Young Ugandans tangle in the mud. They dream of becoming professional wrestlers

[ad_1] MUKONO, Uganda — In a forested area outside Uganda’s capital, a few dozen youth gather around a makeshift ring to watch two amateur wrestlers tangle in the mud. The training sessions, complete with an announcer and referee, imitate the pro wrestling contests the teens regularly see on television. Ugandan enthusiast Daniel Bumba, known in … Read more

In the coliseum of American over-the-topness, WrestleMania stands alone

[ad_1] PHILADELPHIA — He surveyed the Arizona crowd that had paid to catch a wrestling glimpse of the planet’s mightiest heavyweight, as measured in both box-office heft and ink-stained muscles. Then The Rock let the abuse fly. And as with so many public outbursts these days, attacking his opponents wasn’t enough. He had to insult … Read more

In the coliseum of American over-the-topness, WrestleMania stands alone

[ad_1] PHILADELPHIA — He surveyed the Arizona crowd that had paid to catch a wrestling glimpse of the planet’s mightiest heavyweight, as measured in both box-office heft and ink-stained muscles. Then The Rock let the abuse fly. And as with so many public outbursts these days, attacking his opponents wasn’t enough. He had to insult … Read more

After welcoming guests for 67 years, the Tropicana Las Vegas casino’s final day has arrived

[ad_1] LAS VEGAS — In the 1971 film “Diamonds are Forever,” James Bond stays in a swanky suite at the Tropicana Las Vegas. “I hear that the Hotel Tropicana is quite comfortable,” Agent 007 says. It was the Tropicana’s heyday. The lavish casino was a frequent haunt of the legendary Rat Pack, while its past … Read more

After welcoming guests for 67 years, the Tropicana Las Vegas casino’s final day has arrived

[ad_1] LAS VEGAS — In the 1971 film “Diamonds are Forever,” James Bond stays in a swanky suite at the Tropicana Las Vegas. “I hear that the Hotel Tropicana is quite comfortable,” Agent 007 says. It was the Tropicana’s heyday. The lavish casino was a frequent haunt of the legendary Rat Pack, while its past … Read more

WWE kicks, punches, slams marketing efforts into high gear ahead of WrestleMania, its big event

[ad_1] This year’s WrestleMania is just days away, but the WWE’s marketing campaign for its biggest premium live event of the year was kicked into overdrive months ago. In February, three days before the Super Bowl, with all eyes on Las Vegas, WWE tried to snatch some of the NFL’s spotlight for itself. The sports … Read more

WWE strikes deal with Logan Paul and KSI’s Prime, will feature brand on center of ring mat

[ad_1] WWE has struck a deal with Prime, the beverage brand of YouTube stars Logan Paul and KSI, that will see its logo featured on the center of a WWE wrestling ring mat, a first for the sports entertainment company. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed. As part of the deal, Prime Hydration … Read more

WWE strikes deal with Logan Paul and KSI’s Prime, will feature brand on center of ring mat

[ad_1] WWE has struck a deal with Prime, the beverage brand of YouTube stars Logan Paul and KSI, that will see its logo featured on the center of a WWE wrestling ring mat, a first for the sports entertainment company. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed. As part of the deal, Prime Hydration … Read more

WWE, a social media powerhouse, tops 100 million subscribers on YouTube

[ad_1] As WWE gears up for its biggest annual premium live event next month, the company continues to harness the power of its social media presence to reach its fans. A key component of that strategy is YouTube, where WWE has hit an important milestone: surpassing 100 million subscribers. YouTube has about 2.49 billion active … Read more

The Rock, Pitbull, DJ Khaled bring South Florida flavor to Daytona 500

[ad_1] DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The 3-0-5 took over the Daytona 5-0-0. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Pitbull and DJ Khaled represented South Florida at the Daytona 500, as the trio of Sunshine State celebrities brought a dose of star power to Sunday’s scheduled race day that was washed out by rain. Johnson, the wrestler/actor, said … Read more