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WRESTLEMANIA 36

Wrestler Chris Jericho poses for a portrait at his home in Odessa. [OCTAVIO JONES  |  Times]
From his Tampa Bay home, the rock star, podcaster and face of All Elite Wrestling is pulling strings inside and outside the ring.
Apr. 1• Pro Wrestling
In pay-it-forward fashion, the philanthropist also known as Thad Bullard is trying to transform an inner-city school.
Mar. 31• Pro Wrestling
We asked three WWE wrestlers how they manage their diet before the big show.
Apr. 2• Sports
As WrestleMania nears, Tampa’s retired grapplers recall the days when they put fans in sleeper holds and had to stay in character around the clock.
Mar. 19• Hillsborough

LATEST

  1. Terry Bollea a.k.a. "Hulk Hogan", is seen during a news conference Monday, Oct. 15, 2012 in Tampa. [CHRIS URSO  |  Times (2012)]
  2. Ellis Adams winces as he struggles to escape Marcus Davis' hold while wrestling in the advanced class at Tampa Bay Pro Wrestling's Lethal Academy on March 5, 2020 in Pinellas Park. [MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE  |  Times]
  3. You might be surprised what pro wrestlers like Kofi Kingston eat on a daily basis to stay in competitive form. You likely won't be surprised by the amount, however. [IMAGO  |  ZUMAPRESS.com]
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  5. Drew McIntyre will wrestle for the WWE championship at WrestleMania this weekend. The event originally was scheduled for Tampa, but due to the current pandemic will be streamed from a closed set in Orlando. [WWE]
  6. Wrestler Chris Jericho poses for a portrait at his home in Odessa. [OCTAVIO JONES  |  Times]
  7. Thaddeus Bullard, left, and LaJashia Wallace,13, talk after school at Sligh Middle Magnet School on Feb. 21. Bullard, also known as WWE superstar "Titus O'Neil," is a noted philanthropist and former Gator football player who has made it his life's mission to create a school that would serve an underprivileged community in many ways. Sligh Middle Magnet is the school he has adopted. [OCTAVIO JONES  |  Times]
  8. Roman Reigns holds up the championship belt after defeating Triple H during WrestleMania 32 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Reigns, 34, reportedly has withdrawn from WrestleMania 36, to be held next weekend in Orlando. (AP file photo) [JAE S. LEE  |  Associated Press]
  9. Jon Jenney sits alone while working in the VIP area overlooking pit lane during the opening day of the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. The event was canceled. [DIRK SHADD  |  Times]
  10. Hundreds of fans watch NXT matches in Thunder Alley in front of Amalie Arena during the initial WWE On Sale Party announcing WrestleMania 36 would be held in Tampa. Thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, the event has moved out of the area, leaving indie promoters scrambling to recoup costs. [LUIS SANTANA  |  Times]
  11. Gerald Brisco, 73, left, and Dory Funk, 79, were scripted as bitter enemies and became two of the biggest stars with Championship Wrestling from Florida. They reminisced recently during a visit to the Fort Homer W. Hesterly Armory in Tampa, scene of Florida’s biggest wrestling shows and now converted into the Bryan Glazer Family JCC. [DIRK SHADD  |  Times]
  12. Hulk Hogan takes the stage during last March's announcement that WrestleMania 36 would be held at Raymond James Stadium in 2020. On Monday, the WWE announced it is moving the event to Orlando and holding it on a closed set. [Times (2019)]
  13. In this April 3, 2016, file photo, Roman Reigns holds up the championship belt after defeating Triple H during WrestleMania 32 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. There has been no word if WrestleMania 36 in Tampa will still go on as scheduled for April 5. [JAE S. LEE  |  Associated Press]
  14. Fow now, Drew McIntyre still could wrestle for the WWE championship at WrestleMania 36 on April 5 at Tampa's Raymond James Stadium. [WWE]
  15. Ex-Patriot Rob Gronkowski's personality would seem to be a perfect fit for the WWE. [JEFF ROBERSON  |  Associated Press]
  16. Hulk Hogan takes the stage in 2019 during the announcement that WrestleMania 36 will be held at Tampa's Raymond James Stadium this year. [Times (2019)]
  17. Drew McIntyre will wrestle for the WWE championship at WrestleMania on April 5, 2020, at Tampa's Raymond James Stadium. [WWE]
  18. Stephanie McMahon, chief brand officer for the WWE, speaks at a luncheon at Raymond James Stadium on Thursday, 36 days before WrestleMania 36 in Tampa. [JAY CRIDLIN  |  Tampa Bay Times]
  19. From left, Natalie Dyrli, 44, and sister Jessica Campbell, 43, - also known as the Hulk Hogan sisters - give a fabulous professional wrestling pose to the cheering crowd while crossing the finish line in the Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic half-marathon Sunday morning. [SCOTT PURKS  |  Special to the Times]
  20. Get ready, Tampa Bay. WrestleMania 36 is just one of many cool events Tampa Bay is hosting over the next few months. [Times]
  21. Charlotte Flair is one of the WWE’s most decorated female competitors and daughter of wrestling legend “Nature Boy” Ric Flair. [Times]
  22. Rocky Johnson, a member of the WWE Hall of Fame and a resident of Lutz, died Wednesday. [OCTAVIO JONES  |  Times]
  23. Titus O'Neil will serve as grand marshal of the Krewe of the Knights of Sant' Yago Illuminated Knight Parade in Ybor City on Feb. 8. [Tampa Bay Times (2019)]
  24. Dave Bautista with Maggie and Ollie. [Rescue Me Tampa - Shelter Dogs via Facebook]
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