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  1. As the twelfth season of the Indian Premier League moves to the latter half of the tournament, with Kings XI Punjab at the second to last spot in the league's points table, their captain Ravichandran Ashwin continues to make headlines for all the wrong reasons. Comically enough though, everything that the former Indian all-rounder has done in the 2019 season fits perfectly for him, if Ashwin wants to become a part of the pro-wrestling world, whilst becoming a successful in-ring performer. Created A Big Controversy Around Him 25th March 2019 was supposed to be a casual day for the IPL fans who were less than excited for a match between KXIP and Rajasthan Royals when Ashwin did the unthinkable and 'mankaded' Royals' batsman Jos Buttler after being unable to dismiss him by usual means. What made it worse was the fact that Ashwin publicly announced that he was unapologetic about the deed and that he did nothing wrong. Ravi Ashwin's Mankad garnered widespread condemnation from the cricket world. But there's another key side to the debate. MORE: https://t.co/OHfU7KCorD pic.twitter.com/U35w475JYS — Fox Cricket (@FoxCricket) March 26, 2019 Became The Perfect 'Heel' (Made The Audience Hate Him) In the pro-wrestling world, a 'heel' is a character that makes the audience hate himself just to get a negative reaction out of them. Ashwin's attitude and actions during the 12th season have not been too likable. Disrespecting the honour with which the gentleman's game is commonly played got him a lot of flak from the cricket-crazy fans, fellow cricketers and even commentators. While Harsha Bhogle and Shane Warne had a social media spat about his 'mankading', Buttler's teammate, James Anderson showed his protest by shredding Ashwin's picture online. EXCLUSIVE: @jimmy9 give us his unique take on @josbuttler's controversial run out last week... More rows should be settled like this. Full story on this week's #Tailenders https://t.co/YOQ4PMSwiu pic.twitter.com/hYCPpdSqJm — Greg James (@gregjames) March 31, 2019 Called Himself 'The Best' In The Business Much like some of the greatest wrestlers in the history of the WWE such as Chris Jericho, CM Punk and now even Shane McMahon, Ashwin called himself the best at what he does. “I would like to think that I am right up there and I have been for a long time now. It's my 11th season of the IPL, so I would like to think I have done a fairly good job. I have never shied away from competing with anyone. I am right on top of the pile,” Ashwin said as reported by the Times of India. Got Himself Trolled To Entertain The Fans Finally, the biggest goal of a pro-wrestler is to make the audience have the time of their lives, even if it comes at the cost of making yourself look like a fool. In a match between Kings XI Punjab and Delhi Capitals, Ashwin tried to 'mankad' Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan but 'Gabbar' was too smart for the Chennai-born and stayed inside the crease when Ashwin tried to dismiss. Later, to the delight of the audience, Dhawan even mocked him the next time he came for a run-up. WATCH: Shikhar's dance moves on the crease ð½ï¸ð½ï¸https://t.co/KtJkaIpubw — IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 20, 2019
  2. Considered to be one of the greatest talents to have ever placed his foot inside the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) ring, Phillip Jack Brooks aka CM Punk made a comeback to pro wrestling five years later since bidding adieu to the business in 2014. However, it was the way in which the former ECW superstar made his comeback to the sport that was unexpected. While a lot of his fans had hoped for the 'Straight-Edge' wrestler's return to wrestling with WWE, Punk decided to make it a smaller affair. To get you on pace with the story, in an MKE Wrestling event called 'The Last Knight' on Friday, a masked man interfered with one of the fights of the evening and hit one of the wrestlers with CM Punk's signature move, the 'Go To Sleep' or the GTS, kneeing him in the head. CM Punk Returned to pro wrestling and this was his big return 𤣠wow ð® CM Punk! CM Punk! #wwe #aew #cmpunk pic.twitter.com/DQc6fR1IvY — Mr. Extra™ï¸ (@WWEMrExtra) April 21, 2019 What made the fans believe that the mystery man want indeed CM Punk was the hoodie he was wearing at the time of the “assault” because earlier in the day, Punk was seen wearing a similar hoodie while attending a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu tournament in the neighbourhood. While the star has neither confirmed nor denied the theory, Wrestling Inc., a well-renowned wrestling news site has shown credibility to it. According to the site, plans were made for Punk to take off his mask after the attack but the star apparently decided otherwise at the last moment. After the self-proclaimed “best in the world” had left Vince McMahon's company in pursuit of a career in MMA he had said that if he were to return to pro wrestling, it would not be on a big stage like WWE of Japan's Ring of Honor (RoH) but a smaller more localised organization. CM Punk is the kind of guy who has the charisma of a champion and a fan following big enough to make any wrestling show draw in major sponsors and make it a big hit. If he is indeed back to the wrestling business, all of us are in for a treat.
  3. World Wrestling Entertainment's biggest annual show of 2019, WrestleMania 35, saw some of the best matches being booked by the decision-makers. Becky Lynch won both the Women's titles, Seth Rollins defeated Brock Lesnar for the Universal Championship, and Triple H got to rip out Batista's hideous nose pin with a pair of pliers. However, the one match that caught a lot of attention from devoted wrestling fans from all over the world was that between Danial Bryan and Kofi Kingston for the former's WWE Championship. Not only the fight itself was booked in a good manner but the storyline that led up to the final face-off was brilliantly scripted. A veteran star of the show, not getting the kind of recognition that he deserves for his hard work and dedication to the company through the years, finally stepping up to the heartless authorities of the show and seizing the opportunity thereby proving his true worth against all odds. Classic underdog story. And Kofi's story was elaborate too, and involved his team 'The New Day' to visit India to promote the company here while auditioning the top crop of the country to help them become WWE superstars in the coming years. Take a look at our exclusive interview with the extremely energetic trio, here. Having said that, nobody would have expected the Ghanaian-American athlete to say “apna time aayega” after he won the WWE title on WrestleMania 35 last Sunday. Unable to believe their eyes and ears, Kofi and The New Day's Indian fans took to Twitter to express their limitless happiness: #WrestleMania apna time ayga and @TrueKofi proves it. Congratulations. #WWEChampionship — Shrey Mahendra (@shrey_mahendra) April 8, 2019 @TrueKofi Congratulations new WWE champion apna time aayega — MONU PRAJAPATI (@imonutweets) April 8, 2019 @TrueKofi : Apna Time Ageya!! New Day Rocks — T Λ R Λ N J Ξ Ξ T (@2kingzW) April 8, 2019
  4. No matter how many times one would be assured of 'The Undertaker' finally retiring from World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), they would continue to be shocked and stand corrected by Mark Calaway, the man behind the legend of 'the American Badass'. In fact, they would be rather elated about being wrong. The last time speculations of the enigma saying his final goodbye to the business arose, Calaway was a year younger but his body had begun to react to the decades of punishment and struggles he had put himself through. Concussions, broken bones and getting blacked out in a WrestleMania brawl against Brock Lesnar a couple of years ago, it felt like we were in for the end of a wonderful era. In a documentary named 'True Wrestling', Taker spoke about how he gave every bit of his life to wrestling and the story-telling that went with it. “You know, at the tail-end now, I really have to put everything into perspective, and what damage I'm doing at this point, to myself, and my life after wrestling,” he had said. The 35th WrestleMania may have been the first in at least a decade and a half that no talks of the 'Devil's favourite son' happened and people seemed to have made peace with the fact that they would not be seeing the legend anymore. Not as an active wrestler, at least. But the Raw after the biggest night in wrestling, saw something literally nobody had expected. In a routine Monday night promo, Elias was found centre stage, going on about how John Cena's return to the company as the 'Doctor of Thuganomics' had interrupted his WrestleMania 35 moment and how the next WWE superstar to intrude his performance is a 'Deadman'. Sending chills down the spines of everyone present in the arena and watching at home, the iconic and eerie gong rings with smoke covering the floors and a blue light overshadowing the ecstatic WWE Universe. 'The Undertaker' is back. The #Undertaker is here and has NO problem interrupting @IAmEliasWWE on #Raw. NONE. #RAWAfterMania pic.twitter.com/FVjz5iDlwY — WWE (@WWE) April 9, 2019 As he took off his trenchcoat, you could see that the Phenom was putting in hours in the gym as he looked in a shape a lot better than he was last year. Slimmer, with a little more defined chest, Taker was able to put a big boot across Elias followed by a Chokeslam and finally a Tombstone Piledriver. Returning to the ring after nearly a year, Calaway cause a social media outrage, with people unable to hold back on their emotions: The best the Undertaker has looked in years!!! #WWE #RAW pic.twitter.com/otxrP6G8xs — Get The Tables (@GetDaTables) April 9, 2019 Every single time i see undertaker. #RAW pic.twitter.com/9nnU86rCUn — Jayð» (@Teamswish03) April 9, 2019 There will never be another entrance that is as mesmerizing, spine chilling, and surreal as the Undertaker. No matter how many years it's been, you can't help but get the goosebumps hearing the gong. #RAWafterMANIA #RAW pic.twitter.com/jwshfHzmwR — Golden Maharaja ™ (@KingNj90) April 9, 2019 #RAWAfterMania Elias: The next person who interrupts me is a dead man! *Undertaker's bell tolls* Elias: pic.twitter.com/LPCQCSyXHa — Lector the Cavalier ð¡ (@LectorTheCav) April 9, 2019 “Next person to interrupt me is a deadman” Undertaker: Hold my drink pic.twitter.com/oXXMGLgwTf — Noelle Foley (@NoelleFoley) April 9, 2019 GOOSEBUMPS. #Undertaker #RAWAfterMania #RAW pic.twitter.com/XGgIhwKfkr — WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) April 9, 2019
  5. The WWE has to be the Mecca for all the aspiring wrestlers and wrestling fans. No matter what corner of the world you are from, if you love that 20x20 foot ring, you have to know who The Undertaker, The Rock and Stone Cold Steve Austin are. In the modern era of the WWE, three superstars who are making a name for themselves and are loved unconditionally by the WWE Universe go by the names of Kofi Kingston, Big E and Xavier Woods. Together forming 'The New Day', these performers have remained on top of the Tag-Team section for more than half a decade now. Some dreams will hit pause today, some others will prevail! An all important final day of #WWETryoutIndia commences! pic.twitter.com/ZsUyhdAqJm — WWE (@WWEIndia) March 5, 2019 The trio is currently in India for the WWE's Tryouts taking place in Mumbai. We got a chance to catch up with the believers of the “Power of Positivity” and asked them a few questions about what it takes for a wrestler to become successful in the WWE. MensXP: Hi guys, we at MensXP absolutely love 'The New Day' and as you could have guessed, we have a huge following for the WWE and of course, you guys. So, why don't we start by discussing your stay here? How's India treating you? Kofi: India is treating us very well. We've been here several times now. People here are so friendly and welcoming is amazing, you know? There's great energy in here and we're happy to be here for sure. Big E: Being able to be part of the crowd in India and seeing the kind of talent and athletes they have here, including some very large and impressive humans as well. Everyone here is so warm and so welcoming. Ohh yes! They are here and they're EXCITED... for #WWETryoutIndia and Indian Pancakes! ð¥ððª@TrueKofi @WWEBigE @XavierWoodsPhD #IndiaWelcomesTheNewDay pic.twitter.com/1Et2I4ENYc — WWE (@WWEIndia) March 3, 2019 MensXP: The New Day is obviously one of the more influential sets of superstars from the current roster. What does it take for a performer to become that successful in an organisation as unique as the WWE? Kofi: It definitely takes passion and drive to be on top. We're always trying to figure out how we can entertain at the highest level. As passionate as the WWE Universe is, they deserve it. You're going to get told “no” a lot and you have to figure out how you're going to succeed. The 'Power of Positivity' is not just something that we preached on TV. We bring that mentality to the workplace. Big E: From a physical standpoint, being in great shape helps. People see it on TV and they think: “Oh, I got this,” and they find out that it takes a toll on you, so you have to be in great shape. You look at The Rock and the Stone Cold, those guys had it both. The athleticism and the ability to capture people's attention. Xavier: We are on the road for 200 days a year. You have to be mentally prepared for because that's one of the parts that people don't really talk about. What we do outside of the ring is rewarding. For instance, visiting the children's hospital and being part of anti-bullying campaigns. .@WWE Superstars visit @CHNOLA ahead of #Wrestlemania34 https://t.co/Dr6V4v2Vgl pic.twitter.com/SunfZjRHuz — Children's Hospital (@CHNOLA) April 6, 2018 MensXP: What's the thought process that goes into coming up with a good gimmick? Also, who came up with the idea of The New Day as a concept? Was it you Xavier? Xavier: Yes. So for me, a gimmick or character is always better when it's you. At this point, if we were trying to be some tough dudes coming out kicking chairs all over, it's not something that necessarily fits what we are like in our personal lives. The three of us having this chemistry as the New Day, that has made it a lot easier and a lot more fun for us. MensXP: Are WWE stars possessive about the entrance music and the signature moves. How would you, Kofi Kingston react if you see Big E trying the 'Trouble in Paradise'? Big E: Well, can you imagine me attempting to do the 'Trouble in Paradise'? I would never! *Laughs* Kofi: If he can do the 'Trouble in Paradise', he can have the move. It would be the most impressive thing that I would have seen in a long time. It'd be all love. It's all good. Big E: I think for a lot of us, the keys to the business is standing out and having an identity that is memorable. So, I don't think we're possessive in a sense but yes, you want to stand out There's definitely people who are defensive, but for us, we kind of feel like we're in a nice niche. SUPER SUNDAY JUST GOT BETTER! ð The New Day has arrived and receives the traditional Indian welcome. ð¤©#TheNewDayInIndia #WWE #SPNSports @TrueKofi @WWEBigE @XavierWoodsPhD pic.twitter.com/kRJF84KtcO — SPN_Action (@SPN_Action) March 3, 2019 MensXP: You guys have the most bizarre narratives like coming out of the cereal box at Wrestlemania 32. So, how important is the art of storytelling for WWE superstars as yourselves? Xavier: It's everything. Yeah. Storytelling is huge. That's what captivates people and gets people's attention. It's great to be a great athlete, but if you're just a body, who really cares? In our industry, some people are great athletes but if they don't tell a story and they don't draw people in, they are no good. Big E: I think the best thing going right now in WWE is Kofi's story. After 11 years of being on the main roster and never getting that opportunity. That resonates with people. They are reacting the way they are because they've been along with him for this journey. Storytelling is huge.
  6. Despite the stories of The Undertaker dying 7-8 times only to return to WWE, it may come to a lot of people as a huge surprise (maybe even an emotional trauma) that wrestling is NOT REAL. The in-ring performers do not have real life rivalries (not usually) against each other and let's face it, nobody in their right mind would want to have a personal beef with someone as massive and scary as Brock Lesnar. No, Kane didn't roam around with a scary mask back in the day, nor is Dean Ambrose a real-life 'lunatic fringe', going around the city with a cane stick. In wrestling terms, these are gimmicks and are known as 'kayfabe characters' that wrestlers don in order to entertain the audience as good or bad guys. While in a sector as competitive as WWE, wrestlers tend to work on their characters time and again in order to stay relevant with time, there are some stars who struggled to relate with the wrestling fans initially but finally found their calling in some of the most unique personas that anybody had the imagination to come up with. Here are the top 4 times WWE wrestlers changed their in-ring gimmick that led them to all the fame and fortune in the world: Rocky Maivia To The Rock You know that we aren't kidding around when we start our list with “the most electrifying man in the business”, Dwayne Johnson who is not only one of the biggest names in the wrestling world but also a Hollywood icon and his gimmick as The Rock had a major part in propelling him to such heights. His charisma and the ability to come up with the greatest of insults instantly got him his millions and millions of followers. But before he became 'The Rock', he was 'Rocky Maivia', an over-friendly guy with noodles for his hair (his words, not ours) who was literally hated by the WWE Universe so much that they'd chant “Die Rocky, Die” everytime Maivia stepped inside the ring. Evil Dentist To Kane The Big Red Machine and The Undertaker's brother Kane was a scary big man with a mask and the physique which was that of a monster. Never the one to spend too much time behind the microphone and not indulging too much in comical backstage cuts was Glen Jacobs thing and it worked for him like a charm. But before being one half of the Brothers of Destruction, Kane was known as Dr. Isaac Yankem, an evil dentist employed by Jerry 'The King' Lawler in a mid-90s feud with Bret 'The Hitman' Hart. With rotten teeth, curly hair and an awful French beard, Jacobs admittedly hated his character of Dr. Yankem to its core. The Ringmaster To 'Stone Cold' Steve Austin Beer drinking, limp-walking baldy with an ego probably bigger than WWE as a business, that's the Texas Rattlesnake 'Stone Cold' Steve Austin for you. The leader of the 'Attitude Era', Austin's feuds with Vince McMahon and The Rock continue to be fan favourites and had led WWE to the pinnacle of its weekly viewership. However, Austin 3:16 wasn't always the egomaniacal badass we remember him to be. Before donning the jeans-shorts and scary knee braces, he used to be known as 'The Ringmaster', a clean shaven wrestler who used to fight in green tights and was hired by Ted DIbiase 'The Million Dollar Man' as the next of kin for his Million Dollar Belt. The Ringmaster was a disaster. The Prototype To John Cena Probably the closest wrestler to command a reaction as dynamic as The Rock, John Cena has been on top of the food chain in the modern PG era. His brilliant physique combined with his microphone skills and the ability giants like Mark Henry and Big Show on his shoulders for an Attitude Adjustment led him to creating his own Cenation of John Cena fans. But that wasn't always the case for the Champ. Before coming into WWE, Cena was known as 'The Prototype' which basically meant that he was more of a cyborg. Forced to move like a robot, Cena had to talk like a machine as well. Cena described his 'Prototype' gimmick as “50 percent man, 50 percent machine, 100 percent crap”.
  7. On yesterday's Monday Night Raw, the whole WWE roster from both Raw and SmackDown showed up at the end of the show in order to celebrate the 70th birth anniversary of one of the all-time great wrestlers, the Nature Boy, Ric Flair. Flair's old buddies Shawn Michaels, Kurt Angle and Sting came up to the stage with a massive cake just waiting for the man to come out of the curtains and initiate the celebrations with the thousands of his fans. When the Nature Boy refused to come out, everyone began to wonder what was going on. Suddenly, the jumbotron turned on and to everyone's surprise, it was 'The Animal', Batista standing in front of Flair's dressing room. Entering the room in a hurry, Batista dragged out a red-faced Nature Boy by his suit angrily and dropped him on the floor before calling out Triple H. WHAT THE?? Batista has appeared and attacked @RicFlairNatrBoy in a demand for @TripleH's attention on #Raw! @DaveBautista pic.twitter.com/NKzISy4fJ3 — WWE (@WWE) February 26, 2019 “Hey Hunter… Do I have your attention now?” he called out Triple H. While not much was said about the attack, speculations of a brawl between Triple H and Batista on Wrestlemania 35 have been making headlines ever since SmackDown's 1000th Episode celebration. Yesterday's episode of RAW was one of the better shows put on by the WWE in the recent years. Earlier on as well, Samoan wrestler Roman Reigns returned to the ring after four months of absence as he was fighting his 11-year-old leukemia. Reigns came home with some good news as he is now on remission and is officially cleared to wrestle as well. However, the return of Batista as a heel (wrestling term for a negative character) has taken the WWE Universe by surprise. Holy shit. Triple H vs Batista. Wrestlemania 35. New York. All. Fucking. Hail. — Max Gainz (@TheFrayMovement) February 26, 2019 Nobody: Me: when batista theme starts playing pic.twitter.com/53R63mKltG — Amy (@badlandsambrose) February 26, 2019 Dave Batista is a fashion icon, a multi time world champion, a box office smash, and he just murdered a 70 year old man. Top 2 wrestler all time — skuba steve (@JakesBadTweets) February 26, 2019 Hollywood Heel Dave Batista pic.twitter.com/4kamjm1Gon — ã°ï¸ (@BlackoutSR_) February 26, 2019 LMAOOOO Batista did this to Ric in the locker room pic.twitter.com/cl1EgIdCs3 — AJ ð (@avengethestomp) February 26, 2019 if this segment doesn't lead to HHH vs Batista at Wrestlemania.....pic.twitter.com/TZjGmgh4tS — ElementGames (@ElementGamesTV) February 26, 2019
  8. On a Monday night Raw episode on 22nd October, Reigns dropped a bomb on his WWE fans when he opened up about having Leukemia, a form of blood cancer, and the fact that he was battling it for the past 11 years and how despite various measures his doctors and he took, the cancer had resurfaced. Reigns had announced that he would have to give up his title and go underground in order to completely focus on his illness and come back stronger. “I am coming back because I want to show all of you, the whole world… that when life throws a curveball at me… I will always swing for the fences,” the wrestler had said before walking away into darkness after he respectfully placed his championship belt on the centre of the ring. It was an emotional moment and even the toughest of wrestlers in Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins looked too overwhelmed to hold back their tears as they embraced their SHIELD teammate and sympathy and love. Reigns had also showed his appreciation for all those who cheered and prayed for his good health: Thank you to everyone who's reached out...I can't put into words what it means to me. Your energy and positivity motivate me to get better quickly to get back in the ring, but for now I'm going to spend time with my family and focus on health. Thank you - Joe/Roman — Roman Reigns (@WWERomanReigns) October 23, 2018 Now, last week we told you that Roman Reigns, the 'Big Dog' will make his first appearance on the WWE ever since he had to relinquish his WWE Universal Championship four months ago as WWE CEO Vince McMahon tweeted letting everyone know that the Samoan wrestler will officially return to the ring on Monday to give an update on his war against Leukemia. .@WWERomanReigns (aka Joe Anoa'i) will address the status of his fight with leukemia this Monday on Raw. #fighter #proud #classy pic.twitter.com/kgXD8SHwVc — Vince McMahon (@VinceMcMahon) February 21, 2019 And boy, did Roman Reigns make a comeback! On Monday, 'The Guy' climbed the steps of the most celebrated wrestling ring in the world, brought the microphone closer to his mouth and with a huge smile on his face said: “The good news is I am in remission, y'all!”. The Big Dog is BACK! #RomanReigns announces that he is in remission and back on #Raw! @WWERomanReigns pic.twitter.com/yHQdiFH2Ty — WWE (@WWE) February 26, 2019 Every single member of the WWE Universe, regardless of how much they loved or hated his in-ring character, cheered the loudest for the athlete's painful victory over the disease to make of one of the biggest WWE pops of 2019. The impact of Roman Reigns' struggle was reflected on social media as well as #RomanReigns was trending all over the world! This momentðâ¤ï¸ #RomanReigns pic.twitter.com/Bz8CgugL9l — Sahil Jashnani (@Sahil__619) February 26, 2019 Im not crying, you're crying. #RAW #RomanReigns pic.twitter.com/rlHFVsRX2d — Jay18 ð (@King900kk) February 26, 2019 Just a lil Love for mama always Helps #Raw #RomanReigns pic.twitter.com/8EWY7lQLec — Trap Money Marcy in the Bank [Wrestling Society X] (@Black_Cena) February 26, 2019 Roman Reigns is in REMISSION! Congrats Roman and Welcome back!!#wwe #Romanreigns #RomanEmpire pic.twitter.com/Ay4eqDyY5L — Mat Men Pro Wrestling Podcast ð (@Matmenpodcast) February 26, 2019 #romanreigns miss with ambrose pic.twitter.com/nGFTNNfF17 — Nag.chinnoda (@NagChinnoda) February 26, 2019 Cried like a baby the night you made your announcement & I cried like a baby tonight but with a smile on my face. & happiness in my heart.....WELCOME BACK!!!!! #RomanReigns — Sharon Britt (@SharonB77486918) February 26, 2019
  9. WWE wrestlers are expected to come up (or borrow) a particular move that is considered to be their 'signature move', so to speak. This manoeuvre should not only look dangerous and painful for their opponents but ideally, should also add to the kayfabe character of the particular wrestler. Take for example the Heartbreak Kid, Shawn Michaels' 'Sweet Chin Music' which was basically a direct kick to the jaw of the opponent. It was quick, unpredictable, appeared to be powerful enough and most importantly, it looked good, just what Michaels' character would want his finisher to be. Through the decades of WWE, we have come across many of these iconic moves that, let's be honest, we all have tried on our siblings. What a lot of people couldn't have fathomed was the fact that some of these moves, which not only seemed painful to watch, are very dangerous in reality and can knock your opponent out instantly or make them submit within seconds of engaging. Here's the list of the top four times, MMA fighters used WWE moves in real-life: 1. Jonno Mears against Aaron Jones - Chris Jericho's Walls Of Jericho: It felt as if Mears was on a dare as he was going for the legs ever since the beginning of the fight. When he was able to get a hold of Aaron Jones' legs, his instant reaction was to go for the Boston Crab, made famous by WWE's Y2K, Chris Jericho himself! Here's his version of the move: 2. Quinton Jackson against Ricardo Arona - Batista's Batista Bomb: Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson found himself halfway in a Triangle Choke in a bout versus Ricardo Arona. His quick thinking combined with his supernatural core strength led Jackson to counter the hold with an outrageous Power Bomb. Although not as dramatic, Jackson's move was obviously inspired by Batista's finisher, the Batista Bomb: 3. Alan Belcher vs. Patrick Cote - The Undertaker's Tombstone Piledriver: While not as clean, Belcher's version of The Undertaker's Piledriver was equally impactful. In a match against Patrick Cote, the then 25-year-old decided to lift Cote upside down before slamming him on his head. The crowd's reaction says it all: The Deadman's version is a lot more creepy though: 4. Cat Zingano vs. Amanda Nunes - Randy Orton's DDT Channelling her inner 'Viper', the American MMA fighter, Cat Zingano performed a DDT on UFC then-bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes as she locked her head and drove it to the mat. Cat's WWE inspired move also led to her winning the title later that evening. Randy Orton's DDT is a little different (and a lot more innovative) though:
  10. As WWE India's Twitter handle suggests, it has been 20 years of pure destruction as Paul 'Big Show' Wight made his first WWE appearance in a special Valentine's Day steel cage match between the Texas Rattlesnake 'Stone Cold' Steve Austin and the company's owner, Vince McMahon. His first appearance on the show was one of the best debuts by any in-ring performer during the 'Attitude Era' as the 7 footer emerged from underneath the ring as McMahon's bodyguard and tossed Austin into the metal bars of the cage head-first. Having already wrestled in organisations like the World Wrestling Association for over a couple of years, Show had already made a name for himself. However, the fact that he had signed a deal with Vince McMahon and the World Wrestling Entertainment (https://www.mensxp.com/search.html?q=WWE) was kept under the radar and nobody had a clue about the plans for the giant's huge debut. “It was such a cool impact because no one really saw it coming. No one knew that I was committed to WWE, no one expected me to show up at Valentine's Day Massacre and the way they introduced me was pretty cool,” Wight told WWE. Wrestlers tend to lose out on fan-following from time to time and need to work on their kayfabe characters regularly to be liked by the WWE Universe and stay relevant with the changing times and a regular influx of great, young talents to the main roster almost every year. But, there was something about Wight as a person that made him likable throughout. Being a heel or a babyface didn't matter to him as whatever character he used to bring to the audience, they used to welcome it with open arms. Big Show has had one of the most illustrious career with the WWE. He is a 2x WWE Champion, 1x ECW Champion, 2x World Heavyweight Champion, 3x Hardcore Champion, 1x United States Champion, 1x Intercontinental Champion, 3x WWE Tag Team Champion, and a 5x World Tag Team Champion. He also won the Andre the Giant Memorial Trophy in 2015. Talking about what an amazing run he has had with the brand Show said: “I know a lot of people would think differently because I don't have enough 'wins'. It's never been about winning or losing for me, it's been about the show and the talent that I work with.”
  11. Quite often in this world of made-up identities and fake looks, we come across a saying “Naam Me Kya Rakha Hai?” and the guys from WWE take it quite seriously. Taking up quirky, catchy names in order to distinguish themselves from their counterparts, really works. From the likes of The Boogeyman, The Hurricane, Hulk Hogan to Triple H, Edge and The Undertaker, these legends left no stone unturned in making our childhood glorious. Just admit it, you use to leave everything you were doing as the clock struck 5 on Monday and Tuesday evenings, just to switch your television on and put on Ten Sports. Though these guys were professional wrestlers with their kayfabe persona, they had a real life and (surprise! surprise!) real names as well. So, tighten up your seatbelts as we go on this ride to know the real names of your favourite wrestlers and relive the nostalgia. 1. The Undertaker - Mark William Calaway © WWE We wouldn't have done justice to this list if The Undertaker's name wouldn't have been on top. The Phenom is the most iconic wrestler the WWE universe has ever seen. Loved by fans of all ages and his 21-0 streak (which is now broken, no thanks to Brock Lesnar) at the Wrestlemania earned him legendary status. Add to that, the evergreen rumour that Undertaker has lived nine lives, made him a real fan-favourite. Apparently, The Undertaker changed his name eight times. Before finally settling upon The Undertaker, he was called 'Kane The Undertaker'. He was given the first name to make it easier on announcers who just didn't really use it for his first few matches. 2. Goldberg - William Scott Goldberg © WWE If you've ever played Smackdown Pain on a PlayStation 2, we know who your go-to player was for those everlasting cage matches. People knew it's over for the opponent once Goldberg had gotten into his stride and gone for the spear which eventually resulted in the Jackhammer. Oh! the nostalgia. On the day of his debut, WWE decided to pick the part 'Goldberg' from the wrestler's real-life name and go with it and he became an absolute legend of the game. 3. Rey Mysterio - Oscar Gutierrez Rubio © WWE While talking about Rey Mysterio, one thing that automatically comes to our mind is his immense athleticism. Jumping over the cage, ropes and even his opponents, the Mexican superstar's finishing move, 619 garnered plaudits from even not-so-frequent watchers of the game. Oscar got the name 'Rey Mysterio' from his uncle Rey Mysterio Sr., who trained him in various fighting techniques. After being known by different names like La Lagartija Verde (The Green Lizard)" and "Colibrí (Hummingbird) his uncle gave him the name Rey Mysterio Jr. 4. The Hurricane - Gregory Helms © WWE How can we forget this guy? Dressed in green with a black mask and a cape at the back, this guy felt like a character straight out of a Marvel film. The Hurricane was certainly an attention-grabbing wrestler, if not a successful one. When World Cruiserweight Championship (WCW) was bought by WWE, Helms renamed himself as 'The Hurricane' and brought in the superhero gimmick. 5. Umaga - Edward Smith Fatu © WWE Umaga, for the best part of the first 9 months since his debut, was known as 'Undefeated Umaga' because of his stellar start to the career in the organisation. His run of successive wins was finally ended by John Cena in a WWE Championship match. Umaga took his name from the Samoan tattooing process, 'Umaga' meaning 'The End' and his finishing move, the Samoan Spike, certainly did that. 6. Edge - Adam Joseph Copeland © bleacherreport Best known for his unethical antics, Edge in his prime was hated by almost every WWE fan. His allies with Gangrel and Christian, rivalry with John Cena and Triple H, and 'that' marriage with Lita, gave all the fans some moments to savour. 7. Triple H - Paul Michael Levesque © mandatory The five-time World Heavyweight Champion, Triple H has aged like fine wine. Still operating as the Executive Vice Chairman of WWE, Triple H's Spinning Spinebuster followed by a Pedigree used to spell “Game Over” for his opponents. Triple H focused on his former name, Hunter Hearst Helmsley before selecting his permanent one and we can't argue how right he was. 8. The Big Show - Paul Wight © WWE Let's just admit it, Big Show was a real fan-favourite in the trump card game. Marked as the heaviest player at 510 lbs, the big man's Chokeslam is still fresh in our memories. His partnership and rivalry with Brock Lesnar gave us some great matches. As a product of WCW, The Big Show was known as The Giant. After his switch to WWE, he was called Big Nasty before finally settling on The Big Show. 9. Rikishi - Solofa F. Fatu © WWE We can't explain how much fun it was to watch Rikishi wrestle. The blonde haired, Samoan wrestler formed an iconic tag team partnership with The Rock and the pair went on to win World Tag Team Championship. Rikishi's Stinkface was fun to watch finishing move for the supporters but a nightmare for his opponents. Rarely any of them survived. It comes as no surprise that Solofo settled on the Rikishi which literally means 'Sumo Wrestler', something his big frame justifies. 10. The Boogeyman - Martin Wright WWE Whenever we hear the name 'The Boogeyman', an image of a man eating worms, pops up in our minds. Probably the most disgusting wrestler of all time, The Boogeyman proved to be a constant menace for his opponents. Often forcing them to give up with his worm eating tactics. Boogeyman is an imaginary evil spirit, who used to frighten people and right from his debut The Boogeyman just did that, complementing his name completely.
  12. Yes, the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) asked the Indian fans to vote for Mahendra Singh Dhoni to make an appearance in the show's iconic pay-per-view, the Royal Rumble. The Rumble is one of the most watched and loved events of WWE's calendar year and is known for bringing in the 'who's who' of the business to the organisation or help the legends of the show that were out due to injuries or bad run with the crowd, make a comeback. However, this year, WWE tried to make something a lot bigger happen, especially for the millions and MILLIONS ('The Rock' reference) of their Indian fans, by putting up a vote to call Indian cricket team's MS Dhoni to make a Royal Rumble appearance this year. - Countdown to 1ï¸â£0ï¸â£ - Cue the music ð¶ - Surprise entry to the rumble... @msdhoni India, do you want to see our very own Mahi enter the #RoyalRumble match this Monday? — WWE (@WWEIndia) January 23, 2019 This innovative social media stunt follows a tweet uploaded by WWE superstar Paul Heyman who is the manager and spokesperson for wrestler, Brock Lesnar. The viral tweet was a 'not so subtle' jab at Cricket World Cup by Paul Heyman who jokingly asked for royalties as the former paraphrased his tagline 'Eat, Sleep, Conquer, Repeat' which he uses to promote Lesnar. My most (in)sincere compliments to @cricketworldcup for promoting the amazing @msdhoni by paraphrasing my mantra for @WWE #UniversalChampion @BrockLesnar #EatSleepConquerRepeat. Our royalties may be paid in cash, check, stock or cryptocurrency. https://t.co/sGtIALzso1 — Paul Heyman (@HeymanHustle) January 18, 2019 Obviously, this was an attempt to promote the 2019 Royal Rumble in India which took place on Sunday evening and WWE seems to have struck the right chord with the Indian audience who not only voted but also replied with some hilarious tweets: @msdhoni is more of a bigger name than any wwe wrestler... He is worshiped by the millions & millions of his Fan Believe that..coz that's the bottom line..... — Sanjeev Jaiswal (@sj0007) January 25, 2019 WWE and heyman talking about Mahi is the best thing on Twitter ð — ACHIN (@achin_17) January 25, 2019 YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! PLZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ ðð»ð #MSDhoni KING'S of KING ð — à¥¤à¥¤ à¤à¤¦à¤¿à¤¤à¥à¤¯ राà¤à¥¤à¥¤ ð®ð³ (@imAditya_R) January 25, 2019 @WWE one treat for sure you will get if it happens ð 130 Crore population of ð®ð³ will turn their T.V sets on for #RoyalRumble and you can guess now how "Super Duper Hit" this show will be with such a big television ratings ðð@WWEUniverse #MSDhoni — Aryan Saini (@MeGreatAryan) January 25, 2019 YES YES YES YES YES YES YES, yha bhi maahi marega — Praveen Sachan (@Praveen30587488) January 25, 2019
  13. Growing up as a kid, many of us worshipped and idolised World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) superstars for their respective exploits in the ring. While the WWE, for long, has been snickered at for being fake or staged, it still doesn't take away the fact that these wrestlers take great risks to entertain us. While their high-flying moves surely make for an exciting watch, the wrestling moves pulled off by these daredevils often lead to injuries, capable of ending careers. These hard-working entertainers go through injuries and ailments in their respective careers, and while some manage to overcome them, others sadly fade away. A similar incident came to the fore recently when WWE Universal Champion Joe Anoa'i - popularly known as Roman Reigns - sent shockwaves across the wrestling community after announcing his decision to step away from the ring effective immediately. The four-time world champion surrendered his Universal Championship title owing to his ongoing battle with leukaemia. .@WWERomanReigns has to relinquish the Universal Championship due to a battle with leukemia. #Raw pic.twitter.com/EhomllNwjK — WWE (@WWE) October 23, 2018 The WWE superstar revealed that he was diagnosed with leukaemia when he was just 22-years-old. Since then, he had been in remission. But, with the cancer taking a turn for the worse, Reigns has been forced to take the extreme decision, leaving his fans and fellow wrestlers wishing him a speedy recovery. “My real name is Joe and I have been living with leukaemia for 11 years. Unfortunately, it is back and because the leukaemia is back I cannot fulfil my role, I can't be that fighting champion and I'm going to have to relinquish the Universal Championship. I'll take every prayer you can send my way but I'm not looking for sympathy, I'm not looking for you to feel bad for me, I have faith," he said at Monday Night Raw. Apart from Reigns, WWE has witnessed the professional careers of numerous wrestlers coming to a sad end owing to injuries and ailments. Here's a look at such five WWE stars whose professional careers ended under tragic circumstances: 1. Chris Benoit View this post on Instagram A post shared by Saleh | صÙاÙÙØ­ ð¤´ð½ (@thewrestling_royalty) on Jul 6, 2018 at 4:03pm PDT In 2007, Chris Benoit's death sent shockwaves through the WWE fraternity. One of the most prominent wrestlers of his time, Benoit strangled his wife Nancy and seven-year-old son Daniel before hanging himself a day later. While it still remains unclear why he did it, many suspect that the 40-year-old's several untreated concussions throughout that career made him mentally unstable. More importantly, Benoit's signature move - the diving head-butt (wherein he would fly from the top turnbuckle and hit the opponent's shoulder with his forehead) - is also suspected to have caused brain damage, leading to his extreme actions. Later, the autopsy revealed that Benoit's brain was similar to that of an 85-year-old Alzheimer's patient. 2. Eddie Guerrero View this post on Instagram A post shared by THANK YOU EDDIEððð» (@latinoheatwrestling) on Oct 15, 2018 at 11:20pm PDT Arguably one of the most iconic wrestlers of his era, Eddie Guerrero's unexpected death in 2005 marked a sad turn in the wrestling industry. The 38-year-old was found dead by his nephew Chavo in a hotel room. The autopsy revealed that Guerrero had died as a result of heart failure. A year later, it was established that steroid abuse had played a crucial role in his early demise. It was Guerrero's death that forced WWE to institute its wellness policy to keep wrestlers from using non-medical drugs. Though he died way too early, Guerrero's legend continues to echo in the wrestling world and inspire others. A wrestler who was not only entertaining but also the master of his craft, Guerrero continues to stay alive in people's hearts. 3. Owen Hart View this post on Instagram A post shared by Justin (@jdawg_wolf) on May 23, 2017 at 2:36pm PDT In what is considered to be one of the most unfortunate cases in the wrestling history, Owen Hart lost his life after falling from the rafters of the arena during the WWE's pay-per-view event 'Over the Edge' in 1999. The 34-year-old was set to face The Godfather for the Intercontinental Championship at the much-anticipated event. Hart was supposed to be lowered into the ring through a harness and grapple line for a dramatic entrance. But, the equipment malfunctioned and he fell 78 feet, landing chest-first on the top rope of the ring. He was quickly rushed to the hospital, but it was later announced that the wrestling superstar had passed away due to internal bleeding from blunt force trauma. 5. Edge View this post on Instagram A post shared by Adam “Edge” Copeland (@edgeratedr) on Jun 22, 2018 at 7:13pm PDT On 26th September 2002, Edge was busy going about his business as he geared up for a much-anticipated battle with Eddie Guerrero on SmackDown. During the bout, the iconic wrestler experienced a tingling sensation and heard a crack - a sound which he initially thought to be that of a ladder. He, then, received a Sunset Flip Powerbomb off the ladder which further exacerbated his neck injury - one that spelt doom for Edge. Despite experiencing numbness in his neck and arm, Edge continued to compete in the ring and eventually completed the ladder match against Guerrero. He only sought medical assistance after he started losing considerable amounts of strength in his arms. His neck injury worsened over the years and eventually led to him suffering cervical spinal stenosis. His condition became so severe, that a hard fall or bump could result in a neck-down paralysis or death. Retired from in-ring professional wrestling, Edge continues to serve as a WWE ambassador.
  14. Growing up as a kid, most of us were arguably glued to our television sets to watch the episodes of World Wrestling Federation (WWF). Irrespective of our tuition classes or preliminary exams, we somehow managed to find time to catch a glimpse of our favourite wrestlers in action. Today, WWF might have become World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), but many of us still keep pulling off the signature moves of the prominent wrestlers in our bedrooms (well, I still do). Such was the entertainment on offer, that it was just too hard to resist. And, the fact that we still share the WWE stories with our friends over drinks, shows the kind of effect it had on us. At the ongoing Summer Youth Olympics, something similar came to the fore. Moldovan wrestler Alexandrin Gutu had his eyes set on the gold when he locked horns with Russia's Stepan Starodubtsev in the men's Greco-Roman 71kg category final. After toiling hard for a while, Gutu eventually secured the gold medal through 'Victory by Fall'. That's a celebration! ð¯ #Wrestling Congratulations to Alexandrin Gutu from #Moldova ð²ð© #goldmedal Men's Greco-Roman 71kg @wrestling Tune in now for the live competition from @BuenosAires2018! ðº https://t.co/wlr9pbj0zB pic.twitter.com/UBBdurOYaO — Olympics (@Olympics) October 13, 2018 Overwhelmed by emotions, the Moldovan wrestler raised his arms as he basked in the glory. Soon, Gutu saw his wrestling coach on the sidelines and there was no surprise to see him running straight into his arms. But, Gutu and the fans in the arena were in for a big surprise. I'd hate to see what happens when he loses......LOL. — Common Sense (@RealWorld2018) October 13, 2018 While Gutu expected a hug, the wrestling coach wrapped his arms around his ward before pulling off a WWE-like body slam. Gutu's coach was then seen giving a high-five and planting a kiss on the cheeks of his pupil. The act seemed like a premeditated move as part of their unique celebration. Love it ðªð¼ðð¼ — ð®ð³ Soumya Sarkar ð®ð³ (@SarkarSpeaking) October 13, 2018 And, though Gutu made his country proud by winning a gold medal, it was his coach who took the social media by storm with his brilliant 'body slam' celebration.
  15. We all have grown up being on team 'The Rock' while watching WWE. His glorious entry music and singing along to his 'If you smell what The Rock is cooking' like his personal choir, is a piece of memory that most of his fans cherish to date. Seems like we will continue smelling what The Rock is cooking, since his daughter Simone Johnson is all set to start her journey in the WWE. As per reports, in a recent interview, Dwayne confirmed that Simone was training in Florida and is absolutely interested in continuing his legacy. View this post on Instagram “you have your dad's smile.” â¤ï¸ happy birthday to a man who's called so many things, but who i'm lucky enough to call dad. A post shared by Simonee (@Simoneegjohnson) on May 2, 2018 at 4:02pm PDT “Simone is working so hard, and her work has already started. She wants to be a WWE wrestler. I love that idea and I think …We had this big conversation. She came with me to Hong Kong and Beijing and I said, 'Honey, whatever your passion is, I support that,” Dwayne said. View this post on Instagram what an incredible night. the word blessed wouldn't even be able to begin to describe this feeling. congratulations to all of the winners, nominees, & everyone who was apart of tonight. thank you to everyone who made this experience unforgettable. || @goldenglobes #Globes75 #GoldenGlobesAmbassador A post shared by Simonee (@Simoneegjohnson) on Jan 7, 2018 at 9:27pm PST It will be super exciting and interesting to see the legend's daughter carry forward his legacy and leave her own mark in the world of WWE. Dwayne is currently basking in the glory of the success of his movie 'Skyscraper'.