A host of Premier League managers and two players have been turned into WWE-style action figures as part of the latest trend with the wonderful tool that is AI.
Created by Soccer Slammers, the collection features a handful of past and present coaches reimagined in the form of wrestlers.
Each wrestler has their own unique details, with aspects such as nicknames, special moves, gimmicks, styles and catchphrases all included for each figure.
The only current manager included is Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson, whose nickname for the wrestler is believed to be ‘Woy / The Owl’.
The statue of the Eagles boss, in a photo on Instagram, is wrapped in a feathered cape – a clear reference to his owl title.
Football managers past and present – such as Harry Redknapp (left) and Roy Hodgson (right) – have been turned into WWE-style action figures thanks to AI
Man United great and former Newcastle manager Steve Bruce was turned into an action figure
Neil ‘The Gaffer’ Warnock was one of the former managers who was made into a statue
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A caption on the post claims that Hodgson’s ‘special move’ is called ‘Icelandic Shock’, which is a reference to England’s humiliating defeat to Iceland at Euro 2016.
Apparently it’s “a move in which Hodgson pretends to be stunned and helpless, and then suddenly attacks his opponent with a surprise attack.”
As well as Hodgson, former managers such as Harry Redknapp, Neil Warnock and Sam Allardyce have all been turned into wrestling figures.
For Redknapp, his nickname is ‘The Wheeler Dealer’ and his special move is simply ‘The Transfer Window’.
Warnock, who recently retired after his spell at Huddersfield Town, is nicknamed ‘The Gaffer’ and has a special attack called ‘The Rant’
Supposedly it is ‘a verbal tirade against the opponent, the referee or anyone else who stands in his way, often accompanied by gestures and facial expressions.’
They also added a slogan for the 74-year-old, which read: ‘You are a disgrace! You don’t know what you’re doing! I’ll tell you the truth, you’re rubbish!” https://www.dailymail.co.uk/ “You have to fucking die to get 3 points!’
According to Soccer Slammers, the statue of ‘Big Sam’ Allardyce contained a ‘pint of wine’
Elsewhere, Sam Allardyce – or ‘Big Sam’ – was handed an ingenious special move aptly named ‘Big Slam’.
His ‘accessory’ is a ‘pint of white wine – a drink that Sam enjoys and uses to celebrate his victories or drown his sorrows’.
It is understood the reference is to the newspaper cuttings and secret recordings that cost him the job in England in 2016, where Allardyce met undercover reporters in a bar and was pictured with a glass of wine.
Meanwhile, Steve Bruce, who has managed 12 clubs in his career after leaving West Bromwich Albion in February last year, has been nicknamed ‘The Bruiser’ and given a special move called ‘The Sack Attack’.
Although this is likely a reference to his dismissals from clubs during his career, the description reads: “Attack the opponent from behind, put a bag over their head and then hit them with a low blow.”
Fulham winger Adama Traore is the only current player included in the AI mock-ups
Fulham winger Adam Traore is the only player currently included in the AI collection and it’s clear why given the impressive physique of his statuette.
The Spanish forward has built a reputation for his muscular build and this was clearly reflected in his WWE-style action figure.
According to Soccer Slammers, Traore’s ‘accessory’ is baby oil – something Traore has previously revealed he applies to his arms and legs before and during matches to make himself ‘slippery and difficult to catch’.
Unfortunately for fans, none of these models are currently physically available and can only be admired through posts online.