Former Burton Albion goalkeeper Stuart Tomlinson has signed a developmental contract with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) after being forced to retire from football in July.
Tomlinson made 25 appearances for the Brewers before a knee ligament injury forced him into retirement in the summer and the goalkeeper turned wrestler travelled to the United States after impressing during the WWE’s European tour in November.
The 28-year-old joins the developmental ranks at the multi-billion dollar organisation where he will work alongside other young hopefuls hoping to force their way into the main roster.
Tomlinson wrote on his official Twitter account confirming the news, “Looking forward to a new job @WWE Swapping two posts and a net, with four posts & ropes – USA bound as of Tomorro.”
WWE is broadcast to an audience of over 30 million, with flagship shows Raw and Smackdown shown across the globe with stars such as John Cena, Randy Orton and CM Punk headlining for the WWE.
Other British wrestlers in the company include Wade Barrett, who is a keen Preston North End fan, William Regal, Drew McIntyre, Mason Ryan and Britani Knight, who is on the cusp on breaking into the main television roster, but can be seen competing on WWE show NXT, which showcases the company’s younger talent.