Germany's former goalkeeper Tim Wiese has finally completed one of the most surprising transfers of the summer.
After two years of speculation, the 34-year-old has completed his switch from football to professional wrestling after accepting a personal invitation for WWE champion-turned-executive Triple H to train full-time at the WWE Performance Centre in Orlando, Florida.
Wiese – who was a part of Germany's World Cup squad in 2006 – played for clubs including Werder Bremen and Hoffenheim but first prompted rumours of a career change after acting as a guest timekeeper during a WWE Live event in Germany.
Tim Wiese reinvented himself as a boybuilder during time away from football in 2014.
Speaking on the decision to sign Wiese to an extended trial at the Performance Centre, Triple H said:
"Tim is tenacious. He continues to be very vocal in his desire to prove that he has what it takes, and he has shown tremendous resilience and determination to create an opportunity for himself. This is his break to walk his talk. If all goes well in Florida, he will get his chance in the ring.”
Wiese becomes the second ex-professional goalkeeper to sign to WWE, following in the footsteps of former Football League favourite Stuart Tomlinson, who now wrestles as Hugo Knox on WWE NXT.