Former Port Vale And Burton Albion ‘Keeper Stuart Tomlinson Quits Football To Join The WWE

Chris Wright

9th, December 2013


By Chris Wright

Soccer - npower Football League Two - Burton Albion v Bristol Rovers - Pirelli Stadium

It’s not much of a surprise given that the guy’s built like a fridge-freezer made of meat, but former Port Vale and Burton Albion goalkeeper Stuart Tomlinson is leaving the football world behind after receiving an invitation to join the WWE.

Tomlinson, 28, played over 80 times for Port Vale (81 times, actually!) before joining Albion in the summer of 2012. However, he unofficially retired from the game back in July when a persistent knee injury all but made up his mind for him.

Now it would appear that he has officially played his last professional game after announcing that he has accepted an offer to try-out as a wrestler in the WWE’s developmental subsidiary company, NXT, tweeting: “Looking forward to a new job #WWE. Swapping two posts and a net, with four posts and ropes – USA bound!”

A skim through the photo archives suggests Tomlinson may have already debuted his finisher during Burton’s League Two play-off semi against Bradford last season…

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We believe that’s what known in the business as “laying the smack down on the Bantams’ candy asses” or some such.

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  1. BallToHand says:

    Thanks for the warning.

    Clicking on the “fridge-freezer made of meat” link whilst I’m at work within my new job has given some new work colleagues the wrong impression.

  2. porcelain sandwich says:

    Yep, just had the exact same thing happened to me. Unfortunately, my new European flatmates saw and can’t understand English well enough to understand what I was actually doing. Then again, I don’t know what I was actually doing.

    In conclusion, fuck you Chris.

  3. Lady B says:

    Oooh thanks Chris :D Saving that one for later… (One happy customer, at any rate :p )

  4. Fñarf says:

    @Lady B: Agreed.

  5. arkham132 says:

    Chris, two things… One for you and one for Tomlinson, who looks just like to be responsible for eating the proverbial steroid pies…

    First: GOD!!! My mum happened to pass by me when the picture came up… I’m totally embarassed…

    And second: Why would this man with a bashed up knee dare to go to a place where the only thing he could get is a bigger injury? It’s really strange, if you ask me…

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