WITH nearly 300 Bundesliga appearances under your belt and a trip to a World Cup on your CV, you’d imagine you’re at the top of your game.
But one German star embarked on a shock career change, seemingly at the peak of his powers, at the age of 32.
The goalkeeper spent a decade in Germany’s top flight with Kaiserlautern, Werder Bremen and Hoffenheim – and regularly starred in the Champions League.
He even joined Manuel Neuer in the squad for the 2010 World Cup.
While he never made it into the starting XI in South Africa – as Germany KO’d England and reached the semi-finals, losing to eventual champions Spain – the 6ft 4in stopper was a giant between the sticks.
The No1 won the German version of the FA Cup and League Cup once apiece and finished as a Bundesliga runner-up twice.
And yet in 2014, he made the bold decision to hang up his gloves and move into WWE.
The man in question? None other than Tim Wiese.
In September 2014, Wiese revealed he’d been offered a development contract by WWE to join their NXT division.
Fast forward less than two years, the German was invited to train at the WWE’s development facility in Florida by legendary wrestler Triple H in June 2016.