Tony Modra has entered the squared circle.
The AFL great, who remains beloved to this day for his incredible marking ability over his 165-game career at Adelaide and Fremantle, is about to find a whole new audience.
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It appears an Australian WWE wrestler, previously known to the US audience as Brendan Vink, has been rechristened under a new moniker – Tony Modra.
The 31-year-old, who grew up in Adelaide and is a big footy fan, tweeted the news on Monday morning.
That came a day after internet sleuths discovered WWE had trademarked his new name, as they often do for incoming wrestlers. Other names that weren’t inspired by footy greats included Akeem Young, Ivy Nile, Xyon Quinn and Odyssey Jones.
Modra – the wrestler – signed with WWE in early 2019, reporting to the company’s developmental NXT brand and Performance Centre training base in Orlando, Florida.
He appeared on the NXT TV show for the first time in March this year, also featuring on the company’s flagship Monday Night Raw program in April and May, including a surprising pinfall win.
He previously spent a decade wrestling in local Australian promotions as Elliot Sexton, being signed at the same time as the fellow Adelaide-born grappler now known as Bronson Reed.
We assume Modra will be unbeatable in ladder matches, because no-one can fly as high as him.
Unless this is all some amazing rib.