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Former WWE Superstar Eva Marie has penned a new blog on alcoholism and addiction for InStyle.com. You can see the full article at this link.

 “I’m an alcoholic,” she wrote. “I have relapsed, destroyed relationships, hurt my family, and disappointed myself numerous times. I will be an alcoholic for the rest of my life. The fact that I have been sober for almost five years doesn’t mean that I am ‘cured,’ it doesn’t mean that I had a drinking phase in my 20s, and it doesn’t mean that I can have a few drinks now and again or just drink in moderation. There are no shades of gray when it comes to alcoholism—it’s black and white. Either I am an alcoholic or I am not. Working a program doesn’t mean my past magically disappears and everything is fine. Unfortunately, nothing of note in life is that simple or easy. Yet the road to my recovery did start with a very simple admission: I am an alcoholic. And admitting that truth saved my life.”

Marie wrote about how bad things had gotten, noting that she spent three months in jail due to a series of DUIs.

“Before I started working my 12-step program, my mind was a mess, my life was a mess, and I’d hit rock bottom. I served three months in jail for repeated DUIs. I didn’t have a license, I didn’t have a stable job, and I was living in an apartment that I could only afford due to a heavy discount my landlord offered me because a murder had taken place there between the previous tenants. That’s what my life looked like right before I started down my road to sobriety.”

You can read her full blog post here. Eva also took to Instagram and posted on how hard it was to open up for the blog:

It was difficult to open up publicly about my Alcoholism and recovery, but I’m very happy I did. CLICK LINK IN BIO to read the entire article.-

One thing I’ve realized over the years is that alcoholism affects an incredible amount of people, yet there is still a sense of embarrassment or shame when an alcoholic or family member of an alcoholic wants to talk about their disease. I used to be incredibly embarrassed, so much so that I avoided getting help because I felt like only “weak” people can’t handle something on their own and I was embarrassed that people would judge me and look at me negatively.

I am so happy I no longer feel this way, and I want to encourage anyone who is struggling with addiction to take that first step of asking for help, it will literally save your life.

To those starting a program, stick with it, your life won’t magically transform over night, there will be extreme highs and extreme lows, the chances are you will relapse at least once, but Don’t quit, keep pushing forward no matter how hard it gets. I PROMISE you it’s worth it in the end.

#WeGotThisOneDayAtATime #GODISTHEGREATEST

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The name of WWE star Roman Reigns has been included in a list of alleged clients by jailed steroid dealer Richard Rodriguez.

A video uploaded to YouTube purports to feature Rodriguez, whose Miami gym was raided last year by US federal agents, speaking via telephone to documentary filmmaker Jonny Bravo. At the four-minute mark, he begins to list celebrities he claims are associated with the racket, the first of them being Reigns.

No evidence to support the claim is cited, neither has the 32-year-old been linked to the scandal in any local news sources. As such, there is little reason at present for WWE, which enforces a strict drugs policy among its full-time workforce, to make any official comment in rebuttal.

Roman, a three-time WWE Champion, is widely regarded as one of the company’s biggest assets, having headlined each of the last three WrestleManias. He is expected to play a similarly important role at The Grandest Stage of Them All this year in New Orleans.

The former aspiring football player was suspended for a first violation of WWE’s wellness policy in June 2016, leading to a sharp (though short-lived) demotion from the top of the card. He issued a statement at the time via Twitterapologising to fans.

As previously reported, former WWE Divas Champion Paige fell to the ground during a WWE Live event match after being struck in the back via a double front kick by Sasha Banks. The referee threw the “X” sign, and Paige was unable to finish the match. Over the past few weeks, Paige has been waiting for clearance from the WWE medical staff to get back in the ring, and switched over to a managerial role for her fellow Absolution cohorts, Sonya Deville and Mandy Rose.

Unfortunately, according to PWInsider, Paige has been informed that her in-ring career is over. She suffered a mild concussion in 2015, which caused her to take some time off until cleared from medical. In August of 2016, her mother, Saraya Knight, would report that Paige is on another hiatus due to injury.

Reportedly, Paige is having a tough time accepting that her in-ring career is done.

“Paige has been burying her head in the sand ever since her latest injury, and she’s been struggling to acknowledge that her wrestling career is probably over for good,” a WWE Insider told Hollywood Life. “It’s really sad, she’s still only 25, and she should be at the peak of her career—instead, it’s looking ever more likely that Paige is going to be forced to announce her retirement.”

Paige is also reportedly not giving up on hope that she will be in the ring as a competitor again.

“This is all still fresh on her mind and she is very sad and has definitely felt that this is more bad luck for her in a year that has had many ups and downs,” a WWE source told Hollywood Life. “She doesn’t really believe it and is actually hoping for a miracle to someday wrestle again. She knows it is far fetched but her emotions are all over the place right now and she hasn’t accepted retirement just yet.”

ESPN has confirmed that Bill Goldberg will be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame this year.

 “At the end of the day, any business, any venture that you embark upon, you want some type of acknowledgement,” Goldberg told ESPN. “You always try to make it to a top. There’s no reason to do anything unless you want to be the best.”

Goldberg will be the headliner for the 2018 Hall of Fame induction ceremony, which takes place on Friday, April 6th from the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, during WrestleMania 34 Weekend. Goldberg commented on the speech.

“It’s hard to conceptualize what it’s going to be like, just like it was hard to conceptualize what last year was going to be like after being away for 12 years,” said Goldberg. “It’s another opportunity for me to show how much I appreciate the support and the love I’ve gotten from the fans. At the end of the day, it’s a validation that I’ve done something right.”

The former WWE Universal Champion also kept the door open on another return to the ring for WWE.

“It’s going to be tough, I can tell you that,” said Goldberg. “It’s kind of like bookmarking the end of your career, although it ain’t the end of nothing for me. I’m always living and breathing and looking for my next venture — and who’s to say it couldn’t happen there again?”

Paige VanZant could be making the jump to the wrestling ring in the future.

The UFC fighter expressed interest in working with WWE “when the time is right” while speaking to TMZ Sports.

“That is definitely something that I’m interested in. I love the WWE,” VanZant said. “I think that I would for sure be a good WWE Diva. For sure. We’ll see if that opportunity comes – I would definitely go for it. If the knock comes on my door, I’m taking it.”

VanZant also sounds open to the idea of squaring off against former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey in the WWE.

“That would be interesting,” she said. “I think they might have to allow some real shots – really real shots fired. You know, because why not?”

Rousey has yet to finalize a deal with WWE, though she and her agent were spotted dining with Triple H last week.

WWE Raw Women’s Champion was recently a guest on 96.9 The Fox with Jim Lambert to promote the upcoming event in White Plains, NY. She discussed her career, not having days off for three or four months while shooting for Total Divas and more. Bliss also discussed the strides that female talent has made in the WWE, particularly the women’s Royal Rumble.

“I think it’s amazing,” said Bliss. “I’m excited for it. It’s the next step in the women’s revolution, and I think that the fact that Stephanie [McMahon] came out and announced that we’re having the first-ever women’s Royal Rumble, that’s huge. That’s never happened before, and I feel like this match is probably one of the most historic because every woman is involved, and that’s what I love about it.”

Bliss also talked about how the women’s Royal Rumble is unique from every other barrier the women’s division broke over the past couple of years.

“It was great that Becky [Lynch] and I had a cage match and a tables match. It’s great that Sasha [Banks] and Charlotte had the first-ever Hell in a Cell match, but it took every woman to get here, and the fact that every woman is included on this historic match, I think it’s that much bigger. And, bigger for the women’s evolution, because it took everyone to get there, the fact that everyone’s included is what I love about it.”

Paige’s WWE career could be over.

PWInsider reports that WWE informed Paige that she will not be cleared to wrestle as an in-ring performer after the serious injury she suffered at the December 28th house show.

Paige, still only 25 years old, was reportedly told the devastating news at this Monday’s Raw. She joins a depressing list of superstars recently forced to retire early due to medical disqualification, such as Edge (with whom her neck injury has been likened to) and Daniel Bryan, though at just 25-years-old, Paige has come at an even younger age.

Not long into her high-profile WWE comeback, Paige suffered the blow during a match with Sasha Banks at the Dec 28th WWE house show. Reportedly, she was kicked in the back by Sasha and wasn’t ready for the bump when she fell to the floor. WWE trainers knew it was a serious situation when she failed to get straight back up, falling down again and eventually needing guidance to walk to the back.

Although early reports suggested she may have just suffered a stinger, Paige began to lose feeling in her extremities and underwent further tests last week.

Obviously, she has now been pulled from this month’s Royal Rumble.

PWInsider notes that Paige is well thought of among WWE officials and that they will likely take care of her with a non-physical role in the company.