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Batista named to the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2020

Less than an hour ago, it was announced that the New World Order (Hulk Hogan, Scott Hall, Kevin Nash and Sean Waltman) will be entering the WWE Hall of Fame.  It has how been announced that Dave Bautista will be joining them in the Hall.  Dave Bautista cut his teeth in the WWE farm promotion, Ohio Valley Wrestling as “Leviathan”, and the 300 pound behemoth would be brought up shortly as “Deacon Batista”, the henchman of D-Von Dudley when he was doing his reverend gimmick.  That didn’t last, and he was moved to the RAW brand and placed in a faction with Triple H, Ric Flair and Randy Orton.  As his wins piled up, his momentum shot up, and he was placed in a program against his mentor, Triple H, who he defeated in the main event of Wrestlemania 21 for the first of what would be six World Heavyweight Championships.  Batista left in 2010 to pursue an acting career, and he came back in 2014, winning the Royal Rumble, but he would not stay long.  He returned to acting, and became very successful, most notably as Drax the Destroyer in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Batista made one last comeback, and lost to Triple H at Wrestlemania 35 The Hall of Fame ceremony will take place on April 2, 2020, as part of the Wrestlemania 36 weekend. Batista was ranked #9 on our latest Notinhalloffame.com list of those to consider for the WWE Hall of Fame.  He will be removed when we do our revisions in April. We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to extend our congratulations to Dave Bautista for his impending induction.

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THUNDERBOLTS AND SCREAMERS: THE STORY OF JAY-JAY OKOCHA AT FENERBAHÇE

So good they named him twice. That is what is commonly said about the brilliance of Jay-Jay Okocha. He is renowned for his fondness of the stepover and technical brilliance, particularly remembered for helping Bolton reach currently unimaginable European heights. What is less known, however, is the time the Nigerian spent honing his craft in the highly charged arena of Turkish football.Okocha’s European journey began in Germany playing in the lower leagues, before signing for Eintracht Frankfurt in 1992. It started well with a third-place finish in his debut season, however things turned sour under the reign of Jupp Heynckes. The German clashed with Okocha, as well as Maurizio Gaudino and Tony Yeboah, over a perceived lack of effort in training. The other two would be quickly sold, leading to Eintracht’s relegation at the end of the 1995/96 season, after which Okocha also left the club.His destination of choice was Turkish champions Fenerbahçe, with Okocha arriving for a fee of around £1m. He debuted in the first round of Champions League qualifying, playing the full 90 minutes of the first leg against Maccabi Tel-Aviv. Four days later he would score in his opening Süper Lig match against Samsunspor….

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Villarreal's Chukwueze Sheds More Light On Failed Moves To Arsenal, Porto, Salzburg

Villarreal winger Samuel Chukwueze has opened up on his failed moves to Arsenal, Porto and Red Bull Salzburg. The Diamond Academy product came to prominence at the 2015 FIFA U17 World Cup, winning the Bronze Boot as the third highest goalscorer of the tournament with three goals and three assists to his name.After the tournament in Chile, Arsenal had been in pole position for the services of Chukwueze, offering him a five-year deal following a successful medical he underwent with the club in London, but the proposed move collapsed after the Gunners and Diamond Academy could not agree on the payment terms.The Nigeria international also attracted concrete interest from Porto and Red Bull Salzburg in Austria but it was Villarreal that eventually won the race for his signature.Speaking philosophically, Chukwueze opined that the disappointment of not joining the three clubs worked out in his favour in the long run.He told the Super Eagles Media Team via YouTube : ''I have had setbacks, when I had so many options to sign with Porto, Arsenal and Salzburg but it didn't happen actually then I went back to my academy and started training allover again.''It was difficult for…

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The New World Order named to the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2020

This was early. We haven’t gotten to the Royal Rumble yet, and it has been announced that the New World Order will be entering the WWE Hall of Fame.  The announcement came from ESPN.  The Hall of Fame ceremony will take place on April 2, 2020, as part of the Wrestlemania 36 weekend.  While there were many members of the NWO, only Scott Hall, Kevin Nash, Hulk Hogan and Syxx (Sean Waltman) will be inducted. The New World Order angle tipped the ratings war in favor of World Championship Wrestling for nearly two years. Scott Hall and Kevin Nash appeared on WCW television as “invaders” and at the 1996 Bash at the Beach Pay Per View, Hulk Hogan joined them and turned heel.  That night, he declared his group as the “New World Order”, and it was the hottest angle that wrestling had seen in years.  Sean Waltman, who had wrestled as the 1-2-3 Kid in the WWE, joined as the sixth member of the group (Syxx).  The four chosen members of the New World Order have already been inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.  Hogan entered in 2005, Hall (as Razor Ramon) in 2014, Nash in 2015, and Waltman as a member of D-Generation-X last year.  They join Ric Flair, Bret Hart and Booker T as two-time WWE Hall of Fame inductees. At different times, the New World Order had The Giant (The Big Show), Ted DiBiase (inducted in 2010), Vincent (Virgil), NWO Sting, Elizabeth, Eric Bischoff, Buff Bagwell, Michael Wallstreet (Mike Rotundo), Bubba Rogers (The Big Boss Man, inducted posthumously in 2016), Scott Norton, Randy Savage (inducted posthumously in 2015), Konnan, Curt Hennig (inducted posthumously in 2007), Rick Rude (inducted posthumously in 2017), Louie Spicolli, Dusty Rhodes (inducted in 2007), Brian Adams, Scott Steiner, The Disciple (inducted as Brutus Beefcake in 2019), Stevie Ray (inducted with Booker T as Harlem Heat in 2019), Horace Hogan, Lex Luger, Sting (inducted in 2016), The Disco Inferno, Bret Hart (Inducted in 2006 and again in 2019 with Jim Neidhart in the Hart Foundation), Jeff Jarrett (inducted in 2018), The Harris Twins, Booker T (inducted in 2011 and again in 2019 with Stevie Ray in Harlem Heat), and Shawn Michaels (inducted in 2011 and again in 2019 with D-Generation X) It is unlikely that any of those other members of the New World Order will be added. The group extended into two factions (black and white & NWO Wolfpack),…

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Ted Simmons and Marvin Miller elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame

Another huge day has happened as the Modern Baseball Era Committee has announced that Marvin Miller and Ted Simmons will be joining the Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 2020. Miller spent 17 years (1966-82) as the Executive Director of the Major League Baseball Players Association. Under his guidance, players salaries increased by more than ten times. Simmons was an eight-time All-Star who accumulated 2,473 Hits with 248 Home Runs over a career spent with the St. Louis Cardinals, Milwaukee Brewers and Atlanta Braves.  In his initial Hall of Fame ballot, Simmons only lasted one year where he received 3.7% of the ballot. Missing out were Thurman Munson, Don Mattingly, Tommy John, Steve Garvey, Dale Murphy, Dave Parker, Dwight Evans and Lou Whitaker.  In our latest Notinhalloffame.com baseball list, Simmons was ranked #9.  It will be a pleasure to remove him, when we revise our list in February. To receive induction, a candidate needed to receive 75% of the ballot. The Modern Baseball Veterans Committee consists of: HOF Players: George Brett, Rod Carew, Dennis Eckersley, Eddie Murray, Ozzie Smith & Robin Yount. MLB Executives: Sandy Alderson, Dave Dombrowski, David Glass, Walt Jocketty, Doug Melvin & Terry Ryan. Media/Historians: Bill Center, Steve Hirdt, Jack O’Connell & Tracy Ringolsby. We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to offer our congratulations to both Ted Simmons and the family of Marvin Miller at this time.

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'Iheanacho Is Very Similar To Muller' – Fans Hail Leicester Striker After Latest Goal

Super Eagles striker Kelechi Iheanacho continued his brilliant form in front of goal after scoring and assisting for Leicester City in their 4-1 win over Aston Villa on Sunday afternoon.The 23-year-old laid on a sublime through ball for strike partner Jamie Vardy after 20 minutes for the opening goal before getting on the blindside of Ezri Konsa to covert for his effort in the first period.The goal was his second in his second Premier League appearance this season and got football fans talking on the micro-blogging media.Below are some of the reactions :@GbadmanN: Kelechi Iheanacho with the classic finish. Assist from Maddison 1-2@ManlikeLaxx: Be like iheanacho, Man's been outta favour for over a year at Leicester, had his chance last week and he took it, an assist and a goal last week got him back in the starting lineup & he's done it again this week with yet another assist & another goal. That's how to take chances.@Mozay_esq: Seems iheanacho has found his feet again #Leicester@diaryofpersues: Kelechi Iheanacho is a player reborn.@Ayokunle01: I've always said it, Iheanacho is very similar to Muller…@BabaAs: Iheanacho Reinventing himself. BR man management is in another…

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EPL Wrap : Iwobi Goes 90 Vs Chelsea; Solanke Fires Blanks Vs Liverpool; Watford's Success Unused Sub

A round-up of Nigerian players that were in action for their respective clubs in the English Premier League on Saturday, December 7th.Nigerian players with dual nationalities and have played competitively for the senior national teams of other countries have been omitted.In the early kickoff, Everton ended a run of three successive defeats after beating Chelsea 3-1 at Goodison Park.Richarlison opened the scoring after five minutes before his teammate Dominic Calvert-Lewin added another two while Mateo Kovacic scored a consolation for the Blues.Nigeria international Alex Iwobi started and went the distance for the Toffees.At Vicarage Road, Watford and Crystal Palace played out a goalless affair.Isaac Success did not come off the substitutes bench for the Hornets while his compatriot Tom Dele-Bashiru was not in the match day squad.Elsewhere, Liverpool made light work of opponents, Bournemouth 3-0 at the Vitality stadium.Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Naby Keita and Mohamed Salah were the goalscorers.Philip Billing and Dominic Solanke started for the Cherries, with Billing making way for Lewis Cook after 58 minutes. Jordan Ibe was a non-playing substitute for the hosts.

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Nigeria striker Oparanozie continues goalscoring form in Guingamp

The forward notched his third goal in three consecutive games but the effort was not enough to earn her side a win at homeDesire Oparanozie was on target in Guingamp's 1-1 draw with Dijon in Saturday’s French women's top-flight game.After scoring in successive matches against Paris FC and Montpellier respectively, the 25-year-old maintained their form against the visitors at the Stade du Centre de Formation.Oparanozie, who was making her eighth league appearance for Fredric Biancalani’s ladies this season, fired her side in front with just nine minutes into the match.

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Omeruo Reveals He Told Chelsea Star Tomori To Switch His International Allegiance To Nigeria

Former Chelsea defender Kenneth Omeruo has revealed that he asked Fikayo Tomori to switch his international allegiance to Nigeria before he became cap-tied to England. Both Tomori and Omeruo were part of Chelsea loan army last season and frequently exchanged messages via WhatsApp.The Super Eagles star completed a permanent switch to CD Leganes in the summer, while Tomori was brought into the first team fold by manager Frank Lampard after Chelsea were slapped with a transfer ban by FIFA, which was reduced to one window by the Court of Arbitration for Sport on Friday.The one-cap England international has grown in leaps and bounds since returning to Stamford Bridge after successful loan spells at Hull City and Derby County.Speaking to The Sun UK, Omeruo explained : ''Tomori was a bit younger but he has really improved a lot. Unfortunately for him he chose England. I wanted him to play for Nigeria!''(The WhatsApp messages) were good, the boys could catch up and share videos whenever a player made it into team of the week or was man of the match. That was a good connection.''Tomori is the third Chelsea player of Nigerian decent now cap-tied to England,…

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Aribo: Okocha, Odemwingie Influenced My Decision To Play For Super Eagles

Joe Aribo says his decision to represent Nigeria on the international scene was inspired by the legendary duo, Austine Okocha and Osaze  Odemwingie.Aribo made his debut for the Super Eagles in a friendly match against Ukraine in September, scoring one of the goals for the three-time African champions in the 2-2 draw.The Glasgow Rangers midfielder followed up with another classy strike in the 1-1 draw against five-time world champions Brazil in October.Aribo stated that in a video posted on the NFF Youtube page that he enjoyed watching the Super Eagles while growing up in Europe.“Jay Jay Okocha and even Osaze Odemwingie inspired me and I really enjoyed watching them while growing up,”he remarked.He also  admitted it is a big challenge wearing the number 10 jersey vacated by former Super Eagles captain John Mikel Obi.“It’s a big challenge to take the number 10 jersey and it’s a challenge I’m willing to take and I intend to do what they (Mikel and Okocha) as number 10 have done in the past,”“I just want to be able to show what I can do in a game.”