Former Port Vale goalkeeper Stuart Tomlinson has switched goalposts for ring posts after signing a development contract with America’s World Wrestling Entertainment.
The 28-year-old – who retired with a knee injury last summer – is keen on body building and also appeared on the cover of Men’s Health Magazine after working as a male model.
The Chester-born footballer, who also played for Crewe Alexandra and Burton Albion, would have met WWE representatives during the American show’s European tour last month. He has now been offered the chance of a lifetime with the most popular wrestling company in the world. The ex-keeper broke the news on his Twitter page last night.
“Looking forward to a new job
@WWE Swapping two posts and a net, with four posts & ropes- USA bound,” he tweeted.
Tomlinson 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 the body builder on your TV screens any time soon though – WWE is known to keep wrestlers in development for up to a year before they are allowed to make their debut on America’s longest running TV show, Monday Night Raw.