There’s certainly a cultural link between footballers and the world of professional wrestling. Entrance themes such as Time To Play The Game have been heard at soccer stadiums recently, the likes of Harry Kane are known to be big grappling fans, Wayne Rooney once belted Wade Barrett at a show, and there’s even been a rise in ex-footballers training to wrestle!
So, it wasn’t massively surprising – but still very cool – to see Leicester City post this on Twitter on Sunday morning:
Many Foxes fans who commented recognised the ominous hat and trenchcoat as belonging to legendary WWE character The Undertaker, who debuted in 1990 and competed for 30 fantastic years before finally confirming his retirement earlier this summer at the end of his critically-acclaimed The Last Ride documentary series.
Most of those who replied, however, admitted that their knowledge of the wrestling reference ended there. But a few were able to connect the dots.
Leicester had been linked with Roma’s Turkish international Cengiz Ünder, and confirmed the deal shortly after the Deadman-themed hint:
The reveal came complete with the hashtag #UnderTaken – because, you know, they have ‘taken’ Ünder on loan. Ünder, taken. Undertaker. Clever, huh?
The deal is for the 2020-21 season, and is subject to Premier League clearance, international clearance, and his presumed-dead half-brother not showing up at the King Power Stadium and trying to set Cengiz on fire.