Marcus Vanderberg

  • Wrestling world reacts to the death of ex-WWE wrestler Chyna

    Marcus Vanderberg at The Turnstile 9 days ago

    Joanie Laurer, aka Chyna, was found dead Wednesday at the age of 46.

    There would be no renaissance within the women’s wrestling ranks if it weren’t for Chyna and her contributions to the business during her stint in World Wrestling Entertainment between 1997-2001.

    The wrestling community has reacted online to her death:

     

    We are saddened to learn of the passing of Joanie "Chyna" Laurer. https://t.co/EgNstScdcD #RIPChyna pic.twitter.com/oLSB509p7p

    Someone who wasn't afraid to blaze her own trail & create a path for those who would follow. A pioneer whose star shined bright. #RIPChyna

    I just heard the tragic news that @ChynaJoanLaurer has passed. She was truly a pioneer in our industry, and she will be missed. #RIPChyna

     

     

  • Ex-WWE wrestler Joanie 'Chyna' Laurer dead at 46

    Marcus Vanderberg at The Turnstile 9 days ago

    Former World Wrestling Entertainment wrestler Joanie Laurer, better known by her in-ring name of Chyna, was found dead at her Redondo Beach, Calif., home Wednesday afternoon at the age of 46, according to her manager. No cause of death has been announced.

    #RipChyna 😢😢😢 all of us on team Chyna love you and will love you forever babe. Felix pic.twitter.com/jOfbHUAI2j

    Known for her bodybuilder physique, Chyna made her WWE debut in 1997 and joined Shawn Michaels and then boyfriend Triple H in the group, “D-Generation X.” Chyna wasn’t just eye candy for Michaels and Triple H — she was a bodyguard, an on-air role up until that point was primary reserved for men.

    Chyna eventually made the transition from bodyguard to wrestler and became the first woman to enter the Royal Rumble in January 1999. She made more history as the first and only female WWE Intercontinental champion, defeating Jeff Jarrett for the title in October 1999. During the height of popularity in the WWE, Chyna graced the covers of "TV Guide," "Newsweek" and "Playboy" magazines.

  • Top five moments from WrestleMania 32

    Marcus Vanderberg at The Turnstile 26 days ago

    ARLINGTON, Texas — WrestleMania 32 was a long show.

    Nearly seven hours of wrestling took place at AT&T Stadium, and even though the show dragged at different points throughout the evening, there were several bright spots on Sunday night.

    Here’s our look at the top five moments from WrestleMania 32, and no, Roman Reigns winning the WWE championship did not make the list.

    No. 5: The New Day pops out a giant box of “Booty-O’s” cereal

    The New Day teased a big entrance for WrestleMania 32 and they delivered, appearing from has to be the biggest cereal box in WWE history. If that wasn’t cool enough for you, the trio of Kofi Kingston, Big E and Xavier Woods wore Dragon Ball Z saiyan armor outfits.

    No. 4: Shaquille O’Neal enters the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal

    No. 3: John Cena returns to help The Rock against The Wyatt Family

    No. 2: Shawn Michaels, Mick Foley and Steve Austin return

    No. 1: Shane McMahon falls from the top of Hell in a Cell

    Why, bruh? 

  • WWE sets WrestleMania attendance record

    Marcus Vanderberg at The Turnstile 27 days ago

    ARLINGTON, Texas — World Wrestling Entertainment announced a crowd of 101,763 fans at AT&T Stadium on Sunday night, setting a new WrestleMania attendance record.

    The previous record was 93,173 fans at the Pontiac Silverdome for WrestleMania III on March 29, 1987, headlined by Hulk Hogan and Andre the Giant.

    The WWE also announced that WrestleMania 32 was the highest-grossing live event in company history, taking in $17.3 million. The previous record was $12.6 million, set at WrestleMania 31 last year at Levi’s Stadium.

    “On behalf of the Dallas Cowboys organization, we congratulate the WWE on their historic achievement,” said Dallas Cowboys chief brand officer Charlotte Jones Anderson in a statement. “WrestleMania was an incredible spectacle like none other, and we look forward to hosting it again at AT&T Stadium.”

    “We are thrilled that we made history tonight at WrestleMania, further cementing its place as one of the top sports and entertainment events in the world,” said WWE chief brand officer Stephanie McMahon. “We thank our fans, the Dallas Cowboys, and the entire Jones family for their overwhelming support.”

  • Wrestler Sting announces retirement during WWE Hall of Fame speech

    Marcus Vanderberg at The Turnstile 27 days ago

    Real name Steve Borden, Sting suffered a serious neck injury during his final match against Seth Rollins last September at the “Night of Champions” pay-per-view.

    "On this very night, at this very moment, I'm going to finish my wrestling career under the WWE umbrella and I am so proud of that,” said Sting. "I am officially going to retire tonight."

    The 57-year-old veteran wrestler spent a majority of his prime years in the ring working for the now extinct World Championship Wrestling. Sting traded his blonde flattop and colorful face paint in 1996 when he donned a darker look and wielded a baseball bat. He would go on to wrestle in WCW until the doors closed in 2001 when WWE acquired the failing company.

    While some of his WCW colleagues made the jump to the WWE, Sting would not. He would go on to become one of the faces of Total Nonstop Action Wrestling for 11 years before leaving in 2014.

    "I just want you to know this isn't goodbye, it's just see ya later."

  • Infographic: How Brock Lesnar made his way to WWE stardom

    Marcus Vanderberg at The Turnstile 29 days ago

    There’s only one Brock Lesnar.

    Since hitting the national scene in 2000 after capturing the NCAA Division I wrestling heavyweight championship at the University of Minnesota, Lesnar’s athletic prowess has been his calling card.

    It led to Lesnar signing a contract with the WWE fresh out of college, becoming the youngest heavyweight champion at age 25 and eventually becoming a crossover sensation after winning the UFC heavyweight championship.

    We take a look at Lesnar’s career path and how “The Beast” made his way to stardom.

     

  • Inside Paul Heyman's world with his advocates

    Marcus Vanderberg at The Turnstile 29 days ago

    The sharp-witted, charismatic master of the microphone and mouthpiece for “The Beast” Brock Lesnar of the WWE.

    But do you know Paul Heyman’s advocates?

    The people behind the scenes who travel the world with Heyman and assist with his day-to-day business in not only the WWE, but also his Looking 4 Larry marketing agency.

    Heyman and his eclectic crew are all locked-in as the biggest show on the WWE calendar is right around the corner in WrestleMania 32 from AT&T Stadium.

    Each employee has a unique story on how they ended up working for Heyman.

    The one thing they all have in common?

    A genuine respect for the mastermind behind the “Heyman Hustle.”

  • Homer History: Why Steve Finley's 2004 grand slam didn't suck

    Marcus Vanderberg at Big League Stew 2 mths ago

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    In our Homer History series, writers re-tell the stories of memorable home runs from their perspective. In this installment, Yahoo Sports MLB editor Marcus Vanderberg recalls how Steve Finley's walk-off grand slam in 2004 for the Los Angeles Dodgers made life not suck for at least a few minutes.

    October 2004 sucked.

    I had just transferred to Hofstra University in Long Island from California and had been suffering from a slew of undiagnosed medical issues for more than a year. Fatigue. Weight loss pushing 50 pounds. Severe stomach cramps.

    Needless to say, I was missing my hometown of Los Angeles more than usual, but watching the Dodgers compete for the National League West would at least clear my mind for three hours per day.

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    [Previously in Homer History: When Frank Thomas showed his Home Run Derby muscle]

    Hello, San Francisco bullpen.

    Wayne who?

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  • WWE's Daniel Bryan retires at age 34 due to medical reasons

    Marcus Vanderberg at The Turnstile 2 mths ago

    WWE superstar Daniel Bryan, who has reportedly been sidelined since last April due to a concussion, announced on Monday that he was retiring from professional wrestling at the age of 34.

    Due to medical reasons, effective immediately, I am announcing my retirement. Tonight on Raw, I'll have a chance to elaborate. #gratitude

    The former independent wrestling star (real name Bryan Danielson) has battled injuries over the last two years. Shortly after defeating Randy Orton and Dave Batista for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania 30 in 2014, Bryan underwent neck surgery and had to vacate the title.

    He returned to the WWE prior to the 2015 Royal Rumble and was victorious at WrestleMania 31 — this time for the WWE Intercontinental Championship. Bryan’s reign as champion was even shorter as he announced on May 11, 2015, that he would be out of action for a prolonged period of time.

    His retirement comes one day after a new Tide commercial playing off Bryan’s underdog status debuted.

    Bryan will further elaborate on his retirement later this evening on “Monday Night Raw."

  • Wayne Rooney slaps WWE superstar Wade Barrett at 'Monday Night Raw'

    Marcus Vanderberg at FC Yahoo 5 mths ago

    Wayne Rooney on Twitter is just as entertaining as Wayne Rooney on the pitch.

    So it should come as no surprise that Rooney found himself in the middle of a Twitter beef that finally reached a tipping point on Monday night.

    Nine months after WWE superstar and diehard Preston North End F.C. fan Wade Barrett accused Rooney on Twitter of taking a dive in the 88th minute of an FA Cup match that eventually led to a penalty kick goal, the two finally met face-to-face tonight at WWE’s “Monday Night Raw” in Manchester, United Kingdom.

    How about that @WayneRooney dive vs @PNEFC? He won't need to dive when I catch up with him.. #BullHammer #BNB

    Combine that slap with the Rooney goal that snapped Manchester United’s 403-minute drought without a goal and it’s been a good seven days for the Red Devils.