A move from the prestige of the Premier League to the bright lights of World Wrestling Entertainment may not sound like a natural career progression to many, but that could all change if Tim Wiese has his way.
Previously of Werder Bremen and more recently Hoffenheim, the former Germany international is currently considering a move into the world of wrestling.
According to a report from Bild, the 32-year-old has even been contacted by the WWE over a potential move, after bulking up to a whopping 115kg of mostly muscle.
"I have an official enquiry from the WWE. It’s about working for them as a wrestler. I will listen," he said.
"Why should I immediately say no? Wrestling is very popular, especially in the [United] States. I will go through the enquiry with my agent next week."
Could Wiese start a new trend for footballers becoming wrestlers? Here are five current Premier League players we would love to see in the ring sometime soon.
‘Dancing’ Daniel Sturridge
The Premier League’s answer to The Rock, the Liverpool people’s champ has a goal celebration to match the most electrifying move in sports entertainment history – the People’s Elbow – and just the right among of swagger and cool to pull off fighting other sweaty men in nothing more than Lycra.
A fan favourite, he would have undoubtedly been at his best when part of a tag team alongside Luis Suarez. Unfortunately the Uruguayan has since departed to La Liga - thus depriving us of the only man who could have given Dave ‘the Animal’ Batista a run for his money in the animal stakes.
Tom ‘Not So’ Cleverley
Undoubtely a comedy character and heel to boot, Cleverley wouldn’t have to fight so much as just turn up to get the crowd riled up, while his inability to do anything other than pass sideways in the ring would ensure he suffers pummellings aplenty.
He would be known for doing stupid things – like asking for more money from Everton - though he would maintain the support of ringside analyst Wild Woy Hodgson throughout his time as a wrestler.
Fabrizio ‘the Clown’ Coloccini
His bouffant curls, coupled with Newcastle’s comedy attempts at defending this season, makes Coloccini a natural choice for the ring and a perfect candidate to dress up as a clown - like Doink - for comedic effect.
Think big hair, silly clothes and ill-fitting shoes – pretty much like any normal Coloccini outing at St James’ Park in the Premier League then!
‘Smoking’ Jack Wilshere
Like Triple H or Shawn Michaels in his heyday, Wilshere would promote style over substance when it comes to wrestling ... or is that football? Either way, the England man would have all the confidence required to dish out a few suplexes and choke slams along the way.
Known for his love of smoking, Wilshere could employ some fancy pyrotechnics to further enhance his persona, though he should be careful not to over-complicate things… Arsenal have a habit of doing that.
‘Big Bad’ Brad Friedel
Maybe it’s cheating to include Friedel in this countdown, given that I strongly believe he will consider a move to the WWE when he is done with soccer, but for our money there are few more scary sights than the veteran American in goal at White Hart Lane.
Looking like a cross between Ron Perlmann and Glenn Thomas Jacobs aka Kane, Friedel’s giant goalkeeper hands appear to have been designed to dish out a choke slam or two - we’re amazed he hasn’t been tempted to grab Hugo Lloris by the throat yet!