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Akinfenwa on his WWE talks and which player he'd most like to put in a headlock


Larger-than-life EFL star Adebayo Akinfenwa has once again hinted at his post-football future.

The Wycombe Wanderers striker, 39, says he expects next season to be his last as a professional.

Akinfenwa, known as the strongest man in football, has previously spoken of the possibility of moving into wrestling once his football career ends.

He has chatted with grappling icon The Rock before and once performed his signature move, the People’s Elbow, after scoring a goal for the Chairboys.

And he’s again dropped a hint about a potential move to WWE – the biggest wrestling franchise in the world. Speaking on The Social, Akinfenwa was asked about his future.



WWE has fans across the world and is watched by millions

“There has been talk about what I am going to do after football,” he said.

“I am still probably looking to play one more year.

“We’ve had some talks with the WWE. Also some stuff in LA, movie-wise.

“So watch the space!”

When previously quizzed on what his gimmick would be if he entered the squared circle, Akinfenwa joked: “It will just be something like Beast and I’ll have the Beast Slam – who knows!”

Given his love for football and wrestling, Akinfenwa was also asked which player he would put in a headlock.

And his answer might surprise a few people. He opted for Spanish World Cup winner Sergio Ramos.

It seems the reason behind that choice is after the defender injured Mo Salah, the star man for Akinfenwa’s beloved Liverpool.

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Sergio Ramos caused an injury to Mo Salah in the 2018 Champions League final

“I respect everything he’s done recently, but it would probably be Sergio Ramos,” Akinfenwa added.

“I’ll tell you the reason why. The last time he played against my guy, (Mo) Salah, he hurt him.

“Ever since then, I’ve taken on the mantra to be Salah’s protector.”

The Social: European Special, sponsored by Brew City, will be available to watch on the SPORTbible Facebook page on Friday at 6pm.

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