The story of Polish offensive lineman Babatunde Aiyegbusi was one that fans of the Minnesota Vikings spent plenty of time following this offseason. The 6'9", 350-pounder came to the United States and tried out for scouts, and the Vikings signed him to a contract shortly thereafter. He played sparingly in the pre-season and did not make the Vikings' final 53-man roster (or the practice squad), and he said on his FaceBook page that his NFL dream had officially come to an end.
However, there may be a chance that you'll be seeing him on television here in the near future anyway.
Per our friends over at Vikings Territory, Aiyegbusi has apparently been spending time with World Wrestling Entertainment, attending tryouts at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida.
Aiyegbusi would, obviously, not be the first person to make the transition from professional football to professional wrestling. The Vikings had Joe Anoa'i. . .who you probably know as Roman Reigns. . .in training camp in 2007 as an undrafted free agent. Former Chicago Bears defensive tackle Steve "Mongo" McMichael had a pretty decent run in World Championship Wrestling. You could go all the way back to Ernie "The Big Cat" Ladd as well. The Vikings even had the Beast Incarnate. . .BRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRROCK LLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLESNAR. . .in training camp in 2004.
(Yes, it's been over a decade since Brock Lesnar was in Vikings' training camp.)
From what VT's story tells us, the WWE folks seem to be pretty impressed with Aiyegbusi's ability.
They loved his size and athletic ability. They were also very impressed with his character," Bair said. "Babs has a very witty personality when he relaxes, and [he's] funny. On top of that, he looks mean because of his size. They like the fact that he could play either role—the villain or the good guy.
As someone that's been a fan of WWE for a long time, I think it would be incredibly interesting to see Babs get an opportunity with the company. I'm guessing it would be a while before we actually got an opportunity to see him on television, but here's hoping it happens for him in the future.