Former Germany international goalkeeper Tim Wiese has accepted an personal invitation from Triple H that could bring his dream of wresting in the WWE one step closer to becoming a reality.
As reported by WWE.com, on the invitation of HHH, Wiese will be joining the WWE's Orlando, Florida Performance Center for what is being described as "an extended training period."
The 34-year-old, who played six times for the German national team and made over 300 club appearances, retired from football in 2014 and has since been linked to the WWE after a guest appearance on the organisation's 2014 European Tour.
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Tuesday's development comes almost one year after he completed a one-day workout at the Performance Center in July 2015. Clearly Triple H, as WWE’s Executive Vice President of Talent, is keen to see what the shot-stopper-turned-wrestler can do on a more long-term basis:
“Tim is tenacious,” The Game said in WWE's announcement of the move on their official website.
“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.
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"This is his break to walk his talk. If all goes well in Florida, he will get his chance in the ring.”
Wiese, meanwhile, is setting himself some big goals as he prepares for what will surely be a gruelling time ahead learning the ropes in the biggest wrestling promotion in the world:
“I have been training hard for this, and I am excited for the opportunity,” Wiese told WWE. “No matter what it takes, my goal is to be in that WWE ring this November. I want that match!”
The November match the former Werder Bremen 'keeper is referring to is presumably one of the four dates in which the WWE will be performing in his native Germany as part of the 2016 European Tour.
The company will be in Frankfurt, Munich, Oberhausen and Berlin on November 2, 3, 8 and 9, respectively.
For any WWE fans wondering whether Wiese will have the physical characteristics to succeed in WWE (or even NXT), a photo uploaded to his official Twitter account today showing him alongside Tripe H should alleviate a lot of the concerns:
According to WWE's report, Wiese stands at 6ft 4 inches tall and has clearly bulked up considerably since he was appearing in the Bundesliga.
Whether he is able to prove he is capable of backing up the pro wrestler look with in-ring ability, only time will tell.