The Beast Incarnate Brock Lesnar may have returned to SmackDown but is WWE ready for another Beast? Ex-footballer Adebayo Akinfenwa certainly thinks so.
Wrestling is a broad church and over the years everyone from budding high school athletes to bonafide Olympic gold medallists have made the leap to the world of pro wrestling, with many making it all the way to WWE.
Now former Wycombe Wanderers striker Adebayo Akinfenwa could be set to try his hand in the ring after hanging up his football boots at the age of 40.
Appearing on talkSPORT Breakfast, with hosts Laura Woods and Ally McCoist, Akinfenwa spoke about his plans for his post-football career and says if he can cope with the spandex then fans might see the man known as The Beast due to his hulking physique grace a wrestling ring:
“Do you know what the maddest thing is? I’ll say it because I’m so blessed. I know so many players who are retired and with football, that’s our identity and when we stop football it’s hard. I’m lucky enough that since I retired my phone hasn’t stopped ringing and it’s a blessing.”
“I’ve said this numerous times, I am going to try as many different things as possible, just because football is institutionalised, we’ve done the same thing for 22 years and I’m in a position now where there’s doors.
“So by the grace of God, the doors will continue to be there, be open and I’ll try these different things. LW [Laura Woods] said about the wrestling, that’s an option. I don’t know, I’ll have to try and change the spandex things, though, maybe try and get some packs because I ain’t got any at the moment! We’ve got to see what happens, so watch this space.”