Akinfenwa hints cameo at upcoming WWE PPV in London – and could join AEW too

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    Legendary football strongman Adebayo Akinfenwa has refused to rule out making an appearance at WWE pay-per-view (PPV) Money in the Bank – which takes place in London later this year.

    The 40-year-old has been flirting with wrestling ever since hanging his football boots up in May, and had a memorable cameo at a [British wrestling promotion] PROGRESS event two months ago alongside former Olympic boxer and current AEW star Anthony Ogogo.

    Speaking exclusively to Daily Star Sport, Akinfenwa says he loved his brief in-ring stint and suggested it probably wouldn't be the last time we see him between the ropes.

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    "Wrestling [with PROGRESS] I enjoyed immensely. Will I do more? Watch this space," the former Wycombe Wanderers striker said.

    "I will try as many new things now I'm retired, and wrestling's one of them. I enjoyed it, I just got injured so I couldn't further it at that point, [but] watch this space in terms of wrestling in 2023."

    Two years ago, Akinfenwa revealed he was "in talks" with WWE over a developmental contract, but nothing came of it as he wanted to concentrate on his football at the time.

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    With WWE set to stage one of their biggest PPV events – Money in the Bank – in Akinfenwa's hometown in July, we asked him whether there was a possibility of him being involved in the show, especially with the ex-footballer admitting he was still "in touch" with the company a few months ago.

    "Watch this space," he reiterated. "2023 is [going to be] an interesting year. I'm looking forward to it. That's my politician's answer."

    English football stars have made cameo appearances at WWE events in the past. Wayne Rooney slapped WWE superstar Wade Barrett in the face in 2015, while Jose Mourinho took abuse from Shane McMahon [son of Vince McMahon] during a show in 2006.

    More recently, Tyson Fury showed up during WWE's Clash at the Castle PPV in Cardiff last year, serenading fans with a rendition of American Pie following Drew McIntyre's defeat to Roman Reigns in the main event.

    Akinfenwa helped promote the event by interviewing WWE superstar Sheamus for BT Sport, with the two furiously working out in the gym together while discussing their respective careers.

    Akinfenwa, recently joined the HM Coastguard Coast Clever campaign, which aims to raise awareness about the hidden dangers of Britain's coastlines.

    The campaign comes on the back of a survey commissioned by HM Coastguard which shows that although 72% of people know that they should check tide times before they set out for a walk at the coast, only 33% claim that they do, highlighting the difference between knowing and doing.


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