Ex-English goalkeeper gives up football to become WWE wrestler | inside World Soccer

Former Port Vale and Burton Albion goalkeeper Stuart Tomlinson has swapped goal posts for ring posts as he is heading to the United States to take up wrestling in the WWE.

Stuart Tomlinson is keen on body building and also worked as a male model
Stuart Tomlinson is keen on body building and also worked as a male model

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The 28-year-old former body builder retired from professional football in July because of a knee ligament injury.

Tomlinson had been working as a male model, but has now signed a developmental contract with WWE, the world's biggest and most successful wrestling franchise.

It is believed that Tomlinson met with WWE representatives during the company's European tour in November and impressed them enough to earn an opportunity.

His revelation has been met with shock responses from the world of football.

Tomlinson, who also appeared on the cover of Men's Health magazine, will now join WWE's newly opened Performance Centre in Orlando, Florida, where he will undertake lessons in wrestling, sports science, and medicine.

Opened earlier this year, the developmental centre in a state of the art wrestling school designed to train rookie wrestlers to WWE standard before allowing them to make their debut on shows like NXT and Main Event.

Don't expect to see Tomlinson on your TV screens any time soon though as WWE is known to keep wrestlers in development for up to a year before they are allowed to make their debut.


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