Adebayo Akinfenwa, 38, holds talks with WWE over stunning switch into Vince McMahon's wrestling promotion

Adebayo Akinfenwa, 38, holds talks with WWE over stunning switch into Vince McMahon's wrestling promotion

10/10/2020

WYCOMBE striker Adebayo Akinfenwa has revealed he's in talks with Vince McMahon over a shock career move to WWE.

The 38-year-old frontman is the strongest player in the world according to Fifa 21 ratings.

So a move to the world of professional wrestling seems a pretty logical career change for the man known as 'The Beast'.

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Akinfenwa first spoke of his dream of going into WWE in April last year.

A meeting with Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson and his children's love of the sport lit a fire inside the former Wimbledon star.

And now he says swapping penalties for piledrivers remains a very real possibility.

Akinfenwa – who recently slammed the FA for clearing a Fleetwood staff member who allegedly labelled him a 'fat water buffalo' – told talkSPORT: "I’ve had a couple of calls recently in regards to that [going into wrestling].

"I’ll be following up on that soon – so it could go up or down depending on the outcome of that.

"I can’t tell you a direct percentage in terms of that [coming to fruition], but it’s something I’m really passionate about, so watch this space, people."

Should it work out, Akinfenwa revealed which pro footballers he would most like to take on.

He said: "In terms of a Royal Rumble that’s something I’d want to win obviously – and there’s some tough lads out there, you know.


"VVD [Virgil van Dijk] is in there all day long and [Adama] Traore of course. [Sebastian] Haller has to be in too, he’s a very strong guy, then there’s the likes of Troy Deeney and [Michael] Antonio.

"Whoever I haven’t mentioned they can get at me later, but I back myself 100 per cent!"

Akinfenwa, who has played for 14 clubs in his pro career since 2001 after starting out with Watford, reckons his current nickname would work well as his wrestling stage name.

And he thinks his finisher could be called the 'Beast Slam'.

What is certain is he would definitely go in as one of the heavyweights.

Akinfenwa weighs around 100kg (15st 7lbs) and is rumoured to be able to bench press 200kg.

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