed Gargano to catch Ricochet with a super kick to the jaw. In the night’s main event, Adam Cole defeated the soon-to-be called up EC3. After the match, Cole’s Undisputed Era comrades ambushed EC3 until the War Raiders emerged to make the save. Also on the show, the duo of Marcel Barthel and Fabian Aichner beat Stanley Watts and Hector Kunsman while Bianca Belair defeated Nikki Cross, who will also be called up to the main roster in the near future.

Sean Coyle, ESPN12d ago

SmackDown Live

Once again, the SmackDown women stole the show as Becky Lynch pinned Carmella to win a No. 1 contender’s triple-threat match that also included Charlotte Flair. While a predictable outcome, all three women had standout moments, and ultimately we’re getting the showdown everyone wants to see at the Royal Rumble. Is the timing right for Becky to reclaim the title? Perhaps not, but it’s almost impossible to see her losing cleanly given her off-the-charts popularity.

Matt Wilansky, ESPN.com13d ago

Didn’t think it was possible, but Daniel Bryan took his deranged, demented character to new depths Tuesday, notably opening the show by taunting the fans in the atrium of the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena for being weak and submissive. Bryan then came into the ringside arena and was abruptly ambushed by R-Truth. The two would face off in the first bout of the night, with Bryan leveling his opponent with a running knee to face to secure a pretty quick win. But Bryan’s celebration would be short-lived, as AJ Styles emerged from the backstage area to attack the champ.

Matt Wilansky, ESPN.com13d ago

Great tag-team action Tuesday night, highlighted by Samoa Joe and Andrade “Cien” Almas, who beat Rey Mysterio and Mustafa Ali in an action-packed match, while The Bar took out The Usos, thanks to more soap opera tactics from Mandy Rose. But the biggest news came after that battle, when The Bar accepted a challenge from The Miz to face him and Shane McMahon for the SmackDown tag-team championship at the Royal Rumble. That showdown certainly adds intrigue to the first pay-per-view of 2019.

Matt Wilansky, ESPN.com13d ago

Monday Night Raw

Hulk Hogan made a largely subdued appearance on Raw Monday night, with a few words before and after a touching video tribute to the late "Mean" Gene Okerlund. Hogan was one of several returns promoted on Monday night, as was John Cena. The show opened with a brawl between Seth Rollins and Bobby Lashley, which cleared out just before Cena put himself into the 2019 men's Royal Rumble match; that fed directly into a six-man tag team match with Cena, Rollins & Finn Balor taking on Lashley, Drew McIntyre, Dean Ambrose. Rollins pinned Ambrose, setting up a Falls Count Anywhere Intercontinental championship match to close the show, but Lashley got the last laugh as he cost Rollins the match and the title.

Tim Fiorvanti, ESPN.com14d ago

Ronda Rousey named Sasha Banks her most worthy potential challenger for the Royal Rumble during a rather choppy debut edition of Moment of Bliss, which led to Banks proving herself over Nia Jax in a physical match. Rousey-Banks is now locked in for the Rumble PPV. Braun Strowman and Brock Lesnar stared at each other for a while, but Lesnar refused to do so much as step in the ring -- does that even technically qualify as a face-to-face? Running down the rest of Raw, Bobby Roode & Chad Gable beat The Revival in a lumberjack tag title match, although Scott Dawson's foot was clearly under the rope; Baron Corbin defeated Elias; and Ember Moon & Apollo Crews easily handled Alicia Fox & Jinder Mahal.

Tim Fiorvanti, ESPN.com14d ago

Mean Gene

Rosenberg: Let me tell you something (about) Mean Gene

Peter Rosenberg reflects on the impact "Mean" Gene Okerlund had on his career and the world of professional wrestling.

WWE announced Friday that Hulk Hogan will appear on Monday Night Raw to pay tribute to the late "Mean" Gene Okerlund. Hogan recently returned to WWE airwaves for the first time in over three years to open up the WWE's Crown Jewel pay-per-view in Saudi Arabia. Hogan last appeared on Monday Night Raw in March 2015.

Tim Fiorvanti, ESPN.com17d ago

WWE interviewer 'Mean' Gene Okerlund, 76, dies

"Mean" Gene Okerlund, one of the voices synonymous with professional wrestling as a host, in-ring announcer and interviewer since the mid-1980s, has died at the age of 76.

Wrestle Kingdom 13

Hiroshi Tanahashi defeated Kenny Omega in the main event of New Japan Pro Wrestling's Wrestle Kingdom 13 show Friday at the Tokyo Dome to become an eight-time IWGP heavyweight champion. It was the final moment in a seismic shift for NJPW at Wrestle Kingdom, as all eight titles on the line changed hands, including Tetsuya Naito defeating Chris Jericho in a No DQ match for the IWGP intercontinental championship. Additionally, Jay White defeated NJPW icon Kazuchika Okada and likely elevated himself as the next man up to challenge for the heavyweight title. Uncertain but exciting times lie ahead for NJPW, with at least a few (and possibly more) departures for the new All Elite Wrestling promotion, as well as the always looming possibility of departures to the WWE. NJPW is in the midst of a major push into the United States, with a co-branded show at Madison Square Garden with Ring of Honor on April 6 and the announcement that they'll kick off their iconic annual G1 tournament at the American Airlines Center in Dallas on July 6, in addition to smaller-scale events in Los Angeles, Charlotte and Nashville over the next few weeks. (Image courtesy of NJPW/TV Asahi)

Tim Fiorvanti, ESPN.com18d ago

SmackDown Live

AJ Styles won a Fatal 5-Way main event to earn another shot at Daniel Bryan and the WWE championship at the Royal Rumble pay-per-view in Phoenix. Styles defeated Randy Orton, Rey Mysterio, Mustafa Ali and Samoa Joe in that match; Joe defeated Jeff Hardy earlier in the night to earn the final spot in the No. 1 contender's match. Wrapping up the night's action, Sonya Deville defeated Naomi after a distraction from Mandy Rose.

Tim Fiorvanti, ESPN.com19d ago

Becky Lynch went toe-to-toe with a returning John Cena, before the pair ultimately teamed up to defeat Zelina Vega and Andrade "Cien" Almas. It was Cena's first match on broadcast TV since March. When offered a handshake post-match by Cena, Lynch smiled and performed Cena's signature "you can't see me" hand gesture.

Tim Fiorvanti, ESPN.com19d ago


On this week's episode of NXT TV, Matt Riddle continued his winning ways and picked up a submission victory over Kassius Ohno. After the match, Riddle offered Ohno a truce by way of fist bump. Ohno teased accepting the sign of peace, but responded by tossing Riddle into the ring post, the steel steps and laying him out with a roaring elbow. Ohno then lifted Riddle's limp arm for the fist bump.

Sean Coyle, ESPN19d ago

Best of 2018

Intergender wrestling: Equality for women, or violence against them?

The optics of intergender wrestling can be shocking. But those who participate say pitting women against men in the ring is a step toward equality.

Shawn Michaels continuing to live his dream at WWE Performance Center

WWE icon Shawn Michaels is giving back to the world of professional wrestling in his role with NXT and the WWE Performance Center. Now training the next generation of stars, he loves having a hand in shaping the future of the business.

Wrestling isn't the same for Daniel Bryan in 2018 ... it's better

As expectations for him continue to soar, Daniel Bryan is just thankful to be back in the WWE ring and doing what he loves once again.

John Cena

John Cena reflects on prospect of WWE retirement

As John Cena's WWE career appears to be starting its wind-down, he reflects on the prospect of retirement and the difficulty of balancing multiple careers.

John Cena talks post-WWE life and Patriots football

John Cena sits down to open up on his transition to acting, his interest in the Patriots and Rob Gronkowski as a wrestler.


Shawn Michaels

Shawn Michaels continuing to live his dream at WWE Performance Center

WWE icon Shawn Michaels is giving back to the world of professional wrestling in his role with NXT and the WWE Performance Center. Now training the next generation of stars, he loves having a hand in shaping the future of the business.

Michaels 'unbelievably attached' to coaching his guys

Shawn Michaels shares what he enjoys most about coaching at the WWE Performance Center.


Becky Lynch

Becky Lynch appreciates fans always having her back

WWE star Becky Lynch joins Ariel Helwani to share how fans appreciate that they can relate to her.


WWE Performance Center

Stars in development: Life at the WWE Performance Center

The WWE stars of tomorrow train at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando. So who's next, and how are they going to get to the top?


Matt Bloom, the head coach at the WWE Performance Center, talks about the depth and versatility of the staff tasked with training the next generation of stars.

Tim Fiorvanti, ESPN.com49d ago

Robbie Brookside, a coach at the WWE Performance Center with nearly four decades of wrestling experience, describes the harsh conditions under which he learned his trade during his teenage years.

Tim Fiorvanti, ESPN.com49d ago

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