Leicester City have been congratulated on their latest signing by a somewhat unexpected figure: WWE legend The Undertaker.
Ok, let us explain.
At the weekend, Leicester City confirmed the signing of Roma winger Cengiz Ünder on loan. And these days, it is basically the law that when a Premier League club makes a new signing, they have to make some elaborate pun about his name or something to announce them.
So what did Leicester do for Cengiz Ünder? They tweeted a photo of a broad-brimmed hat and trenchcoat laying on the pitch at The King Power Stadium.
— Leicester City (@LCFC) September 20, 2020
Everyone who watches both WWE and football had a good laugh, and Leicester fans who don’t follow wrestling were just confused.
And The Undertaker himself replied.
— Undertaker (@undertaker) September 21, 2020
He quote-tweeted the original image, with the caption “Digging holes and scoring goals…”. Ok, sort of struggling to figure out what that actually means, but still.
Will this lead to the lights go out at the King Power at some point, followed by an ominous gong and then Jamie Vardy being choke-slammed through the dugout? We’ll see.
This is not the first time an English club has used a classic WWE reference to announce a signing.
In 2018, Newcastle United revealed the arrival on Brazilian striker Kenedy on loan with a video accompanied by Mr Kennedy’s theme music.
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) January 23, 2018
It is not even the only recent interaction between a WWE wrestler and a Premier League club. Last month Triple H commented on Arsenal coming out to his entrance music at the Emirates.
“What better thing for Arsenal to have blaring over a loud-speaker system than Lemmy of Motorhead screaming ‘Time to play the game’? There’s nothing better than that,” he said, giving the Gunners his blessing to use the music.
“All they have to do at that point is to go out and back it up. Any time you can connect that fanbase to me it’s a great opportunity for everybody, and I’m thrilled.”
“Thank you for doing it, and just make sure you win when you play my music. That’s all.”
Game knows Game.
— Mark Mann-Bryans (@MarkyMBryans) September 1, 2020