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Back in the day, when the World Wrestling Entertainment used to be World Wrestling Federation, chair shots to the head were allowed, blading your skin for blood was considered to be a mundane part of 'entertainment' and 'hardcore matches' were huge crowd-pullers. This time in the WWF was informally known as the 'Attitude Era' during which, the organisation boasted a studded main roster with in-ring performers like Triple H, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin and Shawn Michaels making appearances on the franchise shows on a weekly basis. Having said that, there were two wrestlers at the time who were considered to be on the topmost level altogether. Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson and 'Hollywood' Hulk Hogan were literally considered to be the icons of the era, not just in the wrestling world but the whole entertainment sector. Hogan was a well-established star who had been the 'top guy' for the business for more than a decade and a half and had been selling out stadiums to capacity crowds wherever the WWF went. However, having put out some of the most memorable matches in the sport's history with opponents like Andre 'The Giant' and Jake “The Snake” Roberts, Hogan's age began to get the better of him. He wasn't as energetic, his slams didn't look powerful enough and he was getting injured way too often to maintain the status of WWF's poster boy. On the other hand, with a new found character as the electrifying People's Champion, The Rock was quickly gaining momentum in every city and town of the states and even across international borders. It was his time to shine and even the company had his back. Thus took place the 'Icon Vs Icon' duel at Wrestlemania 18. The match was perfectly booked as a 'passing of the torch' gesture. There were no titles on the line, no pre-match conditions put up, just two great athletes of different generations entertaining an extremely fortunate audience in a massive transitional battle. View this post on Instagram A post shared by therock (@therock) on Mar 18, 2019 at 5:26am PDT Hogan, who was known to have a big ego, was not the one to go down to just 'anyone'. In the past, he has refused to get pinned by Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels. But The Rock wasn't just 'another guy' and Hogan accepted his presence. With his blessings and good wishes, Hogan got pinned at the hands of Johnson: “1… 2… 3...” and the rest is history.
In football, celebrations are something which every player wants to be unique in order to stand apart from others. And for the same reason, they even get booked with a yellow or even a red card every once in a while. But other than removing shirts or jumping into the crowd for celebrations, it seems like some players constantly try to find new ways to express their joy after a goal or a win. Be it PSG's Edinson Cavani for his sniper celebrations against Lens or Muangthong United's Mario Gjurovski for celebrating with his pants on his head, some celebrations tend to be a bit over the top (pun intended). But for the regular quest for showcasing something new, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang continued his love for superheroes with a stunning celebration by putting on the famous 'Black Panther mask' after his 2nd goal against Rennes last night. Arsenal Vs Rennes 3-0 Goal by aubameyang...The celebrationð#ARSREN pic.twitter.com/dbCpVZsdFi — Yassin (@YassoPlayss) March 14, 2019 The Arsenal Forward pulled off another one of his iconic masked celebrations in Thursday's 3-0 win over Rennes, as he helped the Gunners into the Europa League quarter-finals. Having been foiled in his plans to rock a mask against Manchester United 2-0 win last week, he made sure that he implemented his plan this time. “I had a special celebration planned but couldn't find my mask. I asked a member of the staff to put it in the back of the net but when I scored the penalty I couldn't find it. But no worries. Maybe next time.” he explained after the Man United match. And it didn't take long for 'next time' to come along, as in the very next match, against Rennes, he got the chance. © Reuters Tapping in a perfect cross by Sead Kolasinac in the 72nd minute, the Gabonese star ran to the advertising boards and, after a brief look, found the Black Panther mask he'd hidden for the occasion. Despite knowing that he would get booked for such kind of celebration, he still decided to go on with it. "I needed the mask to represent me," Aubameyang expressed in the post-match interview to BT Sports. He further explained: "... Africa and Gabon we are called the Black Panthers so it represents me - that's it." Trailing 3-1 in the first leg, it was really important for the Gunners to win this clash and they made sure they didn't rely on an 'away-goal-scenario' and sealed both the legs with 4-3 on aggregate. Now with Chelsea and Arsenal both in the quarter-finals of the Europa Cup, let's see what future holds for them.
ADMIN posted a blog entry in FDF Online NewsArguably one of the most iconic sportspersons in the country, Mahendra Singh Dhoni continues to aid the Indian cricket team in the multiple roles assigned to him over the years. His leadership skills allowed Team India to scale new heights. Dhoni's lightning quick glovework has spelt doom for the opposition batsmen. And, his know-how of the game enables him to still make field placements and guide bowlers despite stepping down as Indian captain. While his cricketing skills have enthralled fans over the years, Dhoni's admiration and respect for Indian armed forces have also struck a chord with everyone. That probably explains why the Indian Territorial Army conferred the honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel to Dhoni in 2011. The Jharkhand cricketer's personal connect with the jawans once again came to the fore when he was seen distributing camouflage caps to his Indian teammates ahead of the 3rd One-Day International (ODI) against Australia in Ranchi on 8th March. In a bid to pay homage to the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) martyrs who lost their lives in the dastardly attack in Pulwama on 14th February, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) decided to allow the Indian cricketers to don the camouflage caps for today's ODI clash at the JSCA International Stadium. #TeamIndia will be sporting camouflage caps today as mark of tribute to the loss of lives in Pulwama terror attack and the armed forces And to encourage countrymen to donate to the National Defence Fund for taking care of the education of the dependents of the martyrs #JaiHind pic.twitter.com/fvFxHG20vi — BCCI (@BCCI) March 8, 2019 In a brief video shared by the BCCI on Twitter, the former Indian captain was seen distributing the camouflage caps to his teammates. "#TeamIndia will be sporting camouflage caps today as mark of tribute to the loss of lives in Pulwama terror attack and the armed forces. And to encourage countrymen to donate to the National Defence Fund for taking care of the education of the dependents of the martyrs #JaiHind," the Indian cricket board tweeted. To pay homage to the martyrs of Pulwama Terror Attack, the players will donate today's match fee to the National Defence Fund #JaiHind pic.twitter.com/vM9U16M8DQ — BCCI (@BCCI) March 8, 2019 On the other hand, the Indian cricket fans residing in Ranchi were also geared to welcome Dhoni home. While many continue to speculate that today's clash might be the last game for Dhoni in his hometown, for now, the 37-year-old seems eager to entertain the Ranchi crowd who are busy chanting his name from the stands. The Indian cricket team has already taken a crucial 2-0 lead in the five-match series and going into today's clash, Virat Kohli's men will be eager to seal the contest and extend Australia's misery with a win.