When Tim Wiese steps through the curtain on Thursday night, he will enter a different world to any he has operated in before.
Wiese, a former Germany international, will not just be walking into an arena but the ‘WWE Universe’. It’s a bizarre cultural touchstone in which dead men walk and masked men fly through the sky.
The 34-year-old has been going through a several month long training programme to ready himself for this moment. Yes, wrestling is scripted but the athletic demands are real.