• Matty Paddock

Shawn Michaels challenges Freddie Flintoff and Tom Davis to WWE battle

Updated: Jan 18

WWE Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels has laid down a challenge to League of Their Own duo Freddie Flintoff and Tom Davis.

One of wrestling's biggest ever stars threw out an invitation to the pair after seeing them taking a gentle pop at one of WWE's programmes recently.

Watching an episode of their NXT UK show - which boasts some of the best talent from these shores - Flintoff kicked things off by saying he and Davis could "sort these lads out."

Davis chirped: "Mate I’m down with that… We’d be the dream tag team," as the two traded photos on social media of their favourite wrestling teams of their own childhood.

The banter was noted by Michaels, a multi-time former WWE Champion, who said he'd have "no problem delivering" on their wish to get involved.

Thanking them for their support, Michaels said in a video on social media: "I'm addressing this to Freddie Flintoff and Tom Davis. It's my understanding you two gentlemen - and rightly so by the way - have become huge fans of NXT UK.

"First of all, I wanted to tell you how much on behalf of NXT UK and all of the NXT UK Superstars, we thank you very much that you appreciate our fantastic show.

"Also I've heard here and there that you guys may be thinking of putting your toe in the water of the NXT Superstars.

"I just want to tell you, be careful what you ask for, because between you and me, I've got no problem delivering on that!

The 55-year-old added: "In all seriousness, somewhere down the road when hopefully when our world gets back [to normal], you guys can come visit us personally and see if you can really walk the walk.

"You've done a great job of talking the talk, and now it's time to see the rubber meet the road!"

Davis admitted to being "blown away" after getting a response from another of his favourites from yesteryear.

Doubling down on his desire to lace up his wrestling boots, he responded: "I’m blown away by this... Absolute legend of the game, you best believe @ShawnMichaels Big T talks like he walks... LETS GET IT ON BABY!"

Any such dalliance with WWE wouldn't be Flintoff's first taste of action inside the squared circle of professional wrestling.

The England cricket legend and Top Gear host revealed last year he was "battered" during a brief training camp with the company.

"I used to love wrestling as a kid," he said. I love the Undertaker [and wanted to fight him] in Manchester. I presented [the idea] to Sky – they loved it and put me in touch with WWE.

"Next thing I know I’m on a plane, I’m off to Tampa to wrestling school. I bulked up and trained.

"Two days I was there, just getting battered, broke two ribs, did a few pieces to camera."

Flintoff added WWE offered to "fast-track" him through their roster, but the move never came to fruition, with the 43-year-old later embarking on a brief boxing career instead.

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