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Former Vikings OL Babatunde Aiyegbusi training as WWE recruit

Jul 27, 2015; Mankato, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings tackle Babatunde Aiyegbusi (69) walks to drills at training camp at Minnesota State University. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

‘Babs’ has traded the football field for the wrestling ring.

Babatunde Aiyegbusi, the Polish offensive lineman who spent the 2015 preseason with the Vikings, was one of 10 people chosen to join the WWE developmental ranks, the company announced this week. And he’ll certainly look the part.

Aiyegbusi, 27, stands six feet and nine inches tall and carries around 350 pounds. The Vikings gave him a shot a year ago, and the hulking athlete immediately drew intrigue when they were the first NFL team to give him a workout and contract. He’d only played football in Poland and Germany prior to his arrival in Minnesota. Aiyegbusi was released in last preseason’s final cuts after playing sparingly in exhibitions, and the WWE reportedly approached him immediately.

He tried out last fall, and is now training with a select group of hopefuls at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Fla.

Aiyegbusi is just the latest to change his brute focus between football and wrestling, and he’s the newest story connected to the Vikings. They’ve employed a couple former or would-be WWE wrestlers in the past, including Joe Anoa’i, or Roman Reigns, and Brock Lesnar.





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