heavyweight wrestling championship and placing second in 1999, losing
in the finals to 1999 world freestyle wrestling champion and future New England Patriots offensive lineman Stephen Neal.
He gained prominence in World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) from 2002 to 2004, where he is a former three-time WWE Champion, becoming the youngest WWE Champion at age 25 with his first reign. Lesnar was the 2002 King of the Ring and the winner of the 2003 Royal Rumble. After leaving WWE, Lesnar pursued a career in the NFL. He played during the preseason for the Minnesota Vikings, but ended up being a late cut. Lesnar returned to professional wrestling at the end of 2005, and joined New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW), where he won the IWGP Heavyweight Championship in his first match. He was officially stripped of the title by NJPW in July 2006, and took the physical belt with him to Inoki Genome Federation (IGF), where he was still recognized as IWGP Champion until June 2007.
Lesnar started a career in MMA and won his first fight in June 2007. He then signed with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) in October 2007. He lost his UFC debut against Frank Mir, but defeated Heath Herring in his sophomore fight. He subsequently captured the UFC Heavyweight Championship from Randy Couture on November 15, 2008, then avenged his loss to Mir at UFC 100 to become the Undisputed Champion. After being sidelined from fighting in late 2009 due to diverticulitis, Lesnar returned to defeat the Interim UFC Heavyweight Champion Shane Carwin at UFC 116. Lesnar lost the Heavyweight belt against Cain Velasquez at UFC 121. He was once again stricken with a bout of diverticulitis in May 2011 and had surgery to try to cope with the ailment. Lesnar returned at UFC 141 in December 2011, where he lost to Alistair Overeem and promptly retired from the UFC.In April 2012, Lesnar returned to WWE.
Brock Lesnar was born July 12, 1977 in Webster, South Dakota. He attended Webster High School in Webster, where he had a wrestling record of 33–0–0 in his senior year. Lesnar admits he graduated last of 54 students in his class. Lesnar later attended the University of Minnesota on a full wrestling scholarship for his junior and senior years of college; his roommate was fellow professional wrestler Shelton Benjamin who served as Lesnar’s assistant coach. Lesnar won the 2000 NCAA wrestling championship as a heavyweight after placing second in 1999.
Prior to joining the Minnesota Golden Gophers, Lesnar wrestled at Bismarck State College in Bismarck, North Dakota. Lesnar finished his amateur career as a two-time NJCAA All-American, 1998 NJCAA Heavyweight Champion, two-time NCAA All-American, two-time Big Ten Conference Champion, and the 2000 NCAA heavyweight champion with a record of 106–5 overall in four years of college.
Professional wrestling career
World Wrestling Federation / Entertainment (2000–2004)
Training and debut (2000–2002)
In 2000, after leaving college, Lesnar signed up with the World Wrestling Federation. He was sent to its developmental territory, Ohio Valley Wrestling. There, he formed a tag team known as “The Minnesota Stretching Crew” with his former college roommate, Shelton Benjamin. Lesnar and Benjamin won the OVW Southern Tag Team Championship on three occasions. He wrestled several dark matches in 2001 and 2002 before being called up to the main roster.
Lesnar debuted on WWF television on the March 18, 2002 episode of Raw, the night after WrestleMania X8, coming through the crowd and attacking Al Snow, Maven, and Spike Dudley during the course of a match. He was accompanied by Paul Heyman, who was seen giving instructions to Lesnar. When the brand extension was introduced in the WWF, Lesnar was drafted to the Raw brand. Later, Heyman was confirmed to be Lesnar’s agent and gave Lesnar the nickname “The Next Big Thing”. Brock’s first feud was with the Hardy Boyz. Lesnar and Jeff Hardy squared off at Backlash in Lesnar’s first official televised match. He won the match by knockout. The next night on Raw Lesnar faced off against Matt Hardy, defeating him in the same fashion. At Judgment Day, Lesnar once again gained the upper hand on the Hardy Boyz before tagging his partner, Heyman, in to make the pin.
Main event status (2002–2003)
In June 2002, Lesnar won the King of the Ring tournament, defeating Rob Van Dam in the final round. This victory earned him a shot at the WWE Undisputed Championship at SummerSlam. On July 22, Lesnar joined the SmackDown! brand. After a quick feud with Hollywood Hulk Hogan in August 2002, Lesnar began feuding with the Undisputed Champion The Rock. Lesnar would go on to face the Rock in a triple threat match at Vengeance,
in a triple threat match also involving Triple-H, but would fail to
defeat the Rock. At the main event of SummerSlam, Lesnar defeated The
Rock, albeit with the use of a steel chair and outside interference from
Paul Heyman, to become the WWE Undisputed Champion.
With his victory at age 25, Lesnar became the youngest WWE Champion in
history (a record that was previously held by The Rock and stands to
date). With the WWE Undisputed Championship being defended on both brands, Raw General Manager Eric Bischoff expected Lesnar to be able to return to Raw the following night. However, SmackDown General Manager Stephanie McMahon announced that Lesnar’s contract only required him to defend the title on SmackDown!, forcing Bischoff to establish a new world championship for his brand. With the new World Heavyweight Championship on the Raw brand, the now disputed WWE Undisputed Championship simply became known as the WWE Championship.
Lesnar’s rapid rise to the top of WWE in 2002 led to a feud with The Undertaker, which involved a match at Unforgiven. It ended in a double disqualification leading to Lesnar retaining the title. The next month, at No Mercy, he faced The Undertaker again, this time in a Hell in a Cell match. Leading up to the match, Lesnar broke the Undertaker’s hand with a propane tank.
Despite Heyman begging McMahon not to let The Undertaker use his cast
as a weapon, the request was denied and the match went on as planned. In a match that saw both wrestlers and even Heyman covered in blood, it ended when Lesnar reversed an attempted Tombstone piledriver into his finishing F-5 maneuver for the win. Six days after his Hell in a Cell match with The Undertaker, Lesnar successfully retained his WWE title in a Handicap match with Heyman at the Rebellion pay-per-view against Edge.
Lesnar’s next opponent was The Big Show. Heyman was convinced more than anyone that Lesnar could not win, trying to talk him out of defending the title. Lesnar refused and lost the championship in Madison Square Garden at the Survivor Series pay-per-view to Big Show, Lesnar’s first pinfall
loss in WWE. When the champion tried to pin the 500-pounder following
an F-5, he was betrayed by Heyman who pulled the referee out of the ring
allowing Big Show to capitalize by chokeslamming Lesnar on a steel
chair. Show went on to pin Lesnar and win the title. As a result, Lesnar
became a fan favorite.
Following Survivor Series, Heyman made it clear that Lesnar would not
get a rematch, even going so far as to sneak a special clause in his
contract. In order to gain his revenge on Big Show and Heyman, Lesnar interfered in his first title defense, which came against Kurt Angle the next month at Armageddon. Lesnar hit the F-5 on the champion, which enabled Angle to pin him and win the title. On the next edition of SmackDown,
however, Angle introduced Heyman as his manager and, despite promising
Lesnar a match for his title earlier in the evening, declared that
Lesnar still would not get a title shot. Lesnar was then beaten down by
Big Show and Angle following the main event, but the former champion got
his revenge after the show went off the air. While getting attacked
again and berated by Heyman, Lesnar recovered and began to fight off
both men. He eventually clotheslined Big Show out of the ring and then
knocked him out with a steel chair when he returned, leaving Angle alone
with Lesnar. Lesnar then chased the champion, who had escaped to the
outside, and resumed his assault that culminated when Lesnar used the
F-5 to propel Angle’s right knee into the steel ringpost. As paramedics
tended to a screaming Angle, Lesnar finished off the assault with a
kneebreaker on the ringside barricade, (kayfabe) breaking the champion’s
With Angle temporarily put out of action, Lesnar’s rivalry with
Heyman and the Big Show resumed, which culminated in a match at the Royal Rumble
in January 2003. A spot in the Royal Rumble match was on the line, and
winning the match would be Lesnar’s only hope for a potential title
shot. Lesnar defeated Big Show to gain entry into the match and entered
at #29, the second to last competitor to enter the match. He eliminated Matt Hardy and Team Angle, which was composed of the debuting (at the time) Charlie Haas
and his former OVW teammate, Shelton Benjamin who were mentored by the
WWE champion. Lesnar made it to the final two, with the only remaining
entry being a returning Undertaker who entered the match last. Lesnar
went on to win the match by eliminating Undertaker, which now guaranteed
him a title match which he would receive at WrestleMania XIX.
After the Royal Rumble, Lesnar’s feud with Angle, Heyman, and their
allies continued as Angle retained the title at the Rumble by defeating Chris Benoit. Lesnar and Benoit faced off against Angle, Haas, and Benjamin at No Way Out
the following month and Lesnar’s team won the match. This helped to
forward the feud leading into the main event at WrestleMania. During the match, Lesnar attempted and botched a shooting star press,
a move typically done by cruiserweights but a move Lesnar knew how to
perform, having done so in developmental matches. However, Lesnar
overestimated the distance he could jump to execute the move. As a
result, he did not get enough rotation on his leap and instead of
landing with his body on top of Angle’s, Lesnar jammed his head and neck
by hitting Angle’s side and ribcage. This stunned Lesnar and forced
Angle to improvise the finish of the match. Lesnar suffered a severe concussion from the botched move, but still managed to pin Angle after an F-5 to win his second WWE Championship. The rivalry ended after this, as Angle was forced to undergo neck surgery and missed several months.
After WrestleMania Lesnar turned his attention to John Cena,
who had returned from injury in February 2003 and who had been F-5′d
into a ringpost in the same manner Angle had been. Cena claimed Lesnar
nearly ended his career and even named his new finishing move the “FU”
as a jab at the new champion. The feud ended relatively quickly in a match at Backlash when Lesnar defeated Cena. On the following SmackDown, Lesnar returned to his rivalry with Big Show after he injured Rey Mysterio badly during their match at Backlash. Show’s attack resulted in Mysterio being carried out on a stretcher and back board and Big Show took Mysterio off the stretcher and swung the back board into the ringpost, compounding the injury. Lesnar called out the Big Show, who demanded that Lesnar put his title on the line against him. This led to a Stretcher match at Judgment Day for the title. Lesnar successfully retained his title with help from Rey Mysterio and a forklift. During the scripted rivalry, on SmackDown!, Lesnar lifted Big Show over in a Superplex, which caused the ring to collapse on impact.
As Lesnar and Big Show continued their rivalry, Kurt Angle returned
from his neck surgery and he and Lesnar began to form a more friendly
rivalry, as the two were allies yet contenders for the title. At the
first ever SmackDown brand-exclusive pay-per-view in July, Vengeance, Lesnar took on Angle and Big Show in a No Disqualification Triple Threat match
for his title, which ended after Angle hit his Angle Slam on both Big
Show and Lesnar, pinning the champion to become WWE Champion for a
Lesnar continued to chase Angle’s title, however, despite their friendship. Vince McMahon found his way into the angle, at first berating Lesnar, who had involved himself in McMahon’s rivalry with Zach Gowen, for losing to Angle. This all turned out to be a huge swerve that came into focus on the August 7, 2003 SmackDown in Kelowna, British Columbia.
That night, Lesnar and McMahon were to face each other in a steel cage
match with Angle as the special guest referee as per McMahon’s orders on
the previous week’s program. During the course of the match, Lesnar had
passed out due to a staged backstage incident and McMahon was set to
pin him but Angle refused to allow McMahon to win that way. As the two
men began to argue, Lesnar rose to his feet, revealing the ruse to the
crowd, and F-5′d Angle. He then brutally beat Angle in the cage while
McMahon watched, and celebrated with the owner of the company afterward,
turning heel in the process.
At SummerSlam,  Lesnar lost to Angle when Angle made Lesnar tap out to the ankle lock.
After that, Lesnar began brutalizing smaller wrestlers and attacking
his rivals on a more consistent basis. He returned to using the F-5 to
propel his opponents’ legs into the ringpost, as he did to Spanky and Gowen, and interfered in Angle’s matches on two separate occasion.
On September 18, 2003, Lesnar received his third shot at Angle in as many months when he faced the champion in a sixty-minute Iron Man match for the title in what went down as one of the greatest matches in the history of SmackDown.
Lesnar employed an early strategy where he assaulted the champion with a
steel chair early in the match, getting himself disqualified to lose
the first fall but allowing himself a chance to do a fair amount of
damage. Lesnar won the next three falls by hitting Angle with the F-5
and pinning him, putting Angle’s own ankle lock on him and forcing him
to submit, and then getting Angle counted out after hitting a second F-5
on the floor. Angle recovered to pin the champion after an Angle Slam,
but Lesnar won two additional falls by first leveling him with the
championship belt while the referee’s back was turned and then hitting a
superplex from the top. That made it five falls to two in favor of the
challenger with the match more than halfway over. In the final ten
minutes of the match, Angle moved to within one fall after a pin and a
submission with the ankle lock. For the final two minutes of the match,
Lesnar tried to dodge Angle by leaving the ring on several occasions.
Angle finally caught the champions with 1:12 left and hit a series of
German suplexes, keeping Lesnar locked up for nearly 45 seconds. Lesnar,
however, was able to hold on to the referee and kicked Angle below the
belt with :35 left. However, since Lesnar was still holding the official
he was not disqualified, and with nineteen seconds remaining Angle
appeared to be out of it. However, Lesnar fell into a trap set by the
champion and Angle locked in the ankle lock again. This time, Angle
applied a grapevine hold to the lock, wrenching hard on Lesnar’s ankle
for the final fifteen seconds of the bout. However, Lesnar was able to
withstand the hold for the remaining time and as a result, by a final
count of five falls to four, won the match and his third WWE
With Angle finally out of his hair for the first time in nearly a
year, Lesnar returned to feuding with The Undertaker. Lesnar had
previously cost Undertaker the title in a match against then-champion
Kurt Angle, which granted him a shot at Lesnar’s title. At No Mercy, Lesnar defeated Undertaker in a Biker Chain match. However, the rivalry came to an end when Undertaker instead chose to focus on McMahon.
After Paul Heyman returned to WWE as general manager of SmackDown,
Lesnar aligned himself with his former manager. Since he had also since
been aligning himself with his former rival The Big Show for several
weeks after his betrayal of Angle, this brought Lesnar almost full
circle from the year prior, where Heyman and Big Show had conspired with
each other to rid Lesnar of his title. With Survivor Series
coming up, Lesnar decided to challenge Angle to a traditional Survivor
Series elimination tag team match, with Lesnar picking four additional
wrestlers and Angle doing the same. Lesnar chose Big Show as his first
pick, with Heyman adding a returning Nathan Jones and a debuting Matt Morgan to bring the team number to four. Angle, in the meantime, chose Chris Benoit and The APA to join his team. However, Faarooq
was injured during a match with Lesnar and Big Show and Angle’s team
was forced to not only find a replacement for him, but to fill the fifth
spot. Lesnar’s team picked A-Train
to fill that spot for them after he attacked John Cena, who refused to
accept an invitation to join Lesnar’s team. Cena instead joined Angle’s
team, and Angle added Hardcore Holly as the fifth member; Lesnar had injured Holly the year before and he hadn’t wrestled since. In the climax of the match, Chris Benoit became the second person to make Lesnar tap out.
Lesnar faced Benoit in a singles bout two weeks later for the WWE Championship on SmackDown!, where Lesnar won after Benoit passed out to Lesnar’s debuting Brock Lock submission hold. He then began a brief feud with Hardcore Holly, defeating him at the Royal Rumble in January 2004 to retain his title.
Feuding with Goldberg and departure (2003–2004)
The Survivor Series event marked the first time Lesnar met Goldberg from the Raw brand, a man to whom Lesnar had been compared due to their similar physiques
and undefeated streaks in wrestling. Lesnar claimed in a backstage
interview that he could beat anybody in the world, leading to Goldberg
interrupting the interview and introducing himself to Lesnar, shaking
hands with him before leaving with a staredown. Lesnar followed this rivalry with a feud involving Hardcore Holly. In the storyline, Holly wanted revenge on Lesnar for legitimately
injuring his neck during a previous match between the two in 2002 which
left Holly in need of neck surgery and out of action for a year. At the
Royal Rumble in 2004, Lesnar defeated Holly to retain the WWE Championship. Later in the Royal Rumble match, Lesnar attacked Goldberg and delivered an F-5, enabling Kurt Angle to eliminate him.
In February, Lesnar faced Eddie Guerrero for the title at No Way Out.
Goldberg interfered in the match and was able to help Guerrero turn the
tide in the match. Lesnar still had his chance to win by nailing an F-5
onto his title belt that Lesnar brought into the ring, but Guerrero
countered with a DDT to drive the champion into the belt. After a frog splash,
Guerrero pinned Lesnar to win the WWE Championship. An angry Lesnar
then began feuding with Goldberg, blaming him for losing his title, and a
match was set up between the two at WrestleMania XX. During the feud with Goldberg, Lesnar was at odds with Stone Cold Steve Austin, who was shown suggesting to Goldberg that he attack Lesnar at No Way Out. When Lesnar attacked Austin on Raw and stole his four-wheeler, Austin was inserted as the special guest referee for the Wrestlemania match. Behind the scenes, it was widely known that the match would be Goldberg’s last in WWE. Only a week before Wrestlemania, however, rumors surfaced that Lesnar, too, was leaving in order to pursue a career in the National Football League. As a result, Lesnar’s match with Goldberg became a fiasco as the fans at Madison Square Garden jeered and heckled both wrestlers vociferously. Goldberg gained victory after delivering a Jackhammer to Lesnar and both men subsequently received Stone Cold Stunners from Austin.
New Japan Pro Wrestling (2005–2007)
On October 8, 2005, Lesnar won the IWGP Heavyweight Championship in a three-way match at a New Japan Pro Wrestling show in the Tokyo Dome, which included the then-champion Kazuyuki Fujita and Masahiro Chono.
He won the match by pinning Masahiro Chono after an F-5, which he had
renamed the Verdict, since WWE owns the trademark on the F-5 name.
After the match, he stated that this name was referring to his lawsuit
against WWE. The match was his first pro wrestling match since leaving
WWE. Lesnar is one of the few American wrestlers to have held this title.
On December 6, WWE filed a motion
for a temporary restraining order to prevent Lesnar from continuing to
work with NJPW, but the court did not grant it, and thus Lesnar had two
non-title victories against Manabu Nakanishi and Yuji Nagata. Lesnar successfully defended his championship on January 4, 2006, against former champion Shinsuke Nakamura.
On January 13, WWE once again filed an injunction against Lesnar to
stop him from defending the IWGP Heavyweight Championship on March 19.
Evidently this was not enforced (nor granted), as he went on to have a
tag team match with Shinsuke Nakamura against Akebono and Riki Chōshū at the Sumo Hall on February 19, which was won after a Verdict to Chōshū. On March 19, at the Sumo Hall, Lesnar retained his championship against former Sumo Wrestling Grand Champion Akebono when Lesnar hit him with the championship belt and a DDT. Lesnar went on to successfully defend his title against the winner of the New Japan Cup, Giant Bernard, on May 3, 2006, in Fukuoka. This was the first American vs. American title match in NJPW since Vader vs. Stan Hansen in 1990.
On July 15, 2006, New Japan Pro Wrestling announced that Brock Lesnar
had been stripped of the IWGP Heavyweight Championship as he would no
longer be returning to defend the title due to “visa issues.” A tournament was held on July 16 to determine the new champion, which was won by Hiroshi Tanahashi,
the man Lesnar was originally scheduled to face. Lesnar continued to
possess the physical IWGP Championship belt until late June 2007.
Approximately one year later on June 29, 2007, Lesnar defended his IWGP Heavyweight Championship (IGF promoter Antonio Inoki had stated he still viewed Lesnar as the “proper” IWGP Champion, as he was not defeated for the title) against TNA World Heavyweight Champion Kurt Angle in a champion versus champion match. Angle defeated Lesnar with the Ankle lock to win the IWGP Heavyweight Championship as recognized by IGF and TNA. and challenged him to an MMA fight. This was Lesnar’s last match as a professional wrestler until 2012 when he re-signed with WWE.
Lesnar had previously signed a no-compete clause in order to be
released from his contract with WWE, which prohibited him from working
for any other sports entertainment or mixed martial arts companies
before June 2010. Lesnar had anticipated leaving wrestling entirely, but
his inability to secure a career in professional football led to him
challenging this ruling in court. WWE responded by demanding damages as a result of Lesnar allegedly breaching the agreement by appearing at a New Japan Pro Wrestling show in 2004. In July 2005, the two sides dropped their claims and entered negotiations to renew their relationship.
WWE had offered Lesnar a contract, but on August 2, 2005, WWE’s
official website reported that Lesnar had withdrawn from any involvement
with the company. The lawsuit was then entered into settlement on September 21, but talks broke down.
On January 14, 2006, Judge Christopher Droney stated that unless WWE
gave him a good argument between then and January 25, he would rule in
favor of Brock Lesnar, giving him a summary judgment. This would have
enabled Lesnar to work anywhere he wanted immediately. WWE was later granted a deadline postponement.
On April 24, World Wrestling Entertainment announced on their official
website, WWE.com, that both parties had mutually come to a settlement
and on June 12, a federal judge dismissed Lesnar’s lawsuit against WWE
after both parties requested for the case to be dismissed.
Return to WWE (2012)
On April 2, 2012, Lesnar returned to the WWE at the end of Monday Night Raw, attacking John Cena. The following week, general manager John Laurinaitis introduced Lesnar as the new face of WWE, he then announced Lesnar would face Cena at the Extreme Rules
PPV. Cena then interrupted and slapped Lesnar in the face, the two then
brawled which resulted in Cena getting a busted lip. On April 16, it
was announced, via the official WWE website, that Lesnar would face Cena
in an Extreme Rules match. At the pay-per-view, Lesnar bloodied Cena with MMA-style strikes, but would ultimately lose the match.
The following night on Raw, Chief Operating Officer Triple H
returned to confront Lesnar over his new contract demands, saying he
wouldn’t be authorizing any of them. Lesnar would then attack Triple H,
apply a Kimura lock and break his arm. On the May 7 episode of Raw, Paul Heyman, serving as legal representative for Lesnar, announced that Lesnar had quit WWE. The following week, Heyman announced that Lesnar was filing a lawsuit against WWE for breach of contract. At the No Way Out pay-per-view in June, Triple H challenged Lesnar, who was not present, to a match at SummerSlam, which Heyman refused on Lesnar’s behalf the following night on Raw.
National Football League (2004–2005)
After his final match at WrestleMania XX, Lesnar sidelined his career in WWE to pursue a career in the National Football League.
This move upset many in WWE, as the company felt they had invested
heavily in Lesnar. World Wrestling Entertainment confirmed Lesnar’s
departure on their official website WWE.com by the statement
Brock Lesnar has made a personal decision to put
his WWE career on hold to prepare to tryout for the National Football
League this season. Brock has wrestled his entire professional career in
the WWE and we are proud of his accomplishments and wish him the best
in his new endeavor.
Lesnar later told a Minnesota radio show
that he had three wonderful years in WWE, but had grown unhappy and had
always wanted to play pro football, adding that he did not want to be
40 years old and wondering if he could have made it in football. In an
interview about starting with the NFL, Lesnar made the statement
Lesnar played for the Minnesota Vikings, where he created controversy in some games by starting minor fights and got heat from the Kansas City Chiefs for a sack on quarterback Damon Huard, which drew a big response from the crowd. Huard was hit hard and had to go to the sidelines and sit out a few plays. After playing in the preseason, Lesnar ended up being a late cut. He declined an invitation to play as a representative of the Vikings in NFL Europa because he wanted to be closer to home with his family.
Mixed martial arts
On April 28, 2006, Lesnar appeared inside the ring after the final match of K-1 Hero’s Las Vegas and announced his intent to join the MMA promotion. He trained with Minnesota Martial Arts Academy under Greg Nelson, and University of Minnesota Assistant Head wrestling coach Marty Morgan. Brock Lesnar announced on August 12 in Las Vegas that he had signed a deal with the K-1 promotion. His first fight was scheduled for June 2, 2007, on the K-1 Dynamite!! USA show against Choi Hong-man of Korea. However, prior to the match, Choi Hong-Man was replaced by Min Soo Kim. Lesnar submitted Min Soo Kim due to strikes in 1 minute 9 seconds of the first round to win his first official MMA match.
Ultimate Fighting Championship (2008–2011)
During UFC 77, it was announced that Brock Lesnar had reached a deal to fight with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). On February 2, 2008, Lesnar made his debut with the promotion in an event titled UFC 81:Breaking Point against former UFC Heavyweight Champion, Frank Mir.
Lesnar secured an early takedown, but was deducted a point for hitting
Mir on the back of the head. Following another takedown by Lesnar, Mir
managed to secure a kneebar and force a submission at 1:30 of the first
round. Due to the large size of his hands,
Lesnar was wearing 4XL gloves for the fight, making him the second man
in Nevada’s combat sports history to wear such gloves after Choi Hong-man. At UFC 82, it was announced that former UFC Heavyweight Champion and UFC Hall of Fame inductee Mark Coleman would fight Lesnar at UFC 87:Seek and Destroy. Coleman was forced to withdraw from the fight due to a training injury, and Lesnar’s opponent was changed to Heath Herring.
In the early seconds of the first round, Lesnar dropped Herring with a
straight right. For the rest of the fight, Lesnar kept the fight on the
ground and went on to win by unanimous decision.
Lesnar’s next opponent was Randy Couture for the UFC Heavyweight Championship at UFC 91:Couture vs Lesnar on November 15. Lesnar beat Couture via a technical knockout in Round 2, becoming the UFC Heavyweight Champion.
On December 27, 2008, at UFC 92, Frank Mir defeated Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira for the Interim Heavyweight title and was to face Lesnar for the Undisputed UFC Heavyweight Championship at UFC 98. Immediately after winning the Interim Heavyweight title, Mir found Lesnar in the crowd and shouted at him “You’ve got my belt.”
However, due to a knee injury to Mir, the title unification match
with Lesnar that was originally slated to be the UFC 98 main event was
postponed. The news broke during the broadcast of UFC 96 that the bout
had been cancelled and was replaced by Rashad Evans vs. Lyoto Machida
for the UFC Light-Heavyweight Championship.” Lesnar won the postponed rematch with Mir at UFC 100 on July 11, 2009, via Knockout after dominating his opponent for the duration of the bout. The win earned Lesnar Beatdown of the Year honors from Sherdog for 2009. It’s an award he shares with Anderson Silva after his win over Forrest Griffin. During his post-match celebration, Lesnar flipped off the crowd who had been booing him. He made a disparaging comment about the PPV’s primary sponsor Bud Light, claiming they “won’t pay me nothin‘“, promoting Coors Light instead. He then stated he might even “get on top of [his] wife“
after the show. He would later apologize for his actions in his
post-fight press conference, where he held a bottle of Bud Light.
In January 2009, Brock Lesnar signed a supplement endorsement deal
with Dymatize Nutrition. A CD containing training footage of Lesnar was
included with boxes of Dymatize Xpand and Energized Xpand.
On July 1, 2009, it was reported that the winner of the Shane Carwin vs. Cain Velasquez fight at UFC 104
would face Brock Lesnar in his second title defense on a date yet to be
determined; however, the UFC then reconsidered the contendership bout
and Lesnar was scheduled to defend his belt against Shane Carwin at UFC 106 on November 21.
On October 26, 2009, it was announced that Lesnar had pulled out of the UFC 106 card in which he was set to face Shane Carwin for the UFC Heavyweight Championship due to an illness. UFC President Dana White
said that Brock had been ill for three weeks, claiming he had never
been this sick in his life and that it would take him a while to
recover; his fight with Carwin was rescheduled for UFC 108 in early 2010.
Lesnar initially sought treatment in Canada, but later told reporters
that he had received “Third World treatment” from malfunctioning
equipment at a hospital in Brandon, Manitoba,
and that seeking better medical treatment in the United States saved
his life. Lesnar, who describes himself as a conservative and a
supporter of the US Republican Party, went on to criticize
Canadian-style health care further and said that he shared his
experience in an effort to speak “on the behalf of the doctors in the
United States that don’t want health care reform to happen and neither do I.”
On November 4, it was confirmed that Lesnar was suffering from mononucleosis and that his bout with Carwin would have to wait a bit longer, thus the fight for UFC 108 was cancelled. On November 14 at the UFC 105
post-fight conference, Dana stated, “He’s not well and he’s not going
to be getting well anytime soon.” and that an interim title match might
need to be set up. In addition to mononucleosis, it was revealed that Lesnar was suffering from a serious case of diverticulitis, an intestinal disorder, which would require surgery. After further diagnosis, on November 16 Lesnar underwent surgery to close a perforation in his intestine that had been leaking fecal matter into his abdomen, causing pain, abscesses,
and overtaxing his immune system to the point that he contracted
mononucleosis. From the level of damage to Lesnar’s system, the surgeon
estimated that the intestinal condition had been ongoing for around a
In January 2010, Lesnar announced on ESPN SportsCenter that he was scheduled to make a return to the UFC in the summer of 2010. A match between Frank Mir and Shane Carwin took place on March 27 at UFC 111 to determine the UFC Interim Heavyweight Champion, and Brock’s next opponent.
Shane Carwin defeated Frank Mir by KO in the first round, becoming the
new Interim Champion. After the fight, Brock came into the ring and
stated “It was a good fight, but he’s wearing a belt that’s a make
believe belt, I’ve got the real championship belt.”
Lesnar faced Shane Carwin at UFC 116 to unify the heavyweight titles.
After Carwin knocked him down early in the first round, Lesnar survived
a ground and pound attack. Early in the second round, Lesnar was able
to take Carwin down, attain a full mount, then move into side-control
and finish the fight with an arm triangle choke. With the victory,
Lesnar again became the Undisputed UFC Heavyweight Champion, earning his
first UFC Submission Of The Night and giving Carwin his first loss.
Lesnar’s next defense was against undefeated top contender Cain Velasquez on October 23, 2010, at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California at UFC 121. Dana White announced via SportsNation that the UFC would be bringing back UFC Primetime to hype up Lesnar vs. Velasquez at UFC 121. Lesnar was defeated by Velasquez for the UFC Heavyweight Championship via TKO in the first round at UFC 121 on October 23, 2010.
On January 11, 2011, it was revealed that Lesnar would be one of the coaches of The Ultimate Fighter Season 13, opposite to Junior dos Santos, with the two expected to face each other on June 11, 2011 at UFC 131. Lesnar, however, was struck with another bout of diverticulitis and had to withdraw from the bout on May 12, 2011. He was replaced by Shane Carwin who lost against dos Santos at UFC 131.
Lesnar underwent surgery on May 27, 2011, to help battle his problems
with diverticulitis. UFC president Dana White said that Lesnar had a
12-inch piece of his colon removed.
ESPN The Magazine, in its May 2011 issue, did a story listing the
highest paid athlete based on base salary and earnings for the most
recent calendar year or most recent season in 30 sports. Brock Lesnar
topped the list for mixed martial artists at $5.3 million, which
included his reported bout salaries and estimated pay-per-view bonuses.
In the summer of 2011 Lesnar announced that he was ready to get back
into the Octagon, stating that “I feel like a new man, healthy, strong, I
feel like I used to feel.”
His return match was scheduled to be at UFC 141 on December 30 in Las Vegas against former Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem.
Lesnar had to cut weight for the fight in order to meet the 265lb
weight limit and entered the Octagon with a potential title shot at the
new champion Junior dos Santos for the match victor.
During the match, Overeem targeted his opponent’s midsection and was
able to land several strikes before delivering a powerful kick that
dropped Lesnar to his knee and left him prey to a barrage of punches
resulting in the referee stopping the fight and declaring Overeem the
winner via TKO at 2:26 of the first round. After the defeat, Lesnar announced his retirement from mixed martial arts, mentioning his struggles with diverticulitis and saying “tonight was the last time you’ll see me in the octagon”. UFC President Dana White commented that while he wasn’t aware of the decision, Lesnar’s decision to retire was not a surprise to him.
Lesnar makes an appearance in the video game WWE SmackDown! Here Comes the Pain which is named after the quote that former WWE commentator Tazz attributed to Lesnar, “here comes the pain.” Other video games in which Lesnar has appeared include WWE SmackDown! Shut Your Mouth, WWE WrestleMania XIX, WWE Crush Hour,, WWE Raw 2 Madden NFL 06, UFC 2009 Undisputed, UFC Undisputed 2010 ], PlayStation 2 version of Wrestle Kingdom and most recently,WWE ’12. as a Legend. With the release of UFC Undisputed 2010 Lesnar became the first man to appear on the cover of a WWE and UFC video game as he was the cover star on Here Comes the Pain.
Lesnar was on the cover of Flex Magazine. Lesnar was featured in Minneapolis’ City Pages in February 2008. In February 2008 Lesnar was featured on the cover of Muscle & Fitness magazine.
WWE Home Video released a DVD in 2003 titled Brock Lesnar: Here Comes the Pain.
The DVD covered Lesnar’s career up to 2003 which featured some of his
biggest matches. Lesnar owns an MMA clothing line called “DeathClutch”.
Lesnar has one daughter, Mya Lynn who was born on April 10, 2002, with his ex-fiancée, Nicole. He left Nicole in 2003 in order to begin a relationship with Rena “Sable” Mero who had been recently divorced from Marc Mero. Lesnar and Mero were engaged in 2004, separated in 2005, then reconciled later that year
and married on May 6, 2006. Lesnar has one stepchild with Mero: Mariah, a stepdaughter born to Mero and her late husband, Wayne Richardson. The couple had their first child together, a son named Turk in June 2009. The couple had their second child, a son named Duke in July 2010.
Lesnar has numerous tattoos, with the most prominent being a stylized
skull in the center of his back and a large sword on his chest.
On December 15, 2011, Lesnar was charged with hunting infractions of a trip to Alberta on November 19, 2010. On a court appearance in Medicine Hat
in December 20, two charges were dropped but pleaded guilty to the
charge of improper tagging of an animal. Lesnar was fined $1,725 and
given a six-month hunting suspension.
Mixed martial arts record
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|Loss||5–3||Alistair Overeem||TKO (kick to the body & punches)||UFC 141||December 30, 2011||1||2:26||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Announced retirement after fight due to diverticulitis |
|Loss||5–2||Cain Velasquez||TKO (punches)||UFC 121||October 23, 2010||1||4:12||Anaheim, California, United States||Lost UFC Heavyweight Championship|
|Win||5–1||Shane Carwin||Submission (arm triangle choke)||UFC 116||July 3, 2010||2||2:19||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Defended UFC Heavyweight Championship. Unified UFC Interim Heavyweight Championship; Submission of the Night|
|Win||4–1||Frank Mir||TKO (punches)||UFC 100||July 11, 2009||2||1:48||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Defended UFC Heavyweight Championship. Unified UFC Interim Heavyweight Championship|
|Win||3–1||Randy Couture||TKO (punches)||UFC 91||November 15, 2008||2||3:07||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Won UFC Heavyweight Championship.|
|Win||2–1||Heath Herring||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 87||August 9, 2008||3||5:00||Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States|
|Loss||1–1||Frank Mir||Submission (kneebar)||UFC 81||February 2, 2008||1||1:30||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||1–0||Min-Soo Kim||Submission (punches)||Dynamite!! USA||June 2, 2007||1||1:09||Los Angeles, United States|
- Finishing moves
- Signature moves
- “The Next Big Thing”
- “War Machine”
- “The Beast”
- “The Freak”
- “The Anomaly”
- Entrance themes
Championships and accomplishments
- Big Ten Conference
- National Collegiate Athletic Association
- North Dakota State University‘s annual Bison tournament
- Heavyweight Champion (1997–1999)
- National Junior College Athletic Association
Mixed martial arts
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
- Wrestling Observer Newsletter awards
- Sherdog Awards
- Beatdown of the Year (2009)
- Fighter’s Only World MMA Awards
- Breakthrough fighter of the year (2009)
- New Japan Pro Wrestling
- Inoki Genome Federation
- Ohio Valley Wrestling
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated
- PWI Feud of the Year (2003) vs. Kurt Angle
- PWI Match of the Year (2003) vs. Kurt Angle – a 60 minute Iron Man match on SmackDown!, September 16
- PWI Most Improved Wrestler of the Year (2002)
- PWI Wrestler of the Year (2002)
- PWI ranked him #1 of the 500 best singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 2003
- World Wrestling Entertainment
- Wrestling Observer Newsletter awards
1Lesnar’s first reign was as WWE Undisputed Champion.
|2011||The Ultimate Fighter Season 13||Himself||TV Series|
|2002||WWE SmackDown! Shut Your Mouth||Himself||Video game|
|2003||WWE SmackDown! Here Comes the Pain||Himself||Video game|
|2003||WWE WrestleMania XIX||Himself||Video game|
|2003||WWE Crush Hour||Himself||Video game|
|2003||WWE Raw 2||Himself||Video game|
|2006||Madden NFL 06||Himself||Video game|
|2009||UFC 2009 Undisputed||Himself||Video game|
|2010||UFC Undisputed 2010||Himself||Video game|
|2011||WWE ’12||Himself||Video game|
|2012||UFC Undisputed 3||Himself||Video game|
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|2000–01||Allen Iverson||Guard||United States||Philadelphia 76ers (6)|
|1992–93||Charles Barkley*||Forward||United States||Phoenix Suns|
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Who is Nigella Lucy Lawson? The food critic word know Nigella Lawson as an English food writer, journalist and broadcaster. Lawson is the daughter of Nigel Lawson, the former Chancellor of the Exchequer, and Vanessa Salmon, whose family owned the J. Lyons and Co. empire. After graduating from Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford University, Lawson started work as a book reviewer and restaurant critic, later becoming the deputy literary editor of The Sunday Times in 1986. She then embarked upon a career as a freelance journalist, writing for a number of newspapers and magazines. In 1998, Lawson brought out her first cookery book, How to Eat, which sold 300,000 copies and became a bestseller. She went on to write her second book in 2000, How to be a Domestic Goddess, winning her the British Book Award for Author of the Year.
In 2000, she began to host her own cookery series on Channel 4, Nigella Bites, which was accompanied with another bestselling cookery book. The Nigella Bites series won Lawson a Guild of Food Writers Award; however her 2005 ITV daytime chat show was met with a negative critical reaction and was cancelled after attracting low ratings. Lawson hosted the Food Network‘s Nigella Feasts in the United States in 2006 followed by a three-part BBC Two series, Nigella’s Christmas Kitchen, in the United Kingdom. This led to the commissioning of Nigella Express on BBC Two in 2007. Her own cookware range, Living Kitchen, has a value of £7 million, and she has sold more than 3 million cookery books worldwide.
Renowned for her flirtatious manner of presenting, Lawson has been called the “queen of food porn“. She is neither a trained chef nor cook, and has assumed a distinctly relaxed approach to her cooking.
Lawson was born 6 January 1960. Her given name originally being thought up by her grandmother, Nigella Lawson is a daughter of Nigel Lawson, Baron Lawson of Blaby, a Conservative MP, and the Chancellor of the Exchequer in Margaret Thatcher‘s cabinet, and Vanessa Salmon (1936–1985), a socialite, “celebrated beauty” and heiress to the J. Lyons & Co. fortune. Her family kept homes in Kensington and Chelsea, and were noted for their luxurious life-style. In the 1960s, Peregrine Worsthorne wrote that Vanessa and her daughters looked “as if they had stepped straight out of a Visconti film set”. Lawson’s parents divorced in 1980. They both remarried; her father in 1980 to a House of Commons researcher, Therese Maclear (to whom he was married until 2008,) and her mother, in the early 1980s, to philosopher, Sir A.J. Ayer (they remained married until her mother’s death). With Lawson’s father being a prominent politician, some of the things she found most frustrating were the many judgements and pre-conceptions made about her. There was a time when Lawson did not get on with her father, mostly during her parents’ divorce, and she became friendly with her mother only when she reached adulthood. Being unhappy as a child has been attributed, by Lawson, partly to the problematic relationship she had with her mother.
Lawson’s school years were difficult; she had to move schools nine times between the ages of 9 and 18, spending some of her childhood in the Welsh town of Higher Kinnerton. “I was just difficult, disruptive, good at school work, but rude, I suspect, and too highly-strung”, Lawson reflected. Her father originally chose not to believe the reports of her disruptive behaviour and thought the school had the wrong person. Lawson reluctantly attended a private school in the Midlands and later returned to London’s Godolphin and Latymer School sixth form where she began to show skill academically. She worked for many department stores in London, and went on to graduate from Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford with a degree in mediæval and modern languages. She also lived in Florence for a period.
Lawson’s mother died of liver cancer in Westminster, London, aged 48, when Lawson was 25. Her full-blood siblings are her brother, Dominic, former editor of The Sunday Telegraph, a sister, Horatia and sister Thomasina, who died of breast cancer in 1993 during her early thirties; She has a half-brother Tom, and a half-sister Emily, her father’s children by his second wife. Lawson is a cousin to both George Monbiot and Fiona Shackleton through the Salmons.
Taking part in the third series of the BBC family-history documentary series, Who Do You Think You Are?, Lawson sought to uncover some of her family’s ancestry. She traced her ancestors to Ashkenazi Jews who originate from eastern Europe and Germany, leaving Lawson surprised not to have Iberian-Sephardi ancestry in the family as she had believed. She also uncovered that her maternal great-great-great grandfather, Coenraad Sammes (later Coleman Joseph), had fled to England from Amsterdam in 1830 to escape a prison sentence following a conviction for theft. It was his daughter, Hannah, who married Samuel Gluckstein, father-in-law and business partner of Barnett Salmon and father of Isidore and Montague Gluckstein, who together with Barnett founded J. Lyons and Co. in 1887.
Lawson originally worked in publishing, first taking a job under publisher Naim Attallah. At 23, she commenced her journalism career after Charles Moore had invited her to write for The Spectator. Her initial work at the magazine consisted of writing book reviews, after which period she became a restaurant critic there in 1985. She became the deputy literary editor of The Sunday Times in 1986 at the age of 26. Lawson occasionally drifted into the public’s eye, attracting unwanted publicity in 1989 when she admitted voting for Labour in an election as opposed to her father’s Conservative Party, and then criticised Margaret Thatcher in print. Regarding her political relationship with her father, Lawson has stated, “My father would never expect me to agree with him about anything in particular. And, to be honest, we never talk about politics much.”
After her stint at The Sunday Times, Lawson embarked upon a freelance writing career, realizing that “I was on the wrong ladder. I didn’t want to be an executive, being paid to worry rather than think”. In the United Kingdom, she wrote for The Daily Telegraph, the Evening Standard, The Observer and The Times Literary Supplement, and penned a food column for Vogue and a makeup column for The Times Magazine, as well as working with Gourmet and Bon Appétit in the United States. After just two weeks working on Talk Radio in 1995, Lawson was sacked after she had stated her shopping was done for her, which was deemed incompatible with the radio station’s desired “common touch”.
1998–2002: Cookery writing and Nigella Bites
Lawson had an established sense of cooking from her childhood, having had a mother who enjoyed to cook. Lawson conceived the idea of writing a cookery book after she observed a dinner party host in tears because of an unset crème caramel. How to Eat was subsequently written in 1998, featuring culinary tips on preparation and saving time. The book became a success and sold 300,000 copies in the UK; The Sunday Telegraph dubbed it “the most valuable culinary guide published this decade”.
Lawson then wrote How to be a Domestic Goddess in 2000, which focused primarily on baking and also became a bestseller. The Times wrote, regarding the book and Lawson’s approach to its writing, “How To Be a Domestic Goddess … is defined by its intimate, companionable approach. She is not issuing matronly instructions like Delia; she is merely making sisterly suggestions”. Lawson rejected feminist criticism of her book, and stated, “Some people did take the domestic goddess title literally rather than ironically. It was about the pleasures of feeling like one rather than actually being one”. The book sold 180,000 copies in four months, and won Lawson the title of Author of the Year at the British Book Awards in 2001, fending off competition from authors such as J. K. Rowling. One commentator suggested she won the award only because her husband was about to die of cancer. Lawson retorted, “I am not against pity, but I have no desire to be tragic”. How to Eat and How to be a Domestic Goddess were published in America in 2000 and 2001. As a result of the book’s success, The Observer took on Lawson as a social affairs columnist.
Lawson next hosted her own cookery television series, Nigella Bites, which ran from 2000 to 2001 on Channel 4, followed by a Christmas special in 2001. Victor Lewis-Smith, a critic notorious for his biting criticism, commended Lawson for being “formidably charismatic”. The first series of Nigella Bites averaged 1.9 million viewers, and won her the Television Broadcast of the Year at the Guild of Food Writers Awards and the Best Television Food Show at the World Food Media Awards in 2001. The show yielded an accompanying bestselling recipe book, also called Nigella Bites, for which Waterstone’s book stores reported UK sales of over 300,000. The book won a W H Smith Award for Lifestyle Book of the Year.
The Nigella Bites series, which was filmed in her home in west London, was later broadcast on American television on channels E! and Style Network. Lawson said of the US release, “In the UK, my viewers have responded to the fact I’m trying to reduce, not add to, their burden and I’m looking forward to making that connection with Style viewers across the US”. Overall, Lawson was well received in the United States. Those who did criticise her often suggested she was too flirtatious; a commentator from The New York Times said, “Lawson’s sexy roundness mixed with her speed-demon technique makes cooking dinner with Nigella look like a prelude to an orgy”. The book of Nigella Bites became the second bestselling cookery book of Christmas 2002 in America. The series was followed by Forever Summer with Nigella in 2002 on Channel 4, the concept being, “that you cook to make you still feel as though you’re on holiday”. Also in 2002, she began to write a fortnightly cooking articles for The New York Times, and brought out a profitable line of kitchenware, called the Living Kitchen range, which is sold by numerous retailers. Her range’s value has continued to grow, starting at an estimated £2 million in 2003, and increasing to £7 million in 2007.
2003–2006: Nigella Feasts and BBC contract
In November 2003, Lawson oversaw the menu and preparations for a lunch hosted by Tony Blair at Downing Street for George W. Bush and his wife during their state visit to the UK. Laura Bush is said to be a fan of Lawson’s recipes and once included one of her soups as the starter for the 2002 presidential Christmas dinner. Lawson’s fifth book, Feast Food that Celebrates Life, released in 2004, made sales worth £3 million. In a positive review, London’s Evening Standard wrote that the book “works both as a practical manual and an engrossing read. … Nobody else writes so openly about the emotional significance of food”. Lawson appeared frequently on American television in 2004, conducting cookery slots on talk shows such as The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
In the UK in 2005, Lawson started to host a daytime television chat show on ITV1 called Nigella, on which celebrity guests joined her in a studio kitchen. The first episode debuted with a disappointing 800,000 viewers. The show was met with a largely negative critical reaction, and after losing 40 percent of its viewers in the first week, the show was cancelled. Lawson later commented in an interview with Radio Times that on her first show, she was almost too frightened to come out of her dressing room. Lawson further stated that having to pretend to be interested in the lives of the celebrities on her show became too much of an effort. She also discovered, “I can’t ever be a presenter, and won’t do scripts”.
Her third food-based television series, called Nigella Feasts, debuted on the USA’s Food Network in Autumn 2006 for a 13-week run. Time magazine wrote a favorable review of the show; “the real appeal of Feasts … is her unfussy, wry, practical approach to entertaining and quality comfort food. … between the luscious camera shots and Lawson’s sensual enjoyment of eating, Feasts will leave you wishing for an invite”. Since the American broadcasting, Lawson signed a £2.5 million deal for the series to be shown in ten other countries across the world.
Lawson was next signed to BBC Two to host a three-part cookery show entitled Nigella’s Christmas Kitchen, which began on 6 December 2006 and aired weekly. The first two episodes secured the second highest ratings of the week for BBC Two, with the first episode debuting with a strong 3.5 million. The final episode went on to become the top show on BBC Two the week that it was aired. Nigella’s Christmas Kitchen won Lawson a second World Food Media Award in 2007. Her influence as a food commentator was also demonstrated in late 2006, when after she had lauded goose fat as being an essential ingredient for Christmas, sales percentages of the product increased significantly in the UK. Waitrose and Tesco both stated that goose fat sales had more than doubled, as well as Asda‘s goose fat sales increasing by 65 percent from the previous week. Similarly, after she advised using prunes in a recipe on Nigella’s Christmas Kitchen, Waitrose had increased sales of 30 percent year on year.
2007–2009: Nigella Express and Nigella’s Christmas
Nigella’s Christmas Kitchen led to the commissioning of a 13-part cookery series entitled Nigella Express. The series began to air on BBC Two on 3 September 2007, suggesting ways of making simple and quick dishes. Lawson admitted the recipes were not “particularly healthy”, although she added, “I wouldn’t describe them as junk”. The show became another ratings success and one of BBC Two’s top-rated shows each week. The first episode debuted with 2.85 million viewers, a high percentage above the channel’s slot average. The second episode’s viewing figures rose to 3.3 million, and the series peaked at 3.4 million on 22 October 2007. Her influence with the public was again demonstrated when sales of Riesling wine increased by 30 percent in the UK after she had incorporated it into her Coq au Riesling recipe on Nigella Express. Later on a separate occasion, a similar trend was seen in the sales figures of the liqueur Advocaat after Lawson had endorsed it on the show.
The television series of Nigella Express was subject to criticism from the Daily Mail when it emerged that a bus Lawson was seen travelling on during the programme had been hired and filled with extras. The producers responded by saying, “This series is a factual entertainment cooking show, not an observational documentary and it is perfectly normal procedure”. There was further controversy when it was revealed that the kitchens in which Lawson was seen cooking were in two separate locations; one in her home and the other in a London television studio. Lawson also came under criticism when viewers complained that she had gained weight since the debut episode of the series. Critics criticised the series for containing what they described as “scenes of gluttony not seen since the golden age of the Cookie Monster“ and commenting that her “largesse may have left her just that little bit larger.” The Guardian however, noted, “the food matches her appearance — flawless, polished and sexy”. The rights to Nigella Express have been sold to the Food Network in America, and to Discovery Asia. The series was nominated at the 35th Daytime Emmy Awards in the United States for Outstanding Lifestyle Program, and Lawson herself for the Outstanding Lifestyle Host.
The accompanying book to Nigella Express was released in the UK in September 2007, America in November 2007, and later in Australia in 2008. Sharing the same name as the television series, the book became another bestseller in the UK, and was outselling another television chef, Jamie Oliver, by 100,000 copies according to Waterstone’s. It was reported that over 490,000 copies had been sold by mid-December in the UK. Furthermore, the book was number one for a period on Amazon UK’s bestselling books, and was ninth on their overall list of Christmas bestsellers in any category. Paul Levy from The Guardian wrote that the tone of the recipes was “just right. One of the appealing things about Nigella’s brief introductions to each of them is that she thinks not just as cook, but as eater, and tells you whether they’re messy, sticky or fussy”. Lawson is now estimated to have sold more than 3 million books worldwide. Her Christmas book was released in October 2008 and the television show in December of the same year. An American edition of the book “Nigella Christmas” with a different cover photograph was released in November 2009 with an accompanying book tour of several US cities and a special on the USA’s Food Network.
Presenting style and image
Though Lawson has enjoyed a successful career in cookery, she is not a trained chef, and does not like being referred to as a “celebrity chef”. Furthermore, she does not see herself as a cook or an expert in her field. Throughout Lawson’s television programmes, she emphasises that she cooks for her own pleasure, for enjoyment, and that she finds cooking therapeutic. When deciding upon which recipes to feature in her books, she takes the view of the eater, stating, “If it’s something I don’t want to carry on eating once I’m full, then I don’t want the recipe… I have to feel that I want to cook the thing again”.
Lawson has adopted a casual approach to cooking, stating, “I think cooking should be about fun and family. … I think part of my appeal is that my approach to cooking is really relaxed and not rigid. There are no rules in my kitchen”. One editor, highlighting the technical simplicity of Lawson’s recipes, noted that “her dishes require none of the elaborate preparation called for by most TV chefs”.
Lawson has become renowned for her flirtatious manner of presenting, although she argues, “It’s not meant to be flirtatious. … I don’t have the talent to adopt a different persona. It’s intimate, not flirtatious”. The perceived overt sexuality of her presentation style has led to Lawson’s being called the “queen of food porn“. Many commentators have alluded to Lawson’s attractiveness, and she was once named as one of the world’s most beautiful women. She has been referred to as “stunningly beautiful, warm, honest, likeable and amazingly normal”, as well as being described as having “flawless skin, perfect white teeth, a voluptuous body, ample height and lots of lush, brown hair”. The media has also noted Lawson’s ability to engage with both male and female viewers; The Guardian wrote, “Men love her because they want to be with her. Women love her because they want to be her”. The chef, Gary Rhodes, spoke out against Lawson by suggesting that her viewers take preference to her smile rather than the cooking itself. Despite often being labelled as a domestic goddess, she insists that she exhibits very few of the qualities associated with the title.
Lawson is also known for her vivid and adjective-filled food descriptions in both her books and television programmes, as one critic summarized, “her descriptions of food can be a tangle of adjectives.” In a study conducted in 2007 on the readability of different recipes, the chatty and florid style of Lawson’s recipes was judged to be confusing to readers with weak reading skills. Lawson has also expressed her surprise at how many reviews in the United States have mentioned her class and posh accent.
Comedians and commentators have taken to mocking Lawson’s style of presentation, particularly in a regularly occurring impersonation of her in the BBC comedy series Dead Ringers, because they perceive that she plays overtly upon her attractiveness and sexuality as a device to engage viewers of her cookery programmes. Impressions by Ronni Ancona that further parodied Lawson’s presenting style have also been featured on the BBC One impersonation sketch show, The Big Impression.
Lawson was in a relationship with human rights lawyer Geoffrey Robertson QC until 1988, when he left her for novelist Kathy Lette.
Lawson met journalist John Diamond in 1986, when they were both writing for The Sunday Times. They married in Venice in 1992, and had two children together, both born in Hammersmith, London: Cosima Thomasina (born 1994) and Bruno Paul (born 1996). Diamond was diagnosed with throat cancer in 1997, and died of the disease in March 2001, aged 47. One of his last messages to Lawson was, “How proud I am of you and what you have become. The great thing about us is that we have made us who we are.” His death occurred during the filming of Nigella Bites; “I took a fortnight off. But I’m not a great believer in breaks,” Lawson explained, but she did suffer a bout of depression. After his death, Lawson kept all of the press clippings in what she called her “Morbidobox”.
Lawson married art collector Charles Saatchi in September 2003, having drawn disapproval when she moved in with him nine months after Diamond’s death. Lawson had also come under criticism when it was suggested she started her relationship with Saatchi before Diamond’s death. Saatchi is worth a reputed £100 million, while Lawson is worth £15 million as of 2007, £8 million of which came from book sales. It widely began circulating in the media in early 2008 that Lawson had been quoted as saying her two children should not inherit any of the fortune. She strongly denied these plans in a statement on her personal website, which read, “Of course I have no intention of leaving my children destitute and starving — rather, this is a story that came from a comment I made about my belief that you have to work in order to learn the value of money”.
Although both of Lawson’s parents are Jewish, Judaism has played no significant part religiously in her life, but she believes that she has developed a somewhat “Jewish character”. She was brought up without any religion and she considers herself an atheist. In one of her newspaper articles, she has shown a liberal attitude to sexuality (“most [women] simply have, somewhere, a fantasy about having sex, in a non-defining, non-exclusive way, with other women”). She has said that she often partakes in watching football and is an avid supporter of Chelsea.
Lawson is a supporter of the Lavender Trust which gives support to young women with breast cancer. She first became involved with the charity in 2002 when she baked some lavender cupcakes to be auctioned at a fundraising event, which sold for a significant amount of money. She subsequently featured the recipe in her book, Forever Summer with Nigella.
It was revealed by leaked Whitehall documents in 2003 that Lawson declined an OBE from Queen Elizabeth II in 2001. As the daughter of a life peer, Nigella is entitled to the courtesy title of “The Honourable” and is thus styled The Hon. Nigella Lawson. However she does not use this courtesy title.
In December 2008, Lawson caused major controversy and was featured in various newspapers for publicly advocating wearing fur. Lawson also remarked that she would love to kill a bear and then wear it.
Lawson was featured as one of the three judges on the special battle of Iron Chef America, titled “The Super Chef Battle”, which pitted White House Executive Chef Christeta Comerford and Iron Chef Bobby Flay against super chef Emeril Lagasse and Iron Chef Mario Batali, which was originally broadcast on January 3, 2010.
In January 2011, Lawson and her husband Charles Saatchi moved from Belgravia to Chelsea.
|2000||Nigella Bites||5 episodes, Series 1||30 minutes|
|2001||Nigella Bites||10 episodes, Series 2||30 minutes|
|2001||Nigella Bites Christmas Special||1 episode||60 minutes|
|2002||Forever Summer||8 episodes||30 minutes|
|2005||Nigella||20 episodes||60 minutes|
|2006||Nigella Feasts||13 episodes||30 minutes|
|2006||Nigella’s Christmas Kitchen||3 episodes, Series 1||30 minutes|
|2007||Nigella Express||13 episodes||30 minutes|
|2008||Nigella’s Christmas Kitchen||3 episodes, Series 2||30 minutes|
|2009||Top Chef (season 6)||1 episode||42 minutes|
|2010||Iron Chef America: Super Chef Battle||1 episode||120 minutes|
|2010||Nigella Kitchen||13 episodes||30 minutes|
|2011||MasterChef Australia Season 3||1 episode||60 minutes|
- 2000: British Book Award — Author of the Year for How to be a Domestic Goddess
- 2001: WH Smith Book Award — How To Be A Domestic Goddess shortlisted for Lifestyle Book of the Year
- 2001: Guild of Food Writers — Television Broadcast of the Year for Nigella Bites
- 2001: World Food Media Award — Gold Ladle Best Television Food Show for Nigella Bites
- 2002: WH Smith Book Awards — Lifestyle Book of the Year for Nigella Bites
- 2007: World Food Media Award — Gold Ladle Best Food And/Or Drink Television Show for Nigella’s Christmas Kitchen
- How to Eat: Pleasures and Principles of Good Food, Chatto and Windus, John Wiley & Sons, (ISBN 0-471-25750-8, 1998)
- How to Be a Domestic Goddess: Baking and the Art of Comfort Cooking, Chatto and Windus, (ISBN 0-7011-6888-9, 2000)
- Nigella Bites, Chatto and Windus, (ISBN 0-7011-7287-8, 2001)
- Forever Summer with Nigella, Chatto and Windus, (ISBN 0-7011-7381-5, 2002)
- Feast: Food to Celebrate Life, Chatto and Windus, (ISBN 0-7011-7521-4, 2004) or Hyperion (ISBN 1-4013-0136-3, 2004)
- Nigella Lawson, A Biography, Gilly Smith (ISBN 1-56980-299-8, 2006)
- Nigella Express, Chatto and Windus, (ISBN 0-7011-8184-2, 2007)
- Nigella Christmas, Chatto and Windus (ISBN 0-7011-8322-5, 2008)
- Kitchen: Recipes from the Heart of the Home, Chatto and Windus (ISBN 0-7011-8460-4, 2010)
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B. Donald “Bud” Grant was an American television executive died he was , 79.. He served as the President of CBS Entertainment from CBS Entertainment 1980 until 1987. He was credited with spearheading some of CBS’ best known shows of the 1980s, including Newhart and Murder, She Wrote.
(1934 – July 1, 2011)
Grant was born in Baltimore, Maryland, and earned a bachelor’s of science in business from Johns Hopkins University. He served from 1953 to 1955 in the U.S. Coast Guard.
Grant left CBS in 1987 and founded his own production company, Bud Grant Productions. He would later form Grant/Tribune Prods., which produced for Tribune Broadcasting and Walt Disney Studios.
Grant died in Newport Beach, California, on July 1, 2011.
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Who is George Lopez? The entertainment and acting world knows George Lopez as an American comedian, actor, and talk show host. He is mostly known for starring in his self-produced ABC sitcom George Lopez. His stand-up comedy examines race and ethnic relations, including the Mexican American culture. He was the host of the late-night talk show Lopez Tonight on TBS until its cancellation on August 10, 2011.
Lopez, a Mexican-American, was born April 23, 1961 in Mission Hills, Los Angeles, California. He was deserted by his father when he was 2 months old & by his mother when he was 10 years old, but was raised by his maternal grandmother, Benita Gutierrez, a factory worker, and step-grandfather, Refugio Gutierrez, a construction worker.
In 1999, Lopez hosted a major morning radio show for Clear Channel Communications in Los Angeles. He was the first Latino to have headlined the keystone morning radio slot on an English-language station in LA — the nation’s top radio market.
In 2000, after several years of performing stand-up comedy, Lopez was approached by actress Sandra Bullock for Lopez to produce and star in a comedy. Bullock was concerned about the lack of Hispanic-oriented sitcoms on American television and pushed to get a sitcom on television that starred Hispanics without being exclusively about the Hispanic American community. Long criticized by Hispanic American groups for lack of Latinos on their television shows, ABC quickly picked up the television series. In 2002, Lopez became one of the few Latinos to star in a television comedy series, following in the footsteps of Freddie Prinze, Desi Arnaz and John Leguizamo. George Lopez is an American situation comedy that originally aired on ABC from 2002–2007. Lopez is the co-creator, writer, producer, and star of the show.
On March 8, 2007, it was announced that George Lopez would join the Nick at Nite lineup. It first aired on Nick at Nite on September 10, 2007. On May 15, 2007, ABC announced that the series would be canceled after its sixth season. The show last aired on ABC September 7, 2007. The show also entered syndication in the fall of 2007. Never a huge Nielsen hit in primetime, the show became a surprise success in syndication.
Lopez was a cast member and commentator for HBO’s hit sports show Inside the NFL for the 2003–2004 football season.
Lopez guest starred as the mayor of Reno, Nevada in the fifth season of Reno 911! in 2008.
On March 28, 2009, it was announced that Lopez would be getting his own late night talk show on TBS. Lopez hosted a late-night talk show entitled Lopez Tonight on TBS Monday through Thursday at midnight Eastern Time. The show debuted in November 2009. In November 2010, the show moved back to midnight ET to accommodate a new show with former Tonight Show host Conan O’Brien. Lopez supported and even advocated for the move, making it different from the 2010 Tonight Show conflict that saw O’Brien depart NBC after a proposal to push Tonight back 30 minutes for Jay Leno to return to the 11:35 p.m. slot. On August 10, 2011 Lopez received a cancellation notice from TBS. The network decided not to renew Lopez Tonight for a third season. 
Lopez earned praise for his performance in the HBO Films drama, Real Women Have Curves, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and received the 2002 Audience Award. Previously, Lopez was featured in the drama Bread and Roses. The film, directed by British filmmaker Ken Loach, received critical acclaim after its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival. He recently starred in the ABC Wonderful World of Disney Christmas film Naughty or Nice. Lopez also starred in the Robert Rodríguez-directed film The Adventures of Shark Boy & Lava Girl which opened in June 2005.
In 2010, Lopez appeared in The Spy Next Door, with Jackie Chan, and starred as a villain named Glaze.
In 2011, Lopez reprised his role as Papi for Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2, and was the voice of a toco toucan in the box-office animated hit Rio, alongside Jesse Eisenberg, Anne Hathaway (actress), will.i.am, and Jamie Foxx.
Lopez wrote an autobiography entitled Why You Crying, which was released on the Touchstone/Fireside division of Simon & Schuster and entered in the New York Times Bestsellers top twenty. The book is co-written by Emmy Award winning writer and sportscaster Armen Keteyian.
In January 2009, Lopez appeared in the We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial.
He is a two-time host of the Latin Grammy Awards and a co-host of the Emmy Awards.
He also hosted a Season 9 elimination on the 21 of April, on American Idol, after donating the most money on Idol Gives Back and he “judged the judges”.
On December 21, 2010, Lopez announced on Good Day L.A. that he would run for Mayor of Los Angeles in about 8 years.
In an interview with Piers Morgan, Lopez stated that if Sarah Palin ever becomes the President of the United States, he would emigrate to Canada.
In 1993, Lopez married Ann Serrano. The couple have a daughter, Mayan Lopez. On September 27, 2010, Lopez announced that he and his wife had decided to end their marriage. Serrano filed for divorce on November 23, 2010, citing “irreconcilable differences”. The divorce was finalized on July 1, 2011.
In 2009 a DNA test read by Mariah Carey on Lopez Tonight revealed Lopez to be of 55% European, 32% Native American, 9% East Asian, and 4% African descent.
Lopez has a genetic condition that caused his kidneys to deteriorate. His doctors had told him in April 2004 that he was going to require an organ transplant but he postponed the operation until after finishing the fourth season of George Lopez so as not to hurt the 170 people who worked on his show. In 2005, his wife, Ann, donated one of her kidneys to Lopez. The transplant was successful; Lopez lost 45 lbs. after the operation due in part to having his health so vastly improved. He brought awareness to the issue on his show; his character’s son, Max, was diagnosed with a similar illness.
Charity work and honors
Lopez was a featured celebrity golfer in the 2004 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic and the 2004 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. Lopez and his pro partner finished third in the Pebble Beach event. George was the top ranking celebrity at completion of the golf tournament. Since 2006, Lopez has served as the host of the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic. He is a member at Lakeside Country Club in Burbank, California and has a 13 handicap.
A native of Los Angeles who grew up in San Fernando Valley’s Mission Hills, Lopez devotes much time to the community. He has his own charity: The Ann & George Lopez Foundation (www.thelopezfoundation.org). He has received the Manny Mota Foundation Community Spirit Award and was named Honorary Mayor of Los Angeles for his extensive fund-raising efforts benefiting earthquake victims in El Salvador and Guatemala. In February 2004, George was presented the 2004 Artist of the Year and Humanitarian Award by Harvard University, presented by its president and dean for his artistic work and charitable endeavors.
Lopez has received several honors for his work and contributions to the Latino community. In September 2004, George was honored with the “Spirit of Liberty Award” presented by People for the American Way. In August 2005, Time magazine recognized George as one of “The 25 Most Influential Hispanics In America”.
Lopez criticized Jay Leno, someone he once considered a “close friend”, during an interview on radio station WOMX-FM in Orlando, Florida, on January 24, 2007, stating: “He’s the biggest two-faced dude in TV.” He also called him a back-stabber, and said he is not a proficient interviewer.
Lopez is also known for his conflict with Carlos Mencía. In an interview on The Howard Stern Show, Lopez accused Mencía of appropriating 13 minutes of his material in Mencía’s HBO special. He also claimed he had a physical altercation with Mencía over the alleged appropriation.
Lopez frequently mentions his dislike for Erik Estrada. According to Lopez, he met Estrada when he was a teenager and Estrada was in the zenith of his career. Estrada refused to shake the teenager’s hand, and Lopez has disliked him ever since. Lopez mentioned the story while guest-hosting The Jim Rome Show, and saying “Fuck that puto.” In his comedy special America’s Mexican, Lopez uses this as a warning to everyone that celebrities should always be nice to their fans because they do not know who the fans will grow up to be.
After receiving the news that his show was cancelled in 2007, Lopez criticized Steve McPherson, the president of ABC Entertainment, for using racially motivated reasons for his decision. The actor told the Los Angeles Times that “TV just became really, really white again,” and lashed out against ABC by saying “So a Chicano can’t be on TV, but a caveman can?” in reference to Cavemen, which was replacing George Lopez in the schedule. Cavemen got a horrible reception from critics and viewers and was cancelled after just 13 episodes. Lopez blamed ABC for causing over a hundred of his show’s staff to become jobless.
On March 24, 2011 George Lopez called Kirstie Alley a “pig” during her stint on Dancing with the Stars. Kirstie posted on Twitter, “Don’t worry about George’s comments…just remember what happens to the big bad, drunk woolf…falls in a boiling pot of vodka.Piggy laughs” as a response to the comment. George later apologized on Twitter by saying, “I misjudged the joke. No malice was intended and I apologize to Kirstie.” After the apology, Kirstie fired back on Twitter, “@georgelopez I don’t need or want ur apology…I want your kidney dude..on behalf of ur X and all the women uv insulted…give it back”.
|1990||Ski Patrol||Eddie Martinez|
|1993||Fatal Instinct||Murder Investigator|
|2001||Bread and Roses||Perez||Nominated—ALMA Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture|
|2002||Real Women Have Curves||Mr. Guzman|
|2005||The Adventures of Shark Boy and Lava Girl||Mr. Electricidad/ Mr. Electric/Tobor|
|2006||Balls of Fury||Ernie Rodriguez|
|2008||Swing Vote||John Sweeney|
|Henry Poole Is Here||Father Salizar|
|Beverly Hills Chihuahua||Papi||voice only|
|2009||Shannon’s Rainbow||Captain Martin|
|Mr. Troop Mom||Eddie Serrano|
|2010||The Spy Next Door||Glaze||Nominated—Razzie Award for Worst Supporting Actor (shared with Valentine’s Day and Marmaduke)|
|2011||Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2||Papi||voice only
Nominated—Imagen Award for Best Actor in a Feature Film
Nominated—Kids’ Choice Award for Favorite Movie Actor
|The Smurfs||Grouchy Smurf||voice only|
|Spy Kids: All the Time in the World||Ricky Raccoon|
|The Brothers García||Mr. Fender||Episode “The Student Buddy”|
|Curb your Enthusiasm||Himself|
|2002–2007||George Lopez||George Lopez||119 episodes
Imagen Award for Best Actor – Television (won 2004; nominated 2005, 2006, 2007)
Nominated—ALMA Award for Outstanding Actor in a Television Series
Nominated—BET Comedy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Nominated—Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series (nominated 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007)
Nominated—Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Breakout Star – Male
Nominated—Young Artist Award for Most Popular Mom & Pop in a Television Series (shared with Constance Marie)
|2004||Naughty or Nice||Henry Ramiro|
|2006||Freddie||George||“Freddie Gets Cross Over “|
|2007–2008||The Naked Brothers Band||Himself||3 episodes|
|2008||Reno 911||Mayor of Reno||3 episodes|
|2009–2011||Lopez Tonight||Himself (Host)||Nominated—People’s Choice Award for Favorite Talk Show Host|
|2011||America’s Got Talent||Grouchy Smurf (voice)||July 27 (Season 6, Qtr Finals 3 results)|
|2001||Right Now, Right Now||Himself|
|2006||Why You Crying?||Himself|
|El Mas Chingon?||Himself|
|2007||America’s Mexican||Himself||HBO Special|
|2009||Tall, Dark, & Chicano||Himself||HBO Special|
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Did you know the only basketball award that Jordan did not win was high school state championship?
Did you know that Jordan’s individual accolades and accomplishments include five MVP awards, ten All-NBA First Team designations, nine All-Defensive First Team honors, fourteen NBA All-Star Game appearances, three All-Star Game MVP awards, ten scoring titles, three steals titles, six NBA Finals MVP awards, and the 1988 NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award?
Did you know that He holds the NBA records for highest career regular season scoring average (30.12 points per game) and highest career playoff scoring average (33.45 points per game). In 1999, he was named the greatest North American athlete of the 20th century by ESPN, and was second to Babe Ruth on the Associated Press‘s list of athletes of the century?
Did you know that Michael Jordan was not the number one draft pick?
Did you know what teams were dynasties?
Did you know the youngest person to score 40 points in a game?
Did you know who had the most NBA AllStar Appearances?
Did you know that Michael Jordan won?
Did you know what NBA player has won the most MVP?
Did you know that Robert Horry has more NBA championships than michael Jordan?
Who is Joseph Rogan? The entertainment and commentating world knows him as Joe Rogan who is an American comedian, video blogger, actor, writer, martial artist, activist and color commentator for the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
In 1994, Rogan co-starred on the Fox comedy Hardball as Frank Valente, the young, ego-centric star player on a fictional professional baseball team.  The show was cancelled after nine episodes.
From 1995-1999, Rogan co-starred on the critically acclaimed comedy NewsRadio. He portrayed Joe Garrelli, the electrician at WNYX, a news radio station in New York City. 
In 2002, he appeared on one episode of Just Shoot Me as Chris, Maya Gallo’s boyfriend.
During high school, Rogan was a practitioner of Taekwondo and gained a black belt at age 15. He went on to become a four-time state champion in Massachusetts, and a U.S. Open Taekwondo champion. His record as a kickboxer is 2-1.
In 1996, Rogan began training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under the Carlson Gracie at his school in Hollywood, California. After Gracie relocated to Chicago, Rogan later began training under Jean Jacques Machado, (a cousin of the Gracie family), eventually earning his brown belt under Machado. In addition, Rogan holds a brown belt in 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu under Eddie Bravo.
Rogan worked on the TV series Fear Factor, as a host of the United States version of the show. He hosted from June 11, 2001 through September 12, 2006 before the show was canceled by NBC. Rogan will return as the host of Fear Factor in an upcoming rebooted edition of the show, which will air fall 2011 on NBC.
In December 2009, Rogan began hosting a regular podcast with concurrent live Ustream availability. Frequently co-hosted by his friend and the show’s producer Brian “Redban” Reichle, the podcast features an array of guests from the pursuits of comedy, acting and Mixed Martial Arts. Now known as The Joe Rogan Experience, the show is regularly found in the Apple iTunes top 10 most downloaded comedy, and was named one of iTunes “Best of 2010″ audio podcasts in its first year. He refers to himself as a werewolf commonly on the podcast, admittedly after the Twilight series.
On May 21, 2008, Rogan announced on the Kevin and Bean radio show in Los Angeles that his girlfriend Jessica had a baby girl, and confirmed the news on his fan forum. The couple married in 2009. On episode 22 of The Joe Rogan Experience (recorded May 25, 2010), Rogan announced that “baby Rogan number two was just born the other day”.
Although raised Roman Catholic, Rogan stated in September 2010, during a guest appearance on the Alex Jones radio show, that he does not follow any organized religions because he feels it is all the work of man. Rogan also said that he is not completely opposed to the concept of a “higher power” such as a God, however views the concept of God as part of nature that exists in everything.
One of the recurring themes in his stand-up comedy and life is the use and support of cannabis, psilocybin mushrooms, and DMT. Rogan supports the medical and recreational use of cannabis. He has also starred in the marijuana documentary The Union: The Business Behind Getting High. He has an isolation tank in his basement. Rogan was featured in the 2010 History Channel documentary, Marijuana: A Chronic History, as an advocate of legalized medical use of marijuana. He is also the presenter of the 2010 documentary, DMT: The Spirit Molecule, released in October 2010.
On February 10, 2007, Rogan confronted comedian Carlos Mencia on stage at the Comedy Store on Sunset, accusing him of plagiarism. Rogan posted a video of the altercation with audio and video clips from other comedians, including George Lopez, Reverend Bob Levy, Bobby Lee and Ari Shaffir, among others.
- I’m Gonna Be Dead Someday (CD) (August 22, 2000)
- Live from the Belly of the Beast (DVD) (May 4–5, 2001)
- Joe Rogan: Live (DVD) (September 1, 2006)
- Shiny Happy Jihad (CD) (April 10, 2007)
- Talking Monkeys In Space (CD & DVD) (2010) Comedy Central Records
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Did you know that Sammy the Banana Slug is the mascot for (University of California-Santa Cruz)?
Did you know that a banana slug is a slimy yellow mollusk found near the northern California coastal community of Santa Cruz?
Did you know that the University adopted the slug as a mascot as a attempt not to overemphasis being a athletes?
Did you know that many attempts have been made to change the mascot but all have failed?
Did you know that Scrotieis unofficial mascot of the Rhode Island School of Design?
Did you know that the costume is unique and at the same time horrific, looking exactly like a giant penis?
Did you know that Scrotie wears a red cape with the scrotum hanging beneath?
Did you know that the school’s basketball team is known as the Balls, and their slogan is, “When the heat is on, the Balls stick together?”
Did you know that the hockey team is called the Nads, and their cheer is “Go Nads!” Scrotie was created to cheer on the Nads in 2001?
Did you know despite his status as an unofficial mascot, he’s present at all the games and widely accepted by the student body?
Did you know that Billikenis the mascot for (St. Louis University)?
Did you know that Saint Louis Billiken looks like a vampire or an alien or both?
Did you know that Billiken was a made up mascot that was picked because its likeness resembled that of one of the coaches?
Did you know that Billiken is a representation of good luck?
Did you know that Brutus the Buckeye is the athletics mascot of The Ohio State University?
Did you know that Brutus is a student dressed in Buckeye colors with a headpiece resembling an Ohio Buckeye nut?
Did you know that Brutus has been the mascot since 1965, with periodic updates to design and wardrobe?
Did you know that as a member of the cheerleading team Brutus Buckeye travels to many athletic and non-athletic events around The Ohio State University and makes appearances?
Did you know that the Boll Weevilsis (University of Arkansas) mascot?
Did you know that the men are represented by the Boll Weevils whereas the women are known as the “Cotton Blossoms?”
Did you know that the Fighting Pickle is the mascot for the (North Carolina School of the Arts)?
Did you know that the Super Frog the Horned Frogis the (Texas Christian University) mascot?
Did you know that TCU has been using the horned toad as a mascot since 1897?
Did you know that the horned toad might sound like a strange choice of a mascot, but it’s the state reptile of Texas?
Did you know that the Fighting Okra is (Delta State University) mascot?
Did you know that the Geoducksis (Evergreen State) mascot?
Did you know that Geoducks is pronounced “gooey duck”?
Did you know that Gaylord the Camel is (Campbell University) mascot?
Did you know that Russell won 11 rings in the 13 years he played in the NBA?
Did you know what freshmen won a Heisman Trophy?
you know that Johnny Manziel became the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy?Did you know that Manziel became the first freshman to throw for more than 3,000 yards, and rush for more than 1,000 yards in the same seasons?
Did you know that Manziel 4,600 total yards were more than recent Heisman winners, Cam Newton (2010) and Tim Tebow (2007
Did you know that Herschel Walker, Clint Castleberry, Marshall Faulk, Michael Vick, Rex Grossan, Larry Fitzgerald, and Adrian Peterson were all elected for the Heisman Trophy as Freshman?
Did you know that Marshall Faulk’s left San Diego State University with many of the schools’s offensive records, among them 62 career touchdowns, which is the 8th most in NCAA history?
Did you know that Michael Vick played college football at Virginia Tech?
Did you know that Vick was the first African-American quarterback to be selected first overall in an NFL Draft?
Did you know that Rex Grossman was an All-American ant the runner-up for the Heisman Trophy in 2001?
Did you know that Peterson finished as the school’s third all-time leading rusher?
Now if you didn’t know, now you know…
Who is Rosie Alice Huntington-Whiteley? The entertainment and movie world knows Rosie Huntington-Whiteley as an English model and actress, best known for modelling for Victoria’s Secret and for replacing Megan Fox as the lead female character in the film Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011), part of the Transformers film series.
Early life and family
Huntington-Whiteley was born 18 April 1987 at the Freedom Fields Hospital in Plymouth, Devon, England. Her mother, Fiona, is a fitness instructor, and her father, Charles Andrew Huntington-Whiteley, is a chartered surveyor. She has two younger siblings; a brother, Toby, and a sister, Florence. Her paternal great-great-grandfather was politician Sir Herbert Huntington-Whiteley, 1st Baronet; Herbert’s son, Eric, was the “black sheep” of the family, and had married Rosie’s great-grandmother, Enid Kohn, who was from a family of Polish Jews who immigrated to England in the 1870s. Rosie’s paternal grandmother was the daughter of Jacob Franks, a Sussex surgeon.
Huntington-Whiteley grew up in Tavistock, Devon, on a farm. Growing up in Devon, she was bullied and teased at school for having a double-barrelled name, no breasts, and for her full lips (now one of her most famous assets). She got voted Miss Big Mouth because she talked constantly and, after a growth spurt at the age of 13, Girl Most Likely To Become A Supermodel. Bored of her farm life, she was eager to get out and go to London. In 2003, while studying at Tavistock College, she was discovered by Profile Model Management while seeking internships with several London based modelling agencies. Her first gig in front of the camera was at 16, posing for a Levi‘s commercial. She spent all of her first cheque on a Ford Ka, even though she couldn’t drive, thinking it would be the one and only time she would ever get paid for modelling.
Victoria’s Secret and modelling (2006–present)
Since 2006, Huntington-Whiteley has modelled for American lingerie and beauty products brand Victoria’s Secret. The model made her Victoria’s Secret debut at the brand’s 2006 show in Los Angeles.
She remained unknown in the fashion industry up until 2008, when she was cast by chief creative director Christopher Bailey, replacing Agyness Deyn for Burberry‘s fall/winter campaign with actor Sam Riley. She got her first British Vogue cover, for the November 2008 issue, which saw her pictured alongside Eden Clark and Jourdan Dunn in a feature celebrating British models. Harper’s Bazaar‘s annual “Best Dressed List” placed her 6th on their list for the year 2008. The following year, she was featured as the face of Karen Millen‘s spring/summer 2009 advertising campaign. Huntington-Whiteley received an Elle Style Award for 2009′s “Model of the Year”. She starred in a short film for Agent Provocateur playing a woman whose boyfriend forgets Valentine’s Day. For fall/winter 2009, she modelled campaigns for Godiva and Miss Sixty. In late 2009, Huntington-Whiteley officially became a Victoria’s Secret Angel, modelling for the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in New York city.
In 2010, she was featured in the infamous Pirelli Calendar, photographed by Terry Richardson. Huntington-Whiteley hit the runway for designers Prada in Milan and Giles Deacon in Paris. For SS10 her advertising campaigns included Monsoon’s first underwear line, Thomas Wylde, Full Circle, and VS Online. In March, she collaborated with VOGUE.COM to share her outfit choices daily for the Today I’m Wearing feature. She appeared on the covers of the May 2010 issues of Harper’s Bazaar Russia and GQ UK. She was featured on the cover of LOVE Magazine’s September issue, styled as a pinup girl. For FW10 she modelled for Burberry as well as the company’s first Beauty line ad; her other advertising campaigns included Loewe, Thomas Wylde, and Leon Max. Fashion photographer Rankin devoted a book entirely to her titled, Ten Times Rosie. Rankin thinks Huntington-Whitely puts diversity back into fashion, “We’ve been looking at very, very skinny, almost masculine girls for a long time. [Rosie] really is the model of the moment. She’s the actress of the moment. She’s definitely going to become something much, much bigger.”
In March 2011, she landed her first solo British Vogue cover. In May, she was voted No. 1 in Maxim Magazine’s “Hot 100” list. She was also voted No.1 in FHM’s World’s Sexiest Woman 2011 poll. She appeared on the covers of the UK’s July issues of Elle and GQ.
In May 2010, it was announced that Huntington-Whiteley would replace Megan Fox as the female lead in Transformers: Dark of the Moon, released on 28th June 2011. She had previously worked with the film’s director, Michael Bay, on a Victoria’s Secret commercial. MTV Networks‘ NextMovie.com named her one of the ‘Breakout Stars to Watch for in 2011′. Prior to the film’s release, she won the “Female Star of Tomorrow” award at the 2011 CinemaCon Awards.
Huntington-Whiteley dated Tyrone Wood, the youngest son of musician Ronnie Wood, from August 2007 until October 2009. When the pair separated, she began a relationship with French actor Olivier Martinez, which ended after a few months in early 2010. By April 2010, she was dating English actor Jason Statham.
|2011||Transformers: Dark of the Moon||Carly Spencer|
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(November 14, 1922 — May 19, 2011)
Early life and career
Born in New York City to Marian (née Baldwin) and author Stephen Morehouse Avery, her father hailed from Webster Groves, Missouri, near St. Louis. Her first role was as Marjorie in the 1951 film Queen for a Day. In 1952, she played Tracy McAuliffe, the wife of the Charlton Heston character in the MGM film Ruby Gentry.
From 1953 to 1955, Avery was cast as faculty wife Peggy McNutley in all but five of the seventy-five episodes of the CBS situation comedy, Meet Mr. McNutley, with Ray Milland as college professor Ray McNutley and Minerva Urecal as Miss Bradley, the dean. The name “McNutley” was changed in the second season to McNulty.
In 1956, she appeared as Maggie Henderson in the film The Best Things in Life Are Free, a biography of three songwriters played by Gordon MacRae, Ernest Borgnine, and Dan Dailey. That same year, she and Lew Ayres portrayed Peg and Clint Howard in “The Unrelenting Sky”, the fourth episode of Dick Powell’s Zane Grey Theater. She also appeared on the ABC series, Man with a Camera, Rawhide, and Richard Diamond, Private Detective.
In 1958, Avery appeared as herself singing on NBC’s variety show, The George Gobel Show, and also in several episodes in various comedy sketches as Gobel’s wife “Alice” (which happened to also be the first name of the real-life Mrs. Gobel).
From 1960 to 1962, Avery appeared as Anne Selby on the CBS soap opera The Clear Horizon, a story of American astronauts and their wives. During the 1960s, continued with guest starring roles on various television series including The Deputy, Peter Gunn, Perry Mason, The Red Skelton Show, Have Gun – Will Travel, The Virginian, The Greatest Show on Earth, and Daniel Boone. During the 1970s, Avery guest starred in episodes of All in the Family, Maude, Charlie’s Angels and Baretta.
In the 1980s, Avery retired from acting and became a real estate agent in Los Angeles. She returned to acting in the 1990s with an appearances in the feature film, Made in America (1993), and in an episode of the television series Coach.
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Did you know John Wayne won an Oscar for True Grit?
Did you know that Tim Robbins won an Oscar for Shawshank Redemption?
Did you know the tallest actor nominated for an Oscar was James Cromwell who was 6’7-tall?
Did you know Cromwell was nominated for Babe
Did you know that Geena Davis was the tallest lady to win an Oscar she was 6-feet?
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Who is Cas Haley? The entertainment and music world knows Cas Haley as an American singer/guitarist who was the runner-up on Season 2 of America’s Got Talent. He also plays in the band Woodbelly, and plays both acoustic and electric guitar.
Cas Haley was born December 27, 1980; Paris, Texas. His self-titled album charted as the #8 Best selling reggae album of 2008 on the Billboard Charts. His album is available at Best Buy stores nationwide and on iTunes.
In June 2009, it was announced that Haley & former Jah Roots lead singer, Josh Heinrichs, would release “Favorites”, a collection of modern and classic reggae favorites redone by Haley and Heinrichs. Announced to be released in late summer 2009 by Big Karma Records, the album was postponed to due to producer Jim Slaton’s unexpected death from a heart attack in August 2009. The album has since been released. The album was mastered by Rob Fraboni who also produced and mastered artists such as Bob Marley, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, The Rolling Stones, Etta James, etc…
In December 2009, Cas joined jamaican reggae artist Tanya Stephens to sing on a cover of “Wolfman’s Brother” for the Phish reggae tribute album “Dub Like An Antelope – Legends of reggae celebrate Phish” The albums was released December 14 2009.
In June 2010, Haley toured Hawaii with Josh Heinrichs playing shows on Oahu & The Big Island. While on tour they appeared on several local radio programs and the television morning news portion of Hawaii News Now.
On June 3, 2010, Easy Star Records announced that they would be releasing Cas’ much anticipated follow up album, “Connection”. The album has a September 14, 2010 release date.
Haley is married to Cassie Black and has a son
America’s Got Talent
|Week||Theme||Song choice||Original artist||Result|
|Audition||Chicago||“Walking on the Moon“||The Police||Advanced|
|Vegas Verdicts||N/A||“Living for the City“||Stevie Wonder||Advanced|
|Top 20||Group 2||“Higher and Higher“||Jackie Wilson||Advanced|
|Top 10||N/A||“Bring it on Home to Me“||Sam Cooke||Advanced|
|Top 8||Heroes||“Easy“||Lionel Richie||Advanced|
|Top 4||Judges’ Choice
|“Can’t Help Falling in Love“
|Finale||Duets||“Red Red Wine“||UB-40 (duet)||Runner Up|
|Year End Reggae|
|“—” denotes the single didn’t chart.|
|“—” denotes the single didn’t chart.|
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Who was Richard Erwin Rood? , The professional wrestling world knew Ravishing Rick Rude, as a professional wrestler who performed for many promotions, most notably World Championship Wrestling, Extreme Championship Wrestling, and the World Wrestling Federation, in the 1980s and 1990s. Among other accolades, Rude was a four-time World Champion (a three-time WCW International World Heavyweight Champion and one-time WCWA World Heavyweight Champion), a one-time WWF Intercontinental Champion and one-time WCW United States Champion.
(December 7, 1958 – April 20, 1999)
Born in St. Peter, Minnesota, Rood attended Robbinsdale High School in Robbinsdale, Minnesota with Tom Zenk, Brady Boone, Nikita Koloff, Curt Hennig, John Nord, and Barry Darsow, all of whom later became professional wrestlers.
After graduating from Anoka Ramsey Junior College with a degree in physical education, Rood began wrestling in 1983 as Ricky Rood, a babyface jobber. He started with Vancouver‘s NWA: All-Star Wrestling before moving on to compete for Georgia Championship Wrestling and later the Memphis-based Continental Wrestling Association. He later left and joined the National Wrestling Alliance affiliate Jim Crockett Promotions where he and a variety of tag team partners feuded with The Road Warriors. He returned to Memphis in 1984, this time as “Ravishing” Rick Rude, an overconfident, arrogant heel managed by Jimmy Hart. Rude feuded with Jerry Lawler and later his former partner, King Kong Bundy.
Rude was hired by Championship Wrestling from Florida in December 1984, where he was managed by Percy Pringle. He defeated Pez Whatley for the NWA Florida Southern Heavyweight Championship on January 16, 1985 and lost it to Brian Blair on April 10, 1985. He captured the championship again on July 20, 1985, when he defeated Mike Graham in the finals of a Southern title tournament. He held the belt until October 2 of that year when he dropped it to Wahoo McDaniel, who was booking Florida during this time. While teaming with Jesse Barr, he won the NWA Florida United States Tag Team Championship on April 16, 1985, and feuded with Billy Jack Haynes and Wahoo McDaniel over the belts, losing the straps to McDaniel and Haynes on July 9, 1985. In late 1985, he jumped to World Class Championship Wrestling along with Pringle, where he feuded with Kevin Von Erich and Chris Adams. During his time in WCCW, Rude captured the NWA American Heavyweight Championship on November 4, 1985. However, WCCW withdrew from the NWA on February 20, 1986, and changed its name to the World Class Wrestling Association. The NWA American Championship was renamed the WCWA World Heavyweight Championship while Rude was still holding the title. As a result, Rude became the promotion’s first World Champion. After losing the title to Chris Adams in July 1986, he fired Pringle and briefly replaced him with his sister, Raven. He formed a short-lived tag team with The Dingo Warrior, but the Warrior turned on him and became a face.
In September 1986, Rude returned to Jim Crockett Promotions and joined Manny Fernandez and his manager Paul Jones in their rivalry with Wahoo McDaniel. Rude and Fernandez, known collectively as the “Awesome Twosome”, won the NWA World Tag Team Championship on December 6, 1986 from The Rock ‘n’ Roll Express, and they began a feud that ended only when Rude left the promotion for the World Wrestling Federation in April 1987. To explain the sudden departure, Jim Crockett, Jr. aired a pre-taped non-title match where the Express defeated Rude and Fernandez and claimed that Rude had been injured as a result.
World Wrestling Federation (1987–1990)
Rude made his WWF debut in July 1987. Rude was managed by Jimmy Hart and later Bobby “The Brain” Heenan. He feuded with “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff, before starting one of his most famous feuds with Jake “The Snake” Roberts. Rude had a routine where, before the match, he would make a show of removing his robe while insulting the males in the crowd and, after his victories, he would kiss a woman that Heenan picked from the fans. One of Rude’s trademarks was his specially airbrushed tights that he wore during matches. In one storyline, he tried to get Roberts’ real-life wife, Cheryl, to comply, aggravating Roberts. On another occasion during the Roberts/Rude feud, Rude came to the ring with a picture of Cheryl stenciled on the front of his tights. A furious Roberts charged the ring and stripped Rude, appearing to television viewers to leave him naked, although the live audience saw him stripped to a g-string instead.
Rude’s next big feud was with The Ultimate Warrior and began in January at the 1989 Royal Rumble pay-per-view in a “Super Posedown” that ended with Rude attacking Warrior with a metal pose bar. With help from Heenan, Rude won the Intercontinental Championship from the Warrior at WrestleMania V, before dropping it back to the Warrior at SummerSlam 1989, due in large part to interference from “Rowdy” Roddy Piper. Rude then feuded with Piper, before resuming his conflict with the Warrior in the summer of 1990 after the Warrior had won the WWF Championship. The two battled in a cage at SummerSlam 1990, however Rude failed to win the title and departed from WWF in October 1990. This departure came right before he was scheduled to feud with the Big Boss Man, which had its potential start when Rude started to make degrading comments about The Boss Man’s mother.
World Championship Wrestling (1991–1994)
Rude made his way to World Championship Wrestling, which had originally been Jim Crockett Promotions prior to being sold to Ted Turner in late 1988; he debuted as The Halloween Phantom at Halloween Havoc on October 27, 1991, unmasking himself later that night. He founded and led The Dangerous Alliance, consisting of himself, Paul E. Dangerously, Madusa, Arn Anderson, Bobby Eaton, Larry Zbyszko, and “Stunning” Steve Austin. On November 19, 1991, Rude defeated Sting for the WCW United States Heavyweight Championship and engaged in a number of high profile feudes, including one with Ricky Steamboat. At one point during their feud, Steamboat suffered a kayfabe broken nose in a gang attack.
In 1992, Rude and Madusa left The Dangerous Alliance and feuded with Nikita Koloff. Rude challenged reigning WCW World Heavyweight Champion Ron Simmons on several occasions but did not defeat him. In December 1992, Rude suffered a legitimate injury and was forced to forfeit the United States Championship, thus ending his reign of nearly 14 months, a reign that still stands today as the second longest reign in the 33 year history of the title. Rude returned alone in April 1993 and tried to reclaim the title from Dustin Rhodes, who had won it while he was injured. The title was eventually held up after several controversial finishes to matches between the two, although Rhodes regained the title in a rematch.
Rude switched his sights to the NWA World Heavyweight Championship, making his intentions clear on August 28, 1993, when he was the guest on then-champion Ric Flair‘s “A Flair For the Gold” talk segment. Rude defeated Flair for the title in September 1993 at Fall Brawl. As WCW had recently withdrawn from the NWA, WCW lost the rights to continue using the NWA World Heavyweight Championship. WCW created their own championship, dubbing it the WCW International World Heavyweight Championship, which Rude lost to Hiroshi Hase on March 16, 1994 in Tokyo, Japan. Rude regained the title just eight days later in Kyoto, Japan. After dropping the title to Sting on April 17, Rude pinned Sting on May 1 in Fukuoka to become a three time champion. Rude, however, injured his back during the match; unable to wrestle, he was stripped of the title (with the storyline excuse that he was found to have used the title belt as a weapon in the course of the match). Rude retired shortly thereafter.
Extreme Championship Wrestling and return to the WWF (1997)
Rude collected on a Lloyd’s of London insurance policy and did not compete in wrestling again until 1996, when he joined Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) as a masked man who harassed Shane Douglas, at one point spanking Francine. He eventually unmasked and became a color commentator before later aligning himself, for a short time, with Douglas and his Triple Threat stable. During the ECW versus USWA / WWF inter-company competition, Rude helped Jerry “The King” Lawler defeat ECW mainstays Tommy Dreamer and The Sandman.
Rude later returned to WWF as the “insurance policy” of the D-Generation X (DX) stable (Shawn Michaels, Triple H, and Chyna). As a member of DX, Rude never wrestled, but would stay ringside during the group’s matches. He once again left WWF after the Montreal Screwjob at Survivor Series. According to Bret Hart, Rude stayed in the locker room during Bret’s confrontation with Vince McMahon, later calling Eric Bischoff and informing him what had happened was in fact real. As Rude was not signed to a full-time contract with WWF, and was instead performing on a “pay-per-appearance” basis, Rude was able to negotiate a deal with Bischoff and WCW, in part due to his anger over the Montreal Screwjob.
Return to WCW (1997–1998)
Rude appeared on both WWF Raw is War and WCW Monday Nitro on November 17, 1997. A mustached Rude appeared on Nitro, which was live, and proceeded to criticize Shawn Michaels, DX, and the WWF, calling the company the “Titanic” (a reference to Titan Enterprises, as WWF’s parent company was then known, as the “sinking ship”). An hour later on Raw (which had been taped six days earlier), Rude then appeared with the full beard he’d been sporting during his return to the WWF. Rude also appeared on ECW’s Hardcore TV during that weekend (November 14–16 as the show was syndicated differently depending on the market). Rude was still making ECW appearances while in D-Generation X.
In WCW, Rude became a member of the nWo, managing his friend Curt Hennig. When the nWo split, Hennig and Rude joined the nWo Wolfpac, and they tried to motivate Konnan to defeat Goldberg, who was undefeated at the time. When Konnan was defeated by Goldberg, Rude and Hennig attacked him, later joining nWo Hollywood, the rivals of the Wolfpac. By late 1998, both Rude and Hennig were off WCW TV due to injuries. Hennig had an ongoing leg injury that year, and Rude was thought to have had testicular cancer which later turned out to be a cyst. Curt Hennig returned to the nWo from his injury at Starrcade 1998 without Rude, who was still unable to appear on WCW. Rude was rumored to be training for a full time comeback to active wrestling in early 1999.
Rude died on April 20, 1999 after suffering heart failure. He is survived by his wife Michelle and their three children. The cause of death may have been an overdose of Gamma-Hydroxybutyric acid (GHB) and steroids. An autopsy report showed he died from an overdose of “mixed medications.” Rude testified in 1994 that he had used anabolic steroids to alleviate pain in his joints and increase muscle mass.
 In wrestling
- Finishing moves
- Signature moves
- Wrestlers managed
 Championships and accomplishments
- Championship Wrestling from Florida
- Continental Wrestling Association
- Jim Crockett Promotions / World Championship Wrestling
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated
- World Class Championship Wrestling / World Class Wrestling Association
- World Wrestling Federation
- Wrestling Observer Newsletter awards
- 5 Star Match (1992) with “Stunning” Steve Austin, Bobby Eaton, Larry Zbyszko, and Arn Anderson vs. Sting, Ricky Steamboat, Dustin Rhodes, Barry Windham, and Nikita Koloff (February 24, WarGames match, WrestleWar)
- Best Heel (1992)
- Worst Worked Match of the Year (1992) vs. Masahiro Chono at Halloween Havoc
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Doug Leeds, American executive, vice-chairman of American Theatre Wing, died from cancer he was , 63
Doug Leeds (born Douglas B. Leeds,) was an advertising/media executive who is the founder and current Chairman/CEO of Storeboard Media LLC died from cancer he was , 63. Leeds is also known for producing two Broadway shows and serving as President of The American Theatre Wing, which founded, manages and presents The Tony Awards annually on CBS Television.
(March 15, 1947 – died May 9 2011
Advertising & media career (1976-2011)
In 2006 Doug Leeds founded Storeboard Media, an indoor billboard company which holds the exclusive right to place advertising on security pedestals at the front entrance of over 19,000 retail chain stores (CVS, Walgreens, Duane Reade, etc.) throughout the United States. The company’s media reach is over one billion consumer impressions per month. Among its current advertising clients are: P&G, Colgate, Unilever, Beiersdorf, L’Oréal, Johnson & Johnson, Coca-Cola and Alberto Culver.
Before founding StoreBoard Media LLC, Leeds was President and CEO of the award-winning point-of-purchase advertising firm, Thomson-Leeds Company, Inc. and worked with clients including American Express, Sony, Philip Morris, Ford and Microsoft. In 1967 the company was acquired by Ogilvy & Mather which subsequently was purchased by WPP Group. Leeds who continued as company President/CEO led a group in 1993 to successfully purchase Thomson-Leeds Company back from WPP. The company went on to win more awards (POPAI) for designing and producing outstanding merchandising programs than any company in the world. In September 2000 Leeds sold the company to Array Market Group and continued as Chairman of the Thomson-Leeds division until 2003, when he left to create The Tori Group, Inc. In 2005 The Tori Group, along with The Jeffrey Development Group Ltd., purchased Impact Media and created StoreBoard Media LLC.
In developing numerous innovative merchandising concepts, Leeds was granted patents from the US Patent Office ranging from a retractable pen for American Express to a suction cup window display holder for Hunter Douglas Inc.
Doug Leeds has been active in the industry trade association, POPAI (Point of Purchase Advertising International), serving as Vice Chair of its Board of Directors and Chair of numerous committees, including its Annual Conference and Marketplace Show at Jacob Javits Convention Center. In 2002 Doug Leeds was elected as the youngest member ever to The POPAI Hall of Fame. A frequent speaker at industry conferences, Leeds has published numerous articles in trade journals such as BrandWeek and Potentials In Marketing. He also authored chapters in the best-selling college textbooks on sales promotion and merchandising: The Sales Promotion Handbook, published by Darnell and contributed to McGraw-Hill’s The Customer is Always Right! As a merchandising expert, Leeds has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and has been a guest on CNBC‘s Money Watch and CNN‘s Power Lunch. Leeds also served on the corporate boards of University Home Services Inc, Auto Data Systems and C-360, Inc.
The American Theatre Wing and other not-for-profit activities
Doug Leeds has been an active board member of multiple not-for-profit educational, cultural and health organizations. He is known for his visible roll as President of The American Theatre Wing, which among other activities, is the founder of The Tony Awards for excellence on Broadway. The American Theatre Wing presents the Tony Awards annually on CBS with The Broadway League. Leeds joined The American Theatre Wing in 1990, was elected Secretary/Treasurer in 1991 and Vice-Chairman in 2003. In his time with The American Theatre Wing Leeds has chaired multiple committees including, Benefit, Finance, Grants, By-Laws and Strategic Planning. From 2004–2008 he served as President. From 2003–2008 he co-hosted Working In The Theatre, which is telecast on CUNY TV weekly in select markets. He also represents the organization as a member of the Tony Management Committee and the Tony Administration Committee.
In 1983, with Chappy Morris and Christine Biddle, Leeds founded and Chaired (1983–1999) The Lobby Gallery Associates at The Whitney Museum of American Art, which became one of the leading young professional groups supporting a museum in the United States. The group has since been renamed The Whitney Contemporaries. In 1992 Leeds was elected Trustee of the museum and Chair of its Membership Committee.
Leeds has also served as a trustee of Guild Hall of East Hampton, The Checkerboard Foundation and The Frick Council of The Frick Museum. In addition, he was a board member of Ronald McDonald House Associates and is currently a member of The International Advisory Board of the Children’s Radio Foundation and The Dream Team at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center which fulfills wishes of Sloan-Kettering patients and their families. Leeds is a graduate and past trustee of Worcester Academy (Worcester, Ma) and Babson College (Wellesley, Ma.) where he received his BS degree in 1970.