We do not recommend putting any money on John Cena’s Premier League predictions for this weekend.
The actor and WWE star was the guest picker on the BBC site on Friday, and admitted his soccer knowledge doesn’t extend much further than Cristiano Ronaldo and a tour of Tottenham (he has a fondness for Spurs, it seems).
Why West Ham will win at Stoke: “Who doesn’t love a good ham? It provides you with nourishment, happiness and a sense of community. It is always served at a big family function gathering. I like West Ham. 0-1.”
Why Southampton will win at Chelsea: “From where I am from, in Massachusetts, Southampton is a pretty cool place, so I am going to have to pick them, only because of how it relates to the States.”
Well, Rooney and his brothers did have plenty of experience in the ring in Liverpool as youngsters and that work paid off in Manchester on Monday as he slapped WWE star Wade Barrett to bring the house down.
Rooney, 30, attended the WWE event at the Manchester Arena with his sons, current Manchester United assistant manager Ryan Giggs and former United teammate and now West Brom captain Darren Fletcher.
Okay, it was all scripted (if you didn’t know that, sorry to let that cat out of the bag), but still, Rooney played his part and the fans loved every single second of it as he was confronted ringside and Gary Neville’s name came up as he was insulted by the wrestlers before lashing out to help Cesaro win.
Watch the video clips below to see the madness play out.
With the international break in full flow and England playing Spain in a friendly on Friday in Alicante, it was good to see the English national team captain having a bit of laugh amid his poor goalscoring form for the Red Devils (2 in 11 Premier League games) so far this season.
Tim Wiese isn’t your ordinary goalkeeper in any stretch of the imagination. The German backstop played six times for the full national team during a 15-year career that took him from Cologne to Hoffenheim.
But it’s what he’s up to now — and how he got there — that makes Wiese’s story a truly intriguing tale.
Ridiculed after Hoffenheim failed to achieve its lofty goals, Wiese turned to a distraction, an outlet. It wasn’t food, drink or worse; Tim Wiese turned to bodybuilding.
And did he.
The jacked-up keeper was released by Hoffenheim last season as his body became too muscular to stand between the sticks (at least according to the club).
In any case, Wiese told German news outlet Bild that he’s received an offer from the WWE (that’s American professional wrestling for you neophytes) and is seriously mulling it over. The WWE apparently had its interest piqued initially when Wiese pushed out this muscle-bound selfie last year. It appears his fall from grace in the soccer realm coincided neatly with his rise as a lifter of very heavy objects.
Wiese hasn’t yet accepted the offer, but it sounds like there’s a legitimate chance the nation’s fine network of professional wrestling fans will soon have a former international soccer player to cheer (or despise, depending on the script. Hopefully they don’t dress him up in a Nazi goalkeeper kit). On the topic, Wiese told Bild, “Why should I say no right away? Wrestling is very popular, especially in the United States. I will discuss the request in the next few weeks with my advisor.”
“When I came to Hoffenheim, we thought we could challenge for European places. Then everything backfired.
“And every time we lost, it seemed it was my fault; I was being analysed and criticised, not the team. It was all about me.
“Despite my experience and confidence, I had never faced this before. It culminated in a fan protest at the club’s office – a fan protest, just against me!
“There were only a few of these fans, but this made me feel deeply unwanted, and I would never wish this on another player.
“It was like being in a horror movie. The pressure was inhuman. I could not play freely.”
The article also details how Wiese chose Hoffenheim over a move to Real Madrid to back up Iker Casillas. But he wanted to play, which led him here.
Lots of folks will crack wise over the story, and that’s understandable. But at least part of the tale is really tough to read. He was driven to lift…and lift… and lift. What comes next will certainly bear following with interest.
(I had to look up so many wrestling catch phrases just to get to this point in the post).
Whispers of Mike Ashley’s desire to sell the team are nothing new, especially for those who frequent Newcastle United web sites and rumor mills. After all, he’s not the most popular character in Northeast England and he’s keen on turning tidy profits, something that may be possible if he were to flip the club (He bought NUFC for about $226 million and Forbes rated its value as $263 million in April).
Earlier this year, the Guardian came out to debunk a rumor that McMahon nearly bought Newcastle in 2011, so is this just rehashing of a sad old story? Potentially and maybe probably, but don’t let that stop you from enjoying some of the Twitter reaction to this rumor.
Vince McMahon buying NUFC? He will fit right in… Already looks like most of us during the last few games!! pic.twitter.com/rQaEgXZihT
You have to wonder how many NUFC supporters would consider their new owner being a man who runs “rigged” sports for a living as an upgrade over their current boss. The club is mired in an awful spell of soccer, and Ashley hasn’t exactly made the most prudent hires.