Football fans will remember Wiese as the eccentric stopper for Kaiserslautern, Werder Bremen and Germany over the last 15 years.
He called time on his career in 2014 following a two-year stay at Bundesliga outfit Hoffenheim – with his contract being terminated as a result of his bodybuilder physique not being suitable for football.
But Wiese wasn’t ready to give up on life in the sports world – now he’s aiming to reach the top of wrestling with WWE.
He made an appearance at a WWE live event in Frankfurt two years ago, but has been quiet ever since. Until now.
Because Wiese and the organisation have revealed that he’s taken a big step towards becoming a superstar after accepting Triple H’s invitation to train at the WWE Performance Centre in Orlando for an extensive period of time.
The news was confirmed via wwe.com and Wiese was quick to tweet his delight alongside the wrestling legend, who is also executive vice president of talent, live events & creative for the company:
— Tim Wiese (@Tim_Wiese) June 7, 2016
WWE Live heads to Germany in November for four shows and Wiese has already targeted those for an appearance.
He said, via wwe.com: “I have been training hard for this, and I am excited for the opportunity. No matter what it takes, my goal is to be in that WWE ring this November. I want that match!”
But it remains to be seen whether or not Wiese can make the necessary progress in five months to be able to win a contract with WWE.
His case should be helped by the praise given to him by Triple H following his training news.
The wrestling legend added: “Tim is tenacious. 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.
“This is his break to walk his talk. If all goes well in Florida, he will get his chance in the ring.”
It’s big news for Germans interested in what Wiese would get up to following his retirement two years ago.
He made 386 competitive appearances throughout his 14-year career in German football and even played for Germany six times.
And it will be intriguing for WWE fans to see another potential superstar take shape.