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German football star Tim Wiese debuts at WWE Frankfurt

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If you’ve noticed how WWE makes a point of introducing the German announcers on pay-per-view (PPV) these days, you can tell the company is focusing on the German market these days. Signing Bergisch Gladbach’s Tim Wiese has been part of those efforts.

The retired football - or soccer, to my countrymen and women here in the States - goalkeeper had a seven year run with Werder Bremen of Bundesliga and was on the roster for the 2010 World Cup squad, gaining notoriety for both his play and his personality (Wiese is a bit of a hothead). All of which makes him perfect for pro wrestling.

Wiese appeared as a “guest timekeeper” during WWE’s last swing through Deutschland, and has been training at Orlando’s Performance Center over the Summer at Triple H’s invitation. That culminated in his first official match at Frankfurt’s Festhalle yesterday (Nov. 3, 2016).

Teaming with Cesaro & Sheamus against Bo Dallas and the Shining Stars, “The Machine” scored the pin after a splash. Here’s a look at an outing the German fans seemed to love, and WWE probably loved to - thanks to the press it got them in Europe:

Looks like they trained him up enough for this moment while ensuring he didn’t hurt himself or others. Will he stick around? He’s about to turn 35, and it looks like he has a long way to go, so this may be like former English keeper Stuart “Hugo Knox” Tomlinson who spent some time training in Florida, was featured prominently on NXT’s tour of the UK & Ireland and then left WWE.

We shall see.

What do you think? Any German Cagesiders want to chime in on if this will help the company’s efforts to grow there?