Report: NBA Center Enes Kanter Plans to Accept WWE Offer After Basketball Career

Jordan Cohn
May 13, 2020 - 1:35 pm

Wouldn't it be crazy if, five or ten years down the road, a 6'6", 268-lb. beast and a 6'10", 262-lb. hulk squared off as the main event? Wait... that happens all the time?

That's right. I forgot about the matchup between The Great Khali (7'1", 347 lbs.) and Kane (7'0", 323 lbs.), among many others. Maybe I should have included that the first player I was hypothetically mentioning is former tight end Rob Gronkowski, and the second is Boston Celtics center Enes Kanter.

While Gronk's WWE career has been put on hiatus while he resumes his NFL career, it seems that Kanter's WWE career is in the making -- though it may not begin for a while. In an interview with Shams Charania, an NBA insider for Stadium, Kanter says that he plans to accept an offer that he's already received from the WWE after his basketball career is over.

"Dude, I gotta finish my basketball career first," Kanter said. "But after my career, I'm definitely becoming one."

Kanter was born in Switzerland but is of Turkish origin, where the de facto national sport is oil wrestling. This may not have anything to do with his decision, but it's worth noting given the popularity in his home country, a place with which his frayed relationship has become widely known.

According to, he'd become the eighth wrestler in WWE history to break the 7'0" barrier. Kane, Big Show, and Big Cass are all exactly 7'0", while The Great Khali and legend Andre the Giant are 7'1" and 7'4", respectively. "Forgotten big man" Giant Silva stood at 7'2" during his 1990s stint, but he and all the others are dwarfed by basketball player-turner-wrestler Giant Gonzales, who stood at 8'0" and joined WCW (World Championship Wrestling) after his NBA career with the Atlanta Hawks was stopped short due to the physical demands of NBA basketball.

Kanter is only 27 years old, so he may not retire for some time. However, he seems to be getting ahead on planning his life post-retirement, as rumors of his WWE career first surfaced back in December of 2019.

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