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5 Football Players Who Would Be Better Off as Wrestlers

5 Football Players Who Would Be Better Off as Wrestlers

Wayne Rooney might just have paved the way to be the first high-profile football player to make the crossover to wrestling after his WWE appearance last night.

The Manchester United captain was in attendance as the world’s biggest wrestling entertainment company touched down in the city.

And he made headlines after getting into an argument with Wade Barrett at the side of the ring which ended with the England captain slapping the grappler.

Rooney might be better off taking up a career in the ring given his disappointing form for United this term.

But we think we’ve found five other football players who would be much better suited to wrestling for a living than playing football:

Adebayo Akinfenwa

At 16 stone and 5ft 11in, Akinfenwa is certainly built for WWE.

The Wimbledon striker is arguably better known for his look than anything he’s done on the pitch over a long career with a number of lower league teams, including Torquay, Northampton and Gillingham.

Akinfenwa certainly plays up to his reputation, creating a Beast Mode brand around his look and even being recognised by popular Sky TV show Soccer AM as well as the new FIFA 16 video game.

You only have to look at the picture of the 33-year-old striker above to see he’s ready to take on John Cena, Daniel Bryan and the rest of the WWE.

Diego Costa

Do we need to explain ourselves? He’s even trying to chokeslam Ryan Shawcross above.

If you watched Chelsea’s 1-0 defeat to Stoke at the weekend you will have seen the Spanish striker act as a human battering ram up against his opposing defenders.

He’s made a reputation for himself combining a rough and ready approach to leading the line with an eye for goal and that’s why the English champions spent £32million on him just over a year ago.

Costa is arguably the nastiest player in English football and would have no problem acting as a heel in WWE. Triple H would have some serious company.

Joey Barton

Alongside Costa, Barton would be a superb heel renowned more for his skills on the microphone than his wrestling ability.

The Burnley midfielder is never shy giving his opinion and would have no problem transferring that into the ring.

He’d make for some brilliant promos, that’s for sure.

You could expect a dirty trick or two from Barton as well.

Bilel Mohsni

Mohsni is arguably the most suitable of the lot – with his two-year spell at Rangers enough to prove he should be in the ring rather than on a football pitch.

It was never quiet with the Tunisian centre-half at Ibrox.

Fans will remember him regularly reacting to criticism from opposing supporters as well as opposing players.

One example came at the start of last season when he headbutted Derby’s Chris Martin in a pre-season friendly and picked up a two-game ban.

In the same season, he was banned for three games after TV cameras caught him smashing Hibs defender Liam Fontaine off the ball with his arm.

But Mohsni saved the most ridiculous for last as he cemented his name in Scottish football forever with the crazy kung fu kick and punch on Motherwell defender Fraser Kerr after the Fir Park side had beaten Rangers in the Premiership play-off final.

It started a mass brawl between a number of players and rubber stamped Mohsni’s P45.

Now tell me he’s not ready for the ring?

Tim Wiese

Now for a former player who’s actually taken the step towards a WWE career.

In case you don’t remember him, Wiese is a six-time German international goalkeeper who had spells with Fortuna Koln, Kaiserslautern, Werder Bremen and Hoffenheim throughout his career.

He called it quits in 2014 after 15 years in the game – but revealed in September that year that he had been offered a development contract to appear in NXT.

And Wiese was unveiled at a WWE event in Frankfurt last year as he takes the early steps of forging a career in the industry.

Who else would you like to see make the crossover to WWE? Let us know in the comments below.

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