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Everybody’s got a price: Rumors resurface that Vince McMahon wants to buy Newcastle United

Feb 17, 2014, 8:01 PM EDT

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Newcastle United could have a new Big Boss Man.

Wait, we can do better.

Whatcha gonna do when Newcastle United runs wild on you, brother?

Hmmm…

Do you smell what Loic is cooking?

(I had to look up so many wrestling catch phrases just to get to this point in the post).

Whispers of Mike Ashley’s desire to sell the team are nothing new, especially for those who frequent Newcastle United web sites and rumor mills. After all, he’s not the most popular character in Northeast England and he’s keen on turning tidy profits, something that may be possible if he were to flip the club (He bought NUFC for about $226 million and Forbes rated its value as $263 million in April).

But what about Vince McMahon, the CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment? “Sources” tell a British web site called Winner Sports that the billionaire may be interested in purchasing Newcastle United as a way to increase the influence of his professional wrestling powerhouse in the United Kingdom.

Earlier this year, the Guardian came out to debunk a rumor that McMahon nearly bought Newcastle in 2011, so is this just rehashing of a sad old story? Potentially and maybe probably, but don’t let that stop you from enjoying some of the Twitter reaction to this rumor.

You have to wonder how many NUFC supporters would consider their new owner being a man who runs “rigged” sports for a living as an upgrade over their current boss. The club is mired in an awful spell of soccer, and Ashley hasn’t exactly made the most prudent hires.

  1. kirielson - Feb 17, 2014 at 8:12 PM

    He should get Chivas instead. Plus, he would be a HUGE asset to MLS too.

  2. seanb20124 - Feb 17, 2014 at 8:12 PM

    Need oil money to run a successful squad nowadays

  3. thedeadlockvictim - Feb 17, 2014 at 10:23 PM

    Was funny until the (late) Randy Savage pic.

  4. princesstvaroha - Feb 18, 2014 at 4:57 AM

    its not “rigged sports”. its Sports Entertainment…they are upfront about it. Its like watching a Play…they tell a story and its unbelievable athleticism. They are strong and talented…and yes it is “fake”..but you get body slammed and then come tell me how it tickled…

  5. footballer4ever - Feb 19, 2014 at 7:51 AM

    “the billionaire may be interested in purchasing Newcastle United as a way to increase the influence of his professional wrestling powerhouse in the United Kingdom.”

    Righr there, it’s the type of American ownership or any ownership at all which is not good for football or EPL football because their main intent is mundane $$$ driven at the expense of sport.

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