Former German goalkeeper, Tim Wiese, retired from professional soccer this year at the age of 32 and is likely to become a pro wrestler with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). Wiese made his debut yesterday at a WWE non-televised live event in Frankfurt, Germany as a timekeeper during a tag team match involving The Usos against Goldust and Stardust.
The former German National Team goalkeeper had six caps between 2008 and 2012 and had a 15 year career with five clubs totaling 307 caps.
To borrow a Jim Ross phrase, “business picks up” at about the 2:00 mark in the video below. After the match was over, Stardust begins yelling at Wiese for some reason, prompting him to come towards the ring ready to fight. As Wiese is being held by security, he distracts the gold men long enough for The Usos to come in and take them out. Wiese then comes into the ring and dance with The Usos to the enthusiastic German crowd.
Behind the scenes, Wiese received a contract offer to work with WWE and would come to the United States to wrestle in their NXT division. NXT is WWE’s “minor league” and is used for developing new wrestlers and prepare them for the big time in WWE. Since he began his retirement from soccer, Wiese became a bodybuilder and has bulked up considerably. Clearly, someone with that body type is someone WWE looks for. He’s popular in Germany, so he’s marketable there and the rest of Europe. It remains to be seen if he accepts WWE’s offer but if yesterday is any indication, it’s incredibly likely we’ll see him on WWE TV in the near future.