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Jerry Lawler says his Akira Tozawa joke was not racist, got him banned from WWE

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During a virtual signing with K&S Wrestlefest over the weekend, Jerry “The King” Lawler reflected on the controversial name he gave to a Japanese wrestler’s move that got him removed from his long-time role as commentator from “WWE Raw” in April 2020.

What happened: Lawler, a WWE Hall of Famer, defended his dubbing of a high-flying wrestling move by Akira Tozawa as a “Ramen Noodle Moonsault” during a match between Tozawa and Austin Theory. He alleges Tozawa told him days later that what he said was not racist, according to Post Wrestling.

Dante Chen is the first Singaporean to ever wrestle in a WWE match

Dante Chen is the first Singaporean WWE wrestler

Dante Chen, whose real name is Sean Tan, is the first Singaporean to wrestle in  a WWE match. 

A star is born: Tan, 25, made his WWE debut on Sept. 21 when he beat his opponent Trey Baxter, subsequently making him the first Singaporean wrestler to not only be a part of the WWE stable but also the first Singaporean to win a WWE match, according to Channel News Asia

WWE Star Asuka Recalls Racist Encounter at an Airport

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Professional Japanese wrestler and WWE star Asuka expressed concerns about the surge of anti-Asian crimes happening in North America, recalling a racist incident she experienced at an airport in 2020.

Racism: Speaking to ET Canada, Asuka, whose real name is Kanako Urai, expressed her confusion about why people attack others, saying, “It’s a waste of time to be hateful,” WrestlingINC reported.

Meet the First Chinese WWE Superstar

World Wrestling Entertainment is wooing China and it seems to be working.

WWE, America’s popular wrestling entertainment company, is making moves on China after signing on its first Chinese pro-wrestler, Wang Bin, in June. The 22-year-old commenced training at the “performance center” in Orlando, Florida shortly after.

John Cena Just Promoted WWE in Shanghai By Speaking Flawless Mandarin

John Cena, an American professional wrestler signed to World Wrestling Entertainment, recently gave a flawless three-minute speech in fluent Mandarin.

Cena, 39, represented his company during the WWE press-conference in Shanghai, China on Thursday to announce a multi-year distribution deal signed with Chinese streaming service, PPTV. The actor and reality television host, who starred as the boyfriend in Amy Schumer’s romantic comedy “Trainwreck”, delivered the address in front of audience members and media outlets.

Jimmy Wang Yang recalls ‘crazy story’ of how Vince McMahon rehired him after forgetting he fired him

  • Jimmy Wang Yang, whose real name is James Carson Yun, recalled the “crazy story” of how he was rehired by WWE CEO Vince McMahon after running into him during a pay-per-view event 2005.
  • “… When I showed up, me and Vince crossed paths, and he's like, 'Jimmy. Where the hell have you been?' I was like, 'You fired me.' He said, 'What? I did?' It got busy. He said I will come back and talk to you …” Yun, 41, told Steve Fall's “The Ten Count.”
  • Yun was later asked if he could return to several shows, including “Raw,” “Sunday Heat” and “SmackDown,” before he was rehired in 2006.
  • Yun’s stage name was changed to Jimmy Wang Yang, with McMahon branding Yun's ring character as an “Asian redneck," stemming from his use of the Southern vernacular "y'all," the wrestler noted.

Former WWE star Jimmy Wang Yang recently recalled the “crazy story” of how WWE CEO Vince McMahon rehired him after forgetting he fired him.

In an interview with Steve Fall’s “Ten Count” podcast on Wednesday, Yang, whose real name is James Carson Yun, said he ran across McMahon at WWE pay-per-view event “Backlash” in 2005 while Yun was on a date and trying to “get laid.”

5 Vietnamese Americans elected to Oregon House

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  • Newly elected representatives Dr. Hai Pham (D, OR-36), Dr. Thuy Tran (D, OR-45), Hoa Nguyen (D, OR-48), Daniel Nguyen (D, OR-38) and incumbent lawmaker Khanh Pham (D, OR-46) are all set to take their seats in the Oregon House on Jan. 9, 2023.
  • By occupying 8% of the seats in the state legislature, the lawmakers have become the largest group of Vietnamese American state representatives in the country.
  • Rep. Khanh Pham noted that while the wins represent “the resilience of refugees and their children,” it would be a mistake to generalize them over their racial backgrounds.

Oregon now has the largest group of Vietnamese American lawmakers in the country following the election of four new Vietnamese representatives and one incumbent Vietnamese lawmaker this month.

Hillsboro dentist Dr. Hai Pham (D, OR-36), Northeast Portland optometrist Dr. Thuy Tran (D, OR-45), Portland Public Schools attendance officer Hoa Nguyen (D, OR-48) and Lake Oswego restaurant owner Daniel Nguyen (D, OR-38) are all set to join incumbent Khanh Pham (D, OR-46) when they assume office on Jan. 9, 2023.

Christian Lee, Asian American MMA phenom, going for champ-champ status in U.S. Prime Video debut

For hardcore MMA fans, Christian Lee is known as the dominant ONE Lightweight World Champion who hails from a fighting family led by older sister and current ONE Women’s Atomweight World Champion, Angela Lee.

But looking more broadly at “The Warrior,” the 24-year-old Canadian-American of Chinese-Singaporean and Korean descent is also one the most accomplished Asian American athletes in all of professional sports, having already captured a world championship in arguably the deepest division of the world’s largest martial arts organization, on top of being a dedicated family man and young father.