Former Burton Albion and Crewe Alexandra goalkeeper Stuart Tomlinson has undergone a shocking change of careers, swapping the goalposts for the WWE ring.
The 28-year-old bodybuilding enthusiast, who has also had a spell with Port Vale, is now training at the WWE's developmental territory where the likes of Sami Zayn and Richie Steamboat also train, as well as other UK superstars such as Oliver Grey and the talented Adrian Neville.
Tomlinson retired in the summer after scar tissue damage and a tear in his anterior crucial ligament resulted in surgeons advising him not to continue with his footballing career.
However it now seems as though that injury could be a blessing in disguise as Tomlinson begins to train at the facility in the hope of making it on the NXT roster, and potentially a jump to the main roster as he progresses through the ranks.
It comes as no secret that the WWE do mainly favour the 'bigger guys' in the WWE; Ryback, Mark Henry, Roman Reigns, Brock Lesnar, Triple H, Big E Langston, the list can go on an on. This is a big plus for Tomlinson, knowing he already has the size to become a hit amongst the WWE officials, all that matters now is that he continues to train hard and ensure he can make it into the WWE full time, as a WWE superstar.
He will be up against it though, NXT possesses incredible talents who have the potential to break into the main roster, so Tomlinson will need to train hard and try to make himself stand out form the rest.
He is in great shape already, his work ethic is incredible and there is no doubt he will continue this into the ring, the fact that he is English does mean he will need to try and win over the American fans and continue to work on a specific character, more likely a heel the Americans could dislike, similar to a Wade Barrett, but obviously a much bigger size.
Obviously it is early stages yet, regardless of what occurs during his time at the developmental territory, we wish him all the best in his bid to become a WWE superstar.
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