“I kept track of it, even during my footballing career, but never thought of myself as a wrestler.
“The question came when I had already finished with professional sport.
“I didn’t take it seriously as first, then things became more concrete.
“I’m ready and prepared for the drills in the US. I’ve been chased from one side of the ring to the other.
“It’s been a long time since I worked as hard as I did in the last few weeks.”
– ‘I will hurt them’ –
While his former peers and ex-football colleagues are becoming television pundits or studying to become coaches, Wiese enjoys being different.
He becomes animated when discussing workouts endured in the ring.
“It’s crazy. The tryouts in America were unbelievable and you can’t compare them to football training,” he said.
“Every day, people were dropping out, because they got injured.
“The Americans are like drill instructors, they want to see if you can take it — and that’s my thing. I always liked hard training, I was born to do it.
“I don’t have any aches and pains. There are people today who the wind could knock over and injure. Fortunately, I’m not like that — I can deal with pain.”
And Wiese expects fireworks in the ring.
“It’s going to be a good show, I’m with the right people in the ring. They are awesome wrestlers,” he said.
And as for any pain heading his way, he said: “I don’t care. I will hurt them, they won’t hurt me. Anyone can have a go: I’m going to be unbeatable.”