England all-rounder Ben Stokes took some time out of his busy schedule to play guest timekeeper at a recent World Wrestling Entertainment event in Newcastle. The Durham professional was welcomed to the packed arena with WWE's famous music playing on, and he walked out of the ring amid a montage of his best cricketing moments being shown.
Stokes had earlier taught wrestling stars The Miz, who is the current intercontinental champion, and Dolph Ziggler the rules and techniques of cricket during a charity event called the Chance to Shine at Newcastle.
Speaking to the media during the event, Stokes said, "It's important to get out in my local area because we want to promote cricket to youngsters as they're going to be the future generation of England cricket. I still play cricket because I enjoy it", as quoted by the DailyMail.
"There's obviously a bit more to it now as it's my job. But when I was growing up it was for pure enjoyment, and that's what I think we've managed to do today."
The 24-year-old, who was a fan of WWE while growing up, admitted that he is not too familiar with the new faces and needs to brush up his knowledge on wrestling.
"I watched wrestling religiously as a kid growing up but I'm not too up-to-date with the new era. I'm all about Triple H, Big Show, Undertaker, Stone Cold and all those guys."
The hard-hitter, who was hit by Carlos Brathwaite for 24 runs in the first four balls of the last over in the final of the recently concluded ICC T20 World Cup 2016, will next be seen in action in May when England host Sri Lanka for three tests, five One Day Internationals (ODI) and one T20 International. The first test is scheduled to start on 19 May at Headingley, Leeds.