Professional wrestling and soccer; surely they are at the polar opposites of the sporting spectrum?
One is scripted with predetermined outcomes, and the other competitive and unpredictable. One is largely an individual pursuit; the other one of the most team-oriented sports in existence. One is verging on being a monopoly; the other consists of thousands of teams from every corner of the planet.
The contrasting comparisons go on.
Yet despite this antithesis, a number of parallels have somehow emerged between the two.
Of course, I’m not saying that professional wrestlers’ characters have been developed with the sole intention of personifying the fortunes of soccer teams, but in a strange twist of fate we can sometimes see the trials and tribulations of such teams allegorised in our favourite WWE superstars.
In a bizarre deviation from convention, this list takes a look at eight professional wrestlers whose careers have rather peculiarly been mirroring some of the top world soccer clubs.
All I ask if for you to approach this article with an open mind, not to mention an certain degree of light-heartedness.