September 28, 2020

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Celtics’ Enes Kanter plans to become WWE wrestler after NBA career is over

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Enes Kanter figures to have a long NBA career ahead of him, but that doesn’t mean that the Boston Celtics center hasn’t thought about life after basketball. In an interview with Shams Charania of The Athletic, Kanter revealed that he plans to become a WWE superstar after his playing career is over.

“I am definitely becoming a WWE wrestler,” Kanter said. “I already have offers from WWE but I have to finish my basketball career first.”

Kanter has briefly dabbled with the WWE while he’s playing in the NBA. Back in September 2019 while he was with the New York Knicks, Kanter won the WWE 24/7 Championship from R-Truth at a live event at Madison Square Garden, but was pinned by R-Truth moments later to lose the belt.

Kanter certainly wouldn’t be the first former professional athlete to enter a wrestling ring once he begins his WWE career. In fact, star tight end Rob Gronkowski, who was traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after briefly retiring, actually signed with WWE and won the 24/7 Championship at WrestleMania 36 last month.

In addition, NBA stars Karl Malone and Dennis Rodman briefly joined WCW in the mid-1990s while they were still playing. 

Kanter has been a wrestling fan for years and even used The Undertaker’s entrance music when he was introduced during an event at the University of Kentucky.