-- TMZ.com has posted the first action photos of former WWE Champion Batista doing some full-contact sparring in preparation for his transition into the world of mixed martial arts. According to the story, there are rumblings that he could fight fellow former WWE performer Bobby Lashley. Batista has been in San Francisco training with Cesar Gracie, who has trained numerous top fighters. TMZ cites sources as saying the former WWE star is moving closing on a finalizing contract to get in the ring by "early next year." You can check out the photos by clicking here.
-- From Steven Fernandes & PWInsider: KGW.com has an article on James Laurinaitis, son of Road Warrior Animal, looking at his rookie season as a St. Louis Ram and how he hopes to improve in his second year. Animal mentions that he could easily make the transition to wrestling after his football career ends, but James says that he'll have "enough beatings" in football that he will not want to wrestle.
-- TNA has a live event set for 9/17 at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza at 7:30PM. Tickets go on sale on 8/13. Fans who buy tickets in the first three rows will get to take part in a special meet & greet with TNA stars one hour before the show. Appearing live and in person will be: -"The Charismatic Enigma" Jeff Hardy -TNA TV Champion "The Phenomenal" AJ Styles -Olympic Gold Medalist Kurt Angle -TNA Founder Jeff Jarrett -TNA World Tag Team Champions Motor City Machine Guns -"The Monster" Abyss -Ink Inc. (Shannon Moore and Jesse Neal) -"The Pope" D'Angelo Dinero -"Samoan Submission Machine" Samoa Joe -Desmond Wolfe -Magnus -TNA Knockouts Champion Madison Rayne -Kazarian -Velvet Sky and more! *Times Meet and Greet 5:30PM (Only applies to $50 tickets located in first three rows) Doors open 6:30PM Showtime 7:30PM
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