HHH/WWE: WWE Legend Triple H joins Joel Embiid in Sixers' pregame ceremony (Sports Illustrated)


Posted on 6/07/121 by Mike Informer



Joel Embiid's signature celebration became a growing topic
of conversation in the first round of the playoffs. The All-
Star center paid homage to a pair of WWE legends with his
air thrusting.

Embiid cited that the celebration came from Triple H and
Shawn Michaels, his favorite wrestles. Their hip thrusting
was the calling card of their faction 'Degeneration X.'

Both wrestlers reached out to Embiid via Twitter to pay
their respects.

Heading into Sunday's game one between the Sixers and Hawks,
excitement swirled around Embiid, with him being a game-time
decision. Not only would he make his return to the lineup,
but made a statement pregame.

Ringing the bell pregame has become a staple of Sixers' home
games. With the playoffs in full swing, the guests who
partake in the festivities only get bigger.

The Sixers needed someone for round two that was going to
send the Wells Fargo Center into an eruption. They couldn't
have picked a better pregame bell ringer.

Triple H and Joel Embiid rung the bell together to kick off
round two. They did so in custom Sixers/DX collab shirts.
The WWE Hall of Famer rung the bell with his patented
sledgehammer.

Many fans begged for something like this when Triple H
reached out to Embiid on social media. The Sixers delivered
for game one. As the two made their way out, the home crowd
delivered with their energy and excitement.

The Sixers made the most of their opportunity to set the
tone for the start of the second round. Now, the Sixers hope
to ride the momentum and start their series off in the win
column.

Kevin McCormick covers the Philadelphia 76ers for South
Jersey's 97.3 ESPN and Sports Illustrated. You can follow
him on Twitter: @KevinMcCNBA.

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