When most professional football players retire, the next stages of their careers can be pretty formulaic: coaching, punditry work, or the corporate world. However, for ex-Germany international Tim Wiese, those options must have seemed far too tame, as he's chosen something very different.
According to German paper Bild, the former Werder Bremen star is set to make his debut as a professional wrestler for the WWE in Berlin on Saturday night.
Since hanging up his gloves earlier in the year, the goalkeeper — who won six caps for Germany, as well as a bronze medal in the 2010 FIFA World Cup — has been hitting the gym hard. A towering presence at 6'4, Weise has been focusing on beefing up his already imposing frame. The results have been impressive (or, if you're his opponent, terrifying).
Thanks to his size and athletic prowess, Weise caught the eye of the WWE, who in turn invited him to train at their development centre in Florida. The 32-year-old was brashly confident when he spoke about the chance in September.
"I don't s*** my pants," Weise said. "Why should I immediately say no? Wrestling is very popular, especially in the States. I will go through the enquiry with my agent next week."
With the WWE currently on a European tour, Weise now seems set to make his live debut in front of his home fans. Although it's unlikely that he'll wrestle a whole match, the WWE loves to send the fans home happy, and nothing would make their day more than seeing a former international footballer powerslam a bad guy.