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Freddie Flintoff Teases NXT UK Appearance

Freddie Flintoff

Freddie Flintoff has recently taken to social media to tease a match in NXT UK, suggesting he may “sort these lads out.”

The former England cricket captain took to Twitter whilst watching this week’s edition of NXT UK on BT Sports. Tagging English comedian Tom Davis, Flintoff tweeted:

“Watching wrestling NXTuk on @btsport reckon me and you @BigTomD could sort these lads out😂😂”

Freddie seemed particularly impressed with recent NXT UK addition Ben Carter:

When Mark Andrews responded with a GIF of him laying in kendo stick shots on the Grizzled Young Veterans from NXT UK TakeOver Blackpool II, Flintoff jokingly responded that he probably be the one giving those shots out alongside a facepalm emoji.

Freddie Flintoff is no stranger to WWE. In 2020 Flintoff revealed he came close to joining the company, before perusing a career in the world of professional boxing. Citing The Undertaker as the main motivator for entering the squared circle, Flintoff revealed he was offered a “fast track” to pay-per-view status:

“I got a letter or an email from WWE saying: will you join us? They said ‘come to wrestling school, we’ll fast-track you, in 18 months you’ll be doing WrestleManias, Royal Rumbles’, and I’m thinking: I didn’t go for this but with [the] money involved, I’m quite tempted. (SIC)”

Freddie Flintoff may not be a name familiar to many wrestling fans, particularly outside of the United Kingdom, but is one of the most recognisable characters in the world of cricket. Flintoff would lead the England cricket team in 2006-2007, and has one many coveted Player of the Year awards in the sport, including the Wisden Leading Cricketer in the World award. Flintoff was names BBC Sports Personality of the Year in 2005.

In 2012, Flintoff would make his boxing debut, defeating American heavyweight Richard Dawson in the 4th round. Upon his retirement from cricket, Flintoff has become a highly popular television personality in the UK.

No official confirmation has been released regarding Flintoff and WWE, however many fans responded to the tweet in favour of an NXT appearance. One fan reminded Freddie of his first WWE tryout, in which he broke his ribs, to which the cricketer replied “Fair point 😂”.

Could Freddie Flintoff be hinting at an appearance in NXT UK, or simply teasing fans with a ‘what if’ scenario? Only time will tell.